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Calcified hyphal strands

Calcified hyphal strands from lesion of hyphomyces destruens Read More

Swine flu vaccine shunned despite availability

Vaccination against swine flu has started in the US and will soon begin in Europe, but many of those who should be first in line are having second thoughts.

Healthcare workers are a top priority for vaccination because they can infect vulnerable people and because their services are vital in ... Read More

Rare Frog Species Bear the Brunt of Chytrid, a Deadly Fungal Disease

Hope for frog conservation got bleaker with a recent study showing that fungus-associated extinction is reducing amphibian biodiversity in Central America. Threats to wildlife survival, such as habitat loss and climate change, tend to strike some species harder than others, and the threat of chy... Read More

A Conversation With Carol W. Greider On Winning a Nobel Prize in Science

This interview by the New York Times with new Nobel Prize winner Dr. Carol Greider provides an interesting glimpse into the making of a scientist and her work with telomeres and cells as well as the overall acceptance of women in science. Read More

Understanding cell organization

Franklin M. Harold, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington has authored an interesting guest post on www.SmallThingsConsidered.us that examines the process of cell structural organization and assembly:

"Structural organization is one of the most conspicuous features of cells, a... Read More

Important Defence Against Stomach Ulcer Bacterium Identified

"A special protein in the lining of the stomach has been shown to be an important part of the body’s defence against the stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The research team has shown that a protein called MUC1... Read More

In 1918 Pandemic, Another Possible Killer: Aspirin

The 1918 flu epidemic was probably the deadliest plague in human history, killing more than 50 million people worldwide. Now it appears that a small number of the deaths may have been caused not by the virus, but by a drug used to treat it: aspirin.

Dr. Karen M. Starko, author of one of the e... Read More

'After water, check for life on moon'

Noted astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar has urged that the moon be scanned for micro-organisms in its environment, especially in areas where traces of water have been found. Speaking during a lecture on ‘Searching for micro-life in the earth’s atmosphere’ in Goa on Sunday, Mr Narlikar said the disc... Read More

The Claim: Always Wash Your Hands With Hot Water, Not Cold.

With swine flu sweeping across the country, health officials are reminding Americans to wash their hands often to reduce the spread of the disease.

Soap and warm water have long been said to prevent the spread of infections, but is warm or hot water really more effective than cold?

In its ... Read More

Researchers discover RNA repair system in bacteria

In new papers appearing this month in Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven H. Huang and his colleagues describe the first RNA repair system to be discovered in bacteria. This is only the second RNA repair system disc... Read More

Is a Virus the Cause of Fatigue Syndrome

"Chronic fatigue syndrome has long been a medical mystery and the subject of debate, sometimes bitter, among doctors, researchers and patients. It affects at least one million Americans, causing extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and other symptoms. ... Read More

Interview with Paul Turner - The Evolution of Disease

"Paul Turner received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Center for Microbial Ecology, at Michigan State University. He did postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Turner is currently Associate Professor of Ec... Read More

Unusual Spider Species Passes Up Live Prey for Plants

Vegetarianism is not exactly what springs to mind when considering spiders, which usually rely on web spinning and other finely tuned techniques to catch and eat other creatures. But one spider has now been observed to feed mostly on plants, shattering the common assumption that all spiders are ... Read More

Hymenomonas sp.

Phase contrast flash of Hymenomonas sp., a coccolithophorid phytoflagellate Read More

H1N1 Critical Illness Mostly Affects Young Patients and Is Often Fatal

H1N1 critical illness mostly affects young patients and is often fatal, according to the results of a Canadian and Mexican study and an editorial published online October 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

"Between March and July 2009, the largest number of confirme... Read More

Madagascar biodiversity under threat as gangs run wild

Roasted lemurs and criminal gangs exporting precious hardwood: this is the sad state of affairs for Madagascar's legendary biodiversity. Since a military coup forced the president to resign in March, conservationists and biologists have watched as loggers have stripped the country's forests and ... Read More

Tropospheric Microbes Are Suprisingly Diverse Yet Stable

Airborne microbial diversity is much greater than expected, albeit spare compared to that in the ocean and in the soil, according graduate student Robert M. Bowers, his advisor Noah Fierer, and their collaborators at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and elsewhere, who collected their data at... Read More

Mechanism That Helps Bacteria Avoid Destruction In Cells Identified

Infectious diseases currently cause about one-third of all human deaths worldwide, more than all forms of cancer combined. Advances in cell biology and microbial genetics have greatly enhanced understanding of the cause and mechanisms of infectious diseases. Researchers from Thomas Jefferson Uni... Read More

Scientists Identify Common HPV Genotypes In Northern India, Encourage Vaccination

Although a wide spectrum of human papillomavirus is seen across the population of India, HPV-16 and HPV-18 are the most common types and a vaccination targeting these types could eliminate 75 percent of the cervical cancers in the region, according to data presented at the American Association f... Read More

Is an HPV vaccine for boys cost effective?

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of Gardasil, a vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), for use in males. A new study, published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, found, however, that a public health campaign to vaccinate boy... Read More

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