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Syracuse University professors make a breakthough in biofilm formation

SU professors Dacheng Ren and Yan-Yeung Luk have created a platform to control biofilm formation in specific patterns over extended periods of time. They can now manipulate and confine biofilm growth four times longer than previous technologies.
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New Diagnostic for Deadly Listeria

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. Read More

A new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology

I think Discovery.com just used the word "fart" to drive traffic, but it's a notable story nonetheless - It sounds like a gag gift instead of serious science, but a new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology by turning C02 in the atmosphere into methane.

The technique w... Read More

3 Vials of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Missing from Fort Detrick

From CNN - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command agents have been visiting Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, to investigate the disappearance of the vials. Christopher Grey, spokesman for the command, said this latest investigation has found "no evidence of criminal activity." Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Obligate Parasite

Here's an interesting blog post from www.smallthingsconsidered.us about the definition of Obligate Parasite. Read More

MTS25 - Parisa Ariya - Bioaerosols: The Living Atmosphere

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Gorillas vs. charcoal: Biomass to the rescue

Every day, Virunga National Park gets a little bit smaller. The forest, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the last homes of the majestic mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). It is also the main source of energy—in the form of wood—for the millions of people who live in area... Read More

Viruses could kill superbugs that antibiotics can't

A VIRUS that gobbles up the bacteria that cause debilitating ear infections could become the next weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, after the first clinical trial of a bacteriophage treatment proved successful.

The trouble with bacteria is that they can evolve to outsmart antibiot... Read More

Polio: New Outbreak of Polio in Africa Prompts Appeal for Vaccine Financing

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has made an emergency appeal for millions of dollars to fight a new polio outbreak across Africa. “Polio is spreading again, including in countries such as Uganda which had been polio-free for more than a decade,” said Dr. Tamm... Read More

tetanus in a mouse showing body curvature (opisthotonos)

tetanus in a mouse showing body curvature (opisthotonos) Read More

b326-1 clostridium tetani - biochemical reactions (15x)

b326-1 clostridium tetani - biochemical reactions (15x) Read More

b325-3 clostridium sporogenes - sporoangia and spores, crystal violet (1000x)

b325-3 clostridium sporogenes - sporoangia and spores, crystal violet (1000x) Read More

b324-1 clostridium ramosum, peptostreptococcus spp, peptococcus spp and bacteroides fragilis

b324-1 clostridium ramosum, peptostreptococcus spp, peptococcus spp and bacteroides fragilis Read More

b323-8 clostridium perfringens in roll tube

b323-8 clostridium perfringens in roll tube Read More

b323-7 clostridium perfringens gram stain from young culture

b323-7 clostridium perfringens gram stain from young culture Read More

b323-4 clostridium perfringens biochemical reactions 15x

b323-4 clostridium perfringens biochemical reactions 15x Read More

clostridium perfringens stormy fermentation in milk

clostridium perfringens stormy fermentation in milk Read More

clostridium perfringens lecithinase activity 6x

clostridium perfringens lecithinase activity 6x Read More

Bacteria Galore by Sunday at Four

This is a great online children's book about the role of bacteria in our lives by Dr. Mel Rosenberg for ages 3+. Read More

Avian Flu Cases in Egypt Raise Alarms

An unusual pattern of avian flu cases in Egypt — almost all are in toddlers, all of whom have survived — has led some flu-tracking Web sites to speculate that dozens of silent cases are circulating there.

That would be an alarming development, but other experts, including those at the World H... Read More

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