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The Entwined Destinies Of Humankind And Leprosy Bacteria

For thousands of years an undesirable and persistent companion has been travelling with man wherever he goes. Mycobacterium leprae, the bacterium that causes leprosy, has only one known natural host -- humankind. And because of man's many travels, this bacillus has colonized the entire earth. It... Read More

Upcoming Fall ASM Teleconferences

ASM's Fall Teleconferences Program will keep you current about the developments in your field.

Without ever leaving your laboratory or office, you can learn from expert scientists and key decision-makers hundreds of miles away. Each teleconference is an interactive live broadcast i... Read More

Mining for Algae: Could Abandoned Mines Help Grow Biofuel?

Backers of algae-based biofuels tout the simplicity of their feedstock. Sunlight and water are all that's needed to convert carbon dioxide into fuel.

Now, some scientists are testing the notion that sunlight might be optional.

Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technolog... Read More

Could We Be On the Verge of a New Drug to Treat Lupus?

Systemic lupus is the most common form of the autoimmune disease, lupus, which afflicts about 5 million people worldwide and causes a slew of symptoms including fever, pain and swelling. Now, sufferers of systemic lupus may be closer to a new drug to treat their symptoms, according to the result... Read More

Is There a Case of the Flu in Your Future?

Imagine that a simple test could tell whether you were going to come down with the flu or a cold even before you get hit by a sore throat, runny nose or fever.

Scientists at Duke University here and at other research centers have been working to develop such a predictive test by delving deep ... Read More

Bacteria 'Launch A Shield' To Resist Attack

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark along with other collaborators in Denmark and the US found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can 'switch on' production of molecules that kill white blood cells -- preventing the bacteria being eliminat... Read More

Hand Sanitizers: What You Don't Know

"We all know that having clean hands is one way to prevent seasonal cold and flu viruses, including H1N1 swine flu. But should you wash with soap and water, or coat your hands with disinfecting gel from one of those dispensers that seem to be appearing in more and more restrooms, offices, hallwa... Read More

'Stormy' the ferret dies from H1N1 infection in Nebraska

A news station in Hastings, Nebraska (KHAS) has reported that Stormy the ferret, one of four ferrets in a family of humans sick with the flu, has died from the H1N1 virus.

Ferrets have respiratory systems similar to humans and are known to be susceptible to human flu viruses.

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FDA to ban sale of raw oysters from Gulf of Mexico

"Federal officials plan to ban sales of raw oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico unless the shellfish are treated to destroy potentially deadly bacteria _ a requirement that opponents say could deprive diners of a delicacy cherished for generations.

The plan has also raised concern among... Read More

When science is lacking, good leadership is critical

Laura Kahn, research scholar at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security, has written a column on how leaders' decisions on infectious disease policy can impact world health for better or worse.

"Since the middle of the twentieth century, more than 330 novel infectious d... Read More

CDC: Contaminated beef may be linked to 2 deaths

"Two deaths and 26 other illnesses may be linked to fresh ground beef that has been recalled because it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, a federal health official said Monday.

One of the deaths involved a New York adult with several underlying health conditions, said Lola Scott Ru... Read More

A MRSA strain five times more lethal than other strains

A strain of MRSA that causes bloodstream infections is five times more lethal than other strains and has shown to have some resistance to the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin used to treat MRSA, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

The study found that 50 percent of the patients infecte... Read More

Critics blast Kellogg's claim that cereals can boost immunity

Kellogg, the nation's largest cereal maker, is being called to task by critics who object to the swine flu-conscious claim now bannered in bold lettering on the front of Cocoa Krispies cereal boxes: "Now helps support your child's IMMUNITY."

Of all claims on cereal boxes, "this one belongs in... Read More

P. aeruginosa and its antibiotic and host immune response shield

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark along with other collaborators in Denmark and the US found that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa can 'switch on' production of molecules that kill white blood cells – preventing the bacteria being eliminate... Read More

Swine flu is spreading a new hands-off etiquette

John Stevenson hasn't stopped patronizing the local gym, but after his workout, he is wiping down his machines with spray disinfectant and paper towels. Sales associate Janet Lininger is having customers swipe their own credit cards (she's relieved to have recently shifted from the intimate-appa... Read More

Studies Begin to Shape New Image of DNA

Most of us carry a mental picture of DNA in its iconic form – the famous double helix unveiled by Francis Crick and James Watson. But researchers are beginning to develop a new picture of DNA that shows the molecule’s more dynamic side, which is capable of morphing into a large number of comple... Read More

Microbes' globe-trotting has made them less diverse

There are more microbes on Earth than there are stars in the universe. They occupy every ecological niche, from deep-sea vents to the human gut. So you'd expect them to be staggeringly diverse. But the latest studies suggest there may be far less variation than thought.

David Wilkinson of Liv... Read More

Austrian Designer Imagines Clothing Created From Your Body’s Bacteria

There is definitely something haunting about rendering the invisible “visible,” particularly when it comes to dissecting layers of the corporeal self. Austrian designer Sonja Bäumel goes one step further with her “(In)visible Membranes: Life on the Human Body and Its Design Applications” project... Read More

FDA smackdown pits bacteria against bacteria

The 10 tomatoes sitting in a Tupperware tub at the Food and Drug Administration seem to be doing nothing more than rotting, slowly. But an invisible battle is raging on the surface of the fruit, with provocative implications for food safety and the war that humans have been waging against bacter... Read More

Major Advance In Human Antibody Therapy Against Deadly Nipah Virus

A collaborative research team from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Australian Animal Health Laboratory and National Cancer Institute, a component of the National Institutes of Health, reports a major step forward in the development of an effective therapy against ... Read More

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