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Scientists find new way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A new study has shown that treating municipal wastewater solids at higher temperatures could be an effective tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering found that heating the solid waste to 55 degree... Read More

Biolab risk assessment ruled insufficient

Scientists declared that initial risk assessments of Boston University's Biosafety Level-4 laboratory were incomplete, according to a report released Thursday by the National Research Council.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, located in the South End, is intended to accom... Read More

Truth in the time of cholera

The United Nations understandably doesn't want its peacekeepers to be blamed for the cholera that has struck Haiti. Anger has mounted with the death toll, now pushing 1200, and in the past 48 hours there have been demonstrations and riots against UN troops, which are hampering efforts to treat t... Read More

Planned US bio-lab is riskier than officials say

The risks associated with holding foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus at a proposed animal disease research lab are greater than previously predicted, according to a report issued this week.

The US government last month estimated there to be a 70 per cent chance of an accidental escape over th... Read More

Frank Fenner, MD, 1914-2010

Australian virologist Frank Fenner, MD was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1914. He earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1942 at the University of Adelaide, and from 1940 – 1946 he worked on the malaria parasite in Egypt and Papua New Guinea as an officer in the Australian Army Medical Corps. He subsequ... Read More

Wine-Trashing Microbe Identified

Scientists have unmasked a culprit responsible for contaminating untold bottles of wine with the musty, corky odor generally known as taint.

More than 20 years after the isolation of MDMP, a compound that can turn even the finest wine into plonk, the identity of a microbe that churns out the ... Read More

Paleovirology Expanded: Non-Retroviral Virus Fragments Found in Animal Genomes

Understanding the evolution of life-threatening viruses like influenza, Ebola and dengue fever, could help us to minimize their impact. New research points the way to a fossil record of viruses that have insinuated themselves into the genomes of insects and other animals, providing clues about t... Read More

Farewell Frank Fenner, eradicator of smallpox

It's a cliché, I know - but a generation of scientists is passing whose like we truly may never see again. Frank Fenner has died in Australia, at the respectable age of 95, days after meeting his first great-grandchild.

And what a passing. Fenner comes from the era when so much was undiscover... Read More

TWiV 108: Barking up the right Tre

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On episode #108 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Saul review the evolution of HIV-1 specific recombinases, and down-regulation of a host microRNA by a viral noncoding R... Read More

TWiV 108 Letters

Zephyr writes:

Hello everyone, dear doctors Racaniello, Despommier, Alan Dove and Rich Condit,


I've been a devoted listener since April 2009. Like many others listeners then I quickly caught up with all previous episodes (I'll never forget that memorable one devoted ... Read More

Tracking HIV genetic mutations helps convict two men in criminal cases

Viruses possess an ability to mutate into strains that can render vaccines useless and become deadlier than their predecessor. But for a team of Texan scientists, this biological danger became a forensic asset that helped prosecutors convict two men accused of infecting close to a dozen women wi... Read More

Gastroenteritis may be over in a few days, but the consequences can linger for years

If you’re unlucky enough to experience a case of gastroenteritis, you might endure several days of diarrhea and then think your woes are over.

Not so fast.

According to a study published online Friday in the British Medical Journal, a bout of acute gastroenteritis can increase one’s risk o... Read More

Life Found in the Deepest, Unexplored Layer of the Earth’s Crust submit to reddit . .

At this point, after finding microorganisms that don’t mind extreme temperatures, pressure, aridity and other hardships, we shouldn’t be surprised that bacteria’s dominion over the Earth extends to just about anywhere we look. A new expedition to the Earth’s crust has reached unprecedented depth... Read More

New water filter kills disease-causing bacteria in just seconds

An inexpensive new filtering technology can kill up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in just seconds without clogging.

American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning podcast series, "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions", latest episode focused on development and successfu... Read More

Trained bacteria convert bio-wastes into plastic

Researcher Jean-Paul Meijnen has 'trained' bacteria to convert all the main sugars in vegetable, fruit and garden waste efficiently into high-quality environmentally friendly products such as bioplastics. He will be defending his doctoral thesis on this topic, which was carried out in the contex... Read More

Advances made in developing hepatitis C vaccine

Scientists are zeroing in on a promising vaccine to treat hepatitis C, an international symposium was told Friday in Montreal.

Three preliminary clinical trials in England are showing that a so-called therapeutic vaccine can boost the immune response in those infected with the hepatitis C vir... Read More

Protein Discovery Helps Explain the Body’s Failure to Kill HIV

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have discovered a protein produced by HIV that keeps infected cells from signaling the immune system that they are harboring the virus and should be killed. These data, which suggest a new target for HIV drugs, were published online Octobe... Read More

TWiP 19: Enterobius vermicularis, the pinworm

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Vincent and Dickson move on to nematodes with a discussion of the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis.


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TWiP 19 Letters

Brian writes:

Hi, Vincent and Dick,


Love your podcast, and did not drink from the streams in Switzerland, because of the cows at all altitudes, even though your Giardia-cast only came up upon my return. Read More

As Cheesemaking Blooms, So Can Listeria

Listeria can pose special challenges for artisan cheesemakers. Many make their cheese right on the farm, where the bad bacteria are right outside the cheese room door. And small producers often lack the safety training and resources available at bigger companies.

For example, Sharon McCool g... Read More
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