US researchers have created 'bacterial computers' with the potential to solve complicated mathematics problems. The findings of the research demonstrate that computing in living cells is feasible, opening the door to a number of applications. The second-generation bacterial computers illustrate ... Read More
From Underourskin.com - A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the sto... Read More
A Massachusetts-based biofuel company called Qteros, formerly known as SunEthanol, has announced an ethanol yield well beyond what the U.S. Department of Energy considers the threshold for commercial production using a technology called Q Microbe, which turns biomass into cellulosic ethanol,
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Want to be a host mentor? Your influence can have a wonderful impact on a minority science student. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) seeks partnership with research mentors at research intensive institutions to leverage support of the fellowship program. The research mentor must be an... Read More
MIT's Technology Review offers some interesting insight into the business of personal genome sequencing and analysis:
In some ways, Jorge Conde, cofounder of the genomics startup Knome, knows his clients more intimately than any other company president. Knome is the first company to sequence... Read More
Like that of the tongue, cell receptors in the lungs can detect bitter substances. "Epithelial cells that line the airways in the lungs use the same type of sensory receptors" as found in the tongue and act to repel bitter compounds which are often toxic. "Tiny, hair-like projections called cili... Read More
Reprogrammed mouse skin cells have resulted in living mice. Mice that have since reproduced and seen their offspring reproduce as well. "The reprogrammed adult cells, known as induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells" are similar to embryonic stem cells however researchers are unsure if these... Read More
Some of the places most affected by HIV and AIDS such as sub-Saharan Africa (almost a third of all new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths globally) are also the same places least likely to be able to afford adequate testing for the disease in some of it's most critical patients, newborns.
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"You've got H1N1" app coming to the iphone? Well maybe not but somewhere in the future it appears that there might be iphone sized devices in our home that can tell us if we have the flu simply by sneezing on it. At least that is what they are working on with the lab-on-a-chip device.
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Virus humanos presentes en el océano
Synthetic Biology May Eventually Lead to New Treatments for Disease
James J. Collins wants to turn living cells into tiny robots that can be programmed to take on tasks that range from attacking tumors in the body to guiding the development of stem cells in the lab.
That goal remains dista... Read More
A low-cost adapter for cell phone cameras can capture images of abnormal cells and parasites.
A few years ago University of California, Berkeley, professor Daniel Fletcher challenged the undergraduate students in his optics and microscopy course to develop an instrument using only a cell phon... Read More
This week, the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, there’s much talk of exploring other worlds. Which is exciting and grand; such is the stuff that dreams are made on. Yet we don’t need to go abroad to find amazing new life forms. We just need to look at the palms of our hands, the tips ... Read More
The water mould Saprolegnia can cause skin disease in salmon during its freshwater phase. The mould attacks both fish and eggs and has at times caused great economic loss for the fish farming industry, both in Norway and in other salmon-producing countries. Saprolegnia infection may be seen with... Read More
Researchers at Rice University and their international colleagues have for the first time described the atomic structure of the protein shell that carries the genetic code of hepatitis E (HEV). Their finding could mean that new ways to stop the virus may come in the not-too-distant future.
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Bloomberg News is reporting that the Australian -based specialty biopharmaceutical company CSL Ltd. will be conducting the first human trials of a swine- flu vaccine.
"Clinical human trails for the H1N1/swine flu vaccine are set to begin in Australia as deaths and infections from the H1N1 vi... Read More
Researchers have uncovered the first cases in which HIV almost certainly was transmitted from mothers or other caregivers to children through pre-chewed food. The source of HIV in the pre-chewed food was most likely the infected blood in the saliva of the people who pre-chewed the food before gi... Read More
The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting read on synthetic biology:
"In recent years, James Collins from Boston University and other researchers in a young field called synthetic biology have added new genes into bacteria and other cells to create simple circuits that mimic the ba... Read More
A bishop from The Church of England is now advising churches to remove holy water from the premises as the stoups that the holy water rests in could be infected by H1N1/Swine Flu.
"The water in stoups can easily become a source of infection and a means of rapidly spreading the virus," said Th... Read More