Health authorities in Spain have confirmed that a health worker at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain has been infected with the Ebola virus. This is the first time anyone has contracted the virus outside of Africa.
The woman, a nurse technician, had worked in the room where two Ebola p... Read More
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an electrical disorder, or rather one of impaired myelin, a fatty, insulating substance that better allows electric current to bolt down our neurons and release the neurotransmitters that help run our bodies and brains. Researchers have speculated for some time that th... Read More
Achieving complete breakdown of plant biomass for energy conversion in industrialized bioreactors remains a complex challenge, but new research shows that termite fungus farmers solved this problem more than 30 million years ago. The new insight reveals that the great success of termite farmers ... Read More
The multitude of microbes scientists have found populating the human body have good, bad and mostly mysterious implications for our health. But when something goes wrong, we defend ourselves with the undiscriminating brute force of traditional antibiotics, which wipe out everything at once, rega... Read More
The people of Guinea have been locked in a life-and-death struggle with Ebola virus since last December. Nearly 60 percent of Guineans infected with the virus since then have died. To cope with the unprecedented disease, the government went so far as to ban soup made from bats.
Why bats? Bec... Read More
The great folks at "The People Behind the Science" interviewed me over Skype in late July, and the interview has just been released as a podcast. I discuss my path through science, my thoughts on teaching, research at undergraduate institution, and how to motivate and inspire students to strive... Read More
If you multiply the number of bacteria thought exist in one human being, say 1 x 1014 by how many humans there are, about 6.6 x 109, you get close to a familiar number.
And who was Avogadro anyway? Some eponyms fail to do justice to the eponymee. My favorite example is Amerigo Vespucci, whose... Read More
Dhaka City Corporation will engage around 13,000 cleaning staffs and special bacteria to keep the capital clean during Eid-ul-Azha festival.
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This large number of cleaning staff will work round the clock for 48 hours. Apart from that, t... Read More
In 1976, a group of health workers took a pair of film cameras to what was then known as Zaire and documented their discovery of a new, deadly virus.
Today we know that virus as Ebola.
A 27-year-old Belgian microbiologist named Peter Piot and his colleagues were the first to scientifically... Read More
Plants that come under attack from pathogens have an automatic immune response. Fungi get around this plant immunity by injecting proteins into the host plant cells. These 'effector proteins' enable the fungi to escape the plant's immune system and allow the fungal cells to enter the plant unrec... Read More
Targets to eliminate tuberculosis by 2050 are more likely to be met if new vaccines are developed for adults and adolescents instead of for infants, according to new research.
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Stop TB Department at the World Health Organi... Read More
Researchers working in the UK and The Gambia, have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum (a technique called metagenomics) to detect and characterize the bacteria that cause TB without the need for time-consum... Read More
Salmonella bacteria are a common cause of infectious disease in human and animals. Salmonella is classically divided into species S. bongori and S. enterica – which is in turn further divided into more than 2,500 different serotypes. However, only a limited number of serovars that are responsibl... Read More
Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers has now hijacked that delivery system for a different purpose: administering cancer drugs.
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New research published in the online journal PLoS Outbreaks predicts new Ebola cases could reach 6,800 in West Africa by the end of the month if new control measures are not enacted.
Arizona State University and Harvard University researchers also discovered through modelling analysis that th... Read More
University of Leicester researchers unlock vital new information to improve vaccinations against pneumococcus infection.
Every ten seconds a human being dies from pneumococcus infection, making it the leading cause of serious illness across the globe. New research discovers six unique states ... Read More
Any research institution that receives federal funding will soon have to screen certain kinds of scientific experiments to see if the work could potentially be misused to endanger the public.
The new policy will take effect next year, and it's the latest effort by the U. S. government to come... Read More
Potential new treatments for Ebola are to be tested in West Africa for the first time as part of an international initiative to fast-track trials of the most promising drugs against the disease that has already led to over 2,600 deaths.
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Many double-stranded DNA viruses infect cells by ejecting their genetic information into a host cell. But how does the usually rigid DNA packaged inside a virus' shell flow from the virus to the cell?
In two separate studies, Carnegie Mellon University biophysicist Alex Evilevitch has shown t... Read More
Imagine going to the hospital with one disease and coming home with something much worse, or not coming home at all.
With the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistance pathogens, healthcare-associated infections have become a serious threat. On any given day about one in 25 hospital patie... Read More