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2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Supply Status

In an era of transparency, the CDC is doing it's part by posting every Friday the H1N1 vaccine supply status for all states and U.S. territories. Click "source" to view the status of allocations, orders and shipments. Read More

Obscure gut microbe keeps mice immune systems in check

Medical researchers have long suspected that obscure bacteria living within the intestinal tract may help keep the human immune system in balance. An international collaboration co-led by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center has now identified a bizarre-looking microbial species that can sin... Read More

Student research raises hope for future

Here's a nice story from the Rider News, the student newspaper of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, on how the American Society for Microbiology supports undergraduate research.

"The research of two senior biology majors may have an effect on the medicines of the future, and they have t... Read More

New AAM Report out Now - Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem

The American Academy of Microbiology has just published a colloquium report entitled "Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem."

According to the report, it is possible to co-exist with resistance by- developing new strategies to prevent resistance from spreading and... Read More

Industry Built From Scratch

A business profile on the biofuels industry, noting how it is getting very close to becoming economically viable. Read More

Earlier exposure to influenza may provide some immunity to current H1N1 strains

University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of ... Read More

Don't be quick to blame the whiskey and smokes for throat cancer, HPV may be the new culprit

Oncologist Maura Gillison at Ohio State University and researchers from the National Cancer Institute estimate that 4,000 people, 75% of them men, develop a new form of tonsil cancer each year caused by the human papillomavirus.

"The old cigarettes-and-alcohol form of the disease is being ecl... Read More

Is the person next to you washing their hands with soap?

People are more likely to wash their hands when they have been shamed into it, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, looked at responses to electronic hygiene messages displayed in UK service st... Read More

Earlier Flu Viruses Provided Some Immunity To Current H1N1 Influenza, Study Shows

"University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular s... Read More

Bug Barcode Readers Hold Out Promise Of Universal Vaccines

"Veterinary scientists have made a discovery that promises to deliver a new approach to fast development of cheap vaccines that are effective in all mammals – not just humans or another particular species. They propose that by harnessing the system that reads the biological ‘barcodes’ of infecti... Read More

UMD's Center for Vaccine Development chart genetic variability in malaria parasite

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) have charted the extreme genetic differences that occur over time in the most dangerous malaria parasite in the world. While there is no approved vaccine for malaria, various experimental vaccines a... Read More

Canadian Government Invests $2.4 million in H1N1 Research

The Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced support for five new research projects designed to help further understand and address the H1N1 flu virus.

"Canada is a global leader in H1N1 flu virus research, including research with our inte... Read More

National Museum of Natural History plans a new hall exhibit on the story of human evolution

The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., has announced it is dedicating a new hall to the story of human evolution that will partly focus on how changes in the natural world affected human development.

"To tell the biological, cultural and ecological story, exhibitions wil... Read More

2 swine flu vaccine doses for kids under 10 likely

Test results of its swine flu vaccine suggest that children under 10 are likely to need two shots to be fully protected, vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur said Wednesday.

Federal officials said the news is not surprising, since this age group needs two doses of regular seasonal flu vaccine the ver... Read More

Magnetic nanotags spot cancer in mice earlier than methods now in clinical use

Searching for biomarkers that can warn of diseases such as cancer while they are still in their earliest stage is likely to become far easier thanks to an innovative biosensor chip developed by Stanford University researchers.

The sensor is up to 1,000 times more sensitive than any technology... Read More

NIH funds new virus database at UT Southwestern

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $15.7 million contract to UT Southwestern Medical Center and Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop an open-access national online database and analysis resource center that will help scientists study and combat viruses such as those that cause hepatiti... Read More

Premium Car Research and Cow Dung Point To New High Tech Disease Diagnosis

Research at the University of Warwick have taken high tech gas sensors normally used to test components for premium cars and applied the same techniques to human blood, human urine, and even cow dung samples from local cow pats. The results could lead to a new high tech medical tool that could p... Read More

Smiths Detection to Use $1M Grant for Molecular Sepsis Test Program

Smiths Detection has won a $1 million grant over two years from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a test for microbes that cause infections in burns and wounds that can lead to blood poisoning.

The London-based company will use the funds to expand an o... Read More

Celeb Vaccine Wars: Peet Beats Maher

"Comedian Bill Maher advises against vaccinations. But actress Amanda Peet--and Dr. Bill Frist--have it right: vaccines are good," Steve Mirsky comments in Scientific American's 60 Second Science podcast.


"In the celebrity vaccine wars, I’m siding with actress Amanda Peet. And comedia... Read More

Could Influenza-like illnesses misrepresent the gravity of actual influenza?

In a guest editorial published in BMJ's Clinical Evidence by Tom Jeffereson, Coordinator for the Cochrane Vaccines Field, Rome, Italy, he concludes, after looking at data from the control arms of 95 influenza vaccine trials involving 1 million subjects over the course of four decades, that influ... Read More

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