A bacterial pathogen can communicate with yeast to block the development of drug-resistant yeast infections, say Irish scientists writing in the May issue of Microbiology. The research could be a step towards new strategies to prevent hospital-acquired infections associated with medical implants... Read More
A North Carolina State University researcher has discovered that bacteria transmitted by fleas -- and potentially ticks -- can be passed to human babies by the mother, causing chronic infections and raising the possibility of bacterially induced birth defects. Read More
On May 4, the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, in collaboration with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Representative Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.), will host Capitol Hill briefings on Denmarks experience in ending the routine use o... Read More
In this show, I report on four exciting stories: a probiotic bacteria that can fight cancer, bacteria in dust that affect asthma, microbes living in a lake of asphalt, and a census of marine microorganisms.
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Experts say there's good evidence that probiotics can help people with irritable bowel, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections and emerging research suggests that probiotics may ease symptoms of allergies (both food and respiratory) and boost the immune system.
But as often happens in the Uni... Read More
The Wall Street Journal has an amusing article out on bakers and their relationship with "starters."
"Happy is no ordinary pet. He is a sourdough "starter"—a blob of wet flour, colonized by yeast and bacteria—that lives on her kitchen counter. Home bakers increasingly are using starters, whi... Read More
Almost two weeks after the disaster started, the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico is still gushing up to 10,000 barrels of oil into the ocean every day. Efforts by BP and the US government to stop leakage have come up with empty hands, however it turns out one of the keys to cleanup might... Read More
Sepsis is a highly dangerous - very often lethal - inflammatory condition caused by the body's response to microbes in the blood, lungs, or other areas. Even with ICU treatment involving antibiotics & fluids in large doses, 20-35% of patients suffering from severe sepsis die inside 30 days. 40... Read More
Aided by a new experimental model, scientists are a step closer to understanding how cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung disease in people with the condition. The findings, published online April 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could help improve treatments for lung disease, which... Read More
A team of international researchers has brought the primary component of mammoth blood back to life using ancient DNA preserved in bones from Siberian specimens 25,000 to 43,000 years old.
Studies of recreated mammoth haemoglobin, published today (Monday 3 May) in Nature Genetics, reveal spec... Read More
Nestlé has shut down a production line after a positive salmonella test on a batch of chocolate morsels at its one of its facilities in the US, for the second time this year.
Nestlé spokeswoman Laurie MacDonald told the Journal Times that that none of the contaminated morsels left the Burling... Read More
Normally, animals get their DNA from their parents. But a new study shows that they can also get genes from another species. In fact, animals can even take genes from creatures outside of the animal kingdom — like from fungi. And that's pretty surprising.
"The idea that animals picked up DNA... Read More
On episode #80 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Michael Bouchard about hepatitis B virus discovery, replication, and pathogenesis.
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There's no way to stop oily water from reaching land along the Gulf Coast, but experts will use tools both massive and microscopic to clean it up.
Oil-soaked sand on beaches in the eastern Gulf Coast can be scooped up with heavy equipment, but the grassy marshes in the Mississippi Delta can't... Read More
A multimillion-dollar research project involving the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, could help better protect U.S. troops. But it is also expected to shore up the Las Vegas area against epidemics and bioterrorism.
UNLV Associate Professor Chris Cochran is helping lead the effort and hopes i... Read More
The publicity surrounding the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus apparently had a good side effect, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Seasonal flu vaccinations reached 40% of the eligible population this past winter, up from 33% the previous winter, the agency reported... Read More
The molecular caps at the ends of chromosomes that protect humans against cancer and premature cellular aging show a surprising inability to protect themselves against ultraviolet radiation, a new Yale School of Medicine study has found.
Telomeres—the repeat sequences of DNA at the end of chr... Read More
Restricted-calorie diets have been shown in some studies to improve longevity and provide other health benefits, but many studies have focused on animals rather than humans.
A new study finds that calorie restriction may bolster the immune system in adults. Researchers from Tufts University r... Read More
By Rachel Ehrenberg
Scientists are turning harmful bacteria into agents of their own destruction. In an effort to create antibacterial wound dressings, a new material comes laden with microbial booby traps that are triggered by the activity of harmful bacteria, scientists report online April 20... Read More