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'After water, check for life on moon'

Noted astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar has urged that the moon be scanned for micro-organisms in its environment, especially in areas where traces of water have been found. Speaking during a lecture on ‘Searching for micro-life in the earth’s atmosphere’ in Goa on Sunday, Mr Narlikar said the disc... Read More

The Claim: Always Wash Your Hands With Hot Water, Not Cold.

With swine flu sweeping across the country, health officials are reminding Americans to wash their hands often to reduce the spread of the disease.

Soap and warm water have long been said to prevent the spread of infections, but is warm or hot water really more effective than cold?

In its ... Read More

Researchers discover RNA repair system in bacteria

In new papers appearing this month in Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven H. Huang and his colleagues describe the first RNA repair system to be discovered in bacteria. This is only the second RNA repair system disc... Read More

Is a Virus the Cause of Fatigue Syndrome

"Chronic fatigue syndrome has long been a medical mystery and the subject of debate, sometimes bitter, among doctors, researchers and patients. It affects at least one million Americans, causing extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms. ... Read More

Interview with Paul Turner - The Evolution of Disease

"Paul Turner received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Center for Microbial Ecology, at Michigan State University. He did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Turner is currently Associate Professor of Ec... Read More

Unusual Spider Species Passes Up Live Prey for Plants

Vegetarianism is not exactly what springs to mind when considering spiders, which usually rely on web spinning and other finely tuned techniques to catch and eat other creatures. But one spider has now been observed to feed mostly on plants, shattering the common assumption that all spiders are ... Read More

Hymenomonas sp.

Phase contrast flash of Hymenomonas sp., a coccolithophorid phytoflagellate Read More

H1N1 Critical Illness Mostly Affects Young Patients and Is Often Fatal

H1N1 critical illness mostly affects young patients and is often fatal, according to the results of a Canadian and Mexican study and an editorial published online October 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

"Between March and July 2009, the largest number of confirme... Read More

Madagascar biodiversity under threat as gangs run wild

Roasted lemurs and criminal gangs exporting precious hardwood: this is the sad state of affairs for Madagascar's legendary biodiversity. Since a military coup forced the president to resign in March, conservationists and biologists have watched as loggers have stripped the country's forests and ... Read More

Tropospheric Microbes Are Suprisingly Diverse Yet Stable

Airborne microbial diversity is much greater than expected, albeit spare compared to that in the ocean and in the soil, according graduate student Robert M. Bowers, his advisor Noah Fierer, and their collaborators at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and elsewhere, who collected their data at... Read More

Mechanism That Helps Bacteria Avoid Destruction In Cells Identified

Infectious diseases currently cause about one-third of all human deaths worldwide, more than all forms of cancer combined. Advances in cell biology and microbial genetics have greatly enhanced understanding of the cause and mechanisms of infectious diseases. Researchers from Thomas Jefferson Uni... Read More

Scientists Identify Common HPV Genotypes In Northern India, Encourage Vaccination

Although a wide spectrum of human papillomavirus is seen across the population of India, HPV-16 and HPV-18 are the most common types and a vaccination targeting these types could eliminate 75 percent of the cervical cancers in the region, according to data presented at the American Association f... Read More

Is an HPV vaccine for boys cost effective?

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of Gardasil, a vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), for use in males. A new study, published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, found, however, that a public health campaign to vaccinate boy... Read More

Harvard Scientists Create Dirt Powered Bacteria Batteries

Harvard scientists believe in the power of the good earth — literally. A team at the Boston-based college have created microbial fuel cell (MFC) batteries that derive energy from naturally occurring bacteria in soil. If the product takes off, the eco-friendly batteries could provide power for so... Read More

Seasonal Vaccine Shortage in U.S. Stoked by Swine Flu Vigilance

Americans who have become hyper- aware of swine flu as the disease sweeps the globe are overwhelming doctors’ offices, clinics and U.S. drugstores for the seasonal-flu vaccine as well, leading to shortages.

The two influenza strains, with similar symptoms and outcomes, may circulate concurren... Read More

TWiV 53: The ends justify the means



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Row at US journal widens

A dispute between the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and an academy member has put the fate of three studies in question. In the wake of rows over a controversial paper published by the journal online in August — but not in print — two additional p... Read More

Japanese suit that fights flu

A Japanese company, Haruyama Trading Co., has developed a suit that it claims protects the wearer from the deadly H1N1 strain of influenza.

The company has produced 50,000 of the suits and will start selling them on Thursday, according to a company spokesman.

The suit is coated with the c... Read More

Attachment of several treponemes to testicular cell membranes

Attachment of several treponemes to testicular cell membranes 22 hours post-infection. Note the orientation of the treponemes mediated by their tapered ends and apparent disk-like organelle Read More

Pandemic Payoff from 1918: A Weaker H1N1 Flu Today

Although the swine flu outbreak of 2009 is still in full swing, this global influenza epidemic, the fourth in 100 years, is already teaching scientists valuable lessons about pandemics past, those that might have been and those that still might be. Evidence accumulated this summer indicates that... Read More

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