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World-first dengue trial launched in Cairns

Researchers at Cairns in far north Queensland are launching a biological assault on dengue fever with the release of thousands of specially-bred mosquitoes.

The world-first field trial is being staged in Cairns and aims to wipe out dengue fever.

Thousands of mosquitos bred in a laboratory ... Read More

Princeton Researchers Construct Wholly Artificial Proteins That Can Sustain Cell Life

In a breakthrough that’s sure to stir up some controversy, Princeton researchers have reported that they have for the first time created artificial proteins from scratch in the lab that have enabled the growth of living cells. To achieve this, they created genetic sequences never seen in nature ... Read More

Possible Role For Bacteria In Atherosclerosis

Dr. Emil Kozarov and a team of researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have identified specific bacteria that may have a key role in vascular pathogenesis, specifically atherosclerosis, or what is commonly referred to as "hardening of the arteries" - the number one caus... Read More

Vaccination Goes From Bug Infection to Drug Injection

To date, the notion of inoculating people against drug use is a symbolic one – the idea being that anything from positive peer pressure to self esteem can render people resistant to the lure of drugs.

But such inoculation may soon become a much more literal concept: By combining a cocaine ana... Read More

Nose May Be Best Place to Screen for MRSA Infection

A new study finds that people with high levels of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in the nose are more likely to have other areas of the body colonized by MRSA, which can cause potentially fatal infections.

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital wanted to assess the ... Read More

Pesky Bacterial Slime Reveals Its Survival Secrets

By rethinking what happens on the surface of things, engineers at Harvard University have discovered that Bacillus subtilis biofilm colonies exhibit an unmatched ability to repel a wide range of liquids -- and even vapors.

Centimeters across yet only hundreds of microns thick, such slimy bact... Read More

Herpes Virus' Tactical Maneuver Visualized in 3-D

For the first time, researchers have developed a 3-D picture of a herpes virus protein interacting with a key part of the human cellular machinery, enhancing our understanding of how it hijacks human cells to spread infection and opening up new possibilities for stepping in to prevent or treat i... Read More

Something in the Air Is Brewing

It seems that no part of Brooklyn can be left untouched by its ever-striving culinary scene, even its bacteria.

As part of his ongoing “Mad Scientist” series of limited-release drafts, Shane Welch, the founder of Six Point Craft Ales in Red Hook, plans to tame the wild yeasts swirling about N... Read More

Haiti to get cholera vaccination

The World Health Organization will start vaccinating in April to help stem the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which has killed over 3300.

The vaccine hasn't been used before, partly to focus medical resources on treating cases, but also because little is available, as vaccination is not standard ... Read More

Europe and North America brace for flu surge

Europe and North America are braced for a surge in flu cases as schools resume after the holidays.

Schoolchildren are the main carriers of seasonal flu, and epidemics often reflect school schedules. The winter flu that is already pushing intensive care services to capacity in the UK has been ... Read More

34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!

It's a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-fi movie: Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the ... Read More

Chicken pox vaccine: Make it a double

The odds of developing chicken pox are 95 percent lower in children who have received two doses of the vaccine, compared to those who have received only one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending a single dose of chicken pox (varicella) vaccine for children a... Read More

ABSTRACT: A Persistent Oxygen Anomaly Reveals the Fate of Spilled Methane in the Deep Gulf of Mexico

Here's a link to the abstract of the recent BP methane study in Science Express:

Methane was the most abundant hydrocarbon released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond relevancy to this anthropogenic event, this methane release simulates a rapid and relat... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 25 - Bdefining Bdellovibrio Bdivision

This episode: A study of the bacteria-hunting Bdellovibrio life cycle!


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Study Finds Bacteria Ate Most Methane From BP Well

A new study concludes that the vast quantity of methane gas that spewed from the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was gobbled up rapidly by bacteria.

About a third of the material that gushed into the ocean from the BP blowout was in gas form, not oil, and the new study is the latest attempt... Read More

Now cancelling my plans to pop on over there for some authentic Lamb Rojan Josh :-(

Read a piece that detailed the idea that the world could effectively "run out" of antibiotics as "a nightmare scenario".
No joke.
Considering how often each worknight we're reaching for the appropriate antibiotic to knock out a case of Strep or a wicked Otitis Media, the possibility that all t... Read More

Viral Evasion Gene Reveals New Targets for Eliminating Chronic Infections

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have discovered how a key viral gene helps viruses evade early detection by the immune system. Their finding is providing new insights into how viruses are able to establish chronic infections, leading scientists to reevaluate their approaches to viral... Read More

Don't let a hospital kill your child

Here's what Katie Roche expected when she went into the hospital for spine surgery: two titanium rods, a bone graft, 17 screws in her vertebrae, eight hours in the operating room, and a week's stay in the hospital to recover.

Here's what she didn't expect on top of all that: sharing a hospita... Read More

Study Of UK TB Patients Shows That Some Recover More Quickly If Their Antibiotics Are Supplemented With High-Dose Vitamin D

A new study of UK tuberculosis (TB) patients has shown that, for those with a certain genetic profile (genotype), supplementation of vitamin D to their standard antibiotic regimen reduces the time needed for TB bacteria to clear from sputum culture by almost a week for the population studied. Th... Read More

Antibiotic Resistance Is Not Just Genetic

Genetic resistance to antibiotics is not the only trick bacteria use to resist eradication - they also have a second defence strategy known as persistence that can kick in.

Researchers reporting in the Journal of Medical Microbiology have now demonstrated for the first time that interplay occ... Read More
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