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What Makes a Chili Hot? Real Hot!

In a battle against a seed eating fungus, certain chili peppers fight back by dialing up the heat. Learn more about why and how certain chili's are so hot in this video from Sciencentral. Read More

Actinomyces israelii

Actinomyces israelii. Gram stain broth culture Read More

What's it like to be a microbiologist in Canada?

If you have ever wondered what it's like to a microbiologist in Canada then this is the video for you. It's nice to see the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education promoting these employment opportunities. Found on YouTube. Read More

Rodents may not be the primordial reservoirs for hantaviruses

New research from PLoS on novel hantavirus genomes in moles challenges the current thinking that rodents are the originating hosts for the disease.

From the abstract:

The discovery of genetically distinct hantaviruses in shrews (Order Soricomorpha, Family Soricidae) from widely separated ... Read More

Human Sperm Created From Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers have developed a process for producing human sperm from stem cells. While both exciting and frightening at the same time, what does this mean for the future?

The research is being touted as a breakthrough in how we study and diagnose problems such as infertility and the effects t... Read More

Slime molds and the future of artificial intelligence

Justin Mullins, a consultant editor, for The New Scientist has published a very interesting read that ties research by Japanese scientists on the "cognitive" abilities of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to memristors, "a class of passive two-terminal circuit elements that maintain a functio... Read More

Human Genre Project

Here's an interesting and somewhat confusing new project that appears to have just launched. The Human Genre Project is "a collection of new writing in very short forms -- short stories, flash fictions, reflections, poems -- inspired by genes and genomics."

I've checked out the website that ... Read More

Could Preserving the Diversity of Species Protect us from Disease?

New research on the prevalence of "sin nombre" hantavirus in deer mice authored by Laurie J. Dizney and Luis A. Ruedas from Portland State University and published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal suggests a diversity of animal species helps defend against the emergence of patho... Read More

Should I breast feed my baby if I have H1N1/swine flu?

The CDC has released new guidelines for moms concerned abouth whether they should breast feed their children if they have H1N1 or Swine Flu.

"Infants are thought to be at higher risk for severe illness from novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and very little is known about prevention of novel ... Read More

HIV-1 Infection Rapidly Damages Function of Gut Antibody Producing Immune Cells within Days

New research published in PLoS Medecine from the NIAID-funded Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology suggests that HIV-1 moves at breathtaking speed in destroying and de-regulating the body's gut-based B-cell antibody-producing system, resulting in a sober reality for hopeful vaccine hunters.

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Quorum Sensing and "Sensing Potential"

Anand Pai, graduate student in bioengineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and scientist Lingchong You, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a member of Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Center for Systems Biology, have discovered what they believe is a com... Read More

Influenza Monitoring By The US Military

With global health monitoring coming into vogue, more attention is being paid to the United States military's own influenza monitoring system, which has been operational since the 1970's. Read More

Yet another new flu virus emerges in Canada

A virus that mixes human and swine influenza has infected two farm workers in Canada. Fortunately they have both recovered, but this represent a new strain of flu. Read More

Intestinal anthrax

Intestinal anthrax. Human case. Note edema of mucosa Read More

Genomic mash-up could produce biofuels

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin are looking at the combined genomes of ants, fungi and bacteria that are responsible for turning leaf clutter into compost. They hope to isolate new enzymes or identify techniques that could do the same to aid in biofuel production.

"The genomes ... Read More

The Virus That Cures - Bacteriophage

This is an interesting documentary about superbugs, such as MRSA, antibiotic resistance and Russia's research into bacteriophage (viruses that attack bacteria) as a treatment for people with bacterial-related diseases. This video was produced in 1997 by the BBC, but despite the air date, ther... Read More

Sculptures of Biological Viruses Using Computer Parts

Since 1999, Artomatic, a one-of-a-kind multimedia event, involving hundreds of regional artists, performers and volunteers, in Washington, D.C. has been convening annually in the Washington, D.C., area. This past year artist Forrest McCluer culled together a series of sculptures constructed from... Read More

Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles For On-chip Analysis

Biomedical innovations for rapid detection are really taking off... Cell sorting may get a lot faster with this chip. Read More

Bioinformatics and Biodefense: Keys to Understanding Natural and Altered Pathogens

Bioinformatics, the application of computer analysis to molecular biology, is a fundamental corollary to biodefense research. As we face new security threats involving pathogens and infectious disease, bioinformatics databases must be improved and a plan must be made for integrating biodefense r... Read More

Paul Offit, MD on Autism and Vaccine Safety

Virginia Campbell,MD, host of the Brain Science Podcast, has published a very interesting interview with Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book Autism’s False Prophets. In the interview, Campbell and Offit explore "the scientific evidence that vaccines DO NOT cause autism, but also examine why the c... Read More

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