One bad apple is all it takes to spoil the barrel. And one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Stanford biology Professor R... Read More
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines.
By a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they ... Read More
Canadians are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As a result, people are getting sicker and are taking longer to get well. It is now not uncommon for people to be administered antibiotics through an IV because the usual drugs in pill form can't fight off their infections.
Whi... Read More
A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is studying bacteria from the stomach of a man who died hundreds of years ago in an attempt to shed light on movement patterns and ancestry of early First Nations people.
In a study published last week, Treena Swanston, a post-doctoral fellow in ... Read More
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year.
Called PneumoniaCheck, the device created at Georgia Tech is a solution to the problem of diagnosing pneumonia, which is ... Read More
France's Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA) is partnering with an international vaccine group to speed the adoption of its experimental dengue fever vaccine, which is currently in late-stage development.
Sanofi and the International Vaccine Institute -- a Seoul-based organisation set up at the instigat... Read More
La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.- A team of scientists and divers of the Dominican Republic Speleogy Society (DRSS) found a bacterium, until now “unknown,” in the depths of a cave in the country’s eastern region, listin.com.do reports.
The bacterium was found 40 feet deep in the spring El T... Read More
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Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.
That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill com... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 161 resumes the recent article by Ermolaeva et al. about the use of "cold plasma" to kill bacter... Read More
It's 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the nearest paved road, untouched by electricity, running water, sanitation and even the barest of health care. Life is so bleak that nearly all adult men leave to search for menial work for their families' survival.
Here, deep in the floodplains of the Kosi... Read More
A microscopy technique developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole will allow scientists to see the spatial arrangement of up to 28 differently labeled microbes in a single field of view.
Until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distin... Read More
A panel of scientists speaking Feb. 19 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled new research and models demonstrating how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosy... Read More
Anna Skalka of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa., discusses research into the ages of various virus families with Jeffrey Fox of Microbe magazine Read More
What do makeup samples, sushi and the Metro have in common? They are all host to a variety of bacteria.
We followed last week’s underground incubator to see if the bacteria we swabbed from the Metro was any more or less disconcerting than what we might find at the mall or in our offices.
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Algal blooms that occur in rivers and waterways have been found to produce a previously unrecognized estrogen-like compound that adversely affects fish, plants and humans by disrupting the normal activity of reproductive hormones.
University of Tennessee researchers, led by biotechnologist Th... Read More
Researchers have rediscovered frog species including one last seen in India more than a century ago, potentially offering clues on why they have survived a global crisis killing amphibians.
Scientists estimate that more than 30 percent of amphibians are facing extinction due to a mysterious f... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 160 is dedicated to the discovery of the virus that infects the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans... Read More
This episode: Artificial proteins actually function in bacteria!
The first detailed study of infection of nonhuman primates with the retrovirus XMRV reveals that the virus establishes a persistent infection characterized by infection of multiple tissues. Viremia (virus in the blood) is low and transient, with proviral DNA detectable in blood lymphocytes. The ... Read More