U.S. researchers have developed a prototype vaccine that protects monkeys and mice against the emerging chikungunya virus, a major step toward the production of a vaccine for humans. Human trials could begin later this year.
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus whose newest strain first appe... Read More
Microscopic nematode worms can be a potent organic insecticide, killing crop-raiding bugs without harming plants or beneficial insects and without the environmental side effects of chemicals. But when the worms are mass-bred for agricultural purposes, they tend to, as Byron Adams says, "wimp out... Read More
Paul Fisher has spent more than 30 years studying slime moulds — amoeba-like single-celled creatures found in soil. The La Trobe University professor of microbiology believes that even another three decades would be insufficient time for him, and the 100 other research groups around the world t... Read More
This article is for everyone celebrating Gasparilla today. Enjoy but watch those beads!
Beads that are thrown at parades have been a popular for years. Whether they are thrown during small community parades, holiday events or major celebrations like Madi Gras or Gasparilla, they are the stuff... Read More
While this has already been posted before, I think these pictures are cool enough to warrant a repost:
Researchers from Argonne National Lab and elsewhere are finding ways to use the motion of swimming bacteria to move very tiny gears. The gear's shape directs a group of unsuspecting bacteria... Read More
Vincent and Dick trace the life cycle of Trichinella spiralis in an infected host.
Australia's own distinctive red soils could play a part in the formation of the stinking swathes of blue-green algae often shovelled off east coast beaches in summer.
A QUT team of scientists is taking an in-depth look at how iron, which gives our iron-rich soil its red colour, reaches water ... Read More
Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have developed new water purification technology that uses visible, as opposed to ultra-violet, light, according to an article on technologyreview.com.
The light-activated catalyst utilizes sunlight or artificial light to provide qu... Read More
Most of us associate the bacteria E. coli with nasty stomach ailments. But a new study published in Nature magazine suggests E. coli can not just turn stomachs, but could potentially turn the wheels of your car, since a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria has produced clean, road-ready... Read More
A story by Thomas Maugh reports on a big step toward a vaccine for the chikungunya virus, which, as his article explains, is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that causes severe arthritis and has spread to 18 countries. Health experts are worried about its potential for further spread.
The nam... Read More
SV40 viruses use an amazing means of communication, in order to be able to penetrate into a cell: fats, whose structure must fit like a key in a lock.
Just like a ball, driven into the goal, causing the net to bulge out and wrap itself closely around the leather: This is how it appears when t... Read More
WHO welcomes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledge of US$ 10 billion over the next ten years to accelerate global vaccine efforts.
"The Gates Foundation’s commitment to vaccines is unprecedented, but needs to be matched by unprecedented action. It’s absolutely crucial that both governme... Read More
The tobacco in cigarettes hosts a bacterial bonanza — literally hundreds of different germs, including those responsible for many human illnesses, a new study finds.
“Nearly every paper that you pick up discussing the health effects of cigarettes starts out with something to the effect that s... Read More
Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers and their colleagues at the Rockefeller University have developed a new method for growing human liver cells outside the body. Using the new cell culture system, scientists can now study hepatitis C virus in the lab over a period of weeks – which may ... Read More
One-third of samples of milk and dairy products analysed in various restaurants exceed the microbe contamination limits set by the European Union, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Valencia (UV). The experts advise against keeping milk in jugs and suggest tha... Read More
Tentacled monsters, pale skinny humanoids, shimmery beings of pure energy... When it comes to the question of what alien life forms might look like, we are free to let our imagination roam. The science-in-waiting of extraterrestrial anatomy has yet to acquire its first piece of data, so nobody k... Read More
The new movie “Extraordinary Measures” is based on the true story of a father who starts a company to develop a treatment for the rare genetic disease threatening to kill two of his children before they turn 10.
Now, a Silicon Valley start-up is making the bold claim that it can help eradica... Read More
Virus-like components of the human genome amount to almost half of our DNA. This would once have been dismissed as mere "junk DNA", but we now know that some of it plays a critical role in our biology. As to the origins and function of the rest, we simply do not know.
The human genome therefo... Read More
Organisms evolved sexual reproduction so they could stay one step ahead of parasites. Or so the theory goes. But what about beasties that make babies without sex? How do they escape infection? A study in the journal Science suggests that for bdelloid rotifers, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.... Read More
Some 350 years ago, a dozen men meeting in the City of London heard a lecture by a young astronomer named Christopher Wren, who would later become the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral. They determined to gather on a regular basis. Inspired by the writing of Sir Francis Bacon, a 17th-century stat... Read More