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Wired Magazine's Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2010

In a year full of major advances, over-hyped findings and controversial studies, it was tough for the Wired Science staff to choose which breakthroughs were the biggest in 2010. So we've collected the ones that stood out the most to us.

From synthetic life and three-parent embryos to the poss... Read More

Two people die of swine flu in western Germany

A three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man have died of influenza infection in Goettingen. In both cases, the swine flu virus H1N1 was confirmed. But health officials said on Monday that there was "no need to panic."

he Lower Saxony social affairs ministry confirmed on Monday that two patien... Read More

Cat fleas infect Victorian family

A Newcastle doctor has published a case study of Australia's first reported case of humans infected with a bacteria from cat fleas, but says it is probably more common than most GPs realise.

The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, documents the case of a Victorian family ... Read More

Infant hydrocephalus, seasonal and linked to farm animals in Uganda

Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is pre... Read More

Kansas Bioscience Authority seeking top researchers

In preparation for the arrival of a $650 million federal research lab, roads and utilities are being rerouted at a 45-acre site just across the street from Kansas State University's football stadium.

But as the arrival of the mammoth National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility inches forward, one ... Read More

Bonnie Bassler on ASM's upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans for 2011

For information about the American Society for Microbiology's General Meeting visit http://gm.asm.org/ Read More

Whooping cough questions focus on the final childhood booster shot

The dramatic surge in whooping cough in California in 2010, when 10 infants were killed by the bacterium and more people were sickened than in any year since 1947, has scientists looking for answers.

Researchers are focusing on a surprising trend: 7- to 10-year-olds are getting the disease at... Read More

Wellcome Trust exhibition to show history of dirt

A new exhibition in London will chart the history of the human relationship with dirt.

The exhibition, at the Wellcome Trust in Euston, explores attitudes towards dirt in a 17th Century Dutch home, a Victorian street and an Indian slum.

It includes some of the earliest sketches of bacteria... Read More

Sorting good science from bad

Five years ago Bill Gates invited the world's scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health. No idea was too radical, he said, for what he called the Grand Challenges in Global Health.

About 1600 proposals came in, and the top 43 were so promising that the Bill... Read More

TWiV 114: Ten out of '10

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Vincent, Alan, and Rich revisit ten compelling virology stories of 2010.

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TWiV 114 Letters

Jean writes:

I am at present suffering from [what] I have been told will be a virus.

Symptoms:- a dry continuous hacking cough. Unable to get much sleep. No cough medicine seems to soothe it. An uncontrolled loss of urine when coughing. Otherwise no flu symptoms.

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Researchers discover how microbes cooperate

Ever wonder what microorganisms do on a Saturday night? In professor Derek Lovley's lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, doctoral candidate Zarath Summers and her colleagues made a point to find out. In the process, Summers discovered a new cooperative behavior in bacteria.

"Inter... Read More

Epidemic intelligence

In June 2011 public-health officials will mark the 30th anniversary of the first AIDs diagnosis. Much hand-wringing will ensue. Why do we not yet have an effective vaccine? How do HIV cases continue to grow?

At the same time, a small but growing number of scientists will mark the anniversary ... Read More

N.J. delays high school biology requirement

New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test in order to graduate - at least, not yet.

The requirement was to kick in for the Class of 2014, or current freshmen. But when almost half the students who took the pilot test this spring fai... Read More

Flu Epidemics Could Be Prevented by Regular Hand-Washing

Health experts believe a flu epidemic was averted last year because of regular hand-washing, suggesting healthcare facilities should promote hand-washing among staff and patients to prevent the spread of disease, according to a HealthDay report.

The American Society for Microbiology and the A... Read More

Flu virus on the upswing in Southeastern U.S.

According to the CDC, influenza-like-illness (ILI) reports have increased nationally, and are higher than would be expected for this time of the year. Visits to doctors for ILI have increased, with Regions 2 and 4 (the Southeastern U.S.) indicating ILI activity above the baseline. Specifically, ... Read More

Evolutionary Arms Race Between Smut Fungi and Maize Plants

Fungi are a major cause of plant diseases and are responsible for large-scale harvest failure in crops like maize and other cereals all over the world. Together with scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, Regine Kahmann, from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Mar... Read More

Edible vaccine for malaria on way

A spoonful of genetically modified starch could be a new malaria vaccine if a new strategy that seems to work in mice also performs well in humans.

At present there is no efficient vaccine against malaria, which is caused by the plasmodium parasite. Now researchers from two laboratories in Fr... Read More

Bacteria's Viral DNA Offers a Sneak Peek into Primitive Immune Systems

Viral DNA trapped in a bacteria cell's chromosome for millions of years has shown how bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics

A Texas A&M University researcher has discovered how nature's most primitive immune systems worked by studying bacteria's methods of resisting antibiotics over milli... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 74

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A continuación: comunidades microbianas en la zona de permafrost del polo norte; la miel de manuka como inhibidor del Staphylococcus aureus resistente a la meticilina (MRSA); el MRSA en lu... Read More

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