Even the sleekest gadget depends on the mucky business of digging stuff out of the ground. Mobile phones and computers use copper for their wiring and rely on cobalt, germanium, lithium, nickel, platinum and tantalum for other components. Electric motors need magnets made of “rare earth” element... Read More
An animal may be the way to kill a virulent hospital bug, says an article by a team of researchers from the University of Calgary of and the National Research Council of Canada studying llamas.
Approximately two per cent of patients admitted to hospital could be infected by Clostridium diffic... Read More
A New York kidney transplant patient contracted HIV in 2009 from a living organ donor, the first such case known in the U.S. since screening for the virus became possible in 1985, the CDC reported.
It's also the first documented case since a 1989 kidney transplant from a living donor in Italy... Read More
Venezuelan health officials believe swine flu killed one person and have diagnosed 12 other people with the virus, the country's health minister said Thursday.
One 32-year-old person died on Wednesday and health authorities, seeing it as a suspicious case, began tests on others, Health Minist... Read More
Carl Zimmer's blog post about new PLoS One paper (by me) on searching for phylogenetically novel organisms in metagenomic data. Zimmer as usual does a nice job of putting scientific work in a broader perspective. Read More
The cast of This Week in Virology stops by the Futures in Biotech podcast on the TWiT network for a live broadcast, 03-18-2011.
Click "source" or visit www.live.twit.tv to watch live right now. Read More
After the eradication of smallpox in 1980, the World Health Organization called for destruction of known remaining stocks of the virus. The United States and Russia, which hold the known stocks of smallpox virus, have not destroyed their stocks. During TWiV #124, I was surprised to learn that th... Read More
Chinese researchers have identified a novel bunyavirus that may be the cause of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS); their research has been published online March 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Xue-Jie Yu, M.D., Ph.D., of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and ... Read More
Lab Tests Online has been designed to help you, as a patient or family caregiver, to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. If you are a medical professional, this site can serve ... Read More
In an evolutionary equivalent of Revenge of the Nerds, bacteria that once seemed destined for loserdom can eventually use their hidden potential to overtake the competition.
Researchers led by Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing have been watching E. coli bacteria evol... Read More
Engineered, virus-like particles would hitch a ride with HIV to reach high-risk populations that don't seek or comply with medical treatment and are responsible for a disproportionate share of the spread of disease, a new model demonstrates Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº174 and 175 are dedicated to Alice Catherine Evans, one of the first women microbiologists. Los ... Read More
Professor Simon Carding, University of East Anglia, today looks to a future of genetically modified probiotic bacteria, claiming sufferers will be able to use a food additive to control the release of human growth factors by the modified bacteria to fight against injury and inflammation in the g... Read More
This study provides compelling evidence that Y. pestis persists in a low-temperature tap water microcosm in a viable state yet is unable to be cultured under normal laboratory conditions, which may prove useful in risk assessment and remediation efforts, particularly in the event of an intention... Read More
During an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in July 1976, infection swept through the attendees, killing 29. The disease had never been seen before. On January 19, 1977, the CDC first identified what went on to be known as Legionella pneumophila. This article was published the day of th... Read More
Microbiologists at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are studying how cyanobacteria - some of the smallest and most primitive marine microbes - adapt to different environmental factors. Read More
Researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a way to produce normal butanol — often proposed as a "greener" fuel alternative to diesel and gasoline -- from bacteria at rates significantly higher than those achieved using current production methods... Read More
A new study of more than three dozen bacteria species -- including the microbes responsible for pneumonia, meningitis, stomach ulcers and plague -- settles a longstanding debate about why bacteria are more likely to steal some genes than others.
While most organisms get their genes from their... Read More
Oral disease occurs commonly and progresses rapidly among people who have HIV, but the process is poorly understood. Researchers suspect that the culprit is a change in the makeup of bacterial communities that live in the mouth.
"The hypothesis is that suppression of the immune system by HIV ... Read More
Lurking in the blood of tropical snails is a single-celled creature called Capsaspora owczarzaki. This tentacled, amoebalike species is so obscure that no one even noticed it until 2002. And yet, in just a few years it has moved from anonymity to the scientific spotlight. It turns out to be one ... Read More