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Don't Get Caught Dirty Handed

Mom's advice about cleaning your hands may finally be starting to get through. In the August 2010 observational study sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and the Read More

Scientists find drugs that may fight bat disease

Scientists may have found some ways to help the nation's bats, which are being wiped out by a novel fungal disease, an unprecedented wildlife crisis.

Lab tests show that several drugs can fight the germ and that some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes and ... Read More

Probiotics are the new viagra & the risks of overselling of probiotics

Blog by me (Jonathan Eisen) discussing how there is a lot of misleading and sketchy information out there relating to probiotics. Read More

Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens: An Emerging Pediatric Threat #ICAAC 2010

Antibiotic resistance has become an increasing cause for concern around the globe, but it poses a unique set of problems for infections in children. Researchers present the latest information on antibiotic-resistant infections of concern to pediatricians including methicillin-resistant Staphylo... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - What Big Pharma Wants and What Biotech Can Offer

As larger pharmaceutical companies have reduced focus on discovery and early development of antibacterials, smaller biotech companies have taken on a larger role in these earliest stages of antibacterial development, later licensing or selling the compound to the pharmaceutical company to com... Read More

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Identified In 20 Connecticut Towns

Twenty Connecticut towns are reported to have West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes, Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin informs. Connecticut's Mosquito Management Program announced that a resident of Clinton recently tested positive for WNV (West Nile Virus) and has been... Read More

E. coli may not be all bad after all

E. coli, long associated with illness brought on by food poisoning, may hold the key to the future of renewable energy.

“If we can engineer biological organisms to produce biodiesel fuels, we’ll have a new way of storing and using energy,” says Desmond Lun, associate professor of computer sci... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens: An Emerging Pediatric Threat

Antibiotic resistance has become an increasing cause for concern around the globe, but it poses a unique set of problems for infections in children. Researchers present the latest information on antibiotic-resistant infections of concern to pediatricians including methicillin-resistant Staphy... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - What Big Pharma Wants and What Biotech Can Offer

As larger pharmaceutical companies have reduced focus on discovery and early development of antibacterials, smaller biotech companies have taken on a larger role in these earliest stages of antibacterial development, later licensing or selling the compound to the pharmaceutical company to com... Read More

CRISPR Critters: Scientists Identify Key Enzyme in Microbial Immune System

Imagine a war in which you are vastly outnumbered by an enemy that is utterly relentless -- attacking you is all it does. The intro to another Terminator movie? No, just another day for microbes such as bacteria and archaea, which face a never-ending onslaught from viruses and invading strands o... Read More

CDC: Record No. of Dengue Deaths in Puerto Rico

Health officials say a record number of people have died from dengue so far this year in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement that 20 people have died from the mosquito-born virus in the U.S. Caribbean territory.

Center officials are investig... Read More

Genzyme to slash 1,000 positions

Genzyme Corp., the Cambridge biotechnology company fighting a takeover attempt by a French drug giant, said it will eliminate 1,000 jobs, about 10 percent of the workforce, over the next 15 months to save money.

In a memo to employees yesterday, Henri A. Termeer, Genzyme’s chief executive, sa... Read More

PMRV joins XMRV as possible etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome

The new human retrovirus XMRV, first detected in malignant prostate tissue, was subsequently identified in a high percentage of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The virus was not detected in four independent studies of CFS patients in Europe or the United States. The results of a se... Read More

Invisible carbon pumps

Understanding how the oceans absorb carbon dioxide is crucial to understanding the role of that gas in the climate. It is rather worrying, then, that something profound may be missing from that understanding. But if Jiao Nianzhi of Xiamen University in China is right, it is. For he suggests ther... Read More

Superbugs top focus of leading microbiology meet (Watch Live)

Serious public health risks due to a lack of new antibiotics at a time of rising antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" will be the main focus of a top microbiology conference in Boston that starts Sunday.

"We are increasingly concerned about the decline in antibiotic discovery," warned Lindsay Gra... Read More

Microbes are eating BP oil without using up oxygen

Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive.

In an unusual move, BP released 771,000 gallons of chemical dispers... Read More

Rodent of the Week: Vaccination via skin patch looks promising

The recent H1N1 flu pandemic reminded everyone in public health that our methods for quickly and efficiently vaccinating large numbers of people really stink. Eggs are required to grow vaccine in a sensitive and time-consuming process, manufacturers have to assemble the vaccine in syringes and t... Read More

India: Dengue Fever Concerns

Health officials are struggling to allay domestic concerns about dengue fever as India scrambles to finish construction projects in time for the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to being Oct. 3 in New Delhi. India is expecting 8,000 athletes, and delays and accusations of corruption have marred pre... Read More

Munich Deploys Custom Bacteria at Oktoberfest to Devour Ubiquitous Stink of Stale Beer

Bavarian beer purveyors concerned about a smelly Oktoberfest are hoping bacteria can make the experience more enjoyable. They plan to pour a solution of live bacteria on the floors of Munich's beer tents, in an effort to knock out the inevitable festival smells usually covered up by a fog of cig... Read More

SCASM - Molecular Microbiology Methods Workshop: Verification, Validation and Quality Systems

The workshop will provide an overview of molecular method verification and validation and the application of biostatistics, which are now critical to the operation of a microbiology laboratory. The workshop will focus on current CLIA regulations for verification and implementation of user define... Read More
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