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The impact of the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus on seasonal influenza A viruses in the southern hemisphere

Data collected over winter 2009 by five World Health Organisation National Influenza Centres in the southern hemisphere were used to examine the circulation of pandemic and seasonal influenza A strains during the first pandemic wave in the southern hemisphere. There is compelling evidence that t... Read More

Beneficial bacteria may protect babies from HIV

No one argues that when it comes to feeding baby, mom’s milk is best. But mothers infected with HIV, the AIDS virus, face a dilemma: Because some of their virus can be shed in breast milk, babies risk becoming infected as they drink it. Two research teams are now investigating a germ-warfare str... Read More

California Beef Recall Due To E. Coli Has Many Worried

A massive beef recall put in motion by a California based meat processor has many worried. Roughly 1 million pounds of ground beef has been recalled due to E. coli.

The fear is that this ground beef has been contaminated with E. coli, and could cause those who consume it to get quite sick.

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Lauren Belfer's "A Fierce Radiance," about the search for penicillin during WWII

From lowly mold to measured savior of humankind: That's the story of penicillin. Discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming, penicillin was a finicky substance to work with; it was left on the shelf, so to speak, until the advent of World War II, when the Allies became desperate ... Read More

Microbe could make fuel from exhaust

Scientists say a microbe with an appetite for carbon monoxide could provide a cheap way to produce fuel from car exhaust.

Azotobacter vinelandii, a microbe found around the roots of various food plants, creates an enzyme -- vanadium nitrogenase -- that normally produces ammonia from nitrogen,... Read More

PolygenicBlog: Bugs and genes

This is a blog that tries to address the relationships between genes and environmental risk factors , particularly viruses, bacteria and parasites, in some common diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease and also provide... Read More

Herpes simplex: Host Viral interactions database

This is a database of Herpes simplex (HSV-1) host/viral interactions hosted at WikiGenes. It provides a global snapshot of what the virus does in different compartments at all stages of the viral life-cycle from entry to exit. The database is interactive, and any researcher can edit the page or ... Read More

Bad And Harmful Bacteria Share, Swap Genes

The genetic make-up of pathogenic bacteria and their harmless cousins is much more similar than previously thought, UA microbiologists find.

In the bacterial world, good guys can potentially turn into bad guys and vice versa - just by swapping genes, microbiologists at the University of Arizo... Read More

Aspergillus fumigatus

Fragments fom above compost pile, covered with Aspergillus fumigatus Read More

Vaccines less effective in kids exposed to PCBs

Children exposed to PCBs in their first years of life are less likely to develop immunity to disease after they are vaccinated, according to a new study. Overall, the study shows that cumulative exposure to environmental PCBs – particularly leading up to 18 months of age – may decrease immune sy... Read More

How long can food be out of the fridge before it kills me?

The short answer is four hours, but there's a lot more to it than that.

Avoiding food poisoning is complex (the p.c. term now is "foodborne illness," lest we start tainting the deli guy as a "poisoner"), but it can be largely boiled down to a few key points about how bacteria grow, taught to ... Read More

Summer Bummer: Is The Beach Making Us Sick?

Is a trip to the beach in your weekend plans? Two recent studies suggest that illness-causing bacteria could be hiding in the water.

A University of Miami study found that beach goers who swam at a South Florida beach were at higher risk of sickness in the week after their visit compared to p... Read More

Hard to stomach

Family meals often descend into ritual battles over healthy greens: how many children must consume, and how many treats they will earn as a result. The stakes may be higher than parents realise. According to a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a sugary... Read More

Seasickness, and Mutualistic Bacterial Mats

This blog is the modern version of a field journal, a place for reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries. As with the expeditions themselves, you never know what you will find:

Monday, Aug. 2

At 7:45 this morning, Alvin emerged from i... Read More

XMRV, Chronic Fatigue and prostate cancer

The XMRV retrovirus has been implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer. A homology search comparing retroviral with human proteins revealed short contiguous amino acid strings (typically 5-8 aa) matching human proteins whose dysfunction might be expected to cause fatigue, includ... Read More

Gleaning the Gleam: A Deep-Sea Webcam Sheds Light on Bioluminescent Ocean Life

If you trawl a net through the ocean's depths, chances are just about every living thing you haul to the surface will be able to glow. Marine biologists estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of deep-sea creatures are bioluminescent—they produce light through chemical processes.

Like the dee... Read More

How Viruses Jump from Hosts: Secrets of Cross-Species Rabies Transmission

HIV-AIDS. SARS. Ebola. Bird Flu. Swine Flu. Rabies. These are emerging infectious diseases where the viruses have jumped from one animal species into another and now infect humans. This is a phenomenon known as cross-species transmission (CST) and scientists are working to determine what drives ... Read More

Lateral X-ray of chest

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

In Today's Era Of Synthetic Biology, Select Agents Should Be Defined By DNA Sequence

A DNA sequence-based system to better define when a pathogen or toxin is subject to Select Agent regulations could be developed, says a new report from the National Research Council, which adds that this could be coupled with a "yellow flag" system that would recognize requests to synthesize sus... Read More

NTU development may help fight dangerous bacteria

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has developed a method of making very small particles of gold with an antibiotic shown to neutralise dangerous bacteria such as Escherichia Coli (E Coli).

The findings - published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry - explain how the team at Nottingham has ... Read More
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