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Substance in Breast Milk Kills Cancer Cells, Study Suggests

A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Further studies showed tha... Read More

One state microbe chosen, 49 to go

The New York Times reports that Wisconsin has just appointed the cheese-making bacterium Lactococcus lactis as its official state microbe. It's the first state to do so, which got us thinking: what should the other states' microbes be?

Based on its popularity there, California should surely e... Read More

Animal Plague Case Confirmed Near San Jon

A case of animal plague has been confirmed in eastern New Mexico and officials say human cases could soon follow. The New Mexico Department of Health says lab reports confirmed a case of plague in a dog near San Jon in Quay County this week. They say the virus is transmitted to humans through ... Read More

I'm all ears!

This mechanical-chemical-biological tour through how human hearing works - or doesn't work, and the implications that has is worth the read. Here's hoping as well this research bears fruit & helps end hearing loss/deafness. Read More

TEDTalks: Michael Specter: The Danger of Science Denial

Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA). Read More

Jay Keasling -Engineering Microbes to Produce Fuels

Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, delivers the opening keynote on March 24, 2010 at the 5th Annual DOE JGI User Meeting. Read More

Scientists find chicken antibodies may help prevent H5N1 pandemic

Scientists have discovered for the first time that antibodies in common eggs laid by hens vaccinated against the H5N1 virus can potentially prevent a possible H5N1 pandemic, raising the possibility that the same principle could be applied to the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.

A team of scie... Read More

The rise of MRSA - What are you going to do about it?

A short video documentary that highlights the rise of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and it's impact on human health. Read More

Eurobarometer on antimicrobial resistance highlights areas for action

On 9 April 2010, the European Commission published the results of a Eurobarometer on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which demonstrate the need for further progress on the issue in the European Union (EU) [1]. The report highlights public attitudes towards the use of antibiotics which are of conc... Read More

Oral Activated Charcoal Prevents Experimental Cerebral Malaria in Mice and in a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial in Man Did Not Interfere with the Pharmacokinetics of Parenteral Artesunate

Safe, cheap and effective adjunct therapies preventing the development of, or reducing the mortality from, severe malaria could have considerable and rapid public health impact. Oral activated charcoal (oAC) is a safe and well tolerated treatment for acute poisoning, more recently shown to have ... Read More

Metagenomic Sequencing of an In Vitro-Simulated Microbial Community

A new data resource for measuring the accuracy of metagenomic binning methods, created by in vitro-simulation of a metagenomic community, can be used to complement previous in silico benchmark studies. In constructing a synthetic community and sequencing its metagenome, researchers from the Univ... Read More

An Immune Response in a Test Tube

A molecule best known for fighting off cellular clutter is now recognized as an important defender against another cellular threat: viruses. New research from HHMI investigator Zhijian Chen shows that ubiquitin, which helps cells identify unwanted proteins so that they can be removed, is also a ... Read More

Switch That Enables Salmonella to Sabotage Host Cells Revealed

A new switch that enables Salmonella bacteria to sabotage host cells is revealed in a study published in the journal Science.

The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London, say that the new finding could ultimately lead to drugs that interfere with the switch in order to comb... Read More

NewGen Wastewater Treatment Technology in a Very Small Footprint

Feeding, protecting, and sheltering microbes is the approach of EKO GEA, a Slovenian bio-tech company with a breakthrough technology for its low-cost, fast wastewater treatment plant which also produces biogas. The various microbes that perform effective anaerobic digestion of waste are compact... Read More

Vaccine Stops Tumor Spread in Mice

A new study in mice suggests that a transcription factor normally found in male germ cells could become a target for cancer vaccines.

A transcription factor is a protein that controls the transfer (or transcription) of genetic material from the DNA to messenger RNA. This particular factor, kn... Read More

A State Microbe For Cheese-Crazed Wisconsin?

Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered talks with Elio Schaechter, a microbiologist, visiting scholar at UC San Diego and author of the blog Small Things Considered, about a bill to designate Lactococcus lactis as Wisconsin's official state microbe. Lactococcus lactis is the bact... Read More

Hard-to-see sea life: a close look at watery microbes

Results from the latest Census of Marine Life study are in, highlighting spectacular examples of hard-to-see underwater microbes, part of a wider study involving four research groups looking at some of the smallest sea species.

Click "source" to view the watery microbe image gallery. Read More

Mat of microbes the size of Greece discovered on seafloor

Gargantuan whales and hefty cephalopods are typically thought of as the classic marine mammoths, but they might have to make way for the mighty microbes, which constitute 50 to 90 percent of the oceans' total biomass, according to newly released data.

These tiny creatures can join together to... Read More

TWiV 78 letters

Michael writes:


Hi guys really like the show even though some of it (not much) goes over my head. I also listen to twip and hope there will be a matching number of episodes to rival twiv.  My name is Michael and I was talking to my dad the other day and he mentioned that he t... Read More

TWiV 78: Darwin gets weird

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On episode #78 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Dickson, and Rich talk about treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein, Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture, and t... Read More

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