In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria made to clean up pesticides, new findings from microbial fossils, fighting bacteria with bacteria, and cells with synthetic genomes.
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Researchers in Britain and Australia say they are developing a way to detect autism in children simply by testing their urine.
The autism test would be able to determine whether a child has the condition using only a few drops of urine and give a "yes" or "no" answer much in the same way preg... Read More
Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More
A relatively new strain of toxic germ is making the rounds in hospitals around the Valley.
“It’s not a supergerm,” said Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Health Department.
“This is a stronger version of a very common strain and it can make you very sick,” Dr. England explai... Read More
Science blogger Cesar Sanchez of the site Twisted Bacteria (twistedbacteria.blogspot.com) created the above word cloud that was generated from approximately 1200 tweets that appeared on Twitter during the American Societ... Read More
Scientists have found that silver nanoparticles made using bacteria have better antibacterial properties than their chemically synthesised counterparts.
Mitchel Doktycz and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US incubated Shewanella oneidensis b... Read More
“We assessed the effects of several treatments on the concentrations of oral sulfur-containing gases, compounds thought to be responsible for morning breath. Upon awakening in the morning, healthy volunteers collected oral gas samples before and for eight hours after the following treatments: no... Read More
McMaster University researchers have discovered a central controller or processing unit (CPU) of a superbug's weaponry.
The team from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has revealed that a small chemical, made by the superbug Staphylococcus aureus and its drug-r... Read More
With the world's first complete sequencing of a brown algal genome, an international research team has made a big leap towards understanding the evolution of two key prerequisites for higher life on Earth -- multicellularity and photosynthesis. As reported in the journal Nature, about 100 scient... Read More
When the going gets tough, plain old cotton won't do. Just ask sportswear manufacturers, many of which incorporate anti-microbial, fluid-resistant fabric into their clothing lines to keep athletes dry and odor-free.
Last year, biotech industry entrepreneur Uncas Ben Favret was thinking about ... Read More
This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More
Have you ever read a research article with qPCR data and wished that the authors had given you more information about what they did or how they did it? Or have you ever felt your data was more heavily scrutinized and criticized compared to others? The MIQE guidelines serve to normalize the field... Read More
Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed molecular changes that helped allow the global spread of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) among strains of the seasonal H1N1 flu virus.
The study—led by David Baltimore, Caltech's Rober... Read More
J. Craig Venter and his colleagues recently announced that they had created the first cell to run on a fully artificial genome. So what's next for this synthetic strain of microscopic Mycoplasma mycoides and the new technology?
The "synthetic cell" achievement has been lauded, condemned and u... Read More
The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the UM’s Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing doctors to tailor each woman’s treatme... Read More
The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing... Read More
Inputs of dust from the Sahara desert could change the composition of microbial communities in the (sub)tropical eastern North Atlantic say Southampton researchers writing this month in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters.
When high winds blow over the Sahara, dust particles consisting of s... Read More
The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts.
The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers, said it remained... Read More