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MIT Team Extends Use of Virus Template to Assemble Li-ion Anode Materials; Biologically Activated Noble Metal Alloys

An MIT team including Drs. Gerbrand Ceder and Angela Belcher has synthesized gold (Au) and silver (Ag) alloy nanowires as anode materials for Li-ion batteries using multiple clones of the M13 bacteriophage virus. A paper on their work was published 27 May in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

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Split-Virus Vaccine Better of Two H1N1 Shots

Of the two vaccines used in the U.K. to protect against pandemic H1N1 influenza, the adjuvanted split-virus vaccine offered better protection for children than the non-adjuvanted whole-virus vaccine, but caused more side effects, a phase II study showed.

After two doses, there were higher ser... Read More

Tooth brushing habits linked to a healthy heart

Forgetting to brush your teeth not only leads to stinky breath, there's a good chance it might also lead to heart disease.

That's the finding of a new study that looked at how toothbrushing practices affect the heart. It found that people who don't brush their teeth too often are more at risk... 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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Whooping cough still with us, still dangerous

Two days after her second son, Dylan, was born in 2005, Mariah Bianchi let out yet another deep-chested cough, this time in the hospital, where she was recovering from the delivery.

She had been coughing for two weeks; she had coughed so badly that her contractions started early.

A pediatr... Read More

Gold nanorods deliver antiviral punch

Future pandemics of seasonal flu, H1N1 and other drug-resistant viruses may be thwarted by a potent, immune-boosting payload that is effectively delivered to cells by gold nanorods, report scientists at the University at Buffalo and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Glowing Bacteria Light Up Ocean

This photo shows a petri dish swabbed with a culture of bioluminescent marine bacteria. The bacteria give off light using a process known as quorum sensing that is controlled by four small RNA molecules within each of them.

When only one bacterium is present it has the ability to produce li... Read More

Vaccination key to preventing childhood pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers at the University of Warwick, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi, Kenya, have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appears to be the predominant virus detected among infants and children hospitalized in Kenya with severe pneumonia, according to a study in the Ma... Read More

NPR's Science Friday: Cleaning Up the Oil

(featuring former ASM President Dr. Ronald Atlas)

Efforts to implement a 'top kill,' pumping heavy mud into the broken riser pipe coming from the Deepwater Horizon oil well, are in progress, with hopeful signs. As oil experts continue to work to seal the gushing leak from the Deepwater Horizo... Read More

New Ebola Drug 100 Percent Effective In Monkeys

The Ebola virus first emerged in 1976, striking fear with the uncontrollable bleeding it causes and mortality rates up to 90 percent. Ever since then, scientists have been struggling to find a way to treat the infection or protect against it.

There has been progress, but nothing quite like t... Read More

Honeybee Death Mystery Deepens

A one-two punch by a gut parasite and viruses may help explain the mysterious decline in U.S. honeybees seen over the last four years.

Bees infected with both the fungal parasite Nosema ceranae and with any one of a handful of RNA viruses were much more likely to have come from hives on the d... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 113 y 114: Ancestros comunes

The Nº 113 and 114 of "El podcast del microbio" summarize the Nature's article: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry". En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 113 y 114 se resume el artículo aparecido en la revista Nature: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry... Read More

Magic in Solution: An Introduction and Brief History of PCR

If you missed the opportunity to hear Carl Wittwer talk about the history of PCR and his invention of the LightCycler, the video is now available on line.

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has become a fundamental tool in molecular research and clinical testing. Our presenter, Carl Witter, ... Read More

Significance of Controls and Standard Curves in PCR

Are you looking for help and more explanations about the proper controls for PCR and how to prepare standard curves? If you are, then you may want to attend this online seminar by expert, Ian Kavanagh, from Thermo Scientific R&D. He is going to give a 30 minute presentation on the subject Tuesda... Read More

Headless HA: Universal influenza vaccine?

A serious shortcoming of current influenza virus vaccines is the need to reformulate them every year or two as the virus undergoes antigenic drift. Many virologists have been captivated by the idea of a more universal vaccine that would endure longer, perhaps a decade or more. The identification... Read More

Ebola in the News

"Tests in four rhesus monkeys showed that seven daily injections cured 100 percent of them. And Geisbert said the researchers gave the monkeys an extremely high dose of Ebola."

The antivirus injections were given within an hour or so after infection. They are testing to see if they can extend... Read More

Novel Therapeutic Approach Shows Promise Against Multiple Bacterial Pathogens

A team of scientists from government, academia and private industry has developed a novel treatment that protects mice from infection with the bacterium that causes tularemia, a highly infectious disease of rodents, sometimes transmitted to people, and also known as rabbit fever. In additional e... Read More

Beach bacteria battle goes high-tech

So much for the old warning flag on a stick.

Confronting an almost unwinnable battle against E. coli and other bacteria on public beaches, Chicago and some of its suburbs have taken the fight into the digital age.

From computer models that can predict conditions where bacteria will thrive,... Read More

H1N1 outbreak in Alabama declared over

The H1N1 virus outbreak appears to be contained and conquered in Alabama, according to a report by WAFF.

Alabama State Health Department Spokesman Dr. Jim McVay told the news station that officials have gone three-plus weeks without seeing a confirmed H1N1 specimen brought into the lab.

"I... Read More

Modified measles virus may help treat childhood brain tumours

In a new study, a modified measles virus has shown potential for treating childhood brain tumour known as medulloblastoma.

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant central nervous system tumour of childhood, accounting for about 20 percent of paediatric brain tumours.

These tumours ar... Read More

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