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TWiV 126: Wart's up, doc?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despo... Read More

TWiV 126 Letters

Aaron writes:

Hi folks,

I'm a chemical engineer by background and I’ve done downstream process development in biopharma for years. Just lately, I've started working on a part-time bio Masters I’ve been taking all the standard cell/molecular bio classes I never... Read More

Shingles Vaccine Gets Expanded FDA Approval

The shingles vaccine Zostavax has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people aged 50 years and older, expanded from its original approval in 2006 for those 60 and older.

Shingles is a painful condition that sends blisters and rashes all over the skin and is caused by ... Read More

Wealth of Orchid Varieties Is Down to Busy Bees and Helpful Fungi, Says Study

Scientists have discovered why orchids are one of the most successful groups of flowering plants -- it is all down to their relationships with the bees that pollinate them and the fungi that nourish them. The study, published February 1 in the American Naturalist, is the culmination of a ten-yea... Read More

More anti-viral resistant flu found in Delaware

Delaware health officials say three more cases of anti-viral resistant influenza cases have been discovered in the state.
The Division of Public Health (DPH) has identified a total of four cases of flu that is resistant to oseltamivir (commonly known under the brand name Tamiflu). The first ca... Read More

Preliminary studies show lower flu-shot effectiveness in Europe

Preliminary studies suggest that this year's trivalent seasonal flu vaccine used in Europe was less effective against the 2009 H1N1 virus than last year's monovalent H1N1 vaccine was, possibly because of some degree of mutation in the virus, according to recent reports in Eurosurveillance.

Th... Read More

Venezuela's Confirmed Swine Flu Cases Climbs To 100

The number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in Venezuela has risen to 100, the country's health minister, Eugenia Sader, said Tuesday.

Speaking on state television, Sader assured Venezuelans with estimates that fewer than two percent of those with the illness would require intensive medical attent... Read More

Pathogen Covered Scrubs Bring Style to Your Clinic

Tired of walking around in the same boring scrubs that everyone else wears? Starting to feel a bit like an automaton? Well, Patho Phizz, a small Nevada company started by a critical care nurse, is putting a bit of fashion into the everyday. They are using actual micrographs of pathogens to creat... Read More

Drug-resistant pathogen found in large numbers in LA County

Researchers with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have found high rates of the multi-drug resistant pathogen, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) among the patient population in long-term acute care hospitals compared to general acute care hospitals across the cou... Read More

New trials to see if HIV virus can be ‘flushed out’: expert

New clinical trials have been launched in the US and Europe to test whether HIV virus can be “flushed out” through a new approach of using anti-retrovirals and immune modulating agents, revealed Prof. Christine Katlama, Head of the AIDS Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious Diseases, ... Read More

"What is Life?" A Non-Particle View

France’s leading virologist, Luc Montagnier, has brought forth remarkable new evidence for a non-particle view of life. The emission of low-frequency electromagnetic waves from bacterial DNA sequences, and the apparent ability of these waves to organize nucleotides (the raw material of DNA) into... Read More

Researchers Find that Gut Bacteria Has Big Influence on Mind

Researchers at McMaster University discovered that the “cross-talk” between bacteria in our gut and our brain plays an important role in the development of psychiatric illness, intestinal diseases and probably other health problems as well including obesity.

“The wave of the future is full of... Read More

Biofilm Reorganization: Microcinematic Image Analysis Finds Existing Theories of Bacterial Self-Organization Are Lacking

In a surprising new study, researchers using image-analysis methods similar to those employed in facial-recognition software have made a startling discovery that rules out the two main theories scientists had created to explain how bacteria self-organize into multicellular aggregate mounds. The ... Read More

Trees cocooned by spiders could reduce malaria risk

Covered in spiders' webs, these cocooned trees in Sindh, Pakistan, are an unexpected result of floods that hit the region in 2010.

To escape from the rising waters, millions of spiders crawled up into trees. The scale of the flooding and the slow rate at which the waters receded, have left ma... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº179. Un parásito en mi agua (A parasite in my water)

El podcast del Microbio Nº179 resumes the paper published in Water Research about the findings of Cryptosporidium and Giard... Read More

2011 New Pioneers Awards - Dr. Mohamed Karmali (video)

Originally from Kenya, Dr. Mohamed Karmali arrived in Toronto in 1976, after completing his medical degree in Scotland and specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Glasgow Teaching Hospitals. Adjusting to life in Canada and to the Canadian medical system was... Read More

U.S. misses goal of wiping out TB by 2010

Despite steady improvements, the United States has failed to make its goal of eradicating tuberculosis by 2010, government researchers said on Thursday.

U.S. TB rates last year fell to 11,181 reported cases, or 3.6 cases per 100,000 people, a one-year drop of 3.9 percent and an all-time low s... Read More

Differential Expression of Salivary Proteins between Susceptible and Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes

The Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito, a major pest and vector of filariasis and arboviruses in the tropics, has developed multiple resistance mechanisms to the main insecticide classes currently available in public health. Among them, the insensitive acetylcholinesterase (ace-1R allele) is widesp... Read More

Algae and bacteria hogged oxygen after ancient mass extinction, slowing recovery of marine life

A mass extinction is hard enough for Earth's biosphere to handle, but when you chase it with prolonged oxygen deprivation, the biota ends up with a hangover that can last millions of years.

Such was the situation with the greatest mass extinction in Earth's history 250 million years ago, when... Read More

Sulfur-Eating Bacteria Sense Water Pollutants

When factories accidentally release dangerous chemicals into waterways, scientists need an early warning system so that they can mitigate environmental damage. Now researchers have demonstrated that a bacterium commonly found in wastewater sludge can sound the alarm when toxic water pollutant le... Read More
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