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Swine flu: doctors blast anti-vaccination sceptics

A leading association of clinicians on Monday accused an "anti-vaccination movement" of breeding suspicion about the (A)H1N1 swine flu vaccine in Europe and declared public health and lives were at risk.

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) said it wa... Read More

Drug-resistant bacteria on increase in U.S.: study

Cases of a drug-resistant bacterial infection known as MRSA have risen by 90 percent since 1999, and they are increasingly being acquired outside hospitals, researchers reported on Tuesday.

They found two new strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- MRSA for short -- were cir... Read More

The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness

As the festival of mandatory gratitude looms into view, allow me to offer a few suggestions on what, exactly, you should be thankful for.

Be thankful that, on at least one occasion, your mother did not fend off your father with a pair of nunchucks, but instead allowed enough contact to facili... Read More

Factors from Common Human Bacteria May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Current research suggests that a common oral bacterium may exacerbate autoimmune disease. Multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease where the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, affects nearly 1 in 700 people in the United States. Patients with multiple sclerosis have a variety of neurolog... Read More

Non-protein antifreeze helps Arctic beetle chill out

Scientists in the US have discovered a new class of biological antifreeze molecules - the first that do not contain proteins. The antifreeze, extracted from an Alaskan beetle capable of surviving at -60°C, consists of linked mannopyranose and xylopyranose sugars, termed xylomannan, associated wi... Read More

Final effluent prior to chloronation

Final effluent prior to chloronation (5000X) Read More

Immunoelectrophoresis

Immunoelectrophoresis. Wells 1 and 2 rabbit serum, Wells 3 rabbit gammaglobulin, trough 1 and 3 antirabbit serum, trough 2 anti-gamma-globulin Read More

White House Pushes Science and Math Education

To improve science and mathematics education for American children, the White House is recruiting Elmo and Big Bird, video game programmers and thousands of scientists.

President Obama will announce a campaign Monday to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time and volunteer ... Read More

Vaccine quest boosted by HIV that infects monkeys

AN HIV virus modified to infect monkeys could be a big step forward for HIV research.

The disclosure last month that an experimental vaccine against HIV may not be as effective as first thought highlighted a nagging problem with HIV-vaccine research: that there is no effective way of testing ... Read More

Biologists Discover Bacterial Defense Mechanism Against Aggressive Oxygen

Bacteria possess an ingenious mechanism for preventing oxygen from harming the building blocks of the cell. This is the new finding of a team of biologists that includes Joris Messens of VIB, a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, connected to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Th... Read More

Lifestyles of the slimy and contagious

Back in 1885, a German-Austrian pediatrician by the name of Theodor Escherich was investigating an unusually high incidence of infant mortality due to severe diarrhea. Using the newer, more powerful microscopes, he soon isolated a rod shaped bacteria derived from a residue best left unmentioned.... Read More

Eek! Our Skin Is Full Of Bugs

No matter how much yogurt we eat or kambucha we drink, no matter how much we hear about how bacteria can be beneficial to us, it still can seem creepy that there are up to 1,000 species of bacteria and fungi lounging around on our skin at any given time--1 trillion or so microscopic residents.
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Two Fresh Sleeves of LB/Tet Plates

Here's what you can get out of about a liter of LB agar. They have a very low concentration of Tetracycline in them to allow for a more permissive growth pattern. All in a night's work! Read More

A Plethora of Phenotypes

My narration in this video might have been a little more accurate, so I'll clarify here:

Essentially we are trying to make a protein in B. megaterium fluoresce with GFP, green fluorescent protein. We are doing so by transforming it with a plasmid that gives resistance to Tetracycline, an ant... Read More

Self-healing concrete

A video of Henk Jonkers of Delft University of Technology, recipient of the Delft Design & Engineering Award, describing self-healing concrete made with bacteria that will lead to enormous savings on building and structural maintenance and repair costs. Read More

Malaria Gaining Resistance in Southeast Asia

"Malaria that is resistant to the best available drug is more widespread in Southeast Asia than previously reported, new research shows. The worrisome finding poses a risk that travelers could carry this strain of the malaria parasite to other parts of the globe and unwittingly spread it, scient... Read More

Differentiation of two distinct clusters among currently circulating influenza A(H1N1)v viruses

Analysis of all complete genome sequences of the pandemic influenza A(H1N1)v virus available as of 10 September 2009 revealed that two closely related but distinct clusters were circulating in most of the affected countries at the same time. The characteristic differences are located in genes en... Read More

Swine flu kills four in Saudi Arabia on Hajj pilgrimage

"Four pilgrims have died of swine flu as they take part in this year's annual Mecca pilgrimage, Saudi officials say.
Three of the victims - a woman from Morocco and men from Sudan and India - were in their seventies. The fourth was a 17-year-old girl from Nigeria.

The Health Ministry said no... Read More

The amateur scientist (that's us)

Marketing guru Seth Godin has made some interesting observations on why many New Yorkers avoided getting in line for the H1N1 vaccine.

"The news here is not that people are irrational, giving too much credence to the dramatic and the local and the short-term (that's not news), but that people... Read More

Molecular Biology Animation by VIB

A detailed animation from VIB, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit research institute conducting pioneering research in the life sciences. More than 1000 scientists explore the molecular mechanisms responsible for the functioning of the human body, plants and microorganisms. Read More

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