It's time to get your flu shot. Or is it?
The answer to that question depends on whom you ask.
The sign in the pharmacy window might suggest flu season is already here, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone at least 6 months old to get a dose of prevention "... Read More
Telophase HeLa (cancer) cells expressing Aurora B-EGFP (green) (100X), Deconvolution. 36th annual Nikon Small World competition 11th place photography winner.
Paul D. Andrews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK Read More
Bees are dropping dead in Washington state due to the bite of a parasitic fly.
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Your most recent TWIV in Nebraska made me want to add a few verses to that old kids’ song…
“There’s a virus in the alga in the paramecium on the speck on the flea on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in th... Read More
Biomedical scientists collaborating on translational research at two Buffalo institutions are reporting the discovery of a novel, and heretofore unrecognized, set of genes essential for the growth of potentially lethal, drug-resistant bacteria. The study not only reveals multiple, new drug targe... Read More
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter is not a runner, but she shares a marathoner’s philosophy when it comes to legislation: She’s in it for the long haul.
It took several years for her to get a ban on genetic discrimination signed into law in 2008. Slaughter said she worked six years before a shift in c... Read More
Dr Agnes Fouet, Editor-in-Chief of Microbiology (SGM), explains the benefits to authors and scientists of submitting your paper to this journal.
Septic arthritis is a rapidly destructive joint disease, leading to irreversible damage of the cartilage, bone and surrounding soft tissue. Therefore, this infection requires rapid diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The diagnosis is challenging due to false-negative joint fluid cultures, delay... Read More
An interview with the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.
The Double Helix is a famous book. It's also an infamous one. Written by James Watson in 1968, it tells the story of how he and Francis Crick figured out the structure of DNA. The catch is that Watson chose to write that story in wh... Read More
Weill Cornell Medical College researchers report that mass spectrometry, a tool currently used to detect and measure proteins and lipids, can also now allow biologists to "see" for the first time exactly how drugs work inside living cells to kill infectious microbes. As a result, scientists may ... Read More
Up until now, scientists believed that the environmentally-resistant spores of Bacillus anthracis survived in a dormant state until it was ingested by a ruminating mammal like a cow and allowed to germinate.
Researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine are now saying that th... Read More
Trillions of bacteria living in and on the human body play a vital role in preserving health. But C-section births, antibiotics and excessive hygiene have been disturbing our microbial balance and possibly contributing to intestinal ailments, obesity, allergies and autism.
Deep in the Amazon ... Read More
A prototype medical dressing that 'lights up' when dangerous bacteria are present has been developed at the University of Bath. The invention means that life-threatening infections in child burn victims could in future be detected with nothing more than a UV light.
The dressing contains nanoc... Read More
Researchers have developed a bacteria strain that is uniquely effective at degrading the toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.
PCBs are toxic man-made organic chemicals that pose a threat to human health and to the environment.
The Environmental Protection... Read More
Scientists who helped to fight the 2003 epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) have sprung into action again to investigate the latest threat: a new SARS-related virus that has killed one man and left another seriously ill. Last week, the researchers reported the genome sequence of... Read More
Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body.
ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of th... Read More
Just days after doctors successfully removed a tumor from Bailey Quishenberry's brain, the 14-year-old was spiraling downhill, delirious and writhing in pain from an entirely new menace.
Her abdomen swollen 10 times its normal size and her fever skyrocketing, Bailey began wishing she could di... Read More
What grows in the gut, for animals and people, is affected by diet. Beginning at birth, gut microbial colonies, known as gut microbiome, start forming. The composition of these colonies plays a big part in how the immune system develops and is linked to the later onset of metabolic diseases such... Read More