Infants are more efficient at digesting and utilizing nutritional components of milk than adults due to a difference in the strains of bacteria that dominate their digestive tracts. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Utah State University report on genomic analysis of thes... Read More
People who develop gastroenteritis from drinking water contaminated with Escherichia coli (commonly abbreviated as E. coli) are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, kidney problems and heart disease in later life. According to researchers, these findings underline the significance of e... Read More
A new study has shown that treating municipal wastewater solids at higher temperatures could be an effective tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering found that heating the solid waste to 55 degree... Read More
Scientists declared that initial risk assessments of Boston University's Biosafety Level-4 laboratory were incomplete, according to a report released Thursday by the National Research Council.
The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, located in the South End, is intended to accom... Read More
The United Nations understandably doesn't want its peacekeepers to be blamed for the cholera that has struck Haiti. Anger has mounted with the death toll, now pushing 1200, and in the past 48 hours there have been demonstrations and riots against UN troops, which are hampering efforts to treat t... Read More
The risks associated with holding foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus at a proposed animal disease research lab are greater than previously predicted, according to a report issued this week.
The US government last month estimated there to be a 70 per cent chance of an accidental escape over th... Read More
Australian virologist Frank Fenner, MD was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1914. He earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1942 at the University of Adelaide, and from 1940 – 1946 he worked on the malaria parasite in Egypt and Papua New Guinea as an officer in the Australian Army Medical Corps. He subsequ... Read More
Scientists have unmasked a culprit responsible for contaminating untold bottles of wine with the musty, corky odor generally known as taint.
More than 20 years after the isolation of MDMP, a compound that can turn even the finest wine into plonk, the identity of a microbe that churns out the ... Read More
Understanding the evolution of life-threatening viruses like influenza, Ebola and dengue fever, could help us to minimize their impact. New research points the way to a fossil record of viruses that have insinuated themselves into the genomes of insects and other animals, providing clues about t... Read More
It's a cliché, I know - but a generation of scientists is passing whose like we truly may never see again. Frank Fenner has died in Australia, at the respectable age of 95, days after meeting his first great-grandchild.
And what a passing. Fenner comes from the era when so much was undiscover... Read More
On episode #108 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Saul review the evolution of HIV-1 specific recombinases, and down-regulation of a host microRNA by a viral noncoding R... Read More
Hello everyone, dear doctors Racaniello, Despommier, Alan Dove and Rich Condit,
I've been a devoted listener since April 2009. Like many others listeners then I quickly caught up with all previous episodes (I'll never forget that memorable one devoted ... Read More
Viruses possess an ability to mutate into strains that can render vaccines useless and become deadlier than their predecessor. But for a team of Texan scientists, this biological danger became a forensic asset that helped prosecutors convict two men accused of infecting close to a dozen women wi... Read More
If you’re unlucky enough to experience a case of gastroenteritis, you might endure several days of diarrhea and then think your woes are over.
Not so fast.
According to a study published online Friday in the British Medical Journal, a bout of acute gastroenteritis can increase one’s risk o... Read More
At this point, after finding microorganisms that don’t mind extreme temperatures, pressure, aridity and other hardships, we shouldn’t be surprised that bacteria’s dominion over the Earth extends to just about anywhere we look. A new expedition to the Earth’s crust has reached unprecedented depth... Read More
An inexpensive new filtering technology can kill up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in just seconds without clogging.
American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning podcast series, "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions", latest episode focused on development and successfu... Read More
Researcher Jean-Paul Meijnen has 'trained' bacteria to convert all the main sugars in vegetable, fruit and garden waste efficiently into high-quality environmentally friendly products such as bioplastics. He will be defending his doctoral thesis on this topic, which was carried out in the contex... Read More
Scientists are zeroing in on a promising vaccine to treat hepatitis C, an international symposium was told Friday in Montreal.
Three preliminary clinical trials in England are showing that a so-called therapeutic vaccine can boost the immune response in those infected with the hepatitis C vir... Read More
Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have discovered a protein produced by HIV that keeps infected cells from signaling the immune system that they are harboring the virus and should be killed. These data, which suggest a new target for HIV drugs, were published online Octobe... Read More
Vincent and Dickson move on to nematodes with a discussion of the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis.
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