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Evolution-proof Insecticides May Stall Malaria Forever

Killing just the older mosquitoes would be a more sustainable way of controlling malaria, according to entomologists who add that the approach may lead to evolution-proof insecticides that never become obsolete. Each year malaria -- spread through mosquito bites -- kills about a million people, ... Read More

New MRSA Diagnostic Test - No Cultures, No DNA Amplification

A sensitive new diagnostic test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)--a drug-resistant bacterium that can run rampant in hospitals--could help broaden access to fast, cheap testing. The test, being developed by Adnavance Technologies, a startup in San Diego, is simpler to perfo... Read More

TWiV 27 - Leaving Latency

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DC Science Writers - Professional Development Day, April 18, 2009

The theme for this year's Professional Development Day is "renewing your career." Sessions include a plenary on coping with change, the ever-popular pitch slam, a panel on how to shoot and edit video, and another on why you might want to, and a plenary on harnessing social media. The cost (which... Read More

Canadian Hospitals Cautioned Against Using

More than 70% or Quebec's health care facilities use environmentally safe cleaning products to keep germs at bay, but health officials are warning that these products are ineffective at preventing the transmission of pathogens.

"With little regulation in the area, many manufacturers are marke... Read More

Bacterial Rice Diseases Examined For Genetic Solutions

As a major food source for much of the world, rice is one of the most important plants on earth. Keeping it safe from disease has become, in part, the task of a group of three researchers from Iowa State University and one from Kansas State University. The researchers are looking at two bacteria... Read More

Amphibians May Develop Immunity To Fatal Fungus

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, principally because of the spread of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. Researchers know that some amphibian populations and species are innately more susceptible to the disease than others. Read More

XDR TB May Be A Ticking Time Bomb

At a conference in Beijing, China, World Health Organization officials announced that "the growing prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis is a potentially explosive situation." Countries participating in the talks are expected to commit themselves to scale up their TB diagnosis and treatment ... Read More

The Power of Citizen Scientists Needs to be Realized

I found this very interesting post over at www.scienceprogress.org. Here's an excerpt "The Scientists and Congress should trust the public’s capacity to learn, draw conclusions, and contribute. Invite the public to do more, and put a process in place so citizens and researchers can work together... Read More

Flickr Group for Microbiology Lab Training

This is a great visual resource for learning and teaching microbiology lab techniques. You have to join Flickr.com and then sign up to access the groups contents. Read More

How to streak a plate

I found this video on YouTube of a teacher showing a class how to streak a plate. Thumbnail photo by musicalwds on Flickr. Read More

ASM Sets up Shop in Pakistan

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has set up its country liaison office in Pakistan at the Jinnah University for Women (JUW) and Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Dean Faculty of Science, University of Karachi (KU) has been appointed the First Coun... Read More

Bad Mix Of Bacterial Remnants And Genetics Leads To Arthritis

Here's another reason to hate leftovers. A research study sheds light on one cause of arthritis: bacteria. In the study, scientists from the United States and The Netherlands show that a specific gene called NOD2 triggers arthritis or makes it worse when leftover remnants of bacteria cell walls,... Read More

All-out effort stops river blindness in Guatemala

Dogged education and distribution of an anti-parasitic drug have virtually eradicated river blindness in badly affected parts of Guatemala, researchers reported on Monday. And a second study showed that treating family members with antibiotics helped stop the spread of trachoma, another common c... Read More

Feeding the Bacteria in Your Gut

We've all heard of healthy bacteria called probiotics, commonly found in yogurts and dietary supplements. A new wave of products now include prebiotics, dietary ingredients intended either to help increase levels of good bacteria naturally found in the body, or to be used in combination with pro... Read More

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Munchies Brand Pistachios May Contain Salmonella Bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Frito Lay Canada are warning the public not to consume Munchies brand Pistachios because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product contains pistachios which have been recently recalled in the USA by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bell... Read More

MTS22 - David Knipe - Herpes Simplex Virus 2

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The Two Faces of Photorhabdus

The Small Things Considered blog has an interesting post on the insect pathogen Photorhabdus , the only land-based bacterium which carries out bioluminescence, and nematodes. What I found interesting is that the bacterium also infects wounds. From STC - "This is the stuff of legends, with storie... Read More

Superbug Risk To War Wounded

Soldiers who survive severe injuries on battlefields such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan can be at risk from developing infections of their wounds with multidrug resistant bacteria. The potentially lethal microbes include superbugs such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Ac... Read More

San Diego Science Festival - Dr. Stanley Maloy on Salmonella

Dr. Stanley Maloy discusses microbiology and Salmonella with the students of High Tech Middle in Pt. Loma during the San Diego Science Festival. Read More

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