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Viruses vs Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes

A comparison of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Read More

Many Swine Flu Cases Exhibit No Fever

Many people suffering from swine influenza, even those who are severely ill, do not have fever, an odd feature of the new virus that could increase the difficulty of controlling the epidemic, said a leading American infectious disease expert who examined cases in Mexico last week.

Fever is a ... Read More

Addressing Biosecurity Concerns Related to the Synthesis of Select Agents

DNA synthesis technology, in combination with other rapidly-evolving capabilities in the life sciences, such as directed molecular evolution and viral reverse genetics, has galvanized segments of the scientific community.1 It also has captured the attention of the general public and policymaker... Read More

Can the aviation fuel of the future be grown in plastic bags of wastewater? NASA thinks so

NASA is applying space technology to a decidedly down-to-earth effort that links the production of algae-based fuel with an inexpensive method of sewage treatment.

The space agency is growing algae for biofuel in plastic bags of sewage floating in the ocean.

The effort has three goals: Pro... Read More

Biohackers: A National Security Threat?

Here's an interesting article about biohackers, people who create homemade labs and tinker with microbes, and the national security issues these endeavors inevitably bring up. What's also of note is that it seems the Dept. of Homeland defense is monitoring this activity closely.

In Massachuse... Read More

tissue section h & e strain diptheritic tonsillitis

tissue section h & e strain diptheritic tonsillitis Read More

corynebacterium diptheriae on Tinsdale agar

corynebacterium diptheriae on Tinsdale agar Read More

Doctors Say Cell Phone Hygiene is as Important as Hand Hygiene in Flu Prevention

Do you know where your cell phone has been? Probably in your lint covered pocket, after being handled by fingers that have eaten food and touched many surfaces, and covered in your own spittle after your last call. Hey can I borrow your phone? No.

In a March 2009 study published in the Annals... Read More

Pandemic Potential of a Strain of Influenza A (H1N1) : Early Findings

The authors analyze the influenza outbreak in Mexico, and make an early assessment of transmissibility and severity. Read More

Serious Sediment

Rutgers' Donna Fennell is reclaiming chlorine-contaminated sediments in New Jersey 's urban Meadowlands through smart environmental engineering and microbiological enrichment. Serious Sediment is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To view the entir... Read More

Paul the Prokaryote

Here's an amusing cartoon/video about a lowly bacterium that tries to takeover the world. The creater admits that there are a lot of inaccuracies in it, but it's still fun to watch. Can you identify the inaccuracies? Read More

How Smallpox May Derail Human Immune System

University of Florida researchers have learned more about how smallpox conducts its deadly business ā€” discoveries that may reveal as much about the human immune system as they do about one of the world's most feared pathogens.

In findings to be published this week in the online early edition ... Read More

How Time and Mutations Engineered the New H1N1 Strain

Once Upon a Time there was a little flu virus. It was probably born in Kansas in late 1917 or 1918, although nobody is really sure. Its name was H1N1. It grew up to be very wicked.

The story of the new strain of swine influenza now circling the world actually starts a lot farther back than t... Read More

Swine Flu/H1N1 Strikes China

From the NYTimes - The first case of swine flu in China was confirmed yesterday as the epidemic continued moving around the world, with the World Health Organization reporting about 4,700 laboratory-confirmed cases in 30 countries.

Health authorities are carefully watching the Southern Hemisp... Read More

The Order of Vaccinations Helps With Pain

Childhood vaccinations can be a painful experience, especially for toddlers. Researchers from the University of Toronto decided to see if the order of receiving vaccinations could help alleviate their suffering:

"Typically, infants receive DPTaP-Hib (for diphtheria, polio, pertussis, tetanus ... Read More

Trading Futures on the Swine Flu (H1N1)

Just as the media chatter about H1N1 influenza reached a fever pitch, traders were expressing a more sober outlook.

At least that's the word from the Iowa Electronic Health Markets, which opened H1N1 futures contracts on April 28th to assess the breadth, speed and severity of the outbreak. "O... Read More

A Global Call to Action From HIV Co-Discoverers Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier

HIV co-discoverers Drs. Robert C. Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Luc A. Montagnier, president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention, called on international organizations and governments to immediately i... Read More

Analysis of swine flu spread supports pandemic plan

H1N1 swine flu is spreading fast enough to justify the preparations for a pandemic, say epidemiologists who've analysed the pattern of spread so far.

"The message is that the epidemic is spreading very much as expected based on past flu epidemics," says Christophe Fraser of Imperial College L... Read More

Iran's Salt Mummies Find a New Home

Iran's four saltmen, unique salt mummies, have found a new resting place is one of the most advanced display cases in the world.

The vacuum chamber in Zanjan can precisely control humidity and airflow and is provided with a nitrogen-rich mixture deadly to known bacteria and mold.

I had no... Read More

Hunting for sudden oak death disease

The University of California-Berkeley is incorporating volunteers to help pinpoint the flash points of sudden oak death syndrome.

"The furtive, runaway disease earned its name by killing oaks from the inside. After about a year, infected oaks succumb to the disease. Sudden oak disease has ki... Read More

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