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Google Ventures Leads Financing of Biofuels Start-Up

Google Ventures has led a $20 million financing round in CoolPlanetBiofuels, a Southern California start-up that is developing mobile refineries to turn wood chips, agriculture waste and other biomass into biofuels.

CoolPlanetBiofuels, an 18-month-old company, has also attracted the attention... Read More

8 Million Disks Of Fecal Bacteria Littering Mass. Beaches

State and local environmental crews have scoured the beaches along the Merrimack River and Atlantic Ocean on the North Shore in search of several hundred thousand sewage treatment disks from a New Hampshire wastewater plant.

The 2-inch diameter white objects, which may contain dangerous bacte... Read More

3M develops microbiology testing tool for drinks

The new testing tool detects four of the most common contaminants in drinks; heterotrophic count, coliform, yeast and mold, and enterobacteriaceae.

3M developed the tool as an alternative to agar petri dishes. The company claims that the traditional approach of manufacturers using their own a... Read More

UT researchers help complete sequencing of brown tide species

Imagine the cool ocean breeze, the sunshine warming your face, the sand between your toes - and a body of brown water infested with harmful algal blooms.

This image of a beach vacation has become more common as brown tides turn into annual occurrences.

Brown tides have been appearing on th... Read More

TWiV 125: TWiV infects FiB

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despo... Read More

TWiV 125 Letters

Todd writes:

Hey Docs!

I'm a computer programmer who listens to podcasts on my long commute. The highest science education that I've had was college Chemistry. As an Electrical Engineer the science classes we took tended to not be biology oriented, so while so... Read More

Scientists find promising new TB vaccine candidate

A team of scientists have discovered a protein secreted by tuberculosis (TB) bacteria that could be a promising candidate for a new vaccine.

The protein could also be used to improve diagnosis of TB.

TB is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), which infects the lungs an... Read More

Canadian museum to receive telltale fossilized microbe collection

The Canadian government will acquire a one-of-a-kind archive of the country’s ecological history thanks to a U.S. scientist who has spent his career collecting thousands of lakebottom samples of fossilized microbes that represent a 50-million-year record of life, death and evolution in ancient C... Read More

Dine or Dash? Genes Help Worm Decide When to Look for New Food

Researchers have identified a genetic circuit that helps worms decide whether to dine or dash. For worms, choosing when to search for a new dinner spot depends on many factors, both internal and external: how hungry they are, for example, how much oxygen is in the air, and how many other worms a... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 176. Avatar Microbes Reloaded

El podcast del Microbio Nº176 resumes the discovery of bacterial nanotubes made by GP Dubey and S Ben-Yehuda. El podcast d... Read More

Rocks on the menu

Even the sleekest gadget depends on the mucky business of digging stuff out of the ground. Mobile phones and computers use copper for their wiring and rely on cobalt, germanium, lithium, nickel, platinum and tantalum for other components. Electric motors need magnets made of “rare earth” element... Read More

Llama antibody studied as way to defeat C. difficile

An animal may be the way to kill a virulent hospital bug, says an article by a team of researchers from the University of Calgary of and the National Research Council of Canada studying llamas.

Approximately two per cent of patients admitted to hospital could be infected by Clostridium diffic... Read More

Kidney Transplant Leads to HIV Infection

A New York kidney transplant patient contracted HIV in 2009 from a living organ donor, the first such case known in the U.S. since screening for the virus became possible in 1985, the CDC reported.

It's also the first documented case since a 1989 kidney transplant from a living donor in Italy... Read More

Venezuela officials: 1 death in swine flu outbreak

Venezuelan health officials believe swine flu killed one person and have diagnosed 12 other people with the virus, the country's health minister said Thursday.

One 32-year-old person died on Wednesday and health authorities, seeing it as a suspicious case, began tests on others, Health Minist... Read More

Glimpses of the fourth domain

Carl Zimmer's blog post about new PLoS One paper (by me) on searching for phylogenetically novel organisms in metagenomic data. Zimmer as usual does a nice job of putting scientific work in a broader perspective. Read More

Watch the TWiV podcast broadcast on the TWiT network. Live Now!

The cast of This Week in Virology stops by the Futures in Biotech podcast on the TWiT network for a live broadcast, 03-18-2011.

Click "source" or visit www.live.twit.tv to watch live right now. Read More

Should smallpox virus be destroyed?

After the eradication of smallpox in 1980, the World Health Organization called for destruction of known remaining stocks of the virus. The United States and Russia, which hold the known stocks of smallpox virus, have not destroyed their stocks. During TWiV #124, I was surprised to learn that th... Read More

Novel Virus May Be Cause of Severe Febrile Illness in China

Chinese researchers have identified a novel bunyavirus that may be the cause of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS); their research has been published online March 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Xue-Jie Yu, M.D., Ph.D., of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and ... Read More

Lab Tests Online - a resource site for patients, caregivers and medical professionals

Lab Tests Online has been designed to help you, as a patient or family caregiver, to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. If you are a medical professional, this site can serve ... Read More

In evolution, last really can be first

In an evolutionary equivalent of Revenge of the Nerds, bacteria that once seemed destined for loserdom can eventually use their hidden potential to overtake the competition.

Researchers led by Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing have been watching E. coli bacteria evol... Read More
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