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NIH Grants Univ. of Pittsburgh $13.4 Million for Computer Simulation Studies of Disease Spread

As the world prepares for a probable resurgence of H1N1 in the coming months, University of Pittsburgh researchers are controlling the spread of infectious diseases virtually with a $13.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to establish a Center of Excellence in Modeling of Infecti... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 13

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Bacterias bailarinas
Los microorganismos  pueden nadar en grupo de forma coordinada. Algunos investigadores creen que esto facilita la dispersión y absorción de nutri... Read More

Sign Up for the Scrub Club

The Scrub Club created by NSF International is designed for children who are 3 to 8 years of age. The web site is a fun, interactive and educational resource that teaches children about the microbes that make them sick and the proper way to wash their hands. The site is a hodgepodge of fun flash... Read More

Samantha Ettus interviews microbe hunter Dr. Philip Tierno aka “Dr. Germ” (video)

Gary Vay-ner-chuck host of the popular web series WineLibrary.tv has a new collaborative project with Samantha Ettus. Their show, Obsessed TV goes one on one with some of today's more notorious people. On this episode Sam talks with Dr. Philip Tierno a.k.a. Dr. Germ and author of The Secret L... Read More

Vaccine Plan in U.S. May Endanger Supply, Lancet Says

A U.S. plan to rely on swine flu vaccines without ingredients to stretch the supply would reduce the number of available shots just when other countries need them most, the British journal Lancet said in an editorial.

The ingredients, called adjuvants, have never been approved for flu vaccine... Read More

Biopesticide use endorsed

The fruit industry has been told to capitalise on the potential use of biopesticides ahead of the forecasted implementation of new EU regulations in spring 2010.

Roma Gwynn of Rationale Biopesticide Consultants told delegates at Fruit Focus that she expected sales of biopesticides, which curr... Read More

Anthrax and bacteria that form spores

Interview with Dr. Adam Driks, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Loyola University Medical Center, on the ability of anthrax to form spores. Read More

Communication breakdown: A new way to overcome antibiotic resistance

Interfering with communication among bacteria can prevent them from mounting a unified and perhaps deadly assault on their host organism, research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators shows. The finding suggests a different kind of medicine that could be less likely than tradi... Read More

Could zinc be the new miracle supplement?

Scientists from Florida have found that zinc not only supports healthy immune function, but increases activation of the T cells responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria.

Scientists administered either a zinc supplement or a placebo to healthy volunteers to assess the effects of zinc on... Read More

A novel immunization method against malaria delivers protection via mosquito bites

In this week's New England Journal of Medicine, scientists in Singapore, The Netherlands and France report that they have developed a novel immunization method that will induce fast and effective protection in humans against the life-threatening malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, which inf... Read More

Is there a link between a newly discovered virus and skin cancer?

A virus discovered last year in a rare form of skin cancer has also been found in people with the second most common form of skin cancer among Americans, according to researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Th... Read More

The European Academy of Microbiology

On June 29,2009, the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) was established in the Swedish city of Gotenborg. The objective of the academy is to provide a voice for European microbiology and to foster its quality and dissemination within Europe. Its goals include the expansion of scientific know... Read More

Preventing toxic shock syndrome and other severe diseases

A researcher at The University of Western Ontario has received over $603,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to investigate how and why a group of bacterial toxins leads to the development of toxic shock syndrome and other serious diseases. John McCormick is an associate p... Read More

Fast-track genetic engineering

Biologist George Church of Harvard University has developed a way to speed up genetic engineering with a technology his group calls "multiplex automated genetic engineering," or MAGE.

“Automated sequencing really advanced the way we can read genetic information. We hope automated genome engin... Read More

Pure Bioscience Looks For Silver Lining

Alexander the Great is said to have used silver coins to purify water. The huge collection of impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation near Philadelphia was amassed with a fortune built on selling an antiseptic silver compound called Argyrol in the early 20th century.

But silver was largely... Read More

Vaccines could save 2.5m

The health department has introduced two new vaccines which could prevent 2.5 million child deaths a year.

The vaccines were introduced in Pretoria on Thursday. The two vaccines, rotavirus and pentavalent, will reduce the number of child mortalities by 2.5 million per year," said Dr Ntombenhl... Read More

Study Finds Reusable Bags Hold Bacteria

Reusable shopping bags are great for the environment, but we do have a word of caution.
If you're using those bags when you shop, that's great. Just make sure you wash them from time to time.

Researchers recently did an experiment in Idaho. For two weeks, they did their shopping with four re... Read More

Blame it on the economy: neglected swimming pools are to blame for rise in human West Nile virus cases

Blaming it on the economy, local health experts from the Chicago area say the number of neglected swimming pools is on the rise, creating a haven for mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus.

"The number of desolate pools in Lake County has doubled in just a few years, said George Balis o... Read More

Quebec finds pandemic H1N1 in hog herd

Can hogs catch swine flu from humans? An isolated case of the pandemic H1N1 influenza has been confirmed in a Quebec hog herd. Pathologist Dr. Alain Laperle with Quebec's provincial agriculture, food and fisheries ministry (MAPAQ) claims that while the vector by which the disease came to the fa... Read More

MTS32 - Arthur Guruswamy - Mycobacterial and Fungal Pathogens

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