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Synthetic Bio Group Finalizes Code of Conduct

The International Association of Synthetic Biology announced that it has finalized its code of conduct for gene synthesis, covering ethics, biosafety, and biosecurity aspects of gene synthesis.

The code of conduct put forth by the European group follows the establishment last week of an inter... Read More

Sticky Solution for Identifying Effective Probiotics

Scientists have crystallised a protein that may help gut bacteria bind to the gastrointestinal tract. The protein could be used by probiotic producers to identify strains that are likely to be of real benefit to people.

"Probiotics need to interact with cells lining the gut to have a benefici... Read More

San Diego Living - Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Food Safety Tips from Heather Buonomo, Dept of Environmental Health, San Diego. Read More

How to Thaw a Frozen Thanksgiving Turkey

Practical advice from K-State Research and Extension food safety specialist Karen Blakeslee . Read More

Edible Food Wrap for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Your Thanksgiving leftovers might get wrapped in plastic, or stored in a container, but before long they'll go bad. Now researchers have created new technology that could significantly extend the life of your food, and improve food safety overall. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, it... Read More

Rothia dentocariosa

Rothia dentocariosa. Granular microcolonies, 18 hour aerobic growth on trypticase soy agar (250X) Read More

Shifting Vaccine for Flu to Elderly

Federal health officials are trying to shift supplies of the seasonal flu vaccine away from chain pharmacies and supermarkets to nursing homes, hoping to counter a shortage that threatens to cause a wave of deaths this winter among the nation’s most vulnerable population.

The extent of the sh... Read More

Swine flu: doctors blast anti-vaccination sceptics

A leading association of clinicians on Monday accused an "anti-vaccination movement" of breeding suspicion about the (A)H1N1 swine flu vaccine in Europe and declared public health and lives were at risk.

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) said it wa... Read More

Drug-resistant bacteria on increase in U.S.: study

Cases of a drug-resistant bacterial infection known as MRSA have risen by 90 percent since 1999, and they are increasingly being acquired outside hospitals, researchers reported on Tuesday.

They found two new strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- MRSA for short -- were cir... Read More

The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness

As the festival of mandatory gratitude looms into view, allow me to offer a few suggestions on what, exactly, you should be thankful for.

Be thankful that, on at least one occasion, your mother did not fend off your father with a pair of nunchucks, but instead allowed enough contact to facili... Read More

Factors from Common Human Bacteria May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Current research suggests that a common oral bacterium may exacerbate autoimmune disease. Multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease where the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, affects nearly 1 in 700 people in the United States. Patients with multiple sclerosis have a variety of neurolog... Read More

Non-protein antifreeze helps Arctic beetle chill out

Scientists in the US have discovered a new class of biological antifreeze molecules - the first that do not contain proteins. The antifreeze, extracted from an Alaskan beetle capable of surviving at -60°C, consists of linked mannopyranose and xylopyranose sugars, termed xylomannan, associated wi... Read More

Final effluent prior to chloronation

Final effluent prior to chloronation (5000X) Read More

Immunoelectrophoresis

Immunoelectrophoresis. Wells 1 and 2 rabbit serum, Wells 3 rabbit gammaglobulin, trough 1 and 3 antirabbit serum, trough 2 anti-gamma-globulin Read More

White House Pushes Science and Math Education

To improve science and mathematics education for American children, the White House is recruiting Elmo and Big Bird, video game programmers and thousands of scientists.

President Obama will announce a campaign Monday to enlist companies and nonprofit groups to spend money, time and volunteer ... Read More

Vaccine quest boosted by HIV that infects monkeys

AN HIV virus modified to infect monkeys could be a big step forward for HIV research.

The disclosure last month that an experimental vaccine against HIV may not be as effective as first thought highlighted a nagging problem with HIV-vaccine research: that there is no effective way of testing ... Read More

Biologists Discover Bacterial Defense Mechanism Against Aggressive Oxygen

Bacteria possess an ingenious mechanism for preventing oxygen from harming the building blocks of the cell. This is the new finding of a team of biologists that includes Joris Messens of VIB, a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, connected to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Th... Read More

Lifestyles of the slimy and contagious

Back in 1885, a German-Austrian pediatrician by the name of Theodor Escherich was investigating an unusually high incidence of infant mortality due to severe diarrhea. Using the newer, more powerful microscopes, he soon isolated a rod shaped bacteria derived from a residue best left unmentioned.... Read More

Eek! Our Skin Is Full Of Bugs

No matter how much yogurt we eat or kambucha we drink, no matter how much we hear about how bacteria can be beneficial to us, it still can seem creepy that there are up to 1,000 species of bacteria and fungi lounging around on our skin at any given time--1 trillion or so microscopic residents.
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Two Fresh Sleeves of LB/Tet Plates

Here's what you can get out of about a liter of LB agar. They have a very low concentration of Tetracycline in them to allow for a more permissive growth pattern. All in a night's work! Read More

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