Rabies is a virus commonly found in wild animals in the U.S., especially in bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes and foxes. The virus can be transmitted in the saliva of a rabid animal to a person through a bite or open wound. Read More
It was the biggest manhunt in FBI history. So it’s not surprising that investigators took all kinds of extraordinary measures to try to figure out who mailed the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people, scared the country half to death, and have jumped back into public consciousness, than... Read More
How exactly bacterial pathogens cause diseases in plants remains a mystery and continues to frustrate scientists working to solve this problem. Now Wenbo Ma, a young plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside, has performed research on the soybean plant in the lab that makes ma... Read More
The global economy depends on marine transportation. But in addition to cargo, the world's 50,000-plus commercial ships carry tiny stowaways that can cause huge problems for the environment and economy. A new model created by Smithsonian scientists will facilitate accurate screening of vessels f... Read More
Not all germs are created equal. Some invade the body and cause disease or harmful infections but others live peacefully in your intestines, helping your body run smoothly. Antibiotics can't tell the difference. They knock out good and harmful bacteria alike.
That's usually okay for people fe... Read More
If the power of Superman resided solely in his supernatural abilities, then Bruce Wayne’s Batman would never have been able to compete on his level. But when the other factors that superheroes depend upon are accounted for—sidekicks, spandex, sarcasm—both Superman and Batman can claim success in... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº180 is about the recent PNAS paper on the comparative genomics used in the investigation of Ameri... Read More
Making a video about a scientific experiment rather than writing up a presentation poster leads to better learning and clearer understanding of the concepts underpinning the experiment according to science educators in Australia.
Geoff Hilton of the School of Education, at the University of Q... Read More
Dan Koob explores a brand new world of bacteria at Temple's Medical School.
University of Kentucky plant pathologists recently discovered a metabolite that plays a critical role early on in the ability of plants, animals, humans and one-celled microorganisms to fend off a wide range of pathogens at the cellular level, which is known as systemic immunity.
This mode o... Read More
Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. Read More
Food-borne diseases encompass a wide spectrum of illness and are a public health problem worldwide. As biotechnology labs around the world work to develop vaccines to fight bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, they are understanding other ways to attack bacteria naturally. VOA's Philip Alexio... Read More
The little Bacillus subtilis is particularly welcome in pig feed because it has the attractive quality that it is expected to be able to help farmers reduce the impact of nitrogen from agriculture on the environment. Scientists are now aiming at developing new strains of Bacillus subtilis that a... Read More
Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are of significant health concern. The emergence of drug resistant E. coli with high virulence potential is alarming. Lack of sufficient data on transmission dynamics, virulence spectrum and antimicrobial resistance of certain pathogens such as... Read More
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used small-angle neutron scattering to analyze the structure of chlorosomes in green photosynthetic bacteria. These light-harvesting antenna complexes are efficient at collecting sunl... Read More
More than five million people potentially at risk of health complications from flu went unvaccinated in England over the winter. Hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers also had no jab, leaving them open to infecting vulnerable patients.
The chief medical officer for England, Dame S... Read More
A panel of health experts and opinion leaders spent nearly two hours at a Somali community forum Saturday night, trying to convince skeptics that the measles vaccine is safe and necessary.
But by the time it was over, there was little sign that anyone's minds had been changed. And a vaccine c... Read More
I'm a chemical engineer by background and I’ve done downstream process development in biopharma for years. Just lately, I've started working on a part-time bio Masters I’ve been taking all the standard cell/molecular bio classes I never... Read More
The shingles vaccine Zostavax has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people aged 50 years and older, expanded from its original approval in 2006 for those 60 and older.
Shingles is a painful condition that sends blisters and rashes all over the skin and is caused by ... Read More