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Extraterrestrial life right here on Earth?

Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, has a provocative article in The New York Times (14 May 2010) on the quest for alternative life, "Life 2.0," in hidden or unexplored niches on Earth. Such life might substitute arsenic for phosphorus, or might be based on reverse handedness of molecules.... Read More

Recombination between cellular and viral RNA produces a pathogenic virus

Bovine viral diarrhea virus is an economically important animal pathogen that may cause a fatal gastrointestinal disease in beef and dairy herds. Infection of a fetus with this virus during the first trimester leads to the birth of animals that are persistently infected for life. Some animals re... Read More

Pentagon Virus Detector Knows You're Sick Before You Do

Imagine knowing you’ll be too sick to go to work, before the faintest hint of a runny nose or a sore throat. Now imagine that preemptive diagnosis being transmitted to a national, web-based influenza map — simply by picking up the phone.

That’s the impressive potential of an ongoing Pentagon-... Read More

Does Washing Lettuce Get Rid of Bacteria?

As the recall of tainted romaine lettuce expands, many plates could be devoid of the crisp veggie in an effort to stay healthy. That might be a good idea, according to experts who say that washing produce, even very carefully, may not remove all the bacteria present.

At least 19 people became... Read More

Rotavirus vaccines reduce hospitalizations in kids, study finds

The introduction of the first rotavirus vaccine in the United States in 2006 led to sharp reductions in hospitalizations for gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that is marked by diarrhea and dehydration, researchers reported Wednesday. Rotavirus is one of the leading ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 105: Salmonella y SIDA, colaboración mortal



























In the Nº 105 of the "El podcast del microbio" I resume the emergence of new virulent strains of Scteriaalmonella in HIV patients, and their ... Read More

American Society for Microbiology to honor Scripps, Claude ZoBell

During his pioneering research career at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Claude ZoBell laid a scientific foundation that would shape the field of marine microbiology.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will honor ZoBell's accomplishments as part of its week-long ... Read More

Viral Turtles

A double stranded RNA (dsRNA) viral genome, introduced into a host cell, is met by formidable host defenses. The very presence of dsRNA in a eukaryotic or prokaryotic cell announces a viral infection and elicits effective responses, ranging from silencing of the viral mRNAs to apoptosis. Despite... Read More

Rare Toxic Algae Identified

Scientists have identified an unusual species of pathogenic algae that causes human skin infections, described in a new study in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. The finding should improve our understanding of how rare species of algae are sometimes able to ... Read More

Mean genes from parasite link Sturgeons to humans

We've over-fished & polluted their habitats, scrambling the species to a point where you have to filet these poor creatures just know which restroom they use! Now one of our parasites is compromising their love lives - I'd say our finny friends here have a very justified bone to pick with human... Read More

Trials begin on hepatitis C drug developed in Cardiff

The first human clinical trials have started on a new drug developed to treat infections caused by the hepatitis C virus. The medication, taken orally, was first prepared at the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University in 2008. Laboratory tests showed it killed 90% of the virus at very low... Read More

Epidemic this year? Check the lake's shape

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case, and a new BioScience report by scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and four other institutions explains why.

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Cheese -- Acting as 'Carrier' for Probiotic Bacteria -- Found to Improve Immune Response of Elderly

Scientists in Finland have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system of the elderly by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria. The research, published in FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, reveals that daily consumption of probiotic cheese helps to tackle a... Read More

WHO advises precautions in South Africa virus outbreak

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday advised travellers to South Africa to take precautions against insect bites and contact with raw meat, after an outbreak of Rift Valley fever killed 18 people.

"WHO advises no international travel restriction to or from South Africa." the agency said... Read More

Response to vaccines could depend on your sex

Biological differences between the sexes could be a significant predictor of responses to vaccines, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They examined published data from numerous adult and child vaccine trials and found that sex is a fundamental, but ... Read More

UW suspends scientist over unauthorized experiment

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has revoked a scientist's laboratory privileges for five years and paid a $40,000 sanction over unauthorized experiments involving Brucella, a bacterium that can infect cattle and humans and is highly regulated by the federal government. Read More

Rift Valley fever in South Africa- update

On 11 May 2010 Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany reported that additional laboratory analyses conducted both in Germany and South Africa on the German tourist who was preliminarily diagnosed with Rift Valley Fever (RVF) following her return from South Africa, was in-fact ... Read More

Bacteria Can Treat Gulf Spill, Firm Says

Trillions of bacteria might help clean up the Gulf oil spill, a specialized company reports.

Osprey Biotechnics, Inc., a pioneer in breeding beneficial bacteria, says it estimates that 55 gallons of the product it calls Munox would treat 36.5 square miles of Gulf waters. Slightly more than 10... Read More

Stopping E. coli in its tracks

Microbiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center, working with the Department of Agriculture, have identified a potential target in cattle that could be exploited to help prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses caused by a nasty strain of Escherichia coli.

In the study, available online an... Read More

Does Washing Lettuce Get Rid of Bacteria?

As the recall of tainted romaine lettuce expands, many plates could be devoid of the crisp veggie in an effort to stay healthy. That might be a good idea, according to experts who say that washing produce, even very carefully, may not remove all the bacteria present. Read More

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