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Cholera deaths rise to 1,751

Haiti's cholera epidemic has killed at least 1,751 people since it emerged in mid-October, according to figures released by the health ministry yesterday.

A total of 77,208 people have been infected by the disease and 34,248 have been hospitalized since the outbreak, officials said.

The ha... Read More

Use of human papilloma virus vaccine again at the center of college controversy

The controversial vaccination for the most common sexually transmitted virus, human papilloma virus (HPV) — which has been available for girls' use since 2006 — is once again becoming contentious as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) debates whether it should recommend that boy... Read More

Nasa raises hopes of finding extra-terrestrials with discovery of 'alien' bacteria that survives in arsenic

Nasa scientists are set to announce that bacteria have been discovered that can survive in arsenic, an element previously thought too toxic to support life, it can be revealed.

In a press conference scheduled for tomorrow evening, researchers will unveil the discovery of the incredible microb... Read More

Bacterial manganese stromatolites formed in the darkness of caves

A paper in "Geology" describe for the first time the occurrence of extensive Mn oxide stromatolites formed in the deep interior of a cave (El Soplao, Cantabria, Spain). The stromatolites are of decimeter thickness and kilometer extent and show features extremely similar to typical CaCO3 stromato... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 20 - Archaea Advanced Apart

This episode: Our archaeal ancestors may have been more important to us than bacterial!


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El podcast del Microbio Nº134. NDM-1 resistance reported in Spain



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 134 talks about the report of NDM-1 resistance in Spain . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 134 habl... Read More

Dengue/DHF update 2010

In this update:
Cases in various countries: Philippines (Negros Oriental), Taiwan, Thailand (Phuket), Indonesia (West Nusa Tenggara, India (Delhi), India (Andhra Pradesh), Pakistan (Punjab), Pakistan (Sindh), Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil (Goiania), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Venezuela

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El podcast del Microbio Nº133. Bacterial colours in insects



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 133 resumes the article published in Science about the change of colour in aphids due to a bact... Read More

Will This Be the End of 'Hamburger Disease?'

Hamburger disease, a debilitating form of food poisoning, may be a thing of the past. New findings from an international research collaboration conducted by the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), involving the Université de Montréal are the first to show how the contaminati... Read More

Cholera and Vaccine Experts Urge U.S. to Stockpile Vaccine

As the cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to rage, public health workers are focusing their efforts on treating the tens of thousands who have already been hospitalized with cholera-like symptoms and providing clean water and adequate sanitation to control the disease’s spread.

Could the Uni... Read More

Haiti's cholera outbreak will go from bad to worse

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is just getting started. Disagreements over who, or what, was responsible for the epidemic continue, and health agencies predict the situation will get much worse before cases start falling. Yet good vaccines are going unused. New Scientist rounds up the latest news... Read More

Killer virus protein chews up RNA

Using X-rays, researchers have identified the structure of a key protein from Lassa virus, which infects 100,000 to 300,000 people every year in West Africa—and kills 5,000.

The structure reveals how the virus evades its host’s immune system, and how it hijacks infected cells’ vital machinery... Read More

Dispatches from the Future

Bacteria that fill in cracks in concrete, bacteria that feel empathy, probiotic bacterial sentinels as new antibiotics, bacteria that play sudoku, yeast that can live on mars, bacteria that produce enough light to read a book by, personalized cancer targeting viruses, engineering the bacteria th... Read More

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The Hawaiian Bobtail Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid and its resident bacteria, Vibrio fischeri, have a powerful and still somewhat mysterious symbiotic relationship. The luminescent bacteria populate a small pouch on the squid’s underside called the light organ, and provide a sort of “Klingon cloaking device.” They prod... Read More

Merck's HIV drug Isentress fails once-a-day study

Merck & Co said once-daily use of its HIV drug Isentress was less effective in a late-stage study than standard twice-daily dosing among patients that had not previously been treated for the virus that causes AIDS.

Based on the disappointing initial results, the U.S. drugmaker said on Monday... Read More

DNA trick throws ageing into reverse

A technique to keep the tips of your chromosomes healthy could reverse tissue ageing. The work, which was done in mice, is yet more evidence of a causal link between chromosome length and age-related disease.

Telomeres, the caps of DNA which protect the ends of chromosomes, shorten every time... Read More

Opisthocomus hoazin - The Flying Cow

Moselio Schaechter of Small Things Considered has authored a post about the work of Maria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico who has been studying Opisthocomus hoazin, a unique bird who is known to carry out a pre-gastric (ruminal) fermentation. Dominguez-Bello has been investigati... Read More

U.S. Orders Vast Review of Bioethics

President Obama on Wednesday ordered a vast review to ensure the ethical treatment of people who take part in research backed by the federal government.

His action is a response to the revelation this year that American scientists intentionally infected people at a Guatemalan mental hospital ... Read More

Britton Chance, Olympian and Biophysics Researcher, Dies at 97

Britton Chance, a biophysicist who did pioneering research on how living organisms produce and manage energy and helped develop diagnostic tools, like one for the detection of breast cancer, died on Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.

Dr. Chance, who was also a world-class yachtsman and won an Olympic ... Read More
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