Many farmers are faced with the situation of diminishing returns, even where productivity is increasing.
It is not that new technology, such as precision systems, new formulations of fertilisers and chemicals, do not continue to increase productivity, but often the problem is that productivit... Read More
As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works toward developing sustainable sources of clean renewable energy, perennial grasses have emerged as major candidates for the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels from feedstocks. However, little is known about the specific biological traits of ... Read More
BACTERIA that are resistant to antibiotics are becoming disturbingly common in people. More worrying still is that the genes which confer this resistance are also showing up in bacteria found in other animals. When resistant bacteria hop between species, that can increase the rate of evolution a... Read More
Treating herpes in people who are also infected with H.I.V. does not reduce the chances that they will pass on the AIDS virus, according to a new study.
The results were a surprise, said the lead author, Dr. Connie Celum, a professor of global health at the University of Washington. For unkn... Read More
The National Pandemic Flu Service in England is to close because of the sharp decline in cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus. From Thursday anyone who needs medical help because of flu will no longer be able to access anti-viral drugs online or via a helpline. At its peak, 40,000 people a week rec... Read More
Carl Zimmer, author, professor, journalist and podcast host for MicrobeWorld's own Meet the Scientist, is interviewed by Nicola Jones for Nature on what goes in to writing a science book.
"Acclaimed essayist Carl Zimmer has eight popular-science books to his name, on topics from parasites an... Read More
It all started with a brawny, tattooed building contractor with a passion for exotic animals. He was taking biology classes at City College of San Francisco, a two-year community college, and when students started meeting informally early last year to think up a project for a coming science comp... Read More
The first head-to-head comparison of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies produced from plants versus the same antibodies produced from mammalian cells has shown that plant-produced antibodies can fight infection equally well.
Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis... Read More
Vaccination programs against whooping cough may not be fully effective because the bacteria that cause the disease have evolved new strains, a new study has found.
A team of Australian scientists has shown for the first time that two of the most common strains of the Bordetella pertussis bact... Read More
Nature magazine has just launched an iPhone application. It's essentially an eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch that gives all access to Nature and Nature News content as it is published for free until April 30th when presumably they will start charging. It's available in the app store n... Read More
The National Research Foundation (NRF) and two of the local universities will be pumping a total of $206 million over the next 10 years to support a new life sciences centre in Singapore. The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) will focus its study on microbial b... Read More
Could an iPhone application treat acne? A Texas dermatologist seems to think so.
The AcneApp, launched by Houston-based Dr. Greg Pearson, claims to use red and blue light to fight blemishes and improve the health of one's skin.
Dr. Pearson did not immediately respond to requests for comme... Read More
Pentagon-backed researchers have come up with a novel new way to purify water: Just add bacteria.
Scientists at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) have successfully designed portable, efficient, bacteria-based water treatment units. Two of the devices are on their way to Army bases in Afghan... Read More
Researchers have teased out the molecular process that can shut down a marauding, often deadly immune response that kills thousands each year who suffer battlefield casualties, heart attacks, strokes, automobile accidents and oxygen deprivation, according to an article published in the January e... Read More
Hundreds of people in China believe they might have a new disease with HIV-like symptoms, but doctors suggest their illness could be the result of a mental rather than a physical condition.
The Chinese authorities have been accused of covering up respiratory illnesses like Sars in the past.
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Reptiles are bred in captivity primarily for their skins, but some restaurants and population groups also want them for their meat. A study shows that eating these animals can have side effects that call into question the wisdom of eating this 'delicacy.'
Parasites, bacteria and viruses, and ... Read More
When Cal Poly professor and renowned microbiologist Raul Cano sought to revive a prehistoric strain of yeast that lay dormant in a fossilized bee’s stomach for 25 to 45 million years, his intent wasn’t to create a stir in the beer world. Yet, 15 years later, that same yeast has yielded a fruity,... Read More
Scientists have shown that cells' DNA-reading machinery can skim through certain kinds of damaged DNA without skipping any letters in the genetic "text." The studies, performed in bacteria, suggest a new mechanism that can allow bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics.
The results were ... Read More
A US decision to freeze spending on treatment for HIV in several African countries has prompted concern that some of the gains made against the AIDS epidemic since 2003 could be reversed.
President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched in 2003, focused largely on ... Read More
The global death toll from swine flu has risen to 15,174, up 463 from a week ago, but the pandemic is steadily losing momentum around the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
"As of 31 January 2010, worldwide more than 209 countries and overseas territories or communities have... Read More