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Major Shipping Route Fosters a Plague of Sea Life

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 to great fanfare. The system of canals connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the five Great Lakes cut a lucrative international trade route through the heartland and gave the United States a refuge and staging ground for ships and submarines in case of war with... Read More

Viruses may help keep the Earth's oxygen levels high

Oxygen is made possible in part by ocean viruses. The viruses which infect single-celled algae called cyanobacteria, are hyperefficient photosynthesisers thanks to a unique set of genes.

"Previous work had shown that cyanophage viruses have some photosynthesis genes, apparently used to keep t... Read More

Auto-brewery syndrome as a legal defense for a DUI

In 2000, researchers from the University of Washington's toxicology department published a paper that looked at the validity of "auto-brewery syndrome," a tactic lawyers apparently have used to get their clients off of a DUI charge.

"The concentration of ethanol in blood, breath or urine cons... Read More

One Health Commission Formed to Promote Collaboration Across Human, Animal, and Environmental Health Sciences

A new national commission, the One Health Commission, has been established to spotlight the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, as well as the benefits of proactive and collaborative approaches toward better health for all.

The formation of the Commission comes at a ... Read More

University of Florida research on Zinc and Immunity

This video from the Research Report at the University of Florida highlights the ir latest findings on the important role of zinc in the immune system.


















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H1N1/Swine Flu found in Chilean Turkeys - First reported case of human to avian transfer

On 23 Aug 2009 the Institute of Public Health (Chile) announced the first isolation of a A(H1N1) swine virus in turkeys. The finding was done by the Chilean farming agency SAG and the confirmation and genetic studies are being done in Chile's national reference laboratory.

The conclusion of t... Read More

Enzymes from bacteriophages can be used to fight multi-drug-resistant bacterial pathogens

"Scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have shown that enzymes from bacteria-infecting viruses known as phages could have beneficial applications for human and animal health.

Phage enzymes called endolysins attack bacteria by breaking down their cell walls. Unlike antibiotic... Read More

'Synthetic biology' holds promise, but doubts simmer

This article, from USA Today, goes over the state of the science for synthetic biology. Topics covered include current research and developments in synthetic biology as well as risks and doubts about the field. Read More

The California Battle against the Asian Citrus Psyllid

In California, tests are under way on at least 100 insects that can carry a deadly citrus bacterium that were found inside a FedEx package .

"The finding this week by a sniff dog in Sacramento is the latest bad news for the state's $1.6 billion citrus industry, which has seen the Asian citru... Read More

TWiV 47: Vertical vaccine farm

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TWiV 47

Jesper writes:


Dear fellows of Twiv,


It is my understanding that us humans live in peace and symbiosis with some bacteria. Is there any such arrangement with any virus?


Another way to phrase the question; if all viruses were to be removed from the world, would... Read More

Dead Probiotics - A Safer Bet

According to U.S. News and World Report, in 2008 some people got sick or died after receiving probiotics. "What role, if any, these bacteria played remains uncertain. Such events have, however, been giving some researchers and clinicians doubts about the safety of this ostensibly benign and "all... Read More

Enzyme may be the target for novel antibiotics

Researchers at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and University of Maryland have demonstrated that an enzyme that is essential to many bacteria can be targeted to kill dangerous pathogens. In addition, investigators discovered chemi... Read More

MTS34 - Pratik Shah - Combatting Pathogens with Polyamines

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Mutant bacteria + polyester = more biofuel

Brewing a certain type of biofuel with a mutant bacteria and polyester could double the fuel's production, researchers have found.

The biofuel, butanol, is a type of alcohol that is mainly used as a solvent, or in industrial processes that make other chemicals. But researchers think it has po... Read More

New genes give gut bacteria antibiotic resistance

The human gut is a reservoir of antibiotic resistance. And the bacteria residing there could bequeath their gift of resistance to more harmful microbes under the right conditions, researchers report in the August 28 Science.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found more resistance ge... Read More

How an Art Major Says Happy Birthday to her Microbiologist Sister

My little sister made this for my birthday this year. She was short on time, this is not an example of her best work (for real, I'm not writing this because she told me to). Note: the purple microbe in the middle is a Bifidobacterium, which is my research organism, and the dancing things on t... Read More

Aspergillus sp.

Aspergillus sp. Early stage with sterigma and spores. Nomarski technique (800X) Read More

Bacteria Dance















A video compilation of bacteria dancing, set to music. Created by Jan Martinus Stalmans. Read More

Golden nanotubes used as imaging agent to detect tumor cells, map sentinel lymph node

(ed. note - this article is dense but interesting. Basically researchers have made progress using gold, rather than the usual carbon, to build nanotubes. The gold nanotubes can be exposed to laser pulses that carbon nanotubes can not, allowing a new range of applications.)

Biomedical research... Read More
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