Not long ago, the news was full of reports about two male Humboldt penguins at a zoo in Germany that adopted an egg, hatched it and reared the chick together. It seems like every time you turn around, the media spotlight has fallen on another example of same-sex liaisons in the animal kingdom.
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A two-headed compound obtained from soil bacteria may hold the key to developing the next generation of antibiotics, researchers in the UK report. The compound, called simocyclinone, was found to shut down crucial bacterial enzymes in an unusual two-pronged attack.
It is hoped the research c... Read More
Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, has authored a humorous post on the Small Things Considered blog on the various methods an attendee of a scientific meeting can employ to enhance "maximum satisfaction and poise" one gets o... Read More
An extensive review of adverse effects from the swine flu vaccine indicates that the vaccine is safe, with side effects no different from those of seasonal flu vaccines, health officials reported on Friday.
The information comes from two monitoring networks. One is the Vaccine Adverse Event ... Read More
A cholera epidemic is sweeping across Kenya, with 4,700 cases reported in the past month and 119 deaths in what Kenyan officials are calling “one of the worst outbreaks in a decade.”
The most stricken areas are the arid swaths of northern Kenya, which were hit this year by a devastating droug... Read More
The antiviral, which is already being tested for safety in humans, has exhibited no toxic side effects and has not allowed development of resistance, a characteristic that plagues other treatments.
An experimental antiviral drug that works by a different mechanism than existing drugs has been... Read More
H1N1 swine flu has finally reached the Gaza Strip, the health ministry said on Sunday, worrying Palestinians who had credited Israel's blockade of the territory with keeping the virus at bay.
The ministry said five people had been diagnosed with H1N1 on Saturday. Health workers said it appear... Read More
On episode 61 of the podcast "This Week in Virology", Vincent and Dick muse about the symbiotic bacterium,Wolbachia, that protects flies from viral infection, the origin of 2009 influenza H1N1 virus, and the ... Read More
America was one raw nerve. An unpopular Republican president had left office, leaving behind an unpopular war to wind down. Democrats now ruled both houses of Congress. The sitting president, a Midwesterner whose ascendancy had been historic, came in without executive experience. The country was... Read More
Hog farmer David Moody has stopped letting strangers into his barn because he's afraid they'll infect his pigs with swine flu.
Not that he would ever call the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus by its colloquial name.
Like many pork producers across the heartland, he has spent months railing ag... Read More
The maker of Slim-Fast has recalled all of its ready-to-drink canned beverages. All of them. Turns out, the stuff might be contaminated with the bacterium Bacillus cereus.
Here's the notice, posted on the Food and Drug Administration's website and the Slim-Fast site.
It contains the usual ... Read More
A researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Frederick, Maryland, has contracted rabbit fever—also known as tularemia, USAMRIID officials announced today. The illness is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis, one of several biosaf... Read More
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Children who are vaccinated against chicken pox may also have increased protection against shingles, new findings suggest.
U.S. researchers looked at the health records of 172,163 children in southern California who were vaccinated with the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine between 2002 and 200... Read More
The European Medicines Agency warns that young children given GlaxoSmithKline's swine flu shot may get a fever after their second dose.
In a statement issued Friday, the European drug regulator said data from GlaxoSmithKline PLC showed a higher number of children aged six months to 3 years ha... Read More
An antibiotic that binds to a well-established target in a novel and unexpected way could be the inspiration for designing new, more potent antibacterial drugs.
"A completely new way to beat bacteria is an exciting find at a time when resistance to existing antibiotics is growing," said Profe... Read More
The public is getting its chance to sound off on whether Wisconsin should name an official microbe.
A state Assembly committee scheduled a public hearing for Thursday on a bill that would name the microbe that converts milk into cheese as Wisconsin's official microbe .
Wisconsin would beco... Read More
Ever felt personally responsible for drug-resistant diseases? It's no wonder. Virtually everyone—permissive doctors, nagging patients, hospital administrators, government bureaucrats, and snotty kids—has been blamed for the problem. It's true: Bacteria are conquering our antibiotics much faster ... Read More
Jason Timmerman coaxed a balky calf into a chute on his feedlot one recent afternoon and jabbed a needle into its neck. He was injecting the animal with a new vaccine to make it immune to a dangerous form of the E. coli bacteria.
The calf and thousands of others are part of a large-scale test... Read More