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Plants and Bacteria 'Talk' to Thwart Disease

In plant and animal innate immunity, like many of the dances of life, it takes two to tango. A receptor molecule in the plant pairs up with a specific molecule on the invading bacteria and, presto, the immune system swings into action to defend against the invasion of the disease-causing microbe... Read More

Human microbes are picky about neighbourhoods on body

Your body is home to 10 times as many microbes as its own cells. But they can be quite picky about where they will settle – and what other bacteria they'll share fences with.

That's the conclusion of the most comprehensive map ever of the microbial communities flourishing in the human body.
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Syncephalastrum sp

Syncephalastrum sp. Interference phase microscopy (1000X) Read More

Can Pets Get Swine Flu?

A short Q&A session that regularly runs in the New York Times. This week, pets and H1N1 are discussed by Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the A.S.P.C.A. Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. Read More

Jason Tetro talks H1N1 with the public (Part 2)

The Centre for Research on Environmental Microbiology's Jason Tetro takes calls from the public and answers questions on the H1N1 situation. Read More

Jason Tetro talks H1N1 on CTV Ottawa

The Centre for Research on Environmental Microbiology's Jason Tetro talks with CTV Ottawa's Leanne Cusack on the H1N1 situation. Read More

Bacteria mix it up at the microscopic level

Many hands—or many flagella—make light work.

In studies of the motion of tiny swimming bacteria, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory found that the microscopic organisms can stir fluids remarkably quickly and effectively. As a result, the bacterial flagel... Read More

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself?

(from http://www.ted.com) Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too. Read More

Flu outrunning vaccine, experts say

H1N1 in the news. Read More

Cat 'doing well' after world-first swine flu case

Vets in the US state of Iowa said a household cat had tested positive for swine flu - the first known case in the world of the new pandemic strain spreading to the feline population.

The domestic shorthair, a 13-year-old castrated male, apparently caught A(H1N1) off its owners - two of the th... Read More

Home Researchers study bacteria’s use in solar energy

n the future, bacteria could harness solar energy to provide power for automobiles if an ASU project recently granted $5.2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy succeeds.

A program in the energy department chose only 37 of 3,500 initial applicants to receive grants.

ASU professor Willem... Read More

Restarting Regeneration One Step at a Time

Planarians may be lowly flatworms, but the tiny crawlers possess powers that even superheroes would envy. Cut off the worm’s head or tail, and a new one sprouts to replace it. In the flatworm’s body, nerves, muscles, connective tissues, and whole organs regenerate when damaged or removed.

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MTS38 - Jonathan Eisen - An Embarrassment of Genomes

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Trichophyton mentagrophytes

Trichophyton mentagrophytes colony on Sabouraud's agar (1.54) Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 26

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Los temas que vamos a tratar esta semana son: combustible fabricado a base de azúcar, microbiología frente a diseño inteligente y zoológicos en la mira.


Combustible fabricado a bas... Read More

Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's Universe series. Read More

BGI-Led Team Sequences Cucumber Genome

An international research team led by investigators at the Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen reported online in Nature Genetics yesterday that they have sequenced the draft genome of the domestic cucumber plant, Cucumis sativus.

The team used a combination of Sanger and Illumina methods to ... Read More

Why fat angers the immune system

Overweight people get heart disease and diabetes – and more severe swine flu – because their fat triggers inflammation, an immune response meant to fight infection. Now the protein responsible for this sequence of events may have been found.

Jerrold Olefsky and colleagues at the University of... Read More

Theme Parks Confront Flu Jitters

For many Americans, the fear of swine flu has made everyday acts like going to work, going to school or getting on a plane feel fraught with danger — even more so since President Obama recently declared swine flu a national emergency.

Now, even Mickey Mouse is being looked at with suspicion.
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A Genetically Engineered Rainbow of Bacteria

Bioengineering students from around the world converged on MIT this weekend in what has become an annual ritual in synthetic biology--iGEM, the international genetically engineered machines competition. Among the finalists this year were "GluColi", a new generation of glue made by bacteria, a bi... Read More

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