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Britain's Nobel winner condemns science funding reform

Britain's latest Nobel prize winner has attacked government plans to divert research funding from basic science into projects that are expected to have a quick financial pay-off.

The shake-up in science funding announced earlier this year is a "huge mistake" that jeopardises Britain's ability... Read More

New Vaccine May Immunize Addicts from Cocaine's Pleasurable Effects

Unlike opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers, there is no medication specifically approved to help curb cocaine consumption. Now, an experimental vaccine offers hope for a new approach, researchers say, that spurs on antibodies, which bind with cocaine molecules and apparently helps... Read More

Microbe converts sludge into ethanol

Two companies said Wednesday that they have developed a method for turning sewage sludge into ethanol.

Israel-based Applied CleanTech and Marlborough, Mass.-based Qteros created a joint development project that combines sewage treatment technology and a microbial process for converting biomas... Read More

Protecting Humans And Animals From Diseases In Wildlife

Avian influenza (H5N1), rabies, plague, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and more recently swine flu (H1N1) are all examples of diseases that have made the leap from animals to humans. As the list continues to grow, experts at The University of Nottingham are to lead a project aimed at de... Read More

Light zaps antibiotic resistant bacteria

Cristian A. Strassert and Luisa De Cola of the University of Munster (Germany) have developed a photodynamic method to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Nanoparticles made of a special porous material (zeolite L) are modified so they have a coating of amino groups. This coating causes ... Read More

2 Americans, 1 Israeli win Nobel chemistry prize

Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells — a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas... Read More

Wildlife As A Source For Livestock Infections

A bacterium possibly linked to Crohn's disease could be lurking in wild animals. According to research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map), can be transmitted between wildlife and domestic ruminants, supporting the theory o... Read More

Chlamydia psittaci

Chlamydia psittaci. Infected baby hamster kidney cell cultures, direct FA stain Read More

Dangerous foods list includes leafy greens, eggs, tuna

Leafy greens -- including lettuce and spinach -- top the list of the 10 riskiest foods, according to a study from a nutrition advocacy group released Tuesday.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest listed the following foods, in descending order, as the most risky in terms of outbreaks... Read More

Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys has swine flu

The Backstreet Boys are releasing a new album today, but they won't be promoting it much this week. Brian Littrell has the swine flu.

The group have called off this morning's performance on the "CBS Early Show" and a number of events in New York to support their new album, "This is Us." Read More

First Direct Information About Prion's Molecular Structure Reported

A collaboration between scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco has led to the first direct information about the molecular structure of prions. In addition, the study has revealed surprisingly large structural differences between natural prions and th... Read More

How cracked heels can let killer bacteria invade your body

One night as Chris Banting was undressing for bed, he was surprised when his wife Helen pointed out to him that the back of his right calf was a worrying scarlet colour.

'It was strange because I wasn't in any discomfort at all,' says Chris, 62.

'If you have an infection, you think you'd b... Read More

Chemical from Soil Bacteria Shows Potential Neuron Toxicity; Has Possible Parkinson's Implications

A chemical produced by common soil bacteria may kill neurons that produce dopamine, according to an article authored by University of Alabama researchers publishing Oct. 6. Dopamine neuron demise leads to the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder affecting some 1 million ... Read More

The Dollars and Sense of Closing Schools for H1N1

Editor's note - this is an interesting look at the economics behind the seemingly easy decision to close a school for the flu:

Much has been made of the potential difficulties businesses face if numerous employees are out sick with the H1N1 "swine" flu. But there has been little information o... Read More

Light Shed On The Secret Behind Probiotic Bacteria Promoting Health

Functional food is the food industry’s fastest-growing product group, its leading products including dairy products which contain probiotics, that is, bacteria promoting health. Valio’s Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®) is the most frequently studied and used probiotic.

Under the supervision ... Read More

All for one, and one for all! Symbiosis in a warming world

In what appears to be a warming world, understanding how plants can tolerate and prosper at elevated temperatures is an intriguing topic. Small Things Considered's Associate Blogger Mark O. Martin looks at the symbiosis between panic grass, a virus, an endophytic fungus, and elevated temperature... Read More

Swine flu vaccine arriving, but don't line up yet

And we're off: Swine flu vaccinations begin Monday with squirts in the noses scheduled for some doctors, nurses and other health workers in Indiana and Tennessee, a first step in a hugely ambitious campaign to try to inoculate over half the population in a few months. But don't start bugging you... Read More

Seven New Luminescent Mushroom Species Discovered

Seven new glow-in-the-dark mushroom species have been discovered, increasing the number of known luminescent fungi species from 64 to 71. Reported in the journal Mycologia, the new finds include two new species named after movements in Mozart's Requiem. The discoveries also shed light on the evo... Read More

Can we domesticate microbes?

Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald discusses germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines diarrhea. Read More

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand and its success.

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the recent AIDS vaccine trial being conducted in Thailand and its success. Via Newsclick.in Read More

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