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Rush to sample algae as Gulf oil spill grows

In a race against time, University of Florida marine researchers are hurrying to collect underwater marine algae samples in the Florida Keys while an ever-growing Gulf oil spill steadily migrates toward Florida, already reaching the Emerald Coast in the Panhandle.

Hendrik Luesch, an associate... Read More

TWiV 87 Letters

James writes:


Dear TWIV,


I've really enjoyed hearing about the paths you and your guests took to enter the fields of virology and parasitology.


I was wondering if Dr. Dove could talk for a few minutes about how and why he decided to transition into sci... Read More

Researchers Use Virus To Combat Rhino Beetle

Russ Campbell, Guam’s territorial entomologist and Aubrey Moore, UOG extension entomologist, welcomed New Zealand scientist, Trevor Jackson to Guam in early June. Jackson was invited to assist in the release of a virus into the rhino beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) population. This virus only infe... Read More

How clean is Stanley Cup?

Go ahead: Touch it, hug it, give it a big wet kiss.

The Stanley Cup isn't the germ bomb you might suspect.

The NHL champion Blackhawks' beloved trophy stopped by the Chicago Tribune newsroom Thursday, and so we took the opportunity to do something the Cup's keeper said had never been done:... Read More

Online registration is now open for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci

Online registration for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci, July 30 - August 2, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, is now open.

Session topics include:

*Genomics and Molecular Biology
*Pathogenicity
*Antibiotic Therapy and Resistance
*Bacteriocins
*Plasmids and Horizontal Transfer
*Epidem... Read More

Deep ocean yeilds promising results for microbiologists

Research by a small group of microbiologists is revealing how marine microbes live in a mysterious area of the Earth: the realm just beneath the deep ocean floor. The ocean crust may be the largest biological reservoir on our planet.
"I think this research is exciting because it offers us a gli... Read More

In melanoma patients, immune therapy may boost survival

An experimental immune therapy may provide a new way to fight advanced melanoma, a devastating cancer that often kills patients within six months.

In a study of two novel treatments — a therapeutic vaccine called gp100 and an immune stimulator called ipilimumab — ipilimumab nearly doubled the... Read More

Professor: My bacteria could consume oil spill

A scholar who played a key role in the creation of the biotechnology industry told the Herald his oil-eating bacteria probably could have gobbled up the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico and cleaned any potentially harmful residue left by chemical dispersant products, if it was available now.
... Read More

Browns, Cleveland Clinic agree to settlement in Joe Jurevicius' staph lawsuit

Joe Jurevicius reached a settlement last week with the Browns over a staph infection that most likely ended the Browns receiver's career, the Associated Press reported.

The two sides agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential, a source said.

Jurevicius, a Chardon-area native, ... Read More

Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said Friday.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals fr... Read More

A game of cat and mouse

If an alien bug invaded the brains of half the population, hijacked their neurochemistry, altered the way they acted and drove some of them crazy, then you might expect a few excitable headlines to appear in the press. Yet something disturbingly like this may actually be happening without the wo... Read More

Protecting the Next Generation — Eliminating Perinatal HIV-1 Infection

More than 90% of the 430,000 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infections in children each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV-1 acquisition through breast milk accounts for more than 40% of infections. However, in Africa, breast-feeding is a cornerstone of child survival. Two ... Read More

New Gene Therapy Hope for HIV

When it comes to research on HIV and AIDS treatments, it can be hard to know when to celebrate a small advance-everyone wants to see progress, but so many experimental avenues that seemed promising have turned out to be dead ends. Still, a new study that tried a sophisticated form of gene therap... Read More

Experimental flu treatment may help related virus

An experimental drug being developed to fight influenza may fight a common but little-known virus called parainfluenza virus, researchers and the company said on Friday.

Tests in mice showed Fludase, made by privately held NexBio, could stop parainfluenza viruses from replicating, the researc... Read More

Be skeptical of claims about probiotics and prebiotics

Jamie Lee Curtis promises in TV adds that bacteria-laced Dannon yogurt will improve colon regularity. Other companies sell little pills full of living microbes and even supplements promising to feed those microbes what they most like to eat. Probiotics and prebiotics — from bacteria-infused beve... Read More

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague, bubonic, fatal - China: (GS)

A construction worker in Gansu Province died soon after he hunted, cooked,
and ate an infected marmot, the provincial health authority has announced.

The authority announced on Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010, that the man developed a
high fever and swollen lymph glands under his left armpit. He was... Read More

UCR entomologists advance bacteria that is deadly to mosquitoes

UCR researchers have received a $1.86 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to enhance development of a bacterial brew that is deadly to mosquitoes.

"We are beyond the proof of concept," said Brian Federici, principal investigator and a distinguished pro... Read More

LCD television waste ‘could help prevent bacterial infections’

The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.

Researchers at the University’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a way of transforming the chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a k... Read More

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune... Read More

iSkin announces An iPad case for the germ-phobic

Are you a little OCD when it comes to germs? Do you feel like you need to wash your hands after you use your iPad? Did that report about the iPad screens in Apple Stores being hotbeds for assorted fungi and bacteria make you want to take a long, hot shower?

If you answered yes to any of these... Read More

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