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Statins boost bacteria-killing cells

Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. A new explanation for these findings has been discovered b... Read More

Italian scientists make progress against kiwifruit vine canker

Italian researchers who have been battling kiwifruit vine canker for years say they are making significant progress in developing a careful strategy for curbing the Pseudomonas syringe pv. actinidiae (PSA) bacteria now hitting vines on orchards throughout New Zealand.

The researchers used cop... Read More

FDA Panel Endorses Gardasil for Anal Cancer

An FDA advisory panel has expressed its support for expanding the indication on the quadrivalent human papillomavirus recombinant vaccine Gardasil to prevent anal intraepithelial neoplasia and anal cancer in males and females ages 9 through 26.

Gardasil was approved in 2006 to prevent genital... Read More

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators 2011 Preliminary Program

ASM has released the 2011 ASMCUE preliminary program at www.asmcue.org. ASMCUE will be held June 2-5, 2011, on the The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

You can view the sessions and speakers by clicking "source" above. Abstracts for these presentations are link... Read More

We are not what we eat when it comes to gut bacteria

When it comes to gut bacteria, we are not what we eat. The types of gut bacteria that populate the guts of primates depend on the species of the host as well as where the host lives and what they eat, says a new study.

The study led by Howard Ochman at Yale University examines the gut microbi... Read More

Roche takes knife to costs, slashes 4,800 jobs

Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) set out plans to slash costs on Wednesday, joining Big Pharma rivals with a wide-ranging restructuring program as it grapples with recent product setbacks and mounting pressure on prices.

The Swiss drugmaker said it would hack 2.4 billion Swiss francs ($2.4 billion) ... Read More

The Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence" (MIENS)

We present the Genomic Standards Consortium’s (GSC) “Minimum Information about an ENvironmental Sequence” (MIENS) standard for describing marker genes. Adoption of MIENS will enhance our ability to analyze natural genetic diversity across the Tree of Life as it is currently being documented by m... Read More

Alzheimer's disease vaccine is effective in mice

A vaccine for Alzheimer's disease has been a long-held goal of researchers studying the devastating disease. Research presented Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience meeting showed one potential vaccine under study appears both safe and effective in an animal model.

Most Alzheimer's vaccine... Read More

Chlamydia Basic Society planning annual mtg

The Chlamydia Basic Society is planning their annual meeting in California in March 2011. Abstracts will be accepted until November 30, 2011. Read More

Atomic snapshot shows how RNA ruled

Using powerful X-rays, researchers have produced an atomic picture of how ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules interacted in the ancient world.

It is a rare glimpse of the transition from a time when RNA reigned supreme to the present, where proteins carry out the processes essential to life.

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Bacteriophages Eyed as Antibiotic Alternatives

In the battle against antibiotic resistance in animal agriculture, researchers from Washington and New York states are hoping to help pave the way for U.S. approval of a promising biological therapy that has the potential to not only treat sick cows, but also save human lives threatened by infec... Read More

The Animators of Life

Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating in vivid and jaw-dropping detail the complex inner machinery of living cells.

Click "source" to view this amazing video. Read More

E. coli cattle vaccine promising

The fight to make food safer continues at a microscopic level with locally produced beef yielding encouraging early data about the effectiveness of a vaccination against dangerous E. coli bacteria.

International food marketer Cargill announced Monday the initial results of a trial for the new... Read More

Parasites: Learning a Worm-Killer’s Modus Operandi

Researchers have finally discovered how ivermectin, one of the most important worm-killing drugs used in both humans and animals for decades, actually works.

Ivermectin, extracted from a soil fungus in the 1970s, was originally sold under names like Heartgard to deworm pets.

Beginning in 1... Read More

New Bacteria-Killing Light Can Destroy Superbugs With the Flip of a Switch

Sterilization is hands down one of the most important technologies ever developed by mankind, but though we’ve known how to do battle with bacterial pathogens in places like the operating room for decades, superbugs like MRSA and Clostridium difficile persist in hospital environments, often caus... Read More

LEDs kill hospital superbugs

A lighting system that kills bacteria, including superbugs such as MRSA and C difficile, has completed trials at a Glasgow hospital.

The LED technology, which can be used alongside or instead of traditional lighting, continually disinfects the air and exposed surfaces with certain violet wave... Read More

Siblings Strike Again

Bacteria capable of sporulation go out of their way to grow rather than sporulate. They will therefore try to obtain needed nutrients, even at the cost of killing their neighbors. When starved for nutrients, cells of Bacillus subtilis engage in cannibalism, that is they lyse their siblings and u... Read More

Prokaryotes considered

As a college biology major during the 1970s I was taught that cells in which the genetic material is separated from the cytoplasm by a nuclear membrane – such as those of animals, fungi, plants, and protists – are called eukaryotes. In contrast, the DNA of bacteria is not bounded by such a struc... Read More

Problem-solving bacteria crack sudoku

The appeal of sudoku has spread to the prokaryotic world. A strain of Escherichia coli bacteria can now solve the logic puzzles – with some help from a group of students at the University of Tokyo, Japan.

"Because sudoku has simple rules, we felt that maybe bacteria could solve it for us, as ... Read More

Canada finds more infections with NDM-1 resistance factor

A recently identified enzyme that can make gram-negative bacteria resistant to nearly all antibiotics is back in the news with reports of several recent cases in Canada and two in Austria.

Five Canadians have had infections with bacteria carrying the NDM-1 enzyme in the past 3 months, bringin... Read More
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