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The ABCs of biological warfare and terror agents

Biological warfare and bioterrorism are as old as fourth-century BCE Scythian fighters wiping their arrows on decomposing bodies before shooting them at their enemies and as new as ricin toxin delivered to a US Senate mailroom in 2004. They consist of using viruses, bacteria, fungi and other tox... Read More

Biologists Wake Dormant Viruses and Uncover Mechanism for Survival

It is known that viral "squatters" comprise nearly half of our genetic code. These genomic invaders inserted their DNA into our own millions of years ago when they infected our ancestors. But just how we keep them quiet and prevent them from attack was more of a mystery until EPFL researchers re... Read More

National Salmonella Outbreak Linked to African Dwarf Frogs from One Breeder

One California pet frog breeder may be the source of a nationwide salmonella poisoning outbreak that has lasted for eight months.

Cases of salmonella that have sickened people throughout the United States have been liked to African dwarf frogs from one breeder. The pet frogs were subsequently... Read More

Microbiology blog in spanish language: Curiosidades de la Microbiologia

"Curiosidades de la microbiologia" (Curiosities of the microbial world) is a microbiology blog writen in spanish language. The aim of the blog is academic and divulgative. It was designed as a support tool for graduate students in life science like Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Medicine,... Read More

Polar bear poo helps in superbug hunt

Bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a growing problem in hospitals and researchers are anxious to understand how they evolve.

Norwegian researchers said they had found little sign of such microbes in the feces of polar bears in the remote Arctic, suggesting... Read More

Sample of Nestlé Cookie Dough Has E. Coli Bacteria

Nestlé USA said Wednesday that two samples of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough made at a Virginia factory tested positive for E. coli bacteria this week despite rigorous safety measures put in place after a recall of the product last summer.

Nestlé also said the tainted dough had not ... Read More

Bornavirus DNA in the mammalian genome

The chromosomal DNA of several mammals has been found to contain sequences related to the nucleoprotein (N) gene of bornaviruses, enveloped viruses with a negative-strand RNA genome. I am amazed by this finding. How did bornaviral DNA get in our chromosomes, and what is it doing there? Read More

Soybean Genome Analysis Reveals Pathways for Improving Biodiesel, Disease Resistance, and Reducing Waste Runoff

Soybean, one of the most important global sources of protein and oil, is now the first legume species with a published complete draft genome sequence. The sequence and its analysis appear in the January 14 edition of the journal Nature. The research team comprised 18 institutions, including th... Read More

When Salmonella Meets Lettuce

Salmonella bacteria on lettuce penetrate the leaves to enter inner tissues via stomata, while also actively swimming toward photosynthetically produced nutrients, according to Shlomo Sela and other members of an Israeli research team.

Although other bacterial plant pathogens also enter plant ... Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

Exophiala jeanselmei. Note long slender conidiophores with terminal sporulation. Secondary budding of conidia is rare. LCB mount. Read More

Vaccine for swine flu pandemic was 'morally justified'

And so the backlash begins. As the current wave of H1N1 flu starts to fade in Europe, questions are being asked about the expensive vaccines bought to fight it.

Later this month members of parliament from countries in the Council of Europe, a club of 47 countries, will hold an inquiry into wh... Read More

Science news is a 'man-thing', apparently

Science research councils have increasingly encouraged their grant-holders to engage with the public about their work and for many research grants some form of public engagement is now a necessity. But whom do these scientists end up engaging?

With the advent of online content, where people c... Read More

Proof of Martians 'to come this year'

Final proof that Mars has bred life will be confirmed this year, leading NASA experts believe. The historic discovery will come not on Mars itself but from chunks of the red planet here on Earth.

David McKay, chief of astrobiology at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, says powerful new m... Read More

Europe Plans $12.4M for Pathogenomics Consortia

A European Commission consortium said today that it plans to pump as much as €8.5 million ($12.4 million) over the next three years into its international effort to fund genomic studies of human pathogens and to develop ways to combat them.

In its third funding call, the ERA-NET PathoGenoMics... Read More

Outsmarting bacteria: Researchers develop faster method to generate new antibiotics

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute have developed a new method to rapidly generate and test novel antibiotic-drug candidates. The technique could provide scientists with a new tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

LSI research assistant prof... Read More

Lung infections in kids jump after vaccine introduced

Every time one problem gets solved, it seems another crops up. This is the case with the childhood pneumonia vaccine.

Since the vaccine was introduced almost a decade ago to stamp out bacterial pneumonia, there has been a big drop in that serious lung disease. But there has also been a dramat... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 6

Meet "Asia's great five food-poisoning microbes!" Read More

Genetic Analyses of Influenza in Wild Birds Can Improve Avian Flu Surveillance Programs

Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Persistence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (... Read More

Google Launches Flu Trends For 121 U.S. Cities

Google just launched an updated version of Google Flu Trends, a service that predicts flu trends by tracking flu related queries on the company's search engine. Until now, Google only showed aggregate data for states in the United States. Starting today, Flu Trends will show data down to the cit... Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

Exophiala jeanselmei. 37 Days at 30C on cornmeal agar. Dark brown slow-growing colony Read More

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