I know it has nothing to do with viruses and would be a better question for FiB (if he did questions :) But I figure you guys would at least have some idea and know who to ask if you needed to. I've been curious for a while about the techniques used in... Read More
This episode: Algae may help clean up radioactive waste!
Yet another study has found stuff you don't want to eat in stuff that you eat.
On April 15, scientists reported that the meat bought at supermarkets is often contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics used to fight human disease.
The study, published... Read More
The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the Playboy Mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa.
The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, are a suspect in the illnesses among attendees of a DomainFest fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los A... Read More
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disorder of unknown etiology. The disease involves degeneration of motor neurons, leading to paralysis, respiratory failure, and death within five years. A viral etiology for ALS has been ... Read More
Researchers report on new discoveries relating to the mechanisms of bacterial quorum sensing, a communication strategy used by many bacteria including pathogenic species to control and coordinate collective behavior and the expression of virulence factors. Their work also led them to identifying... Read More
laying a musical instrument is great for kids' developing brains — think it's sheer coincidence that Tiger Mom placed so much emphasis on piano practice? — but a new study shows it could be bad for their health.
In the latest installment of truly gross academic research, the journal General D... Read More
New research on mice has shown that pulmonary administration of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) significantly reduces flu symptoms and prevents death after a lethal dose influenza virus. While GM-SCF therapy for humans as a flu prophylaxis or treatment may be years away... Read More
The human gut is filled with 100 trillion symbiotic bacteria—ten times more microbial cells than our own cells—representing close to one thousand different species. "And yet, if you were to eat a piece of chicken with just a few Salmonella, your immune system would mount a potent inflammatory re... Read More
New research reveals a strategy for disrupting the ability of bacteria to communicate and coordinate the expression of virulence factors. The study, published by Cell Press in the April 22nd issue of the journal Molecular Cell, may lead to the development of new antibacterial therapeutics.
B... Read More
Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany have discovered a new, hitherto unknown mechanism of Salmonella invasion into gut cells: In this entry mode, the bacteria exploit the muscle power of cells to be pulled into the host cell cytoplasm. Thus, ... Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued four warning letters to companies selling over-the-counter products that claim to prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA, infections. The companies that received FDA warnings are Tec Laboratories, JD Nelson and Associat... Read More
Thanks to a certain protein, certain monkeys are resistant to HIV. Known as TRIM5, the protein prevents the HI virus from multiplying once it has entered the cell. Researchers from the universities of Geneva and Zurich have now discovered the protein's mechanism, as they report in Nature. This a... Read More
This SEM depicts a couple of clusters of aerobic Gram-negative, non-motile Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria as seen under a magnification of 12,739x.
Members of the genus Acinetobacter are nonmotile rods, 1-1.5µm in diameter, and 1.5-2.5µm in length, becoming spherical in shape while in their... Read More
Helicobacter pylori’s own heartburn remedy may be a good means for preventing the damage the stomach-ulcer pathogen causes. H. pylori lives happily in the stomachs of about half of the world’s population, where it relies heavily on the enzyme urease to break down urea in stomach acid into carbon... Read More
This scanning electron micrograph revealed the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), (spherical in appearance), which had been co-cultivated with human lymphocytes. Note the lymphocyte in the lower left, and some of its extended pseudopodia. HIV-1 virions can be seen on the surfa... Read More
In the past 12 years, four large-scale efficacy trials of HIV vaccines have been conducted in various populations. Results from the most recent trial—the RV144 trial in Thailand, which found a 31 percent reduction in the rate of HIV acquisition among vaccinated heterosexual men and women—have ... Read More
Almost 3.3 billion people, half of the world's population, risk being infected with malaria. Despite having effective means against malaria, the WHO reports 250 million cases of malaria each year and more than 700,000 related deaths. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have now discovere... Read More
Algae can seem quite stubborn and hardy when trying to rid them from your pool, but when it comes to mass producing algal feedstock to be used in the conversion to biofuel, more things can happen to destroy this type of crop than most realize.
Of many culprit organisms that may result in the... Read More