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Strange new flu virus strikes 7in the U.S.

Seven people have been diagnosed with a strange and unusual new kind of swine flu in California and Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. All seven people have recovered but the virus itself is a never-before-seen mixture of viruses typical among pigs, ... Read More

FDA clears human trials for malaria vaccine from mosquito spit

A unique malaria vaccine extracted from the saliva of infected mosquitoes this week received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to be tested in people.

Unlike other malaria vaccines under development, the one from saliva is a weakened version of the entire parasite, Plasmodium... Read More

Scientific American Reorganizations puts it within the Nature Publishing Group

Looks like the recession is starting to strike home at popular science news mediums. This blog post is currently breaking the story... "The recession has finally come to Scientific American. Editor in chief John Rennie and half a dozen or so of his underlings are leaving amid a major reorganizat... Read More

Syracuse University professors make a breakthough in biofilm formation

SU professors Dacheng Ren and Yan-Yeung Luk have created a platform to control biofilm formation in specific patterns over extended periods of time. They can now manipulate and confine biofilm growth four times longer than previous technologies.
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New Diagnostic for Deadly Listeria

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. Read More

A new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology

I think Discovery.com just used the word "fart" to drive traffic, but it's a notable story nonetheless - It sounds like a gag gift instead of serious science, but a new electrical farting machine could improve fuel cell technology by turning C02 in the atmosphere into methane.

The technique w... Read More

3 Vials of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Missing from Fort Detrick

From CNN - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command agents have been visiting Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, to investigate the disappearance of the vials. Christopher Grey, spokesman for the command, said this latest investigation has found "no evidence of criminal activity." Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Obligate Parasite

Here's an interesting blog post from www.smallthingsconsidered.us about the definition of Obligate Parasite. Read More

MTS25 - Parisa Ariya - Bioaerosols: The Living Atmosphere

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Gorillas vs. charcoal: Biomass to the rescue

Every day, Virunga National Park gets a little bit smaller. The forest, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the last homes of the majestic mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). It is also the main source of energy—in the form of wood—for the millions of people who live in area... Read More

Viruses could kill superbugs that antibiotics can't

A VIRUS that gobbles up the bacteria that cause debilitating ear infections could become the next weapon against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, after the first clinical trial of a bacteriophage treatment proved successful.

The trouble with bacteria is that they can evolve to outsmart antibiot... Read More

Polio: New Outbreak of Polio in Africa Prompts Appeal for Vaccine Financing

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has made an emergency appeal for millions of dollars to fight a new polio outbreak across Africa. “Polio is spreading again, including in countries such as Uganda which had been polio-free for more than a decade,” said Dr. Tamm... Read More

Avian Flu Cases in Egypt Raise Alarms

An unusual pattern of avian flu cases in Egypt — almost all are in toddlers, all of whom have survived — has led some flu-tracking Web sites to speculate that dozens of silent cases are circulating there.

That would be an alarming development, but other experts, including those at the World H... Read More

The Curse of the Pharaohs: Truth, Myth or Microbiology?

The Curse of Pharaohs that made headline in the 70's and 80's may be microbiology-related in origin. Scientists are starting to believe in the curse --or at least in an explanation for why the series of curse-like coincidences could have happened.

Here’s a recipe for a curse: Take one coffi... Read More

Life without Sex: An Evolutionary Scandal

Life without sex?!?! An evolutionary scandal?!?! Science pron?! Do Tell!! (OK, maybe I embellished a bit here, LOL) Sexually reproducing organisms that abandon sexual reproduction are typically doomed to early extinction. This phenomenon, it has been said, is the chief reason that evolutionary b... Read More

New Ebola Vaccine on the Horizon

A new experimental Ebola vaccine is one step closer to realization, having proven its ability to protect against lethal infections in animal models. The researchers report their findings in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Virology. “Our study demonstrates the potential of the EbolaÄVP30 v... Read More

Beyond Fossil Fuels: Harrison Dillon on Biofuels

What technical obstacles currently most curtail the growth of biofuels? What are the prospects for overcoming them in the near future and the longer-term?
Speaking from the perspective of our microbial renewable oil production technology platform and advanced biofuels, the majority of the true ... Read More

Cystic Fibrosis: Sugar On Bacteria Surface Serves As Base For Web Of Resistance

The bacteria responsible for chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients use one of the sugars on the germs’ surface to start building a structure that helps the microbes resist efforts to kill them, new research shows. Scientists have determined that the bacterial cell-surface sugar, a polys... Read More

Sugar on bacteria surface serves as base for a web of resistance

The bacteria responsible for chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients use one of the sugars on the germs' surface to start building a structure that helps the microbes resist efforts to kill them, new research shows.

Scientists have determined that the bacterial cell-surface sugar, a po... Read More

The Next Generation of Biofuels

Americans burn through 140 billion gallons of gasoline a year. And even if drivers switch to more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, the nation’s fuel needs are expected to increase by a fifth over the next 20 years, thanks to dramatic increases in car and airplane use. Which is why, in addition to... Read More

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