German researchers suspect that a recent increase in human Cowpox infections in Germany may be spread through the handling of food rats (rodents used for feeding pets or zoo animals) and a decrease in small pox vaccinations among the general public in a PLoS One paper entitled "Cowpox Virus Outb... Read More
When it comes to washing their hands, Americans say they are getting the message, but their actions speak otherwise. While nine out of ten (92%) Americans, in a recent telephone survey, said they always washed their hands after using a public restroom, an observational survey in 5 cities found ... Read More
Major histocompatibility (MHC) molecules enable T lymphocytes to recognize epitopes of antigens and discriminate self from nonself. Unlike B-cell receptors on B lymphocytes that are able to directly bind epitopes on antigens, the T-cell receptors (TCRs) of T lymphocytes can only recognize epitop... Read More
An animated public service announcement from Queensland, Australia on how to prevent catching Dengue Fever. Read More
Two diseases, banana bunchy top virus and bacterial wilt, are infecting banana crops across central Africa, putting about 30 million people at risk in regions where it is a staple.
"At a meeting in Tanzania last week on the crisis, agricultural experts urged farmers to use pesticides or switc... Read More
U.S. marine biomedicine scientists say they have discovered a promising ocean-based compound that might yield new ways to fight human disease.
Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego and Creighton University in Omaha say they have decip... Read More
Lars Jansen from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Gulbenkian Institute for Science) in Oeiras, Portugal, is featured In the Career Profile section of the AAAS Science journal. According to the article, Jansen's career started with a presentation at the 1999 ASM Conference on DNA Repair and M... Read More
As cities struggle to keep up with explosive population growth, dengue fever is beginning to infect more and more people due to unsanitary conditions; bad water, lack of sewage facilities. This short video shows conditions in the Philippines' city of Manila, where dengue has hit hard. Read More
Dr. Tony Fiore discusses who should be vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 flu during the 2009-2010 season. He explains the target groups for vaccination, and how these groups differ from those recommended for seasonal flu vaccination. Read More
"The discovery of antibodies that bind to a hitherto unknown "weak spot" on HIV has revived hopes that a potent vaccine is within reach.
Now that the weak spot – common to many strains – has been discovered, researchers can aim for vaccines that trick people into making their own antibodies t... Read More
Fightbac.org, the website of the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), has created some fun resources around common home food safety myths for educators and organizations to distribute, and they are allowing groups to add their own logos to them. In addition to the educators kit and down... Read More
Results from the first swine-flu vaccine trials taking place in Leicester reveal a strong immune response after just one dose.
The pilot study, run by the University of Leicester and Leicester Hospitals, was trialled with 100 healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 50.
Dr Iain Stephenson,... Read More
An American research team has taken a systems biology approach to understanding the diversity found in Shewanella — a bacterial genus touted for its bioremediation potential.
The researchers brought together genomic, proteomic, and physiological data for ten Shewanella strains in order to get... Read More
An interesting commentary by Ramy Karam Aziz, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, published in the journal Gut Pathogens claims "current microbiology is contaminated with anthropocentric convictions, many of which are irrational and negatively affect... Read More
A new study suggests that an unidentified cellular source may be responsible for residual viremia in HIV-1 patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This discovery disputes previous theories that attributed residual viremia to latent proviruses in resting CD4+ T cells and could ... Read More
As vaccine-makers gear up for the winter flu season, one biotech company is reporting success with an alternative method of developing a flu preventative that it says could work more effectively and be produced more quickly than traditional inoculations prepared in fertilized chicken eggs.
Th... Read More
A laboratory study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that some of the worst fears about a virulent H1N1 pandemic flu season may not be realized this year, but does demonstrate the heightened communicability of the virus. Using ferrets exposed to three different viruses, the Marylan... Read More
The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) is hosting a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.
“Education and preparati... Read More
After more than a decade of inquiry, a Princeton-led team of scientists has turned the tables on a long-standing controversy to re-establish an old truth about nitrogen mixing in the oceans.
For decades, scientists thought they had a handle on the workings of an intricate natural mechanism kn... Read More