Did you hear the one about the microbes that send out electricity through their hair? Or the one about the germs that actually clean up toxic algae-ridden water? How about the bacteria that build up artificial bones or manufacture medicine?
They may sound as outlandish as the stupid pet trick... Read More
Strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that cause food poisoning have been shown to have marked differences in the numbers of genes they carry compared to laboratory strains of E. coli. Some of these genes may enable them to survive stresses such as those caused by modern food processing technique... Read More
The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn't produced uranium since the 1960s, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases, but Judy Wall, a biochemistry professor at the University of Missouri Colle... Read More
Scientists from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research are researching how salmonella kill tumours. Salmonella are regarded as bad guys. Hardly a summer passes without severe salmonella infections via raw egg dishes or chicken that find their way into the media. But salmonella not only harm us ... Read More
AJ Cann from the Microbiology Bytes blog recommends an article in Wired on Paul Ehrlich's magic bullets. Read More
At the Society for General Microbiology's meeting in Edinburgh, the Scientific American is reporting on two interesting examples of researchers using microbes for bioremediation.
The first one is a mixed ecosystem of particular bacteria that can survive—and clean up—one of the most lethal ma... Read More
Senator Luis Daniel Muniz asked today [28 Aug 2009] of the newly appointed secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo Gonzalez, that he promote a massive fumigation plan for the entire island to avoid the spread of dengue [virus transmission].
Muniz's demand comes after seeing the most re... Read More
The North Dakota State University Diagnostic Lab and field scouts are reporting an increase in wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) this year.
This disease has been reported statewide in winter and spring wheat, plus durum. The levels of severity range from slight to severe. There are three possi... Read More
Northern Virginia's first-ever confirmed case of a rare mosquito-borne disease called Eastern equine encephalitis that is fatal to most horses is spreading concern among health officials who worry that the virus is somehow moving beyond its normal stamping grounds.
EEE is a noncontagious viru... Read More
A computer application, or widget, developed by a team of doctors from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan with financing from the state’s AIDS Institute will be distributed to more than 200 emergency departments in New York state this week.
Since time is of the essence in treating someone wh... Read More
Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times has prepared some questions and answers about the upcoming flu season for parents with young children.
Click "source" to view. Read More
"By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society... Read More
"Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the September 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The study found that people who ... Read More
"Researchers in Australia are developing diversionary tactics to fool disease-causing bacteria in the gut. Many bacteria, including those responsible for major gut infections, such as cholera, produce toxins that damage human tissues when they bind to complex sugar receptors displayed on the sur... Read More
"DOE announced on August 31 that it will award up to $21 million to five projects for handling and delivering high-tonnage biomass feedstocks to producers of cellulosic biofuels. The awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to ... Read More
The CDC has just published "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Child Care and Early Childhood Programs." A .pdf document that provides information and communication resources to help center-based and home-based child care programs, Head Start programs, and other early childhood p... Read More
A harmless shard from the shell of a common childhood virus may halt a biological process that kills a significant percentage of battlefield casualties, heart attack victims and oxygen-deprived newborns, according to research presented Sunday, September 6, 2009, at the 12th European meeting on c... Read More
A research group from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Tarragona has developed a biosensor that can immediately detect very low levels of Salmonella typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. The technique uses carbon nanotubes and synthetic DNA fragments that activate an electric si... Read More