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Africa's Meningitis Belt Gets First Vaccine Designed For Poor Nations

Public health triumphs like this don't come along every day.

An array of public and private health groups is launching a cheap new vaccine against bacterial meningitis the first ever designed for Africa. Before now, vaccines and most other medicines have been developed for wealthy markets and... Read More

Exposure to Seasonal Flu Weakened Armor Against H1N1

One of the puzzles of last year's H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic--which caused thousands of deaths worldwide--was that seemingly healthy middle-aged adults were hit hardest. A study has now shown that previous infection with other, seasonal, influenza strains primed patients' immune systems to harm t... Read More

New Microscopic Life Aboard the RMS Titanic

A brand-new bacterial species has been found aboard the RMS Titanic, which is contributing to its deterioration. The discovery reveals a potential new microbial threat to the exterior of ships and underwater metal structures such as oil rigs.

The researchers, who report their findings in the ... Read More

Poison bait effective in decimating malaria mosquitoes

Research carried out in Mali, West Africa has shown that a new, safe and uncomplicated method of insect control developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem can bring about a major decline in malaria-bearing mosquitoes around the world. The team, which published its study in a recent issue of... Read More

Didier Drogba Speaks Of His Fight With Malaria

Didier Drogba talks about his fight with malaria.

The Chelsea striker reveals that he has not been in the top form lately as his body is still recovering from malaria.

The Chelsea Manager, Carlo Ancelotti, announced two weeks ago that the Ivorian was suffering from the blood infection, but... Read More

Over-reactive immune system kills young adults during pandemic flu

On November 19, Jason Martin returned to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the first time since he nearly died there during last year's H1N1 flu pandemic. The tall and burly Warren County, TN, ambulance worker – a 30-year-old, father of three youn... Read More

Cytomegalovirus protein pUL71 works like a microscopic UPS Store

It’s the leading infectious cause of birth defects: every year in the U.S., infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) leaves more than 5,000 children with permanent problems like hearing loss or developmental disabilities, according to the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/cmv/trends-stats.html). Resea... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 21 - Bacteria Belie Building Block Basics

This episode: Bacteria unlike any other known life form!


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Are there viruses of arsenic-utilizing bacteria?

A salt-loving (halophilic) bacterium which can grow in medium containing arsenic instead of phosphorus has been selected from the microbial community of Mono Lake in California. Arsenic (As) is a chemical analog of phosphorus and is usually toxic because it can enter metabolic pathways in the pl... Read More

CDC sees solid flu vaccine uptake so far

Uptake of seasonal flu vaccine has been encouraging so far, and with plenty of vaccine still available and most of the flu season still to come, the nation is in good position to boost immunization rates, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Flu a... Read More

Early Detection Is Possible for Prion Diseases, Study Suggests

A fast test to diagnose fatal brain conditions such as mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans could be on the horizon, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health scientists. Researchers at NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NI... Read More

One creature's poison is another one's meat

NASA recently held a press conference announcing the first demonstration that organisms could use arsenic in place of phosphorus in their cells. Not surprisingly, science fiction got there first.

Kirk told [Bones] about the tabekh sauce. Bones nodded at that and said, "Yes, I've heard of ... Read More

New Meningitis Vaccine Brings Hope for Africa

For over a century, epidemics of bacterial meningitis have swept across Africa, arriving with the dry harmattan winds to kill with terrifying speed. But on Monday, a drive starts to inoculate tens of millions of West Africans with a new vaccine in what scientists hope will be the beginning of th... Read More

New hints on how helminth worms heal ulcerative colitis

A 34-year-old Northern California man with ulcerative colitis who decided to treat himself by swallowing parasitic worms has provided new information about how the worms might help to soothe and heal a variety of intestinal inflammations, researchers reported Wednesday. A growing body of evidenc... Read More

Counts in Haiti of Cholera Cases and Victims Could Be Doubled

United Nations teams in Haiti believe that the cholera epidemic’s official numbers of 1,800 deaths and nearly 81,000 people infected could be double that because of difficulties in reporting, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly on Friday. Mr. Ban also said there was an urgent... Read More

HIV's slow retreat

The timing of the pope’s much-discussed change of position on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV (he will now allow prostitutes to use them without fear of hellfire) was surely no coincidence. He made it on November 21st—ten days before World AIDS Day and two before UNAIDS, the Unit... Read More

TWiV 110 Letters



Jay writes:


Looks like the polio outbreak in the Congo is pretty bad.


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TWiV 110: CSI virology

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On episode #110 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Rich, and Dickson discuss bacteria that can utilize arsenic in place of phosphorus, the passing of Frank Fenner, polio outbreak i... Read More

UIC researcher unveils new approach to blocking malaria transmission

University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Dr. John Quigley will describe a promising new approach to blocking malaria transmission during the American Society of Hematology's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Quigley will speak at a press briefing Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 a.m. at the Orange Co... Read More

The Future of Metabolic Engineering: Designer Molecules, Cells and Microorganisms

Will we one day design and create molecules, cells and microorganisms that produce specific chemical products from simple, readily-available, inexpensive starting materials? Will the synthetic organic chemistry now used to produce pharmaceutical drugs, plastics and a host of other products event... Read More
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