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Could Preserving the Diversity of Species Protect us from Disease?

New research on the prevalence of "sin nombre" hantavirus in deer mice authored by Laurie J. Dizney and Luis A. Ruedas from Portland State University and published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal suggests a diversity of animal species helps defend against the emergence of patho... Read More

Should I breast feed my baby if I have H1N1/swine flu?

The CDC has released new guidelines for moms concerned abouth whether they should breast feed their children if they have H1N1 or Swine Flu.

"Infants are thought to be at higher risk for severe illness from novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and very little is known about prevention of novel ... Read More

HIV-1 Infection Rapidly Damages Function of Gut Antibody Producing Immune Cells within Days

New research published in PLoS Medecine from the NIAID-funded Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology suggests that HIV-1 moves at breathtaking speed in destroying and de-regulating the body's gut-based B-cell antibody-producing system, resulting in a sober reality for hopeful vaccine hunters.

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Quorum Sensing and "Sensing Potential"

Anand Pai, graduate student in bioengineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and scientist Lingchong You, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a member of Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Center for Systems Biology, have discovered what they believe is a com... Read More

Influenza Monitoring By The US Military

With global health monitoring coming into vogue, more attention is being paid to the United States military's own influenza monitoring system, which has been operational since the 1970's. Read More

Yet another new flu virus emerges in Canada

A virus that mixes human and swine influenza has infected two farm workers in Canada. Fortunately they have both recovered, but this represent a new strain of flu. Read More

Genomic mash-up could produce biofuels

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin are looking at the combined genomes of ants, fungi and bacteria that are responsible for turning leaf clutter into compost. They hope to isolate new enzymes or identify techniques that could do the same to aid in biofuel production.

"The genomes ... Read More

Sculptures of Biological Viruses Using Computer Parts

Since 1999, Artomatic, a one-of-a-kind multimedia event, involving hundreds of regional artists, performers and volunteers, in Washington, D.C. has been convening annually in the Washington, D.C., area. This past year artist Forrest McCluer culled together a series of sculptures constructed from... Read More

Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles For On-chip Analysis

Biomedical innovations for rapid detection are really taking off... Cell sorting may get a lot faster with this chip. Read More

Bioinformatics and Biodefense: Keys to Understanding Natural and Altered Pathogens

Bioinformatics, the application of computer analysis to molecular biology, is a fundamental corollary to biodefense research. As we face new security threats involving pathogens and infectious disease, bioinformatics databases must be improved and a plan must be made for integrating biodefense r... Read More

Avian Bacterium More Dangerous Than Believed

It turns out that Bordetella hinzii (B. hinzii), a bacterium found in poultry with respiratory disease and once believed to be nonpathogenic in poultry, can actually cause disease.

"This study showed for the first time that some strains of B. hinzii can cause disease in turkeys." This was no... Read More

Best Sellers in Microbiology

Perhaps you're a microbiology student with an interest in growing your library or maybe you are the author of one of these books! Or maybe you are just looking for a little "light" reading.

Check out the top titles in microbiology texts. Have you read one of these books in class and think it... Read More

The future of science journalism

In a recent 60 Second Science podcast from Scientific American outgoing editor-in-chief John Rennie voices his opinion on why editors need to rethink what counts as science news. Click "source" to listen.

I hope what is happening here at MicrobeWorld, by letting our readers and/or registered ... Read More

MIT and CDC discover why H1N1 flu spreads inefficiently

A team from MIT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a genetic explanation for why the new H1N1 "swine flu" virus has spread from person to person less effectively than other flu viruses.

The H1N1 strain, which circled the globe this spring, has a form of surface prote... Read More

Baa! Baa! Sheep Blood

A recent study publish in PLoS suggests blood from the hair sheep may lead a revolution in microbiology testing .

"Many pathogens either fail to grow entirely or exhibit morphologies and hemolytic patterns on human blood agar that confound colony recognition. Furthermore, human blood can be... Read More

Late Blight -- Irish Potato Famine Fungus -- Attacks U.S. Northeast Gardens And Farms Hard

Fortunately this time around the potato disease shouldn't threaten lives... Read More

Optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses

A new type of optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses and other particles on a chip as part of an integrated optofluidic platform. The optical trap is the latest innovation from researchers at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa ... Read More

Argentina Considers Closing Public Venues as H1N1 Death Toll Rises

"The death toll from swine flu in Argentina continued to rise as President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said she would not rule out closing major public venues where the virus could spread more quickly.

Dr. Juan Manzur, the new health minister, said Friday that 44 people had died from swine... Read More

TB Vaccine Is Risky for Babies with HIV/AIDS, Says WHO

"The TB vaccine that is routinely given to 75 percent of the world’s infants is too risky to give to those born infected with the AIDS virus, says a new study published by the World Health Organization. It recommended that vaccination be delayed until babies can be tested.

In countries like S... Read More

Virus-resistant Grapevines

In an effort to reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides which are harmful to the environment and often times have no effect on the virus they are attempting to kill, researchers are working on virus resistant grapevines. Because it takes so long for a grape to properly ripen on the vine b... Read More

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