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Professor: My bacteria could consume oil spill

A scholar who played a key role in the creation of the biotechnology industry told the Herald his oil-eating bacteria probably could have gobbled up the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico and cleaned any potentially harmful residue left by chemical dispersant products, if it was available now.
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Browns, Cleveland Clinic agree to settlement in Joe Jurevicius' staph lawsuit

Joe Jurevicius reached a settlement last week with the Browns over a staph infection that most likely ended the Browns receiver's career, the Associated Press reported.

The two sides agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential, a source said.

Jurevicius, a Chardon-area native, ... Read More

Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said Friday.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals fr... Read More

TWiV 87: A PHIREside chat with Professor Graham Hatfull

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On episode #87 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich hear from Professor Graham Hatfull how students in the Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program ... Read More

A game of cat and mouse

If an alien bug invaded the brains of half the population, hijacked their neurochemistry, altered the way they acted and drove some of them crazy, then you might expect a few excitable headlines to appear in the press. Yet something disturbingly like this may actually be happening without the wo... Read More

Protecting the Next Generation — Eliminating Perinatal HIV-1 Infection

More than 90% of the 430,000 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infections in children each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV-1 acquisition through breast milk accounts for more than 40% of infections. However, in Africa, breast-feeding is a cornerstone of child survival. Two ... Read More

Influenza viron

On a dark-blue background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus. A portion of the virion’s outer protein coat has been cut away, which reveals the virus’ contents, and ... Read More

New Gene Therapy Hope for HIV

When it comes to research on HIV and AIDS treatments, it can be hard to know when to celebrate a small advance-everyone wants to see progress, but so many experimental avenues that seemed promising have turned out to be dead ends. Still, a new study that tried a sophisticated form of gene therap... Read More

Experimental flu treatment may help related virus

An experimental drug being developed to fight influenza may fight a common but little-known virus called parainfluenza virus, researchers and the company said on Friday.

Tests in mice showed Fludase, made by privately held NexBio, could stop parainfluenza viruses from replicating, the researc... Read More

Be skeptical of claims about probiotics and prebiotics

Jamie Lee Curtis promises in TV adds that bacteria-laced Dannon yogurt will improve colon regularity. Other companies sell little pills full of living microbes and even supplements promising to feed those microbes what they most like to eat. Probiotics and prebiotics — from bacteria-infused beve... Read More

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague, bubonic, fatal - China: (GS)

A construction worker in Gansu Province died soon after he hunted, cooked,
and ate an infected marmot, the provincial health authority has announced.

The authority announced on Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010, that the man developed a
high fever and swollen lymph glands under his left armpit. He was... Read More

UCR entomologists advance bacteria that is deadly to mosquitoes

UCR researchers have received a $1.86 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to enhance development of a bacterial brew that is deadly to mosquitoes.

"We are beyond the proof of concept," said Brian Federici, principal investigator and a distinguished pro... Read More

Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer

Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer Read More

LCD television waste ‘could help prevent bacterial infections’

The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.

Researchers at the University’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a way of transforming the chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a k... Read More

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune... Read More

iSkin announces An iPad case for the germ-phobic

Are you a little OCD when it comes to germs? Do you feel like you need to wash your hands after you use your iPad? Did that report about the iPad screens in Apple Stores being hotbeds for assorted fungi and bacteria make you want to take a long, hot shower?

If you answered yes to any of these... Read More

Can Microbes Help Stem the BP Oil-Spill Disaster?

Current technology used by BP is proving hopelessly inadequate in curbing the tide of oil gushing from beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Now, novel technologies that remain untested at such an incomprehensible scale will be needed in anticipation of years of remediation to resuscitate a dying ecosyste... Read More

Probiotic Prophylactic: Bacteria May Protect Critically Ill Patients against Pneumonia

How's this for preventative medicine?: Ingesting bacteria may help to prevent infections.

Researchers at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., recently demonstrated that regular doses of probiotic bacteria given to hospital patients on mechanical ventilators resulted in fewe... Read More

Malaria Increases with Deforestation In Brazil

You know saving the rainforest is good for biodiversity. But it may also be a boon to human health. That's because less clear-cutting may mean less malaria, according to a paper out this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. [Sarah Olson et al., http://bit.ly/b6iFgT]

Researchers l... Read More

Experiment Turns Up The Heat On Natural Selection, Reveals New Details Of An Evolutionary Mechanism

Scientists in Munich report evidence that high concentrations of the molecular "chaperone" proteins GroEL and GroES -- intracellular machines that can stabilize folding proteins under stress -- play a critical role in increasing the maximum temperature at which E. coli bacteria can grow. Massive... Read More
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