This episode: Archaea subsist on extremely little.
A lot of people these days are taking "probiotics" to help with a host of health problems. Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria. But these bugs supposedly make people feel better instead of making them sick. This may sound odd. But there's some evidence that this approach could b... Read More
Killing microorganisms has become a national obsession. A pair of antimicrobial compounds known as triclosan and triclocarban are lately the weapons of choice in our war of attrition against the microbial world. Both chemicals are found in an array of personal care products like antimicrobial so... Read More
In a neat bit of cellular wizardry, human skin cells have been turned into blood cells.
The research could have huge implications for blood-related diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, and could also eventually lead to new treatments for other types of tissues inside the human body.
"Th... Read More
A little-known raw material used in the most widely used antiviral flu medicine comes from the fruit of trees native to China. It turns out it also comes from pine trees in Maine's backyard.
Researchers at the University of Maine at Orono say they've found a new and relatively easy way to ext... Read More
Synthetic biology is a science that lies at the intersection of biology and engineering – and is therefore quite an intriguing subject for a microbiologist to venture into. The microbiologist is used to seeing cells as complex and exciting organisms to explore and DNA as the starting point at wh... Read More
Humans have been getting microbes to do our bidding for millennia, but a study appearing in the latest issue of mBio reveals an electrifying new way to get what we want from bacteria: researchers were able to manipulate bacterial metabolism by pulling excess electrons out of the mix and into an... Read More
Preliminary data suggest naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth and intestine might trigger the inflammation that causes rheumatoid arthritis, according to findings presented in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology on Nov. 8.
"We are testing an o... Read More
Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has revealed that Didier Drogba has just recovered from a bout of malaria, a disease the club are helping to fight.
The Ivory Coast striker has been on the Chelsea sidelines in recent weeks. This was put down to a virus and the player was only fit enough ... Read More
A new UK study claimed that regular flossing keeps one's health perfect and also reduces the chances of heart attack.
Dental Health Foundation estimated if you are not regularly flossing, your gums and teeth won't be as healthy as they could be and your health might be being suffering.
"Gu... Read More
For years, researchers have wondered about a connection between children getting strep throat and later showing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a frequently debilitating condition affecting millions of Americans in which those afflicted think ... Read More
While officials in Washington pick apart the sequence of events that led to the release of nearly five million barrels of oil in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, scientists are still trying to figure out where all of that oil went.
Some of it was captured in the spill response, some of it is s... Read More
The people who bring you advances in medical research have an urgent message for Congress: Pass the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act … while you still can.
In a letter sent Friday to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the deans of American medical schools, chief ... Read More
The most recent issue of The New Yorker has a fascinating article by Michael Specter on tuberculosis in India, where the most serious problem is not the unavailability or costs of drugs so much as the lack of proper diagnostic tests. This situation may change drastically with the availability of... Read More
Free samples and packages of Gouda cheese sold at Costco have been removed from store shelves after being linked to 25 cases of an E. coli outbreak in five Western states, according to health officials.
Costco, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More
Giving flu vaccines to as many school-age children as possible, by delivering it at school, for example, can help protect an entire community from flu, according to a new study.
Researchers led by Dr. W. Paul Glezen at Baylor College of Medicine created a study in which live attenuated influe... Read More
There's always somebody passing around a cold virus — whether it's a stranger who sneezes in the elevator or a sick colleague who lends out a pen covered in germs. But not everyone who gets exposed to a common-cold virus goes on to get sick.
"Think about a household when one person gets sick,... Read More
Among children hospitalized with the pandemic H1N1 flu last year in California, more than one-fourth ended up in intensive care units or died, California Department of Public Health researchers report.
"While hospitalization for 2009 H1N1 influenza in children appeared to occur at similar rat... Read More
Leader of nation’s AIDS research effort laments complacency about the disease:
Q. You’re a 1962 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and your career as a physician, researcher, and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been shaped by the emergence of ... Read More
A sharp increase in the number of sick and dead California sea lions has been reported along the Oregon coast in recent weeks, and necropsies conducted on dozens of the animals suggest that many may have died from leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found in a variety of anima... Read More