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Experimental drug turns 'bad' white fat into 'good' brown-like fat

An experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice, a new study has found. Known as GC-1, the drug reportedly speeds up metabolism, or burning off, of fat cells.

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Case Western Reserve global health expert urges action to eradicate yaws, tropical disease

Half a century ago, a concentrated global effort nearly wiped a disfiguring tropical disease from the face of the earth. Now, says Case Western Reserve's James W. Kazura, MD, it's time to complete the work. Read More

Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors

Many animals, including humans, acquired essential 'foreign' genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to new research. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting t... Read More

Travellers’ ethnicity should be routinely recorded, says microbiology expert

Irish Travellers’ ethnicity should be “routinely recorded” when they present to health services with notifiable diseases, a leading authority on microbiology has said. Dr Ronan O’Toole from the school of medicine at Trinity College Dublin, said this was necessary to help find out why Travellers ... Read More

What Can Be Done about Pseudoskepticism?

What do tobacco, food additives, chemical flame retardants and carbon emissions all have in common? The industries associated with them and their ill effects have been remarkably consistent and disturbingly effective at planting doubt in the mind of the public in the teeth of scientific evidence... Read More

Honey, I shrunk the ants: How environment controls size

Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin color, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a result of both genetic and environmental factors. But... Read More

Microphotograph of Penicillum corylophilum at 400 magnification

This filamentous fungus was isolated from soil of a petroleum hydrocarbon polluted ship breaking yard. It can degrade some linear petroleum hydrocarbons, like kerosene, diesel and octane. Read More

Funny art ( Antifungal Aliens)

Image of antifungal activity of Lactobacillus isolates against Geotrichum spp., Aspergillus spp. and Penicillum spp.. While Reviewing my results I could see an interesting thing that it resembles as like aliens face. Read More

You are when you eat: Limiting flies to specific eating hours protects their hearts against aging, study finds

Limiting flies to specific eating hours protected their hearts against aging, a study has demonstrated. Previous research has found that people who tend to eat later in the day and into the night have a higher chance of developing heart disease than people who cut off their food consumption earl... Read More

Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior

Look what the cat dragged in! The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoan transmitted by cats, can effect mammalian brain cells in strange ways. In rodents, the parasite has been shown to inhibit fear and actually attract them to the smell of cat urine. Humans can be infected through c... Read More

Irish scientists highlight the need for basic research funding

With austerity measures in Ireland having affected the focus of science funding, a recent letter was sent to Government to raise concerns over the lack of funding for grassroots science. There is a need for a balance in funding and not just an emphasis on commercial application. Read More

Should An HIV-Positive Body Be Considered a Deadly Weapon?

When Terrance Williams was 21, he met a man in Syracuse, and the two became friends. Some weeks later, they became sexually involved. Williams and this partner—who, in court papers, is referred to only as “the victim”—used protection in their relationship, at first. But one night, Williams’s par... Read More

Detecting Cancer By Sound [Audio]

Doctors—and you, too—can listen to difference between healthy and malignant cells

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Serratia flowers

Serratia marcescens can form brilliant red colonies on LB agar due to the synthesis of the secondary metabolite prodigiosin. In the Microbiology teaching lab, we had students create pigment mutants of S. marcescens and these lovely shades of pink and white were collected for analysis. Read More

SXSW 2015: Finally, an Ebola suit that isn't miserable to wear

At South by Southwest on Friday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the first public demo of a new medical protective suit that's designed to help healthcare workers fight Ebola.

Current protective suits worn by Ebola healthcare workers take about 20 minutes t... Read More

Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life

Computer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles

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Cattle-killer: Two parasites are better than one

When calves are infected by two parasite species at the same time, one parasite renders the other far less deadly, according to a new study published in the current journal of Science Advances Read More

Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened gold frogs from lethal fungus

A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog's skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease. Read More

Bacillus anthracis showing McFadyean's reaction

The slide was prepared from blood of infected animals (cattle). The smear was stained with poly-chrome methylene blue which demonstrated blue colored bacillary body and light pink colored capsule (McFadyean's reaction).

The animal had the symptoms of high fever, convulsion and sudden death. ... Read More

Cytomegalovirus hijacks human enzyme for replication

Researchers at Princeton have discovered that cytomegalovirus manipulates a process called fatty acid elongation, which makes the very-long-chain fatty acids necessary for virus replication. Published in the journal Cell Reports on March 3, the research team identified a specific human enzyme--e... Read More
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