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Coming Soon: Tuberculosis Detection with a Chip?

Many of the new techniques based on nanotechnology that have been developed for faster and more sensitive detection of pathogens fail in day-to-day clinical use because they require complex sample preparation or measurement equipment, or simply cannot keep up with the large sample throughput in ... Read More

Bacteria simplifies cellulosic ethanol production

Bacteria found in sweet gum wood may improve the preprocessing steps for cost-effective production of cellulosic ethanol.

JDR-2, a strain of the wood-decaying bacteria Paenibacillus, can break down and digest hemicelluloses, which in traditional cellulosic ethanol production is broken down by... Read More

Malaria in Uganda - Education and Prevention

Videographer/artist Polly Green from New Zealand self produced this mini documentary on Professional kayaker Dr. Jessie Stone and her work with Soft Power Health in hopes to educate and raise awareness of malaria in Uganda. Read More

Julie Bianchini - The role of cysteine-rich secretory proteins in yeast

Julie Bianchini talks about her research into understanding the functions of cysteine-rich secretory proteins, using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism.

Julie was advised by Dr. Andrew Vershon, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Waksman Institute of Mi... Read More

The Immune System: T Cells

Interview with Makio Iwashima, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology on the function of T cells in the immune system. This is a concise three-minute explanation with excellent visuals. Great for the classroom. Read More

An American Girl Traped in China's Swine Flu Dragnet

Hundreds of Americans suspected of carrying H1N1 have been quarantined in China this summer. Here is a transcript from one American family between the mother and her daughter who was caught up in China's swine flu dragnet this summer. The authors are Sheryl Gay Stolberg, White House corresponden... Read More

New test will help determine the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections

A new test developed by Edmonton-based Innovotech™ Inc. will now allow doctors to more accurately identify the right antibiotics required to treat serious, chronic infections such as Cystic Fibrosis that are biofilm based. With more than 80 per cent of infections in the developed world caused by... Read More

First genetically-engineered malaria vaccine to enter human trials

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute scientists have created a weakened strain of the malaria parasite that will be used as a live vaccine against the disease. The vaccine, developed in collaboration with researchers from the US, Japan and Canada, will be trialled in humans from early next year.

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Yeast Cells - Electron Micrograph

Electron micrograph of a longitudinal section through budding yeast cells Read More

TWiV 42: Bats and ticks

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When Germ Relationships Go Bad

Cartoon of a couple of bacteria having marital problems. Via Wikipedia Commons. Illustration by Gaspirtz. Read More

Nanodiamonds deliver insulin for wound healing

Insulin helps to speed the recovery of "severe burns and other kinds of serious wounds such as traumatic bone fractures."

One of the challenges in biomedicine however is the delivery of a localized release of therapeutic medicine. Now "researchers at Northwestern University have demonstrated ... Read More

Is Scientific American Following You?

Scientific American is on twitter (@sciam) and wrote up a quick list of science people they follow on twitter including Carl Zimmer aka @carlzimmer, evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen aka Read More

Microbe Evolution Gets a Push

Improved DNA sequencing technology is making reading genomes faster and cheaper every day. But modifying genes in microbes and other organisms still requires slow and painstaking effort. Now, researchers report that they've come up with a new way to modify the genomes of billions of microbes sim... Read More

Can Good Bacteria Really Fight the Flu?

Cold and flu sufferers, there may be a way to head off those irritating symptoms before they cause you to miss work or school.

New evidence suggests that probiotics -- good bacteria that can aid immune function -- can have a preventive effect for cold and flu viruses.

In a study sponsored... Read More

Natural Born Killers: How The Body's Frontline Immune Cells Decide Which Cells To Destroy

The mechanism used by 'Natural Killer' immune cells in the human body to distinguish between diseased cells, which they are meant to destroy, and normal cells, which they are meant to leave alone, is revealed in new detail in research published July 28 in PLoS Biology.

Understanding how this ... Read More

Swine flu threat greater than terrorism, says UK's Home Secretary

Swine flu is now a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, according to Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary. The government is now advising pregnant women to avoid unnecessary travel.

To date, more than 650 people have been taken to hospital with the virus in England, including more than 200... Read More

The Ocean's Skin

Carl Zimmer of the NY Times has written an interesting article on researchers who have confirmed that there is a very thin film of microbes covering the ocean surface. They claim that the top hundredth-inch of the ocean is an ecosystem all unto its own.

Michael Cunliffe, a marine biologist a... Read More

Study: Predicting Hospital Surge after a Large-Scale Anthrax Attack

According to a study in a special issue of Medical Decision Making, a large-scale, covert anthrax attack on a large city would overwhelm hospital resources even with an extremely effective public health response, primarily because of expected delays in detecting the attack and initiating a respo... Read More

Filamentous yeast from spoiled beverage

Filamentous yeast from spoiled beverage. Filaments and budding. Phase. (1008X) Read More

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