Oregon State University engineers have applied new coatings on anodes of microbial electrochemical cells, which heightens their electricity production by 20 times, and is another step closer to producing electricity from sewage.
The graphite anodes were coated with palladium at one point in ... Read More
For years, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) researchers have shied away from the whole notion of a cure, largely because evidence showed the virus can persist even under intensive treatment.
But now, they are -- tentatively -- expressing a renewed interest in the idea.
That interest is ... Read More
The illustration at left depicts a virion – the infectious particle that is designed for transmission of the nucleic acid genome among hosts or host cells. A virion is not the same as a virus. I define virus as a distinct biological entity with five distinct characteristics. Others believe that ... Read More
Mothers who drink milk containing 'friendly bacteria' (probiotics) while pregnant and breastfeeding may reduce their child's risk of developing eczema, reports a new study. And if their child does develop eczema, it may be less severe.
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The push for a vaccine against the potentially serious dengue fever gained urgency on Thursday as health officials in Miami Beach and Ocala reported the first suspected cases there.
With an apparent 5 percent of Key West residents now infected via mosquitoes, which are abundant throughout Sou... Read More
Blastomyces dermatitidis in patient from South Africa. This patient and the one from Uganda were the second and third African patients recognized, and general acceptance of blastomycosis as an African mycosis dates from these diagnoses Read More
Legionnaire's disease bacteria tap into the material transport in immune cells. When it infects the lungs, the Legionnaire's bacterium Legionella pneumophila causes acute pneumonia. The pathogen's modus operandi is particularly ingenious: it infiltrates deliberately into cells of the human immun... Read More
Employees and physicians of the Detroit Medical Center sing and dance to remind everyone that hand sanitization is key to controlling infection and keeping everyone healthier! Read More
Cryptococcus gattii -- an airborne fungus that can cause life-threatening illness -- is an emerging infection in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
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While C. gattii infections are rare -- only 60 cases have been reported since 2004 -- they... Read More
Former Cleveland Browns centre LeCharles Bentley sued the team on Thursday over a career-ending staph infection he says he contracted at the team's training facility.
Bentley's attorney, Shannon Polk, said the lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court seeks at least $25,000 US in da... Read More
Since November 2003, the epidemic intelligence team at the French Institut de Veille Sanitaire [InVS] has been gathering data on influenza A(H5N1) circulation in poultry and on human cases worldwide. As Indonesia notifies the world's 500th case to the World
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Microbe magazine Current Topics and Features Editor Jeff Fox talks with Douglas Theobald of Brandeis University about Theobald's work testing the he notion of a universal common ancestry (UCA) for all species.
New species of bacteria have been discovered which can break down sodium oxalate impurities produced during the refining of bauxite into alumina.
Oxalate affects the quality of the final product. At present, refiners can either remove the oxalate and store it, which is expensive, or burn it o... Read More
A research team led by scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has discovered a fundamental entry mechanism that allows dangerous fungal microbes to infect plants and cause disease. The discovery paves the way for the development of new intervention strategies ... Read More
The number of Internet searches has recently been used by Google to estimate the influenza incidence in the United States. We examined the correlation between the Google Flu Trends tool and sentinel networks estimates in several European countries during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic and ... Read More
A continuacion: El maravilloso mundo de los microbios de las cuevas, clonación para obtener alimentos de calidad, el esfuerzo de cizalla y el bacteriófago, y un cóctel que mata virus.
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In the battle against soil fungi that discolor horseradish roots and can render the entire crop unsellable, University of Illinois researcher Mohammad Babadoost found that subjecting the roots to hot water before planting was most effective in killing the pathogen in propagative root stocks.
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Researchers in Shanghai have engineered super-thin sheets of graphene oxide paper that could be used as antibacterial material in shoes, bandages, and food packaging.
That's right. We mortal humans have discovered a kind of material that actually fights disease-causing bacteria, thereby openi... Read More
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a significant advance toward producing electricity from sewage, by the use of new coatings on the anodes of microbial electrochemical cells that increased the electricity production about 20 times.
The findings, just published online in Biosensor... Read More
A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines - while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza.
Patches containing micron-scale needles ... Read More