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Genome wager between Lewis Wolpert and Rupert Sheldrake

"Professor Lewis Wolpert and Dr Rupert Sheldrake, have set up a wager on the predictive value of the genome. Professor Wolpert believes that all biological phenomena can in principle be explained in terms of DNA, proteins and other molecules, together with their interactions. He is convinced tha... Read More

The link between DNA sequencing and disease diagnosis

Dr. Paul Keim, famous for identifying the anthrax strain during the anthrax letter attacks back in 2001, is featured in this video about the importance of rapid detection of disease through DNA sequencing.

Dr. Keim was also a guest on Meet The Scientist featured here at MicrobeWorld. Listen ... Read More

Is Obesity An Oral Bacterial Disease?

Obesity is definitely an epidemic in our society, even around the world. Scientists at The Forsyth Institute have discovered a link between certain oral bacteria and obesity. I can't imagine that it's the entire explanation for overweight people, but there could definitely be some causality. Wha... Read More

How stop (or at least control) blogging at scientific meetings

An editorial published in Nature 460, 152 (9 July 2009) entitled "How to Stop Blogging" considers how to handle attendees who blog presentations of research for public view and the policy options meeting conveners are exploring.

Despite the title of the editorial, in the body of the piece is ... Read More

Researchers show how the chemotaxis network of signaling proteins in E.coli is able to spontaneously form from clusters of proteins

"Self-assembling and self-organizing systems are the Holy Grails of nanotechnology, but nature has been producing such systems for millions of years. A team of scientists has taken a unique look at how thousands of bacterial membrane proteins are able to assemble into clusters that direct cell m... Read More

A new genetically engineered strain of corn developed for ethanol production

Corn Amylase is a genetically modified crop developed by the Swiss firm Syngenta Seeds that was developed specifically for the production of ethanol. The seed itself has been modified with a heat-resistant protein from deep-sea bacteria to produce a kernel easily converted to ethanol without add... Read More

Swine flu summit: Govt checks on state readiness

So the government anticipates a big problem with swine flu as the traditional fall flu season rolls around... Time for a checkup -- for local health officials. Read More

President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Francis Collins as NIH Director

"WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

President Obama said, "The National Institutes of Health stands as a model when it comes to science ... Read More

What Makes a Chili Hot? Real Hot!

In a battle against a seed eating fungus, certain chili peppers fight back by dialing up the heat. Learn more about why and how certain chili's are so hot in this video from Sciencentral. Read More

Actinomyces israelii

Actinomyces israelii. Gram stain broth culture Read More

What's it like to be a microbiologist in Canada?

If you have ever wondered what it's like to a microbiologist in Canada then this is the video for you. It's nice to see the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education promoting these employment opportunities. Found on YouTube. Read More

Rodents may not be the primordial reservoirs for hantaviruses

New research from PLoS on novel hantavirus genomes in moles challenges the current thinking that rodents are the originating hosts for the disease.

From the abstract:

The discovery of genetically distinct hantaviruses in shrews (Order Soricomorpha, Family Soricidae) from widely separated ... Read More

Human Sperm Created From Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers have developed a process for producing human sperm from stem cells. While both exciting and frightening at the same time, what does this mean for the future?

The research is being touted as a breakthrough in how we study and diagnose problems such as infertility and the effects t... Read More

Slime molds and the future of artificial intelligence

Justin Mullins, a consultant editor, for The New Scientist has published a very interesting read that ties research by Japanese scientists on the "cognitive" abilities of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to memristors, "a class of passive two-terminal circuit elements that maintain a functio... Read More

Human Genre Project

Here's an interesting and somewhat confusing new project that appears to have just launched. The Human Genre Project is "a collection of new writing in very short forms -- short stories, flash fictions, reflections, poems -- inspired by genes and genomics."

I've checked out the website that ... Read More

Could Preserving the Diversity of Species Protect us from Disease?

New research on the prevalence of "sin nombre" hantavirus in deer mice authored by Laurie J. Dizney and Luis A. Ruedas from Portland State University and published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal suggests a diversity of animal species helps defend against the emergence of patho... Read More

Should I breast feed my baby if I have H1N1/swine flu?

The CDC has released new guidelines for moms concerned abouth whether they should breast feed their children if they have H1N1 or Swine Flu.

"Infants are thought to be at higher risk for severe illness from novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and very little is known about prevention of novel ... Read More

HIV-1 Infection Rapidly Damages Function of Gut Antibody Producing Immune Cells within Days

New research published in PLoS Medecine from the NIAID-funded Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology suggests that HIV-1 moves at breathtaking speed in destroying and de-regulating the body's gut-based B-cell antibody-producing system, resulting in a sober reality for hopeful vaccine hunters.

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Quorum Sensing and "Sensing Potential"

Anand Pai, graduate student in bioengineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and scientist Lingchong You, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a member of Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Center for Systems Biology, have discovered what they believe is a com... Read More

Influenza Monitoring By The US Military

With global health monitoring coming into vogue, more attention is being paid to the United States military's own influenza monitoring system, which has been operational since the 1970's. Read More

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