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Japan Is on High Alert as a Virus Infiltrates Bird-Heavy Regions

Japanese bird sanctuaries, poultry farms and zoos went on high alert last month after several species of migratory birds in different regions were found dead of what appeared to be H5N1 avian influenza.

The virus frightened flu specialists when it resurfaced in Hong Kong in 2003 and quickly s... Read More

First WikiLeaks, Now ScienceLeaks

Frustrated by paywalls on scientific papers? Biologist Rosie Redfield has set up a blog site called Science Leaks that provides links to “peer-reviewed scientific papers that been liberated from behind journal-subscription paywalls.”

The idea is to ensure that research, especially research pa... Read More

Exhausted by Illness, and Doubts

Chronic fatigue syndrome causes a host of debilitating symptoms: profound exhaustion, disordered sleep, muscle and joint pain and severe cognitive problems, among others. But what causes the syndrome itself?

Since the first cases in the United States were identified in the 1980s, scientists ... Read More

Anger over pandemic flu cash diverted to 2014 Games

Plans to divert £10m from the Scottish pandemic flu budget to the Commonwealth Games fund have come under fire.

Labour's health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie criticised ministers for pledging to transfer money set aside for extra vaccines and antivirals.

She said the ongoing threat of a swine... Read More

Clostridium Difficile in Kids: The Extent of the Problem

We’ve written about the growing problem of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that, like antibiotic-resistant staph, is posing a health threat in hospitals. One study found that C. diff is infecting more than 1 in 100 hospital inpatients.

And now we have a clearer picture of how C. diff is sp... Read More

Retroviral integration and the XMRV provirus

A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors. Why does this result constitute such strong proof of viral infection?

Establishment of an integrated copy of the viral ... Read More

The Top Ten Life Forms Living on Lady Gaga (And You)

A new truth about Lady Gaga’s health has recently been revealed. She is covered in other life forms—“her little monsters” you might call them.

Contrary to statements otherwise in the media, these life forms have nothing to do with Lady Gaga’s meat bikini (For those who need the extra explana... Read More

Precious Metals

Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog reviews the results of a recent paper "Microbial metalloproteomes are largely uncharacterized" from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and ponders its implications.

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Anopheles sp. mosquito

This illustration depicts an Anopheles sp. mosquito transmitting sporozoites while obtaining a blood meal.

During a blood meal, a malaria-infected female Anopheles sp. mosquito inoculates its human host with sporozoites, which then infect human liver cells, where they mature into schizonts, w... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 24 - Ant-Associated Actinomycetes

This episode: Bacteria help ants keep parasites out of their fungal gardens!


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Even Molds Can Suffer Jet Lag: Simple Organisms Shed Light on Inner Clock

Humans are not the only species ruled by a circadian rhythm. Even simple organisms like molds are governed by an inner clock.

Studying red bread mold may teach us how our own internal clock works. This is exactly what the Centre for Organelle Research (CORE) at the University of Stavanger, No... Read More

Wired Magazine's Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2010

In a year full of major advances, over-hyped findings and controversial studies, it was tough for the Wired Science staff to choose which breakthroughs were the biggest in 2010. So we've collected the ones that stood out the most to us.

From synthetic life and three-parent embryos to the poss... Read More

Two people die of swine flu in western Germany

A three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man have died of influenza infection in Goettingen. In both cases, the swine flu virus H1N1 was confirmed. But health officials said on Monday that there was "no need to panic."

he Lower Saxony social affairs ministry confirmed on Monday that two patien... Read More

Cat fleas infect Victorian family

A Newcastle doctor has published a case study of Australia's first reported case of humans infected with a bacteria from cat fleas, but says it is probably more common than most GPs realise.

The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, documents the case of a Victorian family ... Read More

Infant hydrocephalus, seasonal and linked to farm animals in Uganda

Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is pre... Read More

Kansas Bioscience Authority seeking top researchers

In preparation for the arrival of a $650 million federal research lab, roads and utilities are being rerouted at a 45-acre site just across the street from Kansas State University's football stadium.

But as the arrival of the mammoth National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility inches forward, one ... Read More

Bonnie Bassler on ASM's upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans for 2011

For information about the American Society for Microbiology's General Meeting visit http://gm.asm.org/ Read More

Whooping cough questions focus on the final childhood booster shot

The dramatic surge in whooping cough in California in 2010, when 10 infants were killed by the bacterium and more people were sickened than in any year since 1947, has scientists looking for answers.

Researchers are focusing on a surprising trend: 7- to 10-year-olds are getting the disease at... Read More

Wellcome Trust exhibition to show history of dirt

A new exhibition in London will chart the history of the human relationship with dirt.

The exhibition, at the Wellcome Trust in Euston, explores attitudes towards dirt in a 17th Century Dutch home, a Victorian street and an Indian slum.

It includes some of the earliest sketches of bacteria... Read More

Sorting good science from bad

Five years ago Bill Gates invited the world's scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health. No idea was too radical, he said, for what he called the Grand Challenges in Global Health.

About 1600 proposals came in, and the top 43 were so promising that the Bill... Read More
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