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Almost out of this world life found right here on Earth

Fantastic stuff! An oxygen-free environment, this lake is packed with life more adapted to Saturn's Titan than our blue planet. Furthermore, the idea that some of these micro-organisms create water by digesting the hydrocarbons they lives their lives in - maybe we can hire them to clean up Pri... Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Gene Ontology

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered defines the term "ontology" and why its destined to become part of every biologist’s vocabulary. Read More

DC Science Writers Meeting tomorrow in DC April 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 17 I will be attending the DC Science Writers Association's Professional Development Day. If you are in the DC area you may want to consider attending. Here are the details:

LOCATION: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC

SCHEDULE:

8:30-9:00... Read More

Digitizing Biology with J. Craig Venter

A video from the DOE JGI '09 User Meeting on March 27, 2009 featuring Craig Venter's keynote talk "Reading and Writing the Genetic Code."

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Rita Colwell's keynote address at the 2010 DOE JGI User Meeting

Rita Colwell, recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, delivers the closing keynote at the 5th Annual DOE JGI User Meeting on March 26, 2010. The main focus of her talk is on cholera. Read More

Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae

Photograph of hematoma-like swelling off the caruncle of turkeys infected with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Please submit your microscopy and culture images to MicrobeWorld. Upload them with the 'Image' box checked. Read More

Bacteria in Household Dust May Help or Hinder Childhood Asthma

Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read More

Aerosols: A New Tool Against TB?

Scientists have developed a new strategy for treating tuberculosis using dry powder aerosols that could be delivered with an inhaler. Read More

Oral Bacteria Linked to Intrauterine Infections and Pre-term Birth

Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth according to researchs from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. Read More

Microbes set on a mission to fight groundwater pollution

In most people's minds, microbes and drinking water don't go well together. Think cholera, or typhoid — serious diseases caused by waterborne bacteria. But research at Idaho National Laboratory is showcasing the potential of microbes to cleanse our water rather than foul it.

For the past deca... Read More

Family Ixodidae - Hard Tick Mouthparts

This is an Portuguese Hard Tick´s unpublished image, taken on a Parasitology class, at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. Here we can see the three mouthparts components: the highly mobile palps are the two outside jointed parts ; the center rod-shaped structure, the hypostome, is pro... Read More

GEMINA - a web-based system of Genomic Metadata for Infectious Agents

GEMINA is a web-based system to identify infectious pathogens and their representative genomic sequences through selection of associated epidemiology metadata. Gemina supports the development of DNA signature-based assays for the detection of pathogens or sets of pathogen through the Insignia Si... Read More

What does Harley Davidson and Lactococcus lactis have in common?

Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the bacterium that converts milk into cheese are slated to be honored by the Wisconsin state Assembly. Read More

HAART has potential to diminish mother-to-child HIV transmission in cost-effective manner

A new paper publish in PLoS One concludes that programs that optimize adherence to highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) through direct observation in pregnancy have the potential to diminish mother-to-child HIV transmission in a highly cost-effective manner. Read More

Could a plant virus have found a way to infect humans?

It has always been assumed that plant viruses cannot infect animals, and vice versa, but plant viruses are known to be abundant in human faeces.

Now Didier Raoult at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseille, France, and his team think a pepper virus is making people sick, too.

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Did seasonal flu vaccination increase the risk of infection with pandemic H1N1 flu?

In September 2009, news stories reported that researchers in Canada had found an increased risk of pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza in people who had previously been vaccinated against seasonal influenza. Their research, consisting of four different studies, has now undergone further scientific p... Read More

Tapeworm brain infections on the increase in Mexico

Tapeworm infections of the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures, appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering southwestern states, Loyola University Health System researchers report.

In Mexico, up to 10 percent of the population may have the infection, neurocysticercosis. While many p... Read More

Guillain-Barré Syndrome cases low after 2009 H1N1 vaccine

A new study finds that reports of a neurologic disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) have been low after 2009 H1N1 vaccination, according to a research study that will be presented as part of the late-breaking science program at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting in T... Read More

The Illustrated Cell

Le Cellule, illus. by Peter Wyss published in Le Livre de Sante by Joseph Handler (Monte Carlo: Andre Sauret, 1967) from the A Journey Round My Skull blog via Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing.net Read More

Scientists hope to harness parasitic worms' immune-regulating effects.

"As blossoming spring trees spew pollen, many allergy sufferers would be grateful for a more effective way to alleviate their itchy misery. How about swallowing a batch of pig whipworm eggs, or deliberately infecting oneself with the fecal-dwelling hookworm? Yucky as these options sound, mountin... Read More

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