Researchers from Spain have identified a strain of probiotic bacteria that may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori. They report their findings in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
“H. pylori is considered one of the major ri... Read More
It could have been the science story of a lifetime.
A NASA researcher publishes an article claiming to discover fossilized bacteria in a chunk of comet found on Earth. The implications are stunning — life exists not only on planets but even on ancient building blocks of solar systems. Yup, st... Read More
A Japanese drug safety panel found no link between five infants who died this month and the Pfizer Inc. (PFE) and Sanofi-Aventis SA (SAN) vaccines they received, and said more analysis is needed to identify the cause of the deaths.
Japan’s ministry of health temporarily suspended the use of P... Read More
Let’s admit it: Attempts to make ice cream healthier by deleting fat and sugar didn’t work. At least not for true ice cream lovers.
But rather than taking stuff out, what if you could add an array of healthy ingredients to ice cream without wrecking it in the process?
Researchers at the Un... Read More
A research study published this week offers a powerful reminder of the difficulty of using cutting-edge science in the courtroom.
The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the genetic fingerprinting technique that the FBI... Read More
Researchers have identified a critical part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease. The discovery could lead to badly needed new therapies for RSV, which in 2005 was estimated to have caused at ... Read More
One of the main basic bacterial survival strategies is the colonization of a surface and the consequent growth as biofilm community, which is embedded in a gel-like polysaccharide matrix (also known as exopolysaccharides matrix or EPS). In spite of its swimming/planktonic counterpart, such sessi... Read More
Butanol may be used as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. Because its longer hydrocarbon chain causes it to be fairly non-polar, it is more similar to gasoline than it is to ethanol. Butanol has been demonstrated to work in vehicles designed for use with gasoline without modification. Univ... Read More
Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HP... Read More
A new microscope invented by scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus will let researchers use an exquisitely thin sheet of light -- similar to that used in supermarket bar-code scanners -- to peer inside single living cells, revealing the three-dimensional sh... Read More
A fungus that already has a good reputation is making a name for itself as a therapeutic agent for human and plant health.
Because they are mycoparasites, Trichoderma virens are able to attack other, less desirable fungi that can harm roots and foliage of plants. Read More
Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at UMSOM and their collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. T... Read More
NASA and its top scientists are distancing themselves from a space agency researcher who concludes that he found alien bacterial life in meteorites that were collected many decades ago.
Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., claims that he found fossils tha... Read More
This episode: Virus + bacterial enzyme = cancer killer!
The risk of being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria when using community gyms may not be as high as believed, a new study suggests.
Growing concerns about the spread of infection have prompted many gyms to begin extensive cleaning programs, but this finding suggests such efforts may... Read More
When Jake Harvey visits the clinical center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he is usually dirty, itchy and wheezing—not the happiest state of affairs for a 14-year-old boy. But his doctors require that for 24 hours prior to each visit, he refrain from bathing, or usin... Read More
While the causes of type 1 diabetes aren't known for certain, a new analysis backs the possibility that cold-like viruses might trigger the disease.
Australian researchers looked at a number of studies, and concluded there is a strong association between enteroviruses and the development of t... Read More
In the war against infections, some clever bacteria, such as carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, are mutating into super bugs and gaining the upper hand by becoming resistant to antibiotics, especially in New York and New Jersey, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More
Scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.
A sweeping new review of the medical research on zinc shows that sniffing, sneezing, coughing and stuffy-headed cold sufferers finally have a better option than just tissue... Read More
Sea-ice algae -- the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean -- can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.
The same gel-like mucus secreted by sea-ice algae as a kind of antifreeze against temperatu... Read More