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FOR KIDS: When bacteria are flu fighters

Not all germs are created equal. Some invade the body and cause disease or harmful infections but others live peacefully in your intestines, helping your body run smoothly. Antibiotics can't tell the difference. They knock out good and harmful bacteria alike.

That's usually okay for people fe... Read More

Geobacter: Microbial Superhero

If the power of Superman resided solely in his supernatural abilities, then Bruce Wayne’s Batman would never have been able to compete on his level. But when the other factors that superheroes depend upon are accounted for—sidekicks, spandex, sarcasm—both Superman and Batman can claim success in... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº180. Microbiología forense: el caso Amerithrax (Foresinc microbiology: the Amerithrax case)

El podcast del Microbio Nº180 is about the recent PNAS paper on the comparative genomics used in the investigation of Ameri... Read More

Improving Science Education Using Video Skills

Making a video about a scientific experiment rather than writing up a presentation poster leads to better learning and clearer understanding of the concepts underpinning the experiment according to science educators in Australia.

Geoff Hilton of the School of Education, at the University of Q... Read More

Fun with Bacteria (video)

Dan Koob explores a brand new world of bacteria at Temple's Medical School.
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New Key to Plant Disease Resistance Discovered

University of Kentucky plant pathologists recently discovered a metabolite that plays a critical role early on in the ability of plants, animals, humans and one-celled microorganisms to fend off a wide range of pathogens at the cellular level, which is known as systemic immunity.

This mode o... Read More

Google Science Fair

Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. Read More

Killing bacteria with viruses for safer food (video)

Food-borne diseases encompass a wide spectrum of illness and are a public health problem worldwide. As biotechnology labs around the world work to develop vaccines to fight bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, they are understanding other ways to attack bacteria naturally. VOA's Philip Alexio... Read More

Bacteria in pig feed can protect the environment

The little Bacillus subtilis is particularly welcome in pig feed because it has the attractive quality that it is expected to be able to help farmers reduce the impact of nitrogen from agriculture on the environment. Scientists are now aiming at developing new strains of Bacillus subtilis that a... Read More

Virulence Characteristics and Genetic Affinities of Multiple Drug Resistant Uropathogenic Escherichia coli from a Semi Urban Locality in India

Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are of significant health concern. The emergence of drug resistant E. coli with high virulence potential is alarming. Lack of sufficient data on transmission dynamics, virulence spectrum and antimicrobial resistance of certain pathogens such as... Read More

Neutron Scattering Analyzes Light-Harvesting Antenna from Bacteria

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used small-angle neutron scattering to analyze the structure of chlorosomes in green photosynthetic bacteria. These light-harvesting antenna complexes are efficient at collecting sunl... Read More

Millions at risk of flu complications went unvaccinated in England

More than five million people potentially at risk of health complications from flu went unvaccinated in England over the winter. Hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers also had no jab, leaving them open to infecting vulnerable patients.

The chief medical officer for England, Dame S... Read More

Experts try to calm fears about vaccine

A panel of health experts and opinion leaders spent nearly two hours at a Somali community forum Saturday night, trying to convince skeptics that the measles vaccine is safe and necessary.

But by the time it was over, there was little sign that anyone's minds had been changed. And a vaccine c... Read More

TWiV 126: Wart's up, doc?

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TWiV 126 Letters

Aaron writes:

Hi folks,

I'm a chemical engineer by background and I’ve done downstream process development in biopharma for years. Just lately, I've started working on a part-time bio Masters I’ve been taking all the standard cell/molecular bio classes I never... Read More

Shingles Vaccine Gets Expanded FDA Approval

The shingles vaccine Zostavax has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people aged 50 years and older, expanded from its original approval in 2006 for those 60 and older.

Shingles is a painful condition that sends blisters and rashes all over the skin and is caused by ... Read More

Wealth of Orchid Varieties Is Down to Busy Bees and Helpful Fungi, Says Study

Scientists have discovered why orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants -- it is all down to their relationships with the bees that pollinate them and the fungi that nourish them. The study, published February 1 in the American Naturalist, is the culmination of a ten-yea... Read More

More anti-viral resistant flu found in Delaware

Delaware health officials say three more cases of anti-viral resistant influenza cases have been discovered in the state.
The Division of Public Health (DPH) has identified a total of four cases of flu that is resistant to oseltamivir (commonly known under the brand name Tamiflu). The first ca... Read More

Preliminary studies show lower flu-shot effectiveness in Europe

Preliminary studies suggest that this year's trivalent seasonal flu vaccine used in Europe was less effective against the 2009 H1N1 virus than last year's monovalent H1N1 vaccine was, possibly because of some degree of mutation in the virus, according to recent reports in Eurosurveillance.

Th... Read More

Venezuela's Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Climbs To 100

The number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in Venezuela has risen to 100, the country's health minister, Eugenia Sader, said Tuesday.

Speaking on state television, Sader assured Venezuelans with estimates that fewer than two percent of those with the illness would require intensive medical attent... Read More
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