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Interview with a Biohacker: Meredith Patterson

h+ magazine is a new web-based periodical that covers "technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing — and will change — human beings in fundamental ways."

In the Summer 09 issue, which you can view by clicking source above, there are many interesting articles and interview... Read More

FDA warns against using Clarcon skin products

A routine FDA investigation uncovers substandard manufacturing processes at a company that makes 'antimicrobial' skincare products. Oops. Read More

Winnipeg researcher charged with smuggling Ebola material into U.S.

Video from the CBC reports a former researcher at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is facing charges in the United States after allegedly trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border. This is raising all kinds of flags in Canada over se... Read More

What is the definition of "pandemic" anyway?

Apparently there is a lot of debate over the term. From the NY Times:

Generations of people have used the term to describe widespread epidemics of influenza, cholera and other diseases. But as the new H1N1 swine influenza virus spreads from continent to continent, it is clear that a useful de... Read More

Addressing the dilemma of "forward contamination"

The dilemma known as 'forward contamination' has been facing NASA since the first foray into space. Essentially, scienitists want to ensure that microbes from Earth don't jeopardize the integrity of samples collected by rovers in case there is a discovery of life on another planet.

"Now rese... Read More

Mycoplasma fermentans. Photomicrograph, stained. Note colonial morphology after 14 days growth on agar (400x)

Mycoplasma fermentans. Photomicrograph, stained. Note colonial morphology after 14 days growth on agar (400x) Read More

The next flu pandemic may be hibernating in an Arctic glacier or a frozen lake

According to research presented at the American Society for Microbiology's 109 General Meeting in Philadelphia, Rogers and Z. Koçer, of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, found that influenza viruses can easily survive freezing in pond water, and emerge from the melting ice strong enough to... Read More

Researchers work to improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine

Vaccines intended to help the body to fight off the flu bug may actually give the bug an edge, researchers say.

That doesn't mean vaccines are bad, it just may help explain why they aren't as good as they could be, says Dr. Andrew Mellor, director of the Immunotherapy Center at the Medical Co... Read More

Molecular Complex Essential For Vision Identified In Fungi

An international team of researchers has identified one of the protein components of a molecular complex that allows light reception in a laboratory fungus.

The results were published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the team, which includes Prof. Luis M. Cor... Read More

H2O Hero

The Water Education Collaborative (WEC) has produced a kid friendly website for the residents of the Genesee Regional Watershed of Lake Ontario about the enormous impact they can have on the water quality in the area. WEC leaders teamed up with the Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County and the A... Read More

New Arenavirus Discovered As Cause Of Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak In South Africa And Zambia

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases of National Health Laboratory Service (NICD-NHLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roche's 454 Life Sciences Corporation have discovered th... Read More

How 'Invading' Bacteria Can Integrate Captured DNA Into Own Genetic Makeup

Call it advanced warfare on the most elemental of levels.

Researchers at Texas A&M University's Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered how certain types of bacteria integrate the DNA that they have captured from invading enemies into their own genetic makeup to incr... Read More

TWiV 35: Much achoo about nothing

In episode 35 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Dick Despommier and guest Read More

Promising Antimicrobial Attacks Virus, Stimulates Immune System

A promising antimicrobial agent already known to kill bacteria can also kill viruses and stimulate the innate immune system, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. In a paper appearing online June 4 in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Michael Howell, PhD, Assistant Professo... Read More

A 9,000 Year Old Beer will be Hitting the Stores this Summer

Dogfish Head Brewery from Delaware has announced they will be recreating the original recipe of a 9,000 year old brew whose ingredients were deduced from pottery shards found in Northern China.

"University of Pennsylvania molecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern first described the beverage i... Read More

Researchers develop the first climate-based model to predict Dengue fever outbreaks

Dengue Fever (DF) and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) are the most important vector-borne viral diseases in the World. Around 50-100 million cases appear each year putting 2.5 billion people at risk of suffering this debilitating and sometimes fatal disease. Dengue Fever is prevalent in the Tropi... Read More

Who Pooped?

The Minnesota Zoo has published an educational site for children where you match the feces to the animal. Personally, I find this cuts close to the edge of common decency but I did learn that the ostrich is the only bird that can poop and pee separately. I have a feeling young kids will love thi... Read More

Seven Deadly Shrooms

The Scientific American offers up a wonderful slide show of the world's seven deadliest mushrooms. My personal favorite in this collection is the European destroying angel. Click source to view Read More

Joe DeRisi - Hunting the Next Killer Virus

Since this has sort of been "Joe DeRisi week" here at MicrobeWorld, I thought it would be nice to include this presentation he gave at TED earlier this year. After all he did just receive the Eli Lilly and Company Research Award and Merry Buckley from the Meet the Scientist podcast also publishe... Read More

Innovative tools help preschoolers better understand the value of handwashing

Swine flu reminded us how important washing our hands can be. Studies show that simple handwashing can decrease communicable gastrointestinal diseases by 50% and communicable respiratory diseases by 20%.

Now, with schools at special risk for swine flu, a Tel Aviv University researcher is brin... Read More

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