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E.coli Grocery

There is a new set of photographs on the Small Things Considered blog that are quite interesting. All of them look as if they originate from the 1950's to 1960's decades. ... Read More

Could H1N1 take down the Internet?

An article in The Washington Post considers the possible impact the H1N1 pandemic could have on the Internet.

"As the spread of the H1N1 flu keeps more Americans away from work and school, a federal report warns that all those people logging on to the Web from home could overwhelm Internet ne... Read More

Scientists Discover Influenza's Achilles Heel: Antioxidants

In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the FASEB Journal, they show that antioxidants -- the same substances found in plant-based foods -- might hold the key in preventing the flu virus from wreaking havoc on our lungs.

"The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza and the rapid... Read More

Mycobacterium xenopi

Mycobacterium xenopi. One colony of each three different strains. Read More

Scientists Use World's Fastest Supercomputer To Create The Largest HIV Evolutionary Tree

Supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory's role in the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) consortium, researchers are using the Roadrunner supercomputer to analyze vast quantities of genetic sequences from HIV infected people in the hope of zeroing in on possible vacci... Read More

Science and Knitting?

The Manchester Science Festival 2009 is hosting "The Big Microbe Knit." A day of creativity, knitting micro-organisms such as swine flu, salmonella and the common cold. Learn about the microbes we encounter in our everyday lives and some of the more uncommon ones.

But if you can't make it to ... Read More

National Security in the Bio-Era

Global pandemics and war have long shaped human history. But due to our unprecedented ability to intervene in the spread and containment of disease as well as the recovery from injury, national security must increasingly be approached from a cellular and even a molecular level. In this series of... Read More

Rot-resistant Wheat Could Save Farmers Millions

CSIRO researchers have identified wheat and barley lines resistant to Crown Rot -- a disease that costs Australian wheat and barley farmers $79 million in lost yield every year.

Crown Rot, which is a chronic problem throughout the Australian wheat belt, is caused by the fungus Fusarium.

Dr... Read More

Pumpkin Skin May Scare Away Germs

The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern to scare away ghosts and goblins on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a new study.

In the stud... Read More

Swine flu: Eight myths that could endanger your life

With the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic underway around the world, this article is a nice resource for dispelling popular myths that surround the flu and the vaccine. Read More

US swine flu vaccine too late to beat autumn wave

President Barack Obama's decision last week to label swine flu a national emergency will likely increase demand for a vaccine that is already in short supply. Yet by the time large amounts of vaccine arrive, it may be too late to stop most infections.

On 23 October, Tom Frieden, head of the C... Read More

In Pandemic Times Are Worms Man’s Best Friend?

A short blog on the potential for helminths as probiotics and as a potential management tool against pandemic influenza. Read More

Halloween and H1N1

How can you stay safe from the H1N1 virus this Halloween...Jason Tetro offers some tips and advice. Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 4

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"All pathogens must acquire and assimilate nutrients from their hosts i... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 3

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"The principal obstacle to successful treatment of tuberculosis is the ... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 2

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"Tuberculosis remains one of the most important causes of human disease... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 25



Nuevos enfoques sobre la energía microbiana, el calentamiento global y la cadena alimenticia oceánica, combustible fabricado a partir de la soja y, para finalizar, las lecciones que nos enseñó el huracá... Read More

Northwestern to Start $13.6M NCI Center

Northwestern University has won a $13.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to establish a center that will study the roles genes play in cancer, Northwestern said Tuesday.

The five years of funding will go to start the Northwestern Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC), one ... Read More

When Ants Attack: Chemicals That Trigger Aggression In Argentine Ants Synthesized

Experiments led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have demonstrated that normally friendly ants can turn against each other by exploiting the chemical cues they use to distinguish colony-mates from rivals.

The new study, to be published on October 28, in the open-acces... Read More

Do Women Need Such Big Flu Shots?

The emergence of the H1N1 swine flu has added urgency to what has become an annual ritual for millions of Americans: getting a flu shot. The good news is that scientists have developed a vaccine against the H1N1 virus. But it is taking much longer than expected to produce the hundreds of million... Read More

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