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NIAID scientists study past flu pandemics for clues to future course of 2009 H1N1 virus

A commonly held belief that severe influenza pandemics are preceded by a milder wave of illness arose because some accounts of the devastating flu pandemic of 1918-19 suggested that it may have followed such a pattern. But two scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Dise... Read More

Cellular protein as a new target for treatment of chronic hepatitis C;

Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, Director of the Department of Molecular Virology at the Hygiene Institute of Heidelberg University Hospital, has identified a protein in infected liver cells that is essential for hepatitis C virus replication. Inhibiting this protein is highly efficient in blocking viru... Read More

Dirty Doctor' Office? No Place is Safe

Dr. Manny Alvarez, online health personality and managing editor for foxnewshealth.com, invites Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr.
Director of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, into his office to hunt for microbes.
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Magnetic Microbe Genome Attracting Attention For Biotech Research

The smallest organisms to use a biological compass are magnetotactic bacteria, however mysteries remain about exactly how these bacteria create their cellular magnets. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have used genome sequencing to unlock new secrets about these magneti... Read More

Parasite Causes Zombie Ants To Die In An Ideal Spot

A study in the September issue of The American Naturalist describes new details about a fungal parasite that coerces ants into dying in just the right spot—one that is ideal for the fungus to grow and reproduce. The study, led David P. Hughes of Harvard University, shows just how precisely the f... Read More

Can monolaurin crack the shell of flu virus and keep it from replicating

A recent article in The Examiner, an online and print paper from the DC area, asks if monolaurin, a food supplement extracted from lauric acid in coconut oil (that you can buy online or in a health food store) can keep the H1N1 flu virus as well as herpes simplex (facial herpes virus) from repr... Read More

Candida albicans

Lactophenol cotton blue wet preparation of scraping from oral lesion, showing pseudohyphae of Candida albicans Read More

Performance enhancing bug! Ulcer-causing bacterium alters resistance of mucus barrier for a smooth swim!

A team of researchers from Boston University, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently made a discovery that changes a long held paradigm about how bacteria move through soft gels. They showed that the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that causes human stomach ... Read More

Biology By the Numbers

Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog has brought to our attention a new internet resource called Bionumbers. "It enables you to find in a minute (or less) any common biological... Read More

Personal protective equipment and influenza

The Institute of Medicine has been asked to make recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers against swine-origin H1N1 influenza. They have been hearing presentations concerning the effectiveness of facemasks in preventing respiratory infections. Read More

Put Your Hands Together and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

CDC-TV has a hand washing video out that highlights the importance of this practice for the prevention of infectious disease.






















Description: Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or we... Read More

Antibodies To Strep Throat Bacteria Linked To Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Mice

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing comm... Read More

Fungus Could Be Kudzu Killer

It’s been called the “vine that ate the south.” Kudzu grows so fast it can completely cover a cabin in the woods in a couple of days. The invasive plant takes over another 150,000 acres every year. Which costs another $6 million to control.

But plant pathologists with the U.S. Department of A... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 15

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Arroz termodinámico
El metano, gas causante del efecto invernadero, es producido en gran parte en los arrozales. Las responsables son unas bacterias presentes en esto... Read More

MTS33 - Abigail Salyers - The Art of Teaching Science

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Candida albicans

Autoflourescence of Candida albicans in blood culture Read More

BP Ponies Up $10M For Algae Biofuels in Martek Deal

BP is ponying up $10 million for a partnership with Martek Biosciences to study the use of algae to convert sugar into biodiesel. BP isn’t the only oil major — or government agency — to show an interest in the prospect of commercially viable algal-based fuels. Just last month ExxonMobil committe... Read More

Children's OCD may be related to Strep infection

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing comm... Read More

Unlocking the secret of magnetic microbes

The smallest organisms to use a biological compass are magnetotactic bacteria, however mysteries remain about exactly how these bacteria create their cellular magnets. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have used genome sequencing to unlock new secrets about these magneti... Read More

Who's fault is scientific illiteracy?

Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, has authored a post on Cool Green Science, "the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy," that looks at the current state of scientific illiteracy in the wake of Chris Mooney's new book "Unscientific America."

Interestingly, Karevi... Read More

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