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Pet cafes spur hygiene concern in Japan

The trend began with so-called cat cafes, and there are now more than 120 establishments in Japan where people can enjoy the healing effects of being surrounded by dogs, birds, goats and rabbits.

Some shops, however, have not registered as required with local governments, and experts warn the... Read More

Children With Bacterial Meningitis Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Nearly half of children who survive an episode of bacterial meningitis experience persistent behavioral, intellectual, or other complications, reports a study in the January issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Bacterial meningitis is a potentially fatal infection of the tissues... Read More

Cholera dictating aid needs for Haiti

A year after a devastating earthquake, the immediacy of the need for aid to Haiti has passed, but the country remains desperate for long-term help, the head of a Portland-based aid group said Saturday.

Nathan M. Nickerson, executive director of Konbit Sante, who is in Cap Haitien, said those ... Read More

Hospital has a bug zapper with an attitude

In the flash of a light, a new device at Thomas Memorial Hospital can disinfect an entire room of all major viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores.

The Xenex PX-UV, a portable device that stands about 3 feet tall, emits a broad spectrum of ultraviolet light that kills bacteria on exposure, es... Read More

Laser Sheds Light on Tracking Source of Microbial Contamination on Beach

A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterbor... Read More

Deluge puts coral reef at risk

Sections of the Great Barrier Reef face coral bleaching and dieback as a result of flood plumes extending as far as 65 kilometres offshore.

Other environmental problems caused by the floods include widespread bacterial and algal pollution in rivers, as well as massive habitat destruction of w... Read More

Is Your ATM a Bacterial Bomb?

Might want to carry your Purell to the ATM from now on. A new study finds that the numeric keypads on London ATMs are as bacteria-contaminated as the seats of public restrooms. ”We were interested in comparing the levels of bacterial contamination between heavily-used ATM machines and public l... Read More

Acne Bacteria May Infect the Brain and Body

The bacteria that live on the skin and contribute to acne may also cause infections after surgery, including infections in the brain, researchers say.

The microbes may even spur some cells to become cancerous, said Peter Lambert, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in Birmingham, ... Read More

Suspected NDM-1 patient said to be free of the superbug: CDC

The first Taiwanese to show symptoms from the multi-drug resistant NDM-1 bacteria was found to be free of the superbug in the latest tests conducted on him, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

The 56-year-old patient, who has remained quarantined at National Taiwan University H... Read More

Add dash of silicone for virus-free water

Researchers have come up with a simple recipe that turns a common disinfectant into a potent virus killer—and they’re putting the recipe out into the public domain.

Adding silicone to titanium dioxide dramatically increases its ability to degrade aerosol- and water-borne viruses.

Titanium ... Read More

Tufts researcher elected 2010 AAAS Fellow for work in superbugs and heat-stable vaccines

Abraham L. (Linc) Sonenshein, PhD, professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the genetics and molecular microbiology program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts has been awarded the distinction of AAA... Read More

Speeding up E. coli detection

A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborn... Read More

34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!

It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the ... Read More

Researcher uses living cells to create 'biotic' video games (video)

Video game designers are always striving to make games more lifelike, but they'll have a hard time topping what Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse is up to. He's introducing life itself into games.

Riedel-Kruse and his lab group have developed the first video games in which a player's ac... Read More

Virus Might Fight Brain Tumors Better If Armed With Bacterial Enzyme, Study Shows

New research shows that oncolytic viruses, which are engineered to destroy cancer cells, might be more effective in treating deadly brain tumors if equipped with an enzyme that helps them penetrate the tumor.

The enzyme is derived from the intestinal bacteria called Proteus vulgaris. The enzy... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 26 - Solubilizing Sunken Steel

This episode: A profile of microbes that are breaking down the Titanic!


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Iron-eating superbug is devouring Titanic wreck

Scientists said the wreck of the Titanic, the giant ocean liner that sank nearly 100 years ago, is being devoured by an iron-eating superbug and could disappear in 20 years.

The bacteria, which has been named Halmonas Titanicae, has been greedily feasting on the ship, which sank in the Atlant... Read More

Mystery Disease Found in Pacific Salmon

Traces of viral activity have been found in a mysteriously dwindling population of Pacific salmon, hinting at an explanation for deaths that have so far baffled scientists.

In fish returning to Canada’s Fraser River, site of the die-off and home to one of North America’s last great sockeye sa... Read More

Multiplicity of infection

Multiplicity of infection (MOI) is a frequently used term in virology which refers to the number of virions that are added per cell during infection. If one million virions are added to one million cells, the MOI is one. If ten million virions are added, the MOI is ten. Add 100,000 virions, and ... Read More

New Genetically Modified Chickens Can't Transmit Bird Flu, Scientists Say

Future chicken cutlets may come from birds that have been genetically modified to resist bird flu, after a breakthrough in Britain announced this week. Researchers have produced chickens that cannot spread avian flu to other chickens, a major step toward protecting birds — and humans — from the ... Read More
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