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Bt corn fights borers at home, nearby

Corn that's been genetically engineered to resist attacking borers produces a "halo effect" that provides huge benefits to other corn planted nearby, a new study finds. Since the borers that attack the genetically modified crops die, there are fewer of them to go after the non-modified version.
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Probiotics may help Indian children fight diarrhea

India has the highest number of child deaths, under the age of five. Nearly all were preventable, if basic hygiene practices were followed.

But since sanitation facilities are lacking in many parts of the country, scientists are looking at alternative ways to combat diseases in children - inc... Read More

China's Hospitals Preparing NDM-1 Bacteria Treatment

China's Ministry of Health on Saturday issued guidelines urging full preparations at medical institutions nationwide for treating the multi-drug resistant NDM-1 bacteria.

According to the guidelines, it is likely that the bacteria is mainly transmitted through close contact, with key vulnerab... Read More

New book argues for more antibiotics research

With antibiotic-resistant bacteria killing more Americans every year in U.S. hospitals than died during the decade-long Vietnam War, David M. Shlaes says it's time for federal regulators to rethink policies that have encouraged major companies to abandon antibacterials research.

And the 62-ye... Read More

Researchers Determine the Genetic Blueprint of the Lyme Disease Microbe

Researchers Dr. Steven E. Schutzer of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett of the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland, and their collaborators have made a major achievement toward better understanding Lyme disease, by determining the complete genetic... Read More

Staph aureus altered to embed foreign molecules

Scientists have managed to alter the cell wall of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria to "trick" them into accepting small molecules and embedding them.

The development could lead to ways of combating staph infections that can cause pneumonia and a wide range of skin infections. A dangerous antibi... Read More

Research finds most people are immune to H1N1 flu

Swine flu no longer represents a major threat in the United States because so many people are immune to the virus that caused last season's pandemic, health officials said.

Of the 310 million people in the United States, 59 percent are believed to be immune to pandemic H1N1 flu, the researche... Read More

Scientist seeks safer oyster

Yi-Cheng Su knows how much people enjoy eating a briny, cold, fresh raw oyster.

But as tasty as the cocktail sauce-doused treat can be, shellfish can carry bacteria that will wreak havoc upon your digestive tract — at least for a few days — and has even been known to be a killer.

So Su, an... Read More

Immune Reaction to Infection Leads to Autism-like Disorders in Mice

Could an immune reaction to a virus cause autism? We still don’t know the answer to that question, but a new study shows that, in mice, infecting a pregnant mother with an artificial virus can spark a chain of events that leads to autism-like disorders in her offspring.

The study, just rel... Read More

New Tool in the Fight Against Tuberculosis: Algorithm Enables Cell-Scale Simulations

Researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois have developed a way to harness the prodigious quantities of both genomic and metabolic data being generated with high-throughput genomics and other techniques. They have developed an algorithm that automatically inte... Read More

TWiV 102: Catch me if you can in Munich

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Episode #102 of the podcast This Week in Virology is a conversation about the RNA sensor RIG-I, adenovirus gene therapy, a universal influenza vaccine, and rabies virus, recorded in Munich, Germany ... Read More

TWiV 102 Letters

Simon writes:


Hello Vince and Dick,


Thank you for your podcasts, i subscribe to both twiv and twip and find them both fascinating. I work as a truck driver here in England and listen to your podcasts whilst driving about. Currently i am study for a life scienc... Read More

UM study: Institutions measure blood stream infection rates differently

A new study looking at how hospitals identify pediatric patients who develop catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CA-BSI) found significant inconsistencies in the methods used to report the number of patients who develop them.

The study, led by Matthew Niedner, M.D., assistant professo... Read More

Destructive species hitching ride on cargo ships make Seaway a bigger threat

For thousands of years, the Great Lakes were protected by Niagara Falls on the east and a subcontinental divide on the west, but those barriers to our grandest freshwater system were obliterated over the past century so that oceanic freighters could float in and Chicago sewage could float out.
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CDC Says Flu Season Looks Normal … But Everyone Should Be Vaccinated

It’s early days yet, but the CDC says the flu season is so far humming along in unspectacular fashion, with plenty of vaccine available that matches up against the strains of the virus in circulation.

(Last year, of course, the H1N1 pandemic strain emerged too late to include it in the usual ... Read More

Bacteria May Be to Blame for Childhood Asthma Attacks

Bacterial infections may trigger as many asthma attacks in children as viruses do, new research suggests.

Viral respiratory infections, including colds and flu-like illnesses, have long been known to cause kids and adults with asthma to have an attack -- characterized by a fit of coughing, wh... Read More

Viruses, Part II: Diseases and Cancer

It has long been hard for people to accept that they can be hurt, or even killed, by something they cannot see. But this is exactly what viruses do and have always done; they evade our body’s immune system, hijack our cells to create more viruses, and have consequently caused epidemics throughou... Read More

Hepatitis C can infect, damage brain tissues; Report

A virus best known for the damage it does to the liver can also damage brain cells, University of Alberta researchers report in a new study.

The research into the impact of hepatitis C on the brain is significant, they say, because it marks the first time scientists have been able to show tha... Read More

Drug-resistant bacteria kills 18 in Brazil

A drug-resistant bacteria has claimed 18 lives in Brazil's capital region this year, local media reported Saturday.

The bacteria – Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC) – is resistant to most of the common antibiotics on the Brazilian market, the report said.

Infections in the capital ... Read More

Scientists trick bacteria to incorporate foreign small molecules into cell wall

Researchers at Yale University have artificially created the cell wall of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, tricking it into incorporating foreign small molecules and embedding them within the cell wall.

The finding represents the first time scientists have engineered the cell wall of a pa... Read More
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