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New Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV Research Created in South Africa

A groundbreaking partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa will establish an international research center focused on making major scientific contributions to the worldwide effort to control the devastating co-epidem... Read More

Probiotics: They Sound Good, but How Friendly Are They?

What exactly is going on in those Activia ads, anyway? One minute actress Jamie Lee Curtis is talking. Then comes a graphic of a female-looking abdomen with a bunch of yellow dots swarming around in the middle. As 14 calendar pages flip, the dots arrange themselves in the shape of a downward-poi... Read More

Death Nets and Premature Babies

When locked in mortal combat with infection, some mature white blood cells have a formidable weapon: they literally cast a DNA net—called a neutrophil extracellular trap (NET)—that captures and kills bacteria that invade the human body. But the ability to form this "death" NET is missing in the ... Read More

Flies May Spread Drug-resistant Bacteria From Poultry Operations

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found evidence that houseflies collected near broiler poultry operations may contribute to the dispersion of drug-resistant bacteria and thus increase the potential for human exposure to drug-resistant bacteria. The findings demo... Read More

World Tuberculosis Day 2009

Today is World Tuberculosis Day.

"World TB Day, 24 March 2009, is about celebrating the lives and stories of people affected by TB: women, men and children who have taken TB treatment; nurses; doctors; researchers; community workers--anyone who has contributed towards the global fight agains... Read More

No Phosphorus? No Problem! (There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Phytoplankton)

A recent post from the Small Things Considered blog comments on an interesting paper on how phytoplankton in the ocean use non-phosphorus lipids in response to phosphorus scarcity.

"A recent paper revisits an earlier finding that marine cyanobacteria and small eukaryotes (the “phytoplankton”)... Read More

New 'Green' Pesticides Are First To Exploit Plant Defenses In Battle Of The Fungi

Exploiting a little-known punch/counterpunch strategy in the ongoing battle between disease-causing fungi and crop plants, scientists in Canada are reporting development of a new class of "green" fungicides that could provide a safer, more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional fun... Read More

Wipe out the 10 worst germ hot spots

You may scrub your toilet and countertops until they shine, but when it comes to the war between you and germs, consider yourself outnumbered. Germs (the catchall name for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms) are everywhere — at home, in the office, even in your car. Luckily, about 99 pe... Read More

Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated how a single-celled organism, living freely in the environment, could be a source of Salmonella transmission to animals and humans.

Salmonella are microscopic living creatures that can contaminate almost any food type, causing diarrh... Read More

TWIV 25 - Viral Evolution

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Algal blooms dump toxins on the ocean floor

Toxic algal blooms are bad enough on the ocean surface, but now it turns out that the toxin in them sinks to the ocean floor – where it persists for weeks.

Far from degrading soon after the bloom, as previously assumed, new research suggests that the neurotoxin that causes shellfish poisoning... Read More

New Technique Used To Profile Anthrax Genome

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Special Yogurt Fights Stomach Ulcer Bacteria

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Fungus Time-lapse Video

I have no idea why this video was posted to StupidVideos.com, but it is a fantastic time-lapse video of slime molds, stinkhorn mushrooms, and many more types. This is well worth viewing. Read More

TWiV 24: Viroids

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MTS21 - Andrew Knoll - Ancient Life & Evolution

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Sobre Catalina Dávila

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MTS20 - Roberto Kolter - Bacillus Subtilis and Bacteria as Multicellular Organisms

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