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New paint shows germ-fighting potential

Scientists have created a new antimicrobial paint kills disease-causing bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses. Apparently it can be "recharged" using a simple chlorination process.

"The paint contains a new antimicrobial polymer with a type of N-halamine, a bleach-like substance that kills germs.... Read More

Early cave bacteria hints at Mars life

It was the first underground movement in our planet's history: Primitive bacteria that lived 2.75 billion years ago built themselves caves to live in, according to a new study. Today, the traces they left behind are stoking hopes that similar life forms could exist on Mars.

Early Earth was a ... Read More

Sea sponge could fight bacteria

The oceans still contain mysteries with the potential to help humanity. For example, scientists have discovered a sea sponge they say could help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Peter Moeller: What we found was a sponge growing in a pristine state. It was thriving in an environment that w... Read More

Health officials weigh next step on H1N1 flu

Health officials worldwide have a watchful eye on the Southern Hemisphere, where flu season is about to begin. How H1N1 circulates there may determine how aggressively U.S. health officials approach the flu in the fall.

Although it is far from certain that a vaccine for the bug often called s... Read More

ASM Launches new Laboratory Capacity Building Program Website

In resource-limited countries, a lack of training, proper reagents, supplies, and equipment has impacted their laboratories' ability to identify key pathogenic bacteria and detection of antimicrobial resistance. This has led to an environment of syndromic diagnosis by clinicians who have little ... Read More

TWiV 31: Fever plus cough or sore throat

In episode 31 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Read More

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite

Corynebacterium diphtheriae on tellurite Read More

throat culture on blood agar and tellurite medium. black colonies are Corynebacterium diphtheriae

throat culture on blood agar and tellurite medium. black colonies on tellurite medium are Corynebacterium diphtheriae Read More

New Virus, Old Tale: Animals Share Bugs With Us

Somewhere out there, somewhere along the way, a single creature got all this started. A pig, presumably. Pig Zero.

Scientists suspect that two influenza viruses common in swine, one rooted in Eurasia and the other in North America, came together in a single cell within a pig. The two viruses ... Read More

U.S. Now Leads World in Swine Flu Cases

Confirmed cases of H1N1 swine flu in the United States climbed to more than 2,500 by Monday, and the U.S. now surpasses Mexico as the country most affected by the outbreak, according to World Health Organization figures.

The number of deaths in the United States linked to the illness rose to ... Read More

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Bacteria Play Role in Preventing Spread of Malaria

Bacteria in the gut of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito inhibit infection of the insect with Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria in humans, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Scientists with the Bloomberg School’s Malaria Research I... Read More

SDSU Live - Swine Flu/H1N1 Live Panel

San Diego was one of the primary regions of the H1N1 outbreak, inducing a lot of public anxiety and media coverage. They had a confirmed case of H1N1 on our campus and their child care center closed down because on the number of kids with flu-like
symptoms. The campus spent a lot of time on ou... Read More

Fear of a Swine Flu Epidemic in 1976 Offers Some Lessons, and Concerns, Today

Here's a history piece on the 1976 swine flu epidemic in which vaccines were developed and distributed throughout the U.S. And while swine flu did not break out into a pandemic, many people developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes temporary muscle weakness or ... Read More

Key Protein Keeps Chronic Infection In Check

Why is the immune system able to fight off some viruses but not others, leading to chronic, life-threatening infections like HIV and hepatitis C?

A new UCLA AIDS Institute study suggests the answer lies in a protein called interleukin-21 (IL-21), a powerful molecule released by immune cells d... Read More

New Method Used To Detect Antibiotics In Honey

A team of chemists from the University of Almería (UAL) has developed a method to simultaneously detect the presence of 17 antibiotics in honey within less than 10 minutes. The researchers have shown that traces of antibiotics used to treat diseases among bees can be found in some commercial hon... Read More

Rating Pandemics: Tweaking the WHO Scale for Next Time…

The title pretty much sums up the main thrust of the post, which also includes section on cheap, rapid diagnostic tests that not only can identify known pathogens, but provide quite a bit of information about novel pathogens (link to a great Pop!Tech video lecture by Ian LIpkin). There's also a ... Read More

The Mitochondria Song

Over at the World's Fair Science blog David Ng has come up with this song about mitochondria.



























It sort of reminds me of a Social Distortion song. Read More

Digital Disease Detection — Harnessing the Web for Public Health Surveillance

Wow, the NEJM is really knocking out some great "perspectives" in their most recent issue.

The Internet has become a critical medium for clinicians, public health practitioners, and laypeople seeking health information. Data about diseases and outbreaks are disseminated not only through onli... Read More

Researchers have developed a formula to reduce methane gas in cattle

The air smells cleaner in Canda thanks to thanks to University of Alberta researchers who have developed a formula to reduce methane gas in cattle.

By developing equations that balance starch, sugar, cellulose, ash, fat and other elements of feed, a Canada-wide team of scientists has given be... Read More

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