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WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues

The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts.

The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers, said it remained... Read More

Eyes of cattle may become new windows to detect mad cow disease

The eyes may or may not be windows to the soul, as the old adage goes, but scientists are reporting evidence that a peek into the eyes of cattle may become the basis for a long-sought test to detect infection with the agent that causes Mad Cow Disease. That test could help prevent the disease fr... Read More

Another reason to breastfeed your baby

Canadian scientists reported in the FASEB Journal that they discovered that breast milk carries a probiotic that can help alleviate symptoms
of digestive disorders.

Mama's breast milk has been already known to benefit both the mother and her baby. U.S. physicians recommend breastfeeding newb... Read More

Study: ER computer keyboards and bacteria

Keyboards located in triage and registration areas were found to be more contaminated with bacteria than those in other areas of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, according to a new study conducted by the hospital.

"Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatm... Read More

MTS51- James Liao - Turning Microbes into Fuel Refineries

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TWiP 11 letters

Sophie writes:


Hi Dick and Vincent,


I still love both of your podcasts and was very pleased when Dick referred to Claudius as I love the books about him. This malaria themed podcast made me realize that the historical part of parasitism is so interesting (I'm ... Read More

Vaccine appears to prevent breast cancer in mice

An experimental vaccine prevented breast cancer in genetically engineered mice, according to a preliminary study in the June 10 issue of Nature Medicine. The vaccine has not been tested in humans.

Though the approach is intriguing, it is far too early to know whether a vaccine could also help... Read More

TWiP 11: One times three million

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.


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Physicians May Use Risk-Based Screening Strategy to Identify Hepatitis C Virus Infection

In a high-risk, urban ambulatory care setting, physicians may use a risk-based screening strategy to test for hepatitis C (HCV) infection, according to the results of a study published online May 20 in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. This was the first of several studies from the US Centers for ... Read More

Tech Team Puts Microscope On Cell Phone

After hundreds of years, the most common, basic microscopes still operate by means of the same old hardware: the lens. But what if you could do away with that lens and create a microscope that fits on a cell phone? That’s what researchers led by Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA have developed. Ozcan recent... Read More

Microbe Power as a Green Means to Hydrogen Production

Scientists have been hard at work harnessing the power of microbes as an attractive source of clean energy. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Dr. Prathap Parameswaran and his colleagues have investigated a means for enhancing the efficiency of clean energy productio... Read More

Molecular pumps could make vaccines stronger

Scientists at the University of California - Berkeley have found that molecular pumps in Listeria bacteria that expel antibiotics, which make the bug harder to kill with standard drugs, also expel small signaling molecules that stimulate a strong immune response in cells that they infect.

The... Read More

Study finds rising levels of dioxins from common soap ingredient in Mississippi River sediments

Specific dioxins derived from the antibacterial agent triclosan, used in many hand soaps, deodorants, dishwashing liquids and other consumer products, account for an increasing proportion of total dioxins in Mississippi River sediments, according to University of Minnesota research.

The study... Read More

Promiscuous Bacteria and Viral Playboys

Bacteria have been sexually promiscuous, swapping genes with gusto, for a very long time. More than 15% of E. coli's genome has arrived via horizontal gene transfer (HGT), with some 200 installments having turned up since it diverged from Salmonella 100 million years ago. And, as you are probabl... Read More

ASM 2010 Posters: The results of fruitful collaborations with scientists all over the world

Most of you are probably back to work after the ASM conference in San Diego. It was a great conference with a lot of exciting talks and posters and we hope you enjoyed our beautiful city.

MO BIO Labs presented four posters at ASM and the PDFs are now available online for viewing. These were t... Read More

Seasonal Influenza: Made in the USA

Every autumn, the seasonal flu arrives in the United States, causing tens of thousands of deaths and many more hospitalizations. Now, a new genetic analysis suggests that the strains of influenza circulating in the United States can migrate to the rest of the world. Such an event happened in 19... Read More

Algal blooms hit the poor of India hard

The problem of toxic algae is not just confined to the Nordic countries - in India algal blooms are threatening poor people's access to food and their livelihoods, a problem that has been exacerbated by global warming. With funding from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural ... Read More

New System Using Bacterial Communities to Solve Complex Problems

A new system using bacterial communities to autonomously solve complex problems was developed at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Facultad de Informática. The designed algorithms help to synchronize different bacteria according to the bacteria's natural capabilities and mechanisms of comm... Read More

Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans in brain, H & E stain Read More

Travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease in Europe in 2008

In 2008, the European Surveillance Scheme for Travel Associated Legionnaires’ Disease (EWGLINET) received reports of 866 cases of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease, 42 of whom were reported to have died. 824 of the cases were classified as confirmed and 42 were presumptive. As in previous ... Read More

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