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Novel Swine Flu Virus Now Reported in 5 States, Says CDC

The number of reported cases of a novel swine influenza virus has risen to 12 since July, encompassing 5 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus includes a gene from the human pandemic strain and affects mostly children.

The agency is taking the... Read More

TWiM #23: Fighting antibiotics with toxic gas and starvation

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TWiM 23 Letters

Joe writes:

Hello Vincent and Elio

Your recent discussion of mitochondrial interconnections reminded me of a
paper by Dubey and Ben-Yehuda I saw earlier t... Read More

The results of a pour plate using Serratia marcescens as the inoculum

The results of a pour plate using Serratia marcescens as the inoculum. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Research shows ocean bacteria glow to attract those that would eat them

In most situations in the wild, animals develop abilities to help them avoid being eaten. The chameleon, for example, can change its color to avoid being seen by predators. What’s less usual, are animals or organisms that develop abilities that do the opposite, i.e. develop traits that encourage... Read More

OpEd: Bacteria 1, F.D.A. 0

Earlier this month, the Maine-based grocery chain Hannaford issued a ground beef recall after at least 14 people were infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella. Chances are this is the first you’ve heard of it. After all, it’s not much compared to the 76 illnesses and one death ... Read More

Debate Persists on Deadly Flu Made Airborne

The young scientist, normally calm and measured, seemed edgy when he stopped by his boss’s office.

“You are not going to believe this one,” he told Ron Fouchier, a virologist at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. “I think we have an airborne H5N1 virus.”

The news, delivered one after... Read More

The results of a pour plate after incubation

The results of a pour plate after incubation. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Arsenic Tolerant Plant

The sporophyte of the fern Pteris vittata, which tolerates and accumulates very high levels of the deadly toxin arsenic. Researchers from Purdue University have identified a gene (ACR3) from P. vittata that is necessary for the plant's tolerance to arsenic.

Jody Banks, professor of botany an... Read More

Dengue virus hits harder in round two

One of the most vexing challenges in the battle against dengue virus is that getting infected once can put people at greater risk for a more severe infection down the road.

Now, for the first time, an international team of researchers has pulled apart the mechanism behind changing dengue viru... Read More

CDC: Hep B Vaccine Needed for Diabetic Adults

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all unvaccinated adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes aged 19 to 59, say new guidelines from the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

The vaccination should be done as soon as possible after adults in this age group are diagnos... Read More

Authors retract paper on detection of murine leukemia virus-releated sequences in CFS patients

A paper that reported finding retroviral sequences in blood from patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been retracted by the authors. Just four days ago the 2009 Science report of Lombardi and colleagues was editorially retracted. As 2011 comes to an end, so does the hypothesis that r... Read More

CDC reports two more novel flu infections

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed two more novel flu infections, one an H3N2 variant that has been identified in 11 other patients this year and one an H1N1 variant that has never been reported in humans before.

The CDC described the latest novel H3N2 cas... Read More

Newest country on track to kill ancient disease

It isn't often these days that a whole new country comes into being. But that just happened, with the official hiving off of South Sudan from the rest of Sudan on 9 July.

Sudan always was an improbably huge result of post-colonial border invention, and the near-permanent civil war between the... Read More

Ulcer bacteria may protect against diarrhea

People who harbor ulcer-causing bacteria in their stomachs may be protected against some diarrheal diseases, suggests a new study.

The bacterium, called Helicobacter pylori, is especially common throughout the developing world, but only causes symptoms in a minority of those it infects.

Pe... Read More
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