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Many have had H1N1 flu, many have had a shot -- and many remain vulnerable

An estimated 18% of Americans have fallen ill with H1N1 flu, but about 20% have been vaccinated against the strain, according to new estimates released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The new numbers show that most of the U.S. population remains susceptible to fa... Read More

Fading H1N1 scare leaves vaccine surplus

The influenza pandemic that swept the globe and fueled concern that millions would die has led to an unprecedented glut of vaccine as fewer people than expected have sought immunization.

Governments worldwide are left with surpluses of H1N1 vaccine due to sagging demand. Many are selling or d... Read More

How do bacteria survive these low temperatures?

The bacteria whether pathogenic or not, must adapt their growth to environmental changes, such as variations in temperature Researchers at CNRS (Lab Architecture reactivity and RNA), of the University of Camerino (Italy) and Dusseldorf ( Germany) have discovered that it is the structure of RNAte... Read More

Distillery plans to cut costs with bacteria-eating 'digesters'

Sludge from a distillery on Islay is set to be turned into green energy to power whisky production on the island.
Bruichladdich will next month install two anaerobic digesters – in which bacteria eat yeasty waste to produce methane – at a cost of about £300,000.

The methane gas will then be ... Read More

TWiV 66: Reverse transcription

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On episode #66 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Dickson continue virology 101 with a discussion of information flow from RNA to DNA, a process known as reverse transcription, which ... Read More

Spike in H1N1 D225G Cases in Spain Raises Concerns

As for the mutations detected by the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network in the last week have reported five new cases of mutation 'D222', three of them in two in the Basque Country and Andalusia.

Also, there is an increase in the number of viruses detected in cases from different r... Read More

Overcoming microscopic challenges Cedarville native winning war against plague

The flea’s mouthparts, perfectly adapted to puncturing the skin, slide in easily, and the tiny insect immediately begins sucking blood from its host.

But it doesn’t only suck blood – the flea’s saliva keeps blood from clotting. And riding along in that saliva are bacteria.

In a world liter... Read More

SIU scientist says his vaccine could protect against herpes

A scientist at Springfield's Southern Illinois University School of Medicine says he has developed a vaccine that could provide near-total protection against genital herpes, one of the world's most common sexually transmitted infections.

"To me, this is the future genital herpes vaccine," Wil... Read More

DNA of Pest-Killing Wasps Could Unlock Other Secrets

The science community is abuzz over the news that the entire genetic makeup of a highly valuable wasp has been determined via DNA sequencing.

Nasonia is the name given to three different species of pinhead-sized, parasitic wasps that act as a kind of natural pesticide: They sting -- and lay t... Read More

Video: WHO's H1N1 hype: Experts not surprised

In this video from India's NDTV, reporters address growing public anger against the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reportedly making swine flu pandemic bigger than it really was. Health experts in India say this isn't the first time WHO has pushed for programmes, even though they are not ne... Read More

One in five Americans got swine flu vaccine, CDC reports

About one in five Americans has been vaccinated against swine flu, according to the government's first detailed estimates of vaccination rates against the pandemic.

The estimate is based on two government telephone surveys done in December and early January. The surveys concluded that an esti... Read More

Lung Infection Up in Wake of Kids' Pneumonia Vaccine

Since the PCV7 early childhood vaccine for bacterial pneumonia was introduced in the United States in 2000, the number of children hospitalized for pneumonia because of pneumococcus has decreased by 50 percent and bacterial pneumonias have decreased overall, new research shows.

But the scient... Read More

Phillips-University of Marburg Study Finds Microbes Help Mother Protect Kids from Allergies

The tendency to reach for disinfectants, stringent cleaners, and hand sanitizers is high this time of year for cold and flu prevention. During pregnancy women tend to be extra careful to reduce exposure to bugs of any kind. It appears, however, that a little exposure can go a long way as a new... Read More

Sulphur-eating bacteria limit acid run-off and CO2

Using two beamlines at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and a third at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), researchers from McMaster University have found that two species of bacteria isolated from a mine tailings pond in northern Ontario actually work together to limit the amount of acid produced b... Read More

ScienceOnline 2010 Live

The Research Triangle Park blog in Raleigh-Durham, NC will be live streaming many of the sessions from ScienceOnline 2010, a three day eve... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 8

How to make nattou. Nattou is a traditional Japanese breakfast food that consists of fermented soybeans. Apparently this staple has been enjoyed for more than 10,000 years and represents an important part of traditional Japanese cuisine. Read More

Latinos and blacks in California more likely to die of H1N1 than whites

California Latinos have been nearly twice as likely as whites to die of H1N1 flu since the pandemic began last spring, according to statewide figures released this morning by the California Department of Public Health.

Over the same months, blacks in the state have been 50% more likely to die... Read More

Hyphomyces destruens

Cross section of granule of Hyphomyces destruens in hyphomycosis Read More

Drug-resistant HIV set to surge

HIV is striking back against the antiretroviral drugs that keep it largely in check in rich countries, thanks both to its exposure to the major drugs and to individuals who don't realise they're infected and so spread resistant strains to new partners.

Drug-resistant strains of HIV have alrea... Read More

Scientists hope to end sleeping sickness by making parasite that causes it to self-destruct

New data offer an up-close look at the enzyme that protects the protozoa and how one compound obstructs those efforts.

After many years of study, a team of researchers is releasing data today that it hopes will lead to new drug therapies that will kill the family of parasites that causes ... Read More

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