This week, the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, there’s much talk of exploring other worlds. Which is exciting and grand; such is the stuff that dreams are made on. Yet we don’t need to go abroad to find amazing new life forms. We just need to look at the palms of our hands, the tips ... Read More
The water mould Saprolegnia can cause skin disease in salmon during its freshwater phase. The mould attacks both fish and eggs and has at times caused great economic loss for the fish farming industry, both in Norway and in other salmon-producing countries. Saprolegnia infection may be seen with... Read More
Researchers at Rice University and their international colleagues have for the first time described the atomic structure of the protein shell that carries the genetic code of hepatitis E (HEV). Their finding could mean that new ways to stop the virus may come in the not-too-distant future.
Ri... Read More
Bloomberg News is reporting that the Australian -based specialty biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd. will be conducting the first human trials of a swine- flu vaccine.
"Clinical human trails for the H1N1/swine flu vaccine are set to begin in Australia as deaths and infections from the H1N1 vi... Read More
Researchers have uncovered the first cases in which HIV almost certainly was transmitted from mothers or other caregivers to children through pre-chewed food. The source of HIV in the pre-chewed food was most likely the infected blood in the saliva of the people who pre-chewed the food before gi... Read More
The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting read on synthetic biology:
"In recent years, James Collins from Boston University and other researchers in a young field called synthetic biology have added new genes into bacteria and other cells to create simple circuits that mimic the ba... Read More
A bishop from The Church of England is now advising churches to remove holy water from the premises as the stoups that the holy water rests in could be infected by H1N1/Swine Flu.
"The water in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus," said Th... Read More
We're always told in school not use Wikipedia as a source but as a starting point. But what if what you are looking for has been edited by researchers and experts from the National Institutes of Health. Well professor?
Wired.com has published an article reporting on this Wikipedia Foundation/... Read More
ChinaView.cn is reportiong that the number of dengue deaths in Sri Lanka has risen to 180 while 18,030 cases have been reported this year, according to officials from the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry.
"They said of the 18,030 cases the highest number of patients was reported from... Read More
A new DNA vaccine inhibited malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, in mice by eliciting antibodies that target a gastrin-releasing peptide which is known to play a key role in cancer development. The researchers from China and the U.S. report their findings in the July 2009 issue of t... Read More
A new study suggests that some contact lens solutions do not properly disinfect against Acanthamoeba, a free-living organism in the environment that can cause a painful vision-threatening infection. The researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Service, and t... Read More
Scientists, Researchers, Grad Students, and Engineers are invited to come to the University of Bremen, Sept. 23-25, to help develop the future (post-2013) scientific ocean drilling program--the extension of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The meeting is being implemented as a large... Read More
Two newly developed "single-shot" H5N1 influenza vaccines protected ferrets against lethal infection with the H5N1 influenza virus and may allow for mass vaccination in humans in the event of a pandemic outbreak. The researchers from Australia report their findings in the August 2009 issue of th... Read More
Canada's federal government is calling for all meat product manufactures to develop easier to clean meat processing equipment.
"Manufacturers should be required to design easy-to-clean meat-processing equipment that limits the spread of bacteria, says a newly released report on last summer's ... Read More
The LA Times reports that the FDA has given the go ahead for this year's flu vaccine, but the approved vaccine does not protect against H1N1/Swine Flu. Apparently, that vaccine will arrive in mid-October.
"With the so-called swine flu continuing to spread across the United States and the worl... Read More
While this news item from Science Daily/EurekAlert doesn't mention microbes, it really makes you wonder what it would be like to see a holographic bacterium and if this technology can be applied. From reading this article I see no reason why it can't.
"The technique, developed in the laborato... Read More
An aroma like bread dough permeates Raul Cano's lab. He has just removed the cover from a petri dish, and the odor wafts up from several gooey yellow clumps of microorganisms that have been feeding and reproducing in a dark cabinet for the past few days. Cano, a 63-year-old microbiologist at Cal... Read More
Swimming in water that contains too much bacteria from sewage and other sources is a well-known risk for getting sick. But playing in sand next to that water may be even riskier, a new study finds. Writing in The American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers said that the sand could also contain... Read More
Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More
According to an Associated Press story, pharmaceutical companies who are manufacturing the H1N1/Swine flu vaccine and federal officials associated with its distribution will be granted legal immunity from lawsuits spurred by any side effects the new vaccines may cause. The document granting thes... Read More