A new sequencing study by Canadian researchers suggests that primary breast cancers acquire significant numbers of new mutations in their coding regions as they progress towards metastasis — a characteristic that underscores the importance of analyzing cancers at different stages, the researcher... Read More
In recent years scientists have made synthetic versions of key parts of the cell, such as chromosomes and ribosomes. Now researchers have developed the first working artificial prototype of an “organ” of a human cell—the Golgi apparatus.
Made up of a network of sacs piled together like a stac... Read More
Microscopes have been around for some 400 years, and today they are even accessible via customized cell phones. The act of peering into a microscope of any power can open a whole world of life and beauty that exists right under (or in) our noses. And to capture that rare view for reproduction ca... Read More
Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG (NVS) said Thursday it has gained exclusive worldwide rights to market what could become the first once-a-day broad-spectrum antibiotic that can be given as a tablet or intravenously to treat infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria.
The drug candi... Read More
The fear of swine flu is being compounded by new worries, this time among primary care doctors who say that they are swamped by calls from patients seeking the new vaccine, and that they are ill-prepared to cope with the nationwide drive to immunize everyone, particularly children and chronicall... Read More
Britain's latest Nobel prize winner has attacked government plans to divert research funding from basic science into projects that are expected to have a quick financial pay-off.
The shake-up in science funding announced earlier this year is a "huge mistake" that jeopardises Britain's ability... Read More
Unlike opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers, there is no medication specifically approved to help curb cocaine consumption. Now, an experimental vaccine offers hope for a new approach, researchers say, that spurs on antibodies, which bind with cocaine molecules and apparently helps... Read More
Two companies said Wednesday that they have developed a method for turning sewage sludge into ethanol.
Israel-based Applied CleanTech and Marlborough, Mass.-based Qteros created a joint development project that combines sewage treatment technology and a microbial process for converting biomas... Read More
Avian influenza (H5N1), rabies, plague, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and more recently swine flu (H1N1) are all examples of diseases that have made the leap from animals to humans. As the list continues to grow, experts at The University of Nottingham are to lead a project aimed at de... Read More
Cristian A. Strassert and Luisa De Cola of the University of Munster (Germany) have developed a photodynamic method to deal with antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Nanoparticles made of a special porous material (zeolite L) are modified so they have a coating of amino groups. This coating causes ... Read More
Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells — a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas... Read More
A bacterium possibly linked to Crohn's disease could be lurking in wild animals. According to research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (Map), can be transmitted between wildlife and domestic ruminants, supporting the theory o... Read More
Leafy greens -- including lettuce and spinach -- top the list of the 10 riskiest foods, according to a study from a nutrition advocacy group released Tuesday.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest listed the following foods, in descending order, as the most risky in terms of outbreaks... Read More
The Backstreet Boys are releasing a new album today, but they won't be promoting it much this week. Brian Littrell has the swine flu.
The group have called off this morning's performance on the "CBS Early Show" and a number of events in New York to support their new album, "This is Us." Read More
A collaboration between scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of California, San Francisco has led to the first direct information about the molecular structure of prions. In addition, the study has revealed surprisingly large structural differences between natural prions and th... Read More
One night as Chris Banting was undressing for bed, he was surprised when his wife Helen pointed out to him that the back of his right calf was a worrying scarlet colour.
'It was strange because I wasn't in any discomfort at all,' says Chris, 62.
'If you have an infection, you think you'd b... Read More
A chemical produced by common soil bacteria may kill neurons that produce dopamine, according to an article authored by University of Alabama researchers publishing Oct. 6. Dopamine neuron demise leads to the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a movement disorder affecting some 1 million ... Read More
Editor's note - this is an interesting look at the economics behind the seemingly easy decision to close a school for the flu:
Much has been made of the potential difficulties businesses face if numerous employees are out sick with the H1N1 "swine" flu. But there has been little information o... Read More
Functional food is the food industry’s fastest-growing product group, its leading products including dairy products which contain probiotics, that is, bacteria promoting health. Valio’s Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®) is the most frequently studied and used probiotic.
Under the supervision ... Read More
In what appears to be a warming world, understanding how plants can tolerate and prosper at elevated temperatures is an intriguing topic. Small Things Considered's Associate Blogger Mark O. Martin looks at the symbiosis between panic grass, a virus, an endophytic fungus, and elevated temperature... Read More