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Does Pasture Irrigation Increase Groundwater Contamination? Research Finds Little to No Transport of Microbes from Cow Pastures Into Groundwater

Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the t... Read More

Serum S100B: A Potential Biomarker for Suicidality in Adolescents?

Studies have shown that patients suffering from depression or schizophrenia often have immunological alterations that can be detected in the blood. Others reported a possible link between inflammation, a microgliosis and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in suicidal patients. Serum S100B is a marker... Read More

Different stages of Reverse Osmosis

Since water is a necessity of life, it is important to drink water free from contaminants. To treat water and make it worth drinking, different processes are used and one of best treatment methods is Reverse Osmosis. In this process of water filtration, the water goes through semi permeable memb... Read More

How the parasitic worm has turned

Parasites in the gut such as whipworm have an essential role in developing a healthy immune system, University of Manchester scientists have found.

It has long been known that microbes in the gut help to develop a healthy immune system, hence the rise in popularity of probiotic yoghurts that ... Read More

Chronic Fatigue Sufferers May Be Asked to Avoid Donating Blood

There’s been a flurry of activity by experts trying to suss out if the virus XMRV, which has been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, poses a threat to the U.S. blood supply.

On Friday, Louis Katz, executive vice-president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center ... Read More

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies update - USA (02): June 2010

Rabies has now become an epidemic along the Front Range. The
Tri-County Health Department says its already seen as many rabid
skunks so far this year [2010] as it did in all of last year.

40 skunks have tested positive so far this year [2010]. The outbreak
is primarily in skunks righ... Read More

Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus

A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.

On one side are Alsatian winemakers whose sacred traditions reach back more than two millenniums, men and women close to the soil who pour their art, science and souls into the alchemy that starts with a grape vine an... Read More

Pathogens Chase Down Migrating Gypsy Moths, Making Control Efforts Unnecessary, Researcher Reports

When the gypsy moth -- whose caterpillars have defoliated entire forests -- started spreading westward more than 100 years ago from New England to Wisconsin where they are now, Cornell researchers discovered that its fungal and viral pathogens followed close behind, reported entomologist Ann Haj... Read More

How bacteria build their nano-syringe

For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in explaining basic principles of the bacterial transport channel which is formed like a syringe and helps the microorganism deliver the 'virulence factors' to outwit the host's immune system.

The study, by researchers from the Max Planck So... Read More

Legionnaires' disease link to lack of windscreen wash

Failure to add windscreen wash to a vehicle's windscreen wiper water could account for around 20 percent of cases of Legionnaires' Disease, according to the Health Protection Agency.

The disease -- caused by the Legionella bacteria -- is commonly associated with water systems such as air cond... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 14

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: microbial electrosynthesis, desert dust that affects ocean microbes, bacteria dividing unequally, and bacteria that can make you smarter.




























(13.2 MB, 14.5 minut... Read More

TWiV 86 letters

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I found your podcast through the Microbe World website. Thanks to Microbe World, I've been unable to sate my thirst for knowledge about the microscopic organisms that act as the foundation for our planet. So, I stumble across a podcast about viruses? Hel... Read More

TWiV 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart

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On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak wi... Read More

Fungus Among Us Could Become Non-Food Source for Biodiesel Production

In the quest for alternatives to soybeans, palm, and other edible oilseed plants as sources for biodiesel production, enter an unlikely new candidate: A fungus, or mold, that produces and socks away large amounts of oils that are suitable for low-cost, eco-friendly biodiesel.

That's the topic... Read More

World Health Organization Scientists Linked to Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

Scientists who advised the World Health Organization on its influenza policies and recommendations—including the decision to proclaim the so-called swine flu a "pandemic" had close ties to companies that manufacture vaccines and antiviral medicines like Tamiflu, a fact that WHO did not publicly ... Read More

Treatment with Naturally Occuring Protein Prevents and Reverses Brain Damage Caused by Meningitis

A team of researchers at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), along with colleagues from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the Universite Auvergne, France, have discovered an important role for a small, naturally occurring protein called interleukin-10 (I... Read More

Rotavirus Vaccine Contraindicated in Infants With Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

Rotavirus vaccine should not be administered to infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescribing information and patient safety labeling.

Both monovalent (RV1)... Read More

Mutant Gene Link to West Nile Virus in Horses

The same mutated gene that makes humans more susceptible to the potentially fatal West Nile virus is also responsible for the virus affecting horses, according to scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

A naturally occurring mutation of the OAS1 gene has now been confirmed as inc... Read More

What's Eating You? 8 Terrible Parasites (Video)

A year and a half after traveling abroad, one might think he's free and clear of infection.

But a 25-year-old man in California headed to the emergency room last year with a burning feeling and something squiggling under the white of his eye.

Doctors at the Highland General Hospital Depa... Read More

How Bacteria Boost the Immune System

Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.

Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD. and colleagues report their discovery in a featured article in ... Read More

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