A billion people living in underdeveloped areas around the world are infected with parasitic helminthes, worms that survive by residing in and feeding on their hosts. These infestations can cause chronic intestinal (and occasionally systemic) illnesses leading to long-term disability. Irah King ... Read More
The latest tests conducted by anthropologists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have proven that the bacteria Yersinia pestis was indeed the causative agent behind the "Black Death" that raged across Europe in the Middle Ages.
The cause of the epidemic has always remained highl... Read More
“By next spring a live-virus vaccine against poliomyelitis will be in limited but regular use in the U.S. Licenses will be granted to manufacturers, as each qualifies, for commercial production of the vaccine developed by Albert B. Sabin of the University of Cincinnati. The licensing of the Sabi... Read More
Microbes matter, perhaps more than anyone realizes in biological development, and scientists now believe they could be a target for reducing cancer risks.
In a study of very basic biology of zebrafish, scientists focused on the developing intestine during its early formation in the sterile en... Read More
News that a hard-to-treat, potentially lethal germ had landed on US shores from India spawned sensational headlines last month about the emergence of a “superbug’’ capable of outwitting the best antibiotics available. So far, just three cases of this NDM-1 bacterium have been identified in the U... Read More
Doctors have long known that viral infections can bring about asthma attacks and the shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing associated with them. But while viral infections cannot be treated, scientists at the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Un... Read More
Geert van der Kraan, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of technology, believes the ups and downs of the bacteria in an oil field provide a useful source of information for keeping tabs on the state of the oil field itself. In theory, this process known as 'biomonitoring' can increase... Read More
The B.C. government defends its decision to withhold a report on Listeria bacteria found in smoked salmon in the province.
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MOSQUITOES infected with bacteria that stop them transmitting the dengue virus will be released into the wild next year.
Some 100 million people in the tropics get dengue fever each year, and 40,000 are killed by it. The virus's range is expanding, and last week France reported its first loca... Read More
A team of Yale University scientists has engineered the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall.
The finding, described online in the journal ACS Chemical Biology this week, represents the ... Read More
Almost all U.S. doctors in a survey released on Thursday said they plan to get vaccinated against flu this season, a finding that heartened disease experts frustrated by low vaccination rates.
"Now we need to get other health care professionals to move in this same direction," said Dr. Willia... Read More
Alan Boyle writes: Bacteria have legs? That suggestion seemed surprising to Gerard Wong, a bioengineering professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, when his students told him they were seeing some strange behavior in movies of the microbes.
"They said, 'You know, we noticed th... Read More
The bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of food poisoning in humans. It is normally transmitted from contaminated chicken meat, as it is frequently found in the intestines of chickens, where it apparently does not result in any symptoms. Campylobacter jejuni is well adapted to life ... Read More
NIH Intramural Researcher Dr. Julie Segre talks about the Human Microbiome Project in an interview produced by the NIH Common Fund. Read More
The ups and downs of the bacteria in an oil field provide a useful source of information for keeping tabs on the state of the oil field itself. In theory, this process known as 'biomonitoring' can increase the yield from an oil field. This is the conclusion reached by Geert van der Kraan, who ob... Read More
A continuación: Gansos canadienses y Escherichia coli; parásitos de plantas y cambio climático; fármacos en el agua potable.
Gansos canadienses y Escherichia coli
La profe... Read More
Doctors have long known that viral infections can bring about asthma attacks and the shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing associated with them. But while viral infections cannot be treated, scientists at the Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre (DPAC) at the University of Copenhagen and Gentof... Read More
It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees?
Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.
Now, a uniqu... Read More
Bacteria around open-net pen salmon farms are developing a resistance to antibiotics, a two-year study in the Broughton Archipelago has found.
"They are not actually resistant, but if we do these special tests, we can see the [tolerance for antibiotics] is higher than you would expect it to b... Read More
A new study links flare-ups of cystic fibrosis to a chronic bacterial infection, a finding that could give physicians new insight into the disease and offer a new target for medication.
The germ in question is called Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.
"Our study showed that chronic infection wi... Read More