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Frozen Assets: Decades-old Frozen Infant Stool Samples Provide Clues To Norovirus Evolution

A search through decades-old frozen infant stool samples has yielded rich dividends for scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The team customized a laboratory technique to screen thousands of samples for noro... Read More

Reservoir of deforming tropical disease sought

Knowing what causes a disease may not make it easier to control and contain infection, but understanding how humans become infected and where the pathogens live may improve control. A National Science Foundation grant for $1.5 million over five years will allow an international team of researche... Read More

MTS36 - Dennis Bray - Living Computers

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Bug Splatter On Your Car's Windshield Is A Treasure Trove Of Genomic Biodiversity

If you have ever taken a long road trip, the windshield of your car will inevitably be splattered with bugs by the time you arrive at your destination. Could the DNA left behind be used to estimate the diversity of insects in the region? In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists... Read More

In amoeba world, cheating doesn't pay

Cheaters may prosper in the short term, but over time they seem doomed to fail, at least in the microscopic world of amoebas where natural selection favors the noble.

But why? Shouldn't "survival of the fittest" give the sneaky cheaters an edge? Not necessarily, as it turns out amoebas that c... Read More

Major discovery opens door to leishmania treatment

Leishmania is a deadly parasitic disease that affects over 12 million people worldwide, with more than 2 million new cases reported every year. Until recently, scientists were unsure exactly how the parasite survives inside human cells. That mystery has now been solved according to a new study p... Read More

Retrovirus Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Could Aid in Diagnosis

More so than many illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) frustrates those who suffer from it and those close to them, due to its nebulous assembly of symptoms, along with continued controversies over its etiology, diagnosis, treatment and even its nomenclature. Now, the discovery of a familia... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 23

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Entrada: el virus y los murciélagos, identificando a la neumonía, terapia  contra la influenza, y la teoría de germen de la enfermedad.                                                     ... Read More

Bacterium Transforms Toxic Gold Compounds To Their Metallic Form

Australian scientists have found that the bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans catalyses the biomineralisation of gold by transforming toxic gold compounds to their metallic form using active cellular mechanism.

Researchers reported the presence of bacteria on gold surfaces but have never clea... Read More

Life cycle (illustration) of Chlamydia trachomatis

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Personal genomics firms must come clean

Companies that offer analyses of future health risks based on basic genetic tests should be more transparent about the limitations of their predictions, says genomics pioneer Craig Venter.

He and four colleagues have proposed guidelines for the industry after assessing the results of scans of... Read More

Targeted therapies exploit tiny chinks in cancer's armour

THE weakness in Achilles' heel didn't pose much of a problem until it came into contact with Paris's arrow - at which point it killed him. Now a range of tumours are meeting a similar fate thanks to drugs that turn otherwise insignificant gaps in their defences into fatal flaws.

A pioneering ... Read More

Thermo Fisher Scientific to Close Dubuque Facility, Lay Off 350

Thermo Fisher Scientific said today that it plans to close its manufacturing plant in Dubuque, Iowa, by September 2010 and will cut the 350 jobs at the facility over coming year.

The plant closing comes just days after the company announced it plans to shut down a plant in Hudson, NH, a move ... Read More

Study Suggests Sequencing Late-Stage Tumors May be Key to Finding Relevant Cancer Mutations

A new sequencing study by Canadian researchers suggests that primary breast cancers acquire significant numbers of new mutations in their coding regions as they progress towards metastasis — a characteristic that underscores the importance of analyzing cancers at different stages, the researcher... Read More

The First Synthetic Organelle

In recent years scientists have made synthetic versions of key parts of the cell, such as chromosomes and ribosomes. Now researchers have developed the first working artificial prototype of an “organ” of a human cell—the Golgi apparatus.

Made up of a network of sacs piled together like a stac... Read More

Petite Pictures: The 20 Microscopic Photo Competition Prizewinners

Microscopes have been around for some 400 years, and today they are even accessible via customized cell phones. The act of peering into a microscope of any power can open a whole world of life and beauty that exists right under (or in) our noses. And to capture that rare view for reproduction ca... Read More

Novartis Gets Rights To Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG (NVS) said Thursday it has gained exclusive worldwide rights to market what could become the first once-a-day broad-spectrum antibiotic that can be given as a tablet or intravenously to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.

The drug candi... Read More

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Filamentous bacterium

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Swine Flu Vaccine Reaches an Anxious Nation

The fear of swine flu is being compounded by new worries, this time among primary care doctors who say that they are swamped by calls from patients seeking the new vaccine, and that they are ill-prepared to cope with the nationwide drive to immunize everyone, particularly children and chronicall... Read More

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