Sepsis is a highly dangerous - very often lethal - inflammatory condition caused by the body's response to microbes in the blood, lungs, or other areas. Even with ICU treatment involving antibiotics & fluids in large doses, 20-35% of patients suffering from severe sepsis die inside 30 days. 40... Read More
While there are many more methods to choose from for cleaning up your RNA or DNA than there used to be, sometimes Phenol/Chloroform extraction is still the best way to go. Here I’ll discuss some of the practical aspects of using this technique.
Nick introduced the topic of Phenol/Chloroform e... Read More
Aided by a new experimental model, scientists are a step closer to understanding how cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung disease in people with the condition. The findings, published online April 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could help improve treatments for lung disease, which... Read More
A team of international researchers has brought the primary component of mammoth blood back to life using ancient DNA preserved in bones from Siberian specimens 25,000 to 43,000 years old.
Studies of recreated mammoth haemoglobin, published today (Monday 3 May) in Nature Genetics, reveal spec... Read More
Nestlé has shut down a production line after a positive salmonella test on a batch of chocolate morsels at its one of its facilities in the US, for the second time this year.
Nestlé spokeswoman Laurie MacDonald told the Journal Times that that none of the contaminated morsels left the Burling... Read More
Dr. Laurie Connell, of the University of Maine, is involved in a number of research projects spanning from the development of field detection instruments for the detrimental potato wart, to the analysis of paralytic shellfish toxins, to the extreme microbial habitats at the southern most region ... Read More
Normally, animals get their DNA from their parents. But a new study shows that they can also get genes from another species. In fact, animals can even take genes from creatures outside of the animal kingdom — like from fungi. And that's pretty surprising.
"The idea that animals picked up DNA... Read More
On episode #80 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Michael Bouchard about hepatitis B virus discovery, replication, and pathogenesis.
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There's no way to stop oily water from reaching land along the Gulf Coast, but experts will use tools both massive and microscopic to clean it up.
Oil-soaked sand on beaches in the eastern Gulf Coast can be scooped up with heavy equipment, but the grassy marshes in the Mississippi Delta can't... Read More
A multimillion-dollar research project involving the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, could help better protect U.S. troops. But it is also expected to shore up the Las Vegas area against epidemics and bioterrorism.
UNLV Associate Professor Chris Cochran is helping lead the effort and hopes i... Read More
The publicity surrounding the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus apparently had a good side effect, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Seasonal flu vaccinations reached 40% of the eligible population this past winter, up from 33% the previous winter, the agency reported... Read More
The molecular caps at the ends of chromosomes that protect humans against cancer and premature cellular aging show a surprising inability to protect themselves against ultraviolet radiation, a new Yale School of Medicine study has found.
Telomeres—the repeat sequences of DNA at the end of chr... Read More
Restricted-calorie diets have been shown in some studies to improve longevity and provide other health benefits, but many studies have focused on animals rather than humans.
A new study finds that calorie restriction may bolster the immune system in adults. Researchers from Tufts University r... Read More
In this show, I report on four exciting stories: a probiotic bacteria that can fight cancer, bacteria in dust that affect asthma, microbes living in a lake of asphalt, and a census of marine microorganisms.
By Rachel Ehrenberg
Scientists are turning harmful bacteria into agents of their own destruction. In an effort to create antibacterial wound dressings, a new material comes laden with microbial booby traps that are triggered by the activity of harmful bacteria, scientists report online April 20... Read More
The virus in question is cytomegalovirus, or CMV, which infects most people at some point in their lives -- up to 80 percent of U.S. adults by the age of 40. In healthy people, the infection usually causes no symptoms, and is considered dangerous only for newborns infected during pregnancy and f... Read More
India has exported a polio virus to Tajikistan, re-infecting the region for the first time since it was certified polio-free in 2002.
In what is the first outbreak of the crippling disease in a Central Asian country, the virus till April 22 had caused acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in 128 chil... Read More
A study published in the journal Science offers a long-awaited explanation for the link between HIV infection and susceptibility to life-threatening nontyphoidal strains of Salmonella. The research, funded by the Wellcome Trust and GlaxoSmithKline, goes on to identify targets that could be pursu... Read More
Do you ever take a look at what you’re doing in the lab and think, “Wow, this would really come in handy at home?” Here are a few of the things I use in the lab that I would love to have in my kitchen:
1. Stir plates and stir bars would be incredibly useful for cooking those dishes that need ... Read More