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University study shows pickled plums have H1N1 virus suppressant

Researchers have found in ‘‘umeboshi’’ pickled plums a substance that can suppress the growth of the H1N1 virus, Wakayama Medical University said. The university had been conducting studies since 2006 with funds from five plum processing firms in the town of Minabe and the city of Tanabe in Waka... Read More

Illinois mosquitoes positive with West Nile Virus

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, Saturday announced mosquito samples collected in Gallatin County have been confirmed as the first positive West Nile virus test results in Illinois this year.

The Egyptian Health Department collected the positive mosquito sample on June 3 in ... Read More

Cold sores may contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

While schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder that has its roots in genetic changes, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have uncovered a potentially new culprit for some of the condition's most common symptoms.

Reporting in the journal Schizophrenia Research, the psychiatrists de... Read More

Could Life Survive on Mars? Yes, Expert Says

Researchers at McGill's department of natural resources, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North. Dr. Lyle Why... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 13

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria made to clean up pesticides, new findings from microbial fossils, fighting bacteria with bacteria, and cells with synthetic genomes.




























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Simple Urine Test May Diagnose Children With Autism

Researchers in Britain and Australia say they are developing a way to detect autism in children simply by testing their urine.

The autism test would be able to determine whether a child has the condition using only a few drops of urine and give a "yes" or "no" answer much in the same way preg... Read More

XMRV, prostate cancer, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More

New bacteria linked to 2 Valley deaths

A relatively new strain of toxic germ is making the rounds in hospitals around the Valley.

“It’s not a supergerm,” said Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Health Department.

“This is a stronger version of a very common strain and it can make you very sick,” Dr. England explai... Read More

Twitter tag cloud from #ASMGM

Science blogger Cesar Sanchez of the site Twisted Bacteria (twistedbacteria.blogspot.com) created the above word cloud that was generated from approximately 1200 tweets that appeared on Twitter during the American Societ... Read More

Antibacterial nanoparticles from bacteria

Scientists have found that silver nanoparticles made using bacteria have better antibacterial properties than their chemically synthesised counterparts.

Mitchel Doktycz and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US incubated Shewanella oneidensis b... Read More

NCBI ROFL: Morning breath odor: influence of treatments on sulfur gases

“We assessed the effects of several treatments on the concentrations of oral sulfur-containing gases, compounds thought to be responsible for morning breath. Upon awakening in the morning, healthy volunteers collected oral gas samples before and for eight hours after the following treatments: no... Read More

Cytomegalovirus infection

X-ray of chest. Cytomegalovirus infection in compromised host. Read More

McMaster researchers discover chemical clue directing Staphylococcus aureus

McMaster University researchers have discovered a central controller or processing unit (CPU) of a superbug's weaponry.

The team from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has revealed that a small chemical, made by the superbug Staphylococcus aureus and its drug-r... Read More

How Did Higher Life Evolve? Brown Algal Genome Opens New Door to Understanding Multicellularity and Photosynthesis

With the world's first complete sequencing of a brown algal genome, an international research team has made a big leap towards understanding the evolution of two key prerequisites for higher life on Earth -- multicellularity and photosynthesis. As reported in the journal Nature, about 100 scient... Read More

Germ-killing uniforms for doctors

When the going gets tough, plain old cotton won't do. Just ask sportswear manufacturers, many of which incorporate anti-microbial, fluid-resistant fabric into their clothing lines to keep athletes dry and odor-free.

Last year, biotech industry entrepreneur Uncas Ben Favret was thinking about ... Read More

Craig Venter announces synthetic life

This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More

How to Get Your Real-Time qPCR Data Published

Have you ever read a research article with qPCR data and wished that the authors had given you more information about what they did or how they did it? Or have you ever felt your data was more heavily scrutinized and criticized compared to others? The MIQE guidelines serve to normalize the field... Read More

Caltech Biologists Provide Molecular Explanation for the Evolution of Tamiflu Resistance

Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed molecular changes that helped allow the global spread of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) among strains of the seasonal H1N1 flu virus.

The study—led by David Baltimore, Caltech's Rober... Read More

What's next for synthetic life?

J. Craig Venter and his colleagues recently announced that they had created the first cell to run on a fully artificial genome. So what's next for this synthetic strain of microscopic Mycoplasma mycoides and the new technology?

The "synthetic cell" achievement has been lauded, condemned and u... Read More

UM IGS Study Finds Vaginal Microbes Vary Among Healthy Women

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the UM’s Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing doctors to tailor each woman’s treatme... Read More

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