Bacteria can anticipate a future event and prepare for it, according to new research at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In a paper that appeared today in Nature, Prof. Yitzhak Pilpel, doctoral student Amir Mitchell and research associate Dr. Orna Dahan of the Institute's Molecular Genetics De... Read More
An interesting presentation given by Yuri Gorby, an electromicrobiologist at the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego, at CalIT2 at UCSD on electronmicrobiology. Here's part of the description from SciVee.tv:
Respiratory microorganisms capture energy for growth and maintenance as they trans... Read More
Here's a movie from the University of Madison-Wisconsin depicting the steps for creating an acid fast stain.
Targeting children may be an effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and the EU. The study suggests that, used to support other control measures, this could help control the spread of pandemics such as the current swine flu.
As the ... Read More
When we think of networks, we think of humans and the cables we’ve run around the world to connect our species. Figuring out how to move electrons has transformed human society, but we are not the only species on earth that lives in a wired world.
A few years ago, microbiologist Gemma Reguera... Read More
Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee published the first initial paper describing the Milwaukee prevalence of the largest outbreak of novel swine origin influenza virus (S-OIV) in America in the June 11, 2009, online issue of Viruses. This corresponded to the announcement... Read More
BAC Down! Give bacteria the cold shoulder. Keep your refrigerator at 40° F or below. Use a thermometer to monitor.
The bacterium Listeria monocyotogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of Listeri... Read More
This comes from the UK's Food Standards Agency:
People over the age of 60 are more likely to take risks with 'use by' dates than younger people, according to new research published today by the Food Standards Agency. The research coincides with the launch of an Agency campaign to focus on thi... Read More
It's two inches long, grows on wood, and is shaped like a phallus. A new species of stinkhorn mushroom, Phallus drewesii, has been discovered on the African island of Sao Tome and graces the upcoming cover of the journal Mycologia. The mushroom is named after Robert Drewes, Curator of Herpetolog... Read More
The number of Nebraska cattle herds quarantined because of bovine tuberculosis concerns has jumped to 42 and two other states were warned the disease may have already spread there.
The quarantine, which includes roughly 15,000 Nebraska cattle, is likely to continue growing in the weeks ahead,... Read More
An international team of scientists has discovered extensive similarities between a strain of bacteria commonly associated with plants and one increasingly linked to opportunistic infections in hospital patients. The findings suggest caution in the use of the plant-associated strain for a range ... Read More
This comes from the Bitesize Bio site for molecular biologists. It may serve as a handy resource.
Keeping safe in the lab really only requires one thing: common sense. But if you look at what people are doing in the lab, you might think that that common sense isn’t so common after all.
Her... Read More
Bioremediation of industrial sites and petrochemical spillages often involves finding microbes that can gorge themselves on the toxic chemicals. This leaves behind a non-toxic residue or mineralized material. Writing in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution, researchers in China... Read More
"Picture the lobby atrium of a new, green building, one filled with leafy plants and trees. Now imagine that those trees are growing in waste collected from the building's toilets."
Do you still want to work there?
This is an interesting article in Wired on a living sewage system that filt... Read More
Edward Schecter remembers overhearing the doctors saying he was going to die.
His fever had spiked to 106 degrees. Doctors put him in a bathtub full of ice, then gave him a last-ditch antibiotic whose side effects could have killed him. Before his ordeal was over, he would lose more than 20 ... Read More
A swimming pool can offer relief from summer heat, but swimmers should know what they are jumping into. It could be a soup of nasty parasites.
Reports of gastrointestinal illness from use of public pools and water parks have risen sharply in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease ... Read More
"University of Louisville neurologist Robert P. Friedland, M.D., questions the safety of eating farmed fish in the June issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, adding a new worry to concerns about the nation's food supply.
Friedland and his co-authors suggest farmed fish could transmit ... Read More
"Rock snot," a.k.a. Didymosphenia geminata is a fast-spreading single-cell algae that is invading the once pristine streams popular with fly fisherman.
Didymo has a natural tendency to grow upstream in fast-moving rivers and creeks, but it can spread by clinging to fishing equipment, especia... Read More
An article in the NY Times by Dr. Barron H. Lerner from Columbia University Medical Center recounts New York City's response to the 1952 typhoid fever outbreak and how The NYC Public health Department's response helped pave the way for the city's current approach to swine flu influenza H1N1. Cli... Read More
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and researchers at Vanderbilt University has come up with a high-tech approach to combat sepsis, one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States and is responsible for more than half a million people worldwide every year.
The team is made up of c... Read More