Prions are fascinating, enigmatic, and might teach us not only about rare prion diseases like Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, mad cow disease, or scrapie, but also about other more common neurodgenerative diseases. Two studies published on July 2nd in PLOS Pathogens report progress with novel tools an... Read More
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say they have developed a method that could make a nasal spray flu vaccine effective for those under two and over 49 - two groups for which the vaccine is not approved. Read More
BOC Sciences-Anti-aging has long been a research and study subject, but few breakthrough has been made since no original reason was found for this normal body change with age increasing. Recently scientists from TSRI may find the underlying reason for aging diseases. Read More
Although we now understand that viruses are the most abundant organisms on Earth, there are gaps in our knowledge about their distribution in different environments. Results of a new study reveal the diversity and distribution of viruses in Arctic fresh waters. Read More
The discovery of bi-allelic mutations in RORC in patients with candidiasis and mycobacteriosis revealed the pivotal role of RORC in mucocutaneous immunity to Candida and in systemic immunity to Mycobacterium in humans. Read More
This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!
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For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven bread. Now researchers at Stanford have genetically engineered yeast to make painkilling medicines, a breakthrough that heralds a faster and potentially less expensive way to produce many different types of pla... Read More
Shock! Horror! Some treasured molecular paleoenvironmental tools of organic biogeochemists—namely the alkenones, an esoteric group of long-chained compounds made by aquatic microalgae—are being put forward by O’Neil et al.1 as candidates for conversion to jet fuel on an industrial scale! (See... Read More
This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs!
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Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. Read More
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among HIV-positive Ghanaians, with one study blaming TB for 57 percent of HIV-related deaths in the mid-sized West-African nation. To tackle the problem, a partnership between Brown University and the University of... Read More
Feeling lonely! Just remember you are not alone. A huge number of bacteria live in your body, and most of them are in your intestine. But you do not need to be worried about it, because they will not hurt you in a normal situation. In fact, the relation between humans and their microbiota is an... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!
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Back in 2013 I built a Wall of Polio in my laboratory – a large stack of six-well cell culture plates that have been used to measure the concentration of polioviruses in various samples by plaque assay. It became a focal point of the lab at which many guests came to have their photographs taken.... Read More
A group of collaborators led by the University of Southampton have been awarded a British Council Newton Fund Institutional Links Grant to support ground-breaking research towards reducing the burden of infectious disease in Malaysia. Read More
BOC Sciences-There is a new species of bacteria found by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) for a kind of enzyme it produces that can be used as an interfering substance to achieve smoking cessation. This finding will be smokingof considerable significance for its effectivenes... Read More
HIV-infected patients remain on antiretroviral therapy for life because the virus survives over the long-term in infected dormant cells. Interruption of current types of antiretroviral therapy results in a rebound of the virus and clinical progression to AIDS. Read More
This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
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