On episode #64 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss ten compelling virology stories of 2009.
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University of Delaware researchers have uncovered a novel means of conquest employed by a common reed, Phragmites australis, which ranks as one of the world’s most invasive plants.
Phragmites is a problem in Nebraska rivers and streams, such as the Platte.
Last October, Platte Valley Weed ... Read More
France has joined other European countries in selling off millions of its emergency swine flu vaccines after buying far more than it needed to fight the outbreak, the government said Sunday.
"We started with a plan for two-dose vaccinations but since one dose is sufficient we can start to re-... Read More
Q I was reading about the causes of miscarriage in dogs and a bacteria called Brucella was mentioned. I had heard of it in cattle but not in dogs, is it common and is it dangerous?
A Brucella canis is a bacterium that is a leading cause of infertility in the dog. In bitches, the first symptom... Read More
We have been warned to make sure we wash our hands properly to stop the spread of swine flu. The government's adverts show the disease spreading quickly by touch. Sneeze into your hands, they suggest, and you will leave highly infectious fingerprints everywhere you go. It is a scary prospect. Bu... Read More
In late 2007, during the early months of his faculty position at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Benjamin tenOever faced a wrinkle in his research plans. Experienced in looking at how cells respond to viruses, he'd set his sights on microRNA and how these small molecular segmen... Read More
A bacterial coinfection with the H1N1 pandemic flu may explain the unusually high case fatality seen in Argentina earlier this year, researchers said.
Argentina had 137 deaths out of 3,056 cases between May 17 and July 16, representing a case fatality rate of 4.5%, according to Gustavo Palaci... Read More
The naturally-occurring bacterial enzyme Cocaine esterase, CocE, breaks down cocaine which reduced its addictive properties.
The discovery has been hailed as possible method of helping addicts get off the drug and could prevent deaths from overdose.
Scientists found the bacteria was only ... Read More
Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists ... Read More
There is still no cure for the common cold, but that hasn’t stopped consumers from spending billions of dollars every year on vitamins, medicines and doctor visits. (I admit I do too, from time to time.)
“There’s a bit of magical thinking at work here,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman o... Read More
Once upon a time Norway was just like everyone else, fighting a losing battle against bacteria. Then one day, their pubic health system decided to fight back by limiting the use of antibiotics, and today the country is now know as the "most infection free nation in the world," according to the W... Read More
Microbe Kombat is a fun little game that pits microbes against each other in an ultimate confrontation- gladiator style. Players must consume proteins, reproduce, and wipe out the opposing microbe fraction.
Click the "Source" link to play the game.
Note: Tomorrow we turn the page to 2010 and we cannot think of a better time to look ahead at the things we know for certain will be in the news of the New Year.
In discussing some of the major emerging trends, we are not making predictions but rather just using some common sense to talk abo... Read More
f you have had your Mexican holiday ruined by a bout of 'Moctezuma's Revenge', you could be the ideal candidate for a new study into travellers' diarrhoea.
One US vaccine manufacturer is offering a novel incentive for people willing to take part in a drug trial for a remedy for 'holiday tummy... Read More
After Mimivirus, Mamavirus and the virophage, the group of giant viruses now has a new member called Marseillevirus.
Discovered in an amoeba by the team led by Didier Raoult at the Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes research group (CNRS/Université Aix-Ma... Read More
(Ed. note - update to the story we covered earlier at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2340)
A Christmas Eve recall of 248,000 pounds of beef linked to an E. coli outbreak in 16 states has focused new attention on an industrial method used to tenderize... Read More
It's hard to believe that 12 months ago, not many of us had ever heard the terms "swine flu" "H1N1" or even "adjuvant." But in the last eight months, many Canadians learned more about influenza than they ever would have imagined, thanks to stern health official warnings and breathless media cove... Read More
Young people aged under 18 years are more likely than adults to catch swine flu from an infected person in their household, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the research also shows that young people are no more likely than adults to infect... Read More
Global health officials' response to the swine-flu pandemic reflects major improvements in flu-fighting capabilities in recent years, but limited vaccine supplies, crowded emergency rooms, and other challenges show they still aren't fully equipped to combat a deadlier scourge, the World Health O... Read More