I have written quite a bit — probably far too much for the average person’s taste — about the poor state of hand hygiene in hospitals, and the resulting proliferation of bacterial infections. I often think I should shut up already about this problem. After all, it’s been 10 years since the Insti... Read More
Congressman Mike Doyle (D – Penn.) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would require that the results from nearly all publicly-funded research be made available online within six months after they are published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The Federal Research Public Acc... Read More
Different populations of the same animal species don’t always use fever to fight infection the same way.
The findings may help scientists predict the locations where diseases carried by animals are most likely to take hold—and could forecast where infections—including those that can have seri... Read More
Scientists investigating ovale malaria, a form of the disease thought to be caused by a single species of parasite, have confirmed that the parasite is actually two similar but distinct species which do not reproduce with each other, according to research published in The Journal of Infectious D... Read More
A substance found in breast milk can kill cancer cells, reveal studies carried out by researchers at Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Further studies showed tha... Read More
The New York Times reports that Wisconsin has just appointed the cheese-making bacterium Lactococcus lactis as its official state microbe. It's the first state to do so, which got us thinking: what should the other states' microbes be?
Based on its popularity there, California should surely e... Read More
A case of animal plague has been confirmed in eastern New Mexico and officials say human cases could soon follow. The New Mexico Department of Health says lab reports confirmed a case of plague in a dog near San Jon in Quay County this week. They say the virus is transmitted to humans through ... Read More
This mechanical-chemical-biological tour through how human hearing works - or doesn't work, and the implications that has is worth the read. Here's hoping as well this research bears fruit & helps end hearing loss/deafness. Read More
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA). Read More
Scientists have discovered for the first time that antibodies in common eggs laid by hens vaccinated against the H5N1 virus can potentially prevent a possible H5N1 pandemic, raising the possibility that the same principle could be applied to the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.
A team of scie... Read More
On 9 April 2010, the European Commission published the results of a Eurobarometer on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which demonstrate the need for further progress on the issue in the European Union (EU) . The report highlights public attitudes towards the use of antibiotics which are of conc... Read More
Safe, cheap and effective adjunct therapies preventing the development of, or reducing the mortality from, severe malaria could have considerable and rapid public health impact. Oral activated charcoal (oAC) is a safe and well tolerated treatment for acute poisoning, more recently shown to have ... Read More
A new data resource for measuring the accuracy of metagenomic binning methods, created by in vitro-simulation of a metagenomic community, can be used to complement previous in silico benchmark studies. In constructing a synthetic community and sequencing its metagenome, researchers from the Univ... Read More
A molecule best known for fighting off cellular clutter is now recognized as an important defender against another cellular threat: viruses. New research from HHMI investigator Zhijian Chen shows that ubiquitin, which helps cells identify unwanted proteins so that they can be removed, is also a ... Read More
A new switch that enables Salmonella bacteria to sabotage host cells is revealed in a study published in the journal Science.
The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London, say that the new finding could ultimately lead to drugs that interfere with the switch in order to comb... Read More
Feeding, protecting, and sheltering microbes is the approach of EKO GEA, a Slovenian bio-tech company with a breakthrough technology for its low-cost, fast wastewater treatment plant which also produces biogas. The various microbes that perform effective anaerobic digestion of waste are compact... Read More
A new study in mice suggests that a transcription factor normally found in male germ cells could become a target for cancer vaccines.
A transcription factor is a protein that controls the transfer (or transcription) of genetic material from the DNA to messenger RNA. This particular factor, kn... Read More
Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered talks with Elio Schaechter, a microbiologist, visiting scholar at UC San Diego and author of the blog Small Things Considered, about a bill to designate Lactococcus lactis as Wisconsin's official state microbe. Lactococcus lactis is the bact... Read More
Results from the latest Census of Marine Life study are in, highlighting spectacular examples of hard-to-see underwater microbes, part of a wider study involving four research groups looking at some of the smallest sea species.
Click "source" to view the watery microbe image gallery. Read More
Gargantuan whales and hefty cephalopods are typically thought of as the classic marine mammoths, but they might have to make way for the mighty microbes, which constitute 50 to 90 percent of the oceans' total biomass, according to newly released data.
These tiny creatures can join together to... Read More