A new, virulent and drug-resistant strain of E. coli bacteria is infecting people in the United States and posing a significant public health threat, doctors reported on Friday.
The new strain is called ST131 and caused many of the E. coli infections resistant to antibiotics in the fluoroquin... Read More
A new study suggests that epigenetic profiles of breast cancer tumors have a direct association with diet, alcohol, and tumor size. The finding could offer a new way to predict the severity of the disease.
“We undertook this study to help illuminate how diet and environmental factors might co... Read More
Baboons are nasty, brutish, and short. They have a long muzzle and sharp fangs designed to inflict deadly injury. Their bodies are covered in thick, olive-colored fur, except on their buttocks, which are hairless. The species is defined by its social habits: The primates live in troops, or group... Read More
From MO BIO Labs, a cool blog of life sciences sites and lings. Thanks for the MicrobeWorld shout-out, MO BIO!
"I spend a lot of time reading internet news and blogs to stay on top of current research. In the course of my web surfing, I have found some really great scientific sites for microb... Read More
According to a recent report, Specialty Farms LLC is recalling two of its sprout packs. The move has come in the wake of revelation made by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, that the samples of alfalfas sprout blended products on July 14 had a possible Listeria infection.
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Contrary to popular belief, wading in the ocean to heal cuts and scrapes isn't always the best idea.
A little-known, deadly bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which naturally occurs in warm coastal waters, can infect the open wounds of beachgoers and incite a life-threatening illness in thos... Read More
On episode #93 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about lab procedures, prokaryotes, endogenous retroviruses, the iPad and teaching, prions, mimi... Read More
Love the pod cast!
I once went into a very large bookstore and asked the clerk if they had any books on parasitology. She said that they did and pointed in the direction of a large case of colorful books which on closer examination turned out to ... Read More
Have a stash of oysters? They may be a better hedge against inflation than gold. Herpes virus has struck the Pacific Oyster breed. Tag that onto pollution destroying oyster beds in bays to the oily goo settling on oyster beds in the gulf and oyster production is falling precipitously.
Whitsta... Read More
Cool game from researchers at Wake Forest University.
"CellCraft integrates intended teaching points within the rules of the game so that the "fun part" is the lesson.
For example, to salvage precious cellular resources, players must learn that lysosomes are required to recycle aging mitoc... Read More
The microscopic plants that form the foundation of the ocean's food web are declining, reports a study published July 29 in Nature.
The tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, also gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half the world's oxygen output—equaling that of trees and plants on land.
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Take mice from freezer. Thaw (but not in the microwave, please). Feed to pet snakes. And do not forget to wash your hands.
That is the message from public health officials in the wake of salmonella outbreaks that have sickened more than 400 people, many of them snake owners or their children,... Read More
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cowichan Valley Meat Market are warning the public not to consume the pepperoni products described below because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.
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Preceding a Special Session at AIDS 2010: XVIII International AIDS Conference to discuss strategies to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) among people infected with HIV, a group of about 50 spirited but orderly activists marched and chanted in the meeting room to make the point that TB is an... Read More
New research shows that individuals with mild H1N1 infection may go undetected using standard diagnostic criteria, according to a study in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemi... Read More
The new strain, ST131, was a major cause of serious antimicrobial-resistant E. coli infections in the United States in 2007, researchers found. This strain has been reported in multiple countries and encountered all over the United States. In the study, researchers analyzed resistant E. coli i... Read More
Splashing around in a swimming pool on a hot summer day may not be as safe as you think. A recent University of Illinois study links the application of disinfectants in recreational pools to previously published adverse health outcomes such as asthma and bladder cancer.
Each year, 339 million... Read More
Viruses do not make good fossils. But advances in genomic technology have allowed scientists to peer into the genetic material of viruses and their hosts to search for clues about their shared evolutionary history.
Genetic code from retroviruses has been found to compose some 8 percent of the... Read More
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it had approved vaccines for the next flu season, expected to start in the fall, and health officials are recommending vaccination for everyone 6 months old and older.
Last year’s notorious virus, the pandemic A(H1N1) swine flu, has now become... Read More
The emergence of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus in North America and its subsequent global spread highlights the public health need for early warning of infectious disease outbreaks. Event-based biosurveillance, based on local- and regional-level Internet media reports, is one approac... Read More