North Korea acknowledged nine cases of swine flu on Wednesday, but relief officials in South Korea reported that dozens of North Koreans had died of the flu.
North Korea’s official news agency, K.C.N.A., said the nine cases had been confirmed in the capital of Pyongyang and in Sinuiju, a town... Read More
The H1N1 influenza virus has been keeping a secret that may be the key to defeating it and other flu viruses as well.
Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have found what they believe is a weakness in H1N1's method for evading detection by the immune system.
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Very different kinds of pathogen-in this case, one a virus, the other a mycoplasma- can act as if cooperating when infecting cultured cells, with one augmenting the potency of the other, according to Peter Lidsky and Vadim I. Agol of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and t... Read More
The White House plans to make data and information from federally-funded research available for public access and use as part of the Open Government Directive that President Barack Obama announced this week.
The administration yesterday posted a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments... Read More
Every day from 10 AM - 4 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Smithsonian Institution hosts Microtheater: A tremendous array of organisms is too small to be seen with the naked eye. This microscope cam offers an up-close glimpse of such little-known life forms as paramecia, rotifers, amoebas, and volvo... Read More
An ultra-high-resolution imaging technique using X-ray diffraction is a step closer to fulfilling its promise as a window on nanometer-scale structures in biological samples. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report progress in applying an approach to "lensless"... Read More
An article published online first and in an upcoming edition of The Lancet reports that identification of sepsis-causing bacteria using a new microarray platform is highly accurate and delivers results an average of eighteen hours faster than the current gold-standard system. It uses techniques ... Read More
Scientists studying how bacteria under stress collectively weigh and initiate different survival strategies say they have gained new insights into how humans make strategic decisions that affect their health, wealth and the fate of others in society.
Their study, published this week in the ea... Read More
A new Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud --- or at least a much better acquaintance with everyday germs.
The study is the first to look at how microbial exposures early ... Read More
This year, as you may have noticed, has been one long party in honor of Charles Darwin. That’s now drawing to a close. But don’t put away your glad rags. Next year is also slated to be one long party; this time, in honor of biodiversity. Yes, 2010 is to be an international knees-up for the other... Read More
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient's urine, suggests a new study led by UC Davis biochemist Carolyn Slupsky.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that annually sickens millions of people in th... Read More
The first comprehensive study of pandemic H1N1 influenza from April to the end of July indicates that the pandemic may be the mildest ever, assuming that the virus doesn't mutate during the winter and come back stronger than before. The analysis suggests that the swine flu virus might directly c... Read More
The 2009 H1N1 influenza virus used a new strategy to cross from birds into humans, a warning that it has more than one trick up its sleeve to jump the species barrier and become virulent.
In a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Ber... Read More
Made from a hodgepodge of genetic bits and pieces, the newly discovered Marseillevirus is the world’s largest virus.
But fame is fleeting: It’s almost sure to be supplanted by another, even bigger virus. What’s really special about Marseillevirus is where it comes from. Like other giant virus... Read More
A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates the $232 billion personalized medicine market will grow 11 percent annually.
According to the professional services firm, the trend toward tailoring drugs based on clinical factors and genomic variation will create opportunities and challenges ... Read More
LA JOLLA, CA, December 7, 2009—Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have determined the structure of a critical protein from the Ebola virus, which, though rare, is one of the deadliest viruses on the planet killing between 50 and 90 percent of those infected. Described in the advance, o... Read More
African lions living over a million years ago may have carried an early form of HIV. Now, American microbiologists reckon they've found a feline genetic "pawprint" in the modern-day form of the virus.
Robert Bambara and his team at the University of Rochester in New York found a genetic seque... Read More
Is Britain's £500-million-plus plan to create a world-leading biomedical research institute politician-proof?
The effort to create the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) in central London within around five years has been endorsed by prime minister Gordon Brown.
But wit... Read More
New videos have caught bacteria in the act of a completely new behavior. A study appearing online December 7 in PNAS finds that Shewanella cells briefly touch an electron-accepting surface, lift off and swim furiously, and then return to the metal surface.
The researchers call this flighty ne... Read More
Cavities have made a dismaying comeback in children in recent years, and the search is on among scientists to find new ways to fight tooth decay.
The prevalence of cavities in children aged 2 to 5 decreased steadily through the 1970s and 1980s, thanks largely to the expansion of water fluorid... Read More