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Cold virus may have caused 2007 AIDS vaccine trial failure

One of the biggest disappointments in AIDS research was the failure of Merck & Co.'s STEP trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, which was terminated prematurely in 2007 when it became apparent that the vaccine seemed to increase the number of people who contracted HIV. Now, British scientists b... Read More

Fears over 'own goal' HIV vaccine revived

A new study has cast fresh doubts on an AIDS vaccine that was abandoned in 2007 because of fears that it made some recipients more susceptible to HIV infection. The new research is at odds with other studies that cleared the vaccine of responsibility.

The finding reopens the question of wheth... Read More

Swine flu cases drop on college campuses for first time

For the first time this academic year, college campuses have reported a significant drop in cases of influenza-like illness, generally assumed to be pandemic H1N1 influenza, according to the American College Health Assn. Unfortunately, the association also recorded the first two deaths from the ... Read More

Hey, Today is World Toilet Day (Big Squat)

Sponsored by the WTO, that's World Toilet Organization, November 19 is World Toilet Day. The event seeks to increase awareness of the importance of toilet sanitation and each individual's right to a safe and hygienic sanitary environment.

One of their activities for this year is The B... Read More

On the Trail of a Vaccine for Lyme Disease: Yale Researchers Target Tick Saliva

A protein found in the saliva of ticks helps protect mice from developing Lyme disease, Yale researchers have discovered. The findings, published in the November 19 issue of Cell Host & Microbe, may spur development of a new vaccine against infection from Lyme disease, which is spread through ti... Read More

Why Bird Flu Has Not Caused a Pandemic

Bird flu viruses would have to make at least two simultaneous genetic mutations before they could be transmitted readily from human to human, according to research published November 19 in PLoS One.

The authors of the new study, from Imperial College London, the University of Reading and the ... Read More

Study looks at viruses attacking bacteria

Scientists at Texas A&M University say they are investigating how some viruses, known for attacking humans and animals, instead attack bacteria.

The researchers said information about such viral attackers, called phages or bacteriophages, might aid in the treatment of bacterial infections.

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Sid the Science Kid Flu Vaccination Special Episode from Flu.gov

Stumbled onto this great resource provided by the folks at Flu.gov. HHS and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research worked with the Henson Company to produce a special episode of the PBS kids TV show "Sid the Science Kid". This first aired on PBS on the 26th of Oct and will be ... Read More

A Genetics Company Fails, Its Research Too Complex

DeCode Genetics, a pioneering company that used the Icelandic population as its guinea pigs in detecting disease-causing mutations, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.

The company’s demise suggests that the medical promise of the human genome may take much longer to be fulfilled than its sponsor... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 28



Los temas que vamos a tratar esta semana son: plásmidos, estructuras productoras de esporas (“fruiting bodies”), sociomicrobiología, y el acto de lavarse las manos en las diferentes culturas.


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Treponema pallidum

Electron micrograph of Treponema pallidum from a patient Read More

Detonating Tumor-Killer Drug in Cancers on Command

Experiments at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., reported in a recent British Journal of Cancer, confirm that University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineer Neil Forbes' delivery and trigger system has for the first time s... Read More

New Culprit for Viral Infections Among Elderly—An Overactive Immune Response

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that exaggerated responses of the immune system explain why the elderly succumb to viral infections more readily than younger people. Published in the November 19 Cell Host & Microbe, the study bucks the general belief that declining immune respo... Read More

DOE and USDA Offer $4 Million for Biomass Genomics Research

DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 12 that they will offer $4 million for genomics research projects to develop new plant feedstocks for biofuels. The new funding continues a commitment, begun in 2006, to conduct a joint fundamental research program in biomass... Read More

Better not cough: Santas lobby for swine flu shots

Forget cookies and milk. Santa wants the swine flu vaccine.

Many of the nation's Santas want to be given priority for the vaccine and not just because of those runny-nosed kids. There's also the not-so-little matter of that round belly. Research has suggested obesity could be a risk factor.
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Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pneumoniae in sputum smear. Gram stain (1200X) Read More

The Startling Epidemiology of H1N1

Science cartoonist Jay Hosler drafted this comic for the cover of the program for The Allegheny Branch of The American Society for Microbiology (ABASM) meeting at Juniata College this weekend (November 20th and 21st). Amusing. To see more of Hosler's work visit Read More

Study Ties Restrooms to Illnesses on Cruises

It is the perfect way to spoil a vacation, and it has happened 66 times since 2005: an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship. Now a study suggests one possible culprit: dirty restrooms.

Most restrooms on these ships are not being properly cleaned, the authors say, and a sa... Read More

FDA Bows To Pressure From Fans Of Raw Oysters

Facing political pressure from the Gulf Coast oyster industry, the FDA has backed off a plan to require raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico to be treated to rid them of Vibrio vulnificus, a potentially deadly bacteria found in warm-water oysters. Harvesters and politicians had warned that the pl... Read More

The Winged Scourge featuring the Seven Dwarfs

Here's a fine Walt Disney Production from 1943 about the Anopheles genus of mosquitos and how it transmits the Plasmodium parasite from human to human. Our heros in this "motion picture" are the seven dwarfs who use a variety of methods to eliminate the "winged scourge." One not-so-green method ... Read More

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