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Henrietta Lacks: How One Woman's Cells Changed Medicine

ABC World News has published a brief article on the history of HeLa cells and the controversy over how they were acquired and then used to generate windfall profits for many medical-related companies. Often described as one of the greatest medical discoveries of our time, HeLa cells originally c... Read More

International Team Publishes Malaria Parasite GWAS

An international group of researchers has published the first genome-wide association study on the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, looking for genes associated with antimalarial drug resistance and more.

The team used a custom microarray to assess nearly 200 culture adapted P. falcipa... Read More

Spongiform Brain Diseases Are Caused by Aberrant Protein, New Research Shows

Scientists have determined how a normal protein can be converted into a prion, an infectious agent that causes fatal brain diseases in humans and mammals.

The finding, in mice, is expected to advance the understanding of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or TSEs, a family of neurodeg... Read More

Cave Expert to Discuss Microbiology

A woman featured in an IMAX film and National Geographic Explorer magazine will talk about what she finds in caves on Tuesday, Feb. 2 as a part of Indiana State University's Biology Speaker Series.

Hazel Barton, a biology professor at Northern Kentucky University, will talk about cave microbe... Read More

Scientists say crack HIV/AIDS puzzle for drugs

Scientists say they have solved a crucial puzzle about the AIDS virus after 20 years of research and that their findings could lead to better treatments for HIV.

British and U.S. researchers said they had grown a crystal that enabled them to see the structure of an enzyme called integrase, wh... Read More

The spray-on liquid glass that could protect us from dirt and bacteria

A revolutionary substance known as 'liquid glass' that protects against bacteria and UV radiation is set to take the medical industry by storm.

The invisible non-toxic spray, which forms an easy-clean coating one millionth of a millimetre thick, can be applied to any surface to protect it aga... Read More

TWiV 68: Ode to a plaque

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On episode #68 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich are enthralled by movies of vaccinia virus plaque formation, then consider how repulsion of superinfection virions leads ... Read More

Echinacea next big thing in fighting swine flu?

One commercially available Echinacea purpurea extract preparation may be effective in preventing swine flu, a laboratory study published in the Nov 2009 issue of Virology suggests.

Vaccine is believed at least by the government and many medical organizations to be the best measure against swi... Read More

Intestinal Virus Meets Its Match: Rotavirus Vaccine

Just about every parent has seen how easily a baby can get dehydrated because of simple diarrhea. It's one of the main reasons babies end up in the emergency room. Those visits are starting to decline because of a new vaccine against the pathogen, rotavirus. And, now, the Bill & Melinda Gates Fo... Read More

Scientists a step closer to human vaccine for chikungunya virus

U.S. researchers have developed a prototype vaccine that protects monkeys and mice against the emerging chikungunya virus, a major step toward the production of a vaccine for humans. Human trials could begin later this year.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus whose newest strain first appe... Read More

Making Microscopic Worms Into a More Deadly Insecticide

Microscopic nematode worms can be a potent organic insecticide, killing crop-raiding bugs without harming plants or beneficial insects and without the environmental side effects of chemicals. But when the worms are mass-bred for agricultural purposes, they tend to, as Byron Adams says, "wimp out... Read More

Unlocking the cell's secrets

Paul Fisher has spent more than 30 years studying slime moulds — amoeba-like single-celled creatures found in soil. The La Trobe University professor of microbiology believes that even another three decades would be insufficient time for him, and the 100 other research groups around the world t... Read More

The hidden dangers of thrown parade beads

This article is for everyone celebrating Gasparilla today. Enjoy but watch those beads!

Beads that are thrown at parades have been a popular for years. Whether they are thrown during small community parades, holiday events or major celebrations like Madi Gras or Gasparilla, they are the stuff... Read More

Bacteria Turn Microgears

While this has already been posted before, I think these pictures are cool enough to warrant a repost:

Researchers from Argonne National Lab and elsewhere are finding ways to use the motion of swimming bacteria to move very tiny gears. The gear's shape directs a group of unsuspecting bacteria... Read More

TWiP 4: Trichinella life cycle

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Vincent and Dick trace the life cycle of Trichinella spiralis in an infected host.


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Is Iron from Soil a Factor in Algal Blooms?

Australia's own distinctive red soils could play a part in the formation of the stinking swathes of blue-green algae often shovelled off east coast beaches in summer.

A QUT team of scientists is taking an in-depth look at how iron, which gives our iron-rich soil its red colour, reaches water ... Read More

New water purification technology uses visible, not UV, light

Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have developed new water purification technology that uses visible, as opposed to ultra-violet, light, according to an article on technologyreview.com.

The light-activated catalyst utilizes sunlight or artificial light to provide qu... Read More

Turning E. Coli into Road-Ready Diesel

Most of us associate the bacteria E. coli with nasty stomach ailments. But a new study published in Nature magazine suggests E. coli can not just turn stomachs, but could potentially turn the wheels of your car, since a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria has produced clean, road-ready... Read More

Craig Venter on creating synthetic life from TEDMED 2009

Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman, and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, talks about creating synthetic life at TEDMED 2009, a medical technology and healthcare conference based on quality conversations as it relates to personal and public health. Read More

If you think 'chikungunya virus' sounds odd, check out these other virus names

A story by Thomas Maugh reports on a big step toward a vaccine for the chikungunya virus, which, as his article explains, is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that causes severe arthritis and has spread to 18 countries. Health experts are worried about its potential for further spread.

The nam... Read More

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