On episode #78 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, Dickson, and Rich talk about treating arthritis with a tanapox virus protein, Darwinian evolution of prions in cell culture, and t... Read More
Now that Congress has pushed through its complicated legislation to reform the health insurance system, it could take one more simple step to protect the health of all Americans. This one wouldn’t raise any taxes or make any further changes to our health insurance system, so it could be quickly ... Read More
Scientists have developed a new way to identify the hidden genetic material responsible for complex traits. The breakthrough ultimately could lead to a deeper understanding of how multiple genes interact to produce everything from blue eyes to blood pressure problems.
The approach allows the ... Read More
A tumor-causing maize fungus known as “corn smut” wields different weapons from its genetic arsenal depending on which part of the plant it infects.
The discovery by Stanford University researchers marks the first time tissue-specific targeting has been found in a pathogen.
The finding upe... Read More
Food-borne illnesses are proving to be stubborn -- unsurprisingly so, perhaps -- but that's not to say there aren't some small bright spots in the latest report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, the federal government had especially hoped to reduce incidence o... Read More
MIT Grad Student Danielle Zurovcik (above) designed this hand-powered suction device to speed up wound healing. It costs $3 and it works.
Nobody knows precisely why it works, but doctors have known for decades that the healing process for open wounds can be greatly speeded up by applying nega... Read More
Antibodies are immune molecules that have a key role in protecting against infection with influenza virus. The target of the protective antibodies is the influenza protein HA, which varies so dramatically among influenza viruses that it is used to classify them into subtypes (H1-H16). It is thou... Read More
Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said that 72% of hepatitis C patients receiving its experimental drug in combination with the current standard of care or SOC achieved undetectable levels of virus at week eight compared to 38% of patients receiving placebo plus SOC.
The results were derived from ... Read More
The flu may move its victims -- to stay in bed, to resolve to get a flu shot next year, to curse the (probably young and sniffly) family member who gave it to them -- but it also moves, in a way, itself. From west to east, to be exact.
Researchers have known that flu season traditionally occ... Read More
ETH-Zurich researcher Valentin Queloz describes the species of fungus responsible for the ash dieback recently observed in Switzerland as a "familiar stranger." However, researchers still don't know why a harmless leaf colonizer could turn into an aggressive pathogen.
The uncanny phenomenon ... Read More
A common virus that causes wheezing and pneumonia claims the lives of up to two hundred thousand children worldwide each year, a study has found.
The research, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, also showed that about 3.4 million children require hospital treatment for severe lung infe... Read More
A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk -- lauric acid -- shines as a possible new acne treatment thanks to a bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
The student developed a "smart delivery system" -- published in the journ... Read More
Brace yourself - you are about to enter the mBiosphere...
mBio's new blog, "mBiosphere", is now live and ready to burn some information onto your impressionable mind. mBio's Social Media Editor, Dr. Merry Buckley, interviews mBio staff, editors, and authors to get the stories behind the develop... Read More
Fantastic stuff! An oxygen-free environment, this lake is packed with life more adapted to Saturn's Titan than our blue planet. Furthermore, the idea that some of these micro-organisms create water by digesting the hydrocarbons they lives their lives in - maybe we can hire them to clean up Pri... Read More
On Saturday, April 17 I will be attending the DC Science Writers Association's Professional Development Day. If you are in the DC area you may want to consider attending. Here are the details:
LOCATION: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC
8:30-9:00... Read More
Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read More
Scientists have developed a new strategy for treating tuberculosis using dry powder aerosols that could be delivered with an inhaler. Read More
Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth according to researchs from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. Read More
In most people's minds, microbes and drinking water don't go well together. Think cholera, or typhoid — serious diseases caused by waterborne bacteria. But research at Idaho National Laboratory is showcasing the potential of microbes to cleanse our water rather than foul it.
For the past deca... Read More
Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the bacterium that converts milk into cheese are slated to be honored by the Wisconsin state Assembly. Read More