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Genentech Scientist to Lead Rockefeller University

The No. 2 research official at Genentech will become the next president of Rockefeller University, in the first departure from the company’s top scientific ranks since its acquisition by Roche in March 2009.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who is executive vice president for research and the chief sci... Read More

Rubbing hands together after washing them increases the danger of contamination, scientists warn

Although hand-dryers are more environmentally friendly than paper towels researchers found that bacteria levels increased when people rubbed their hands together while using them.

They concluded that paper towels were the most effective means of reducing the risk of infection after washing.
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CVS Caremark to give away up to $5M in flu shots

CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday it will give away up to $5 million in seasonal flu vaccinations to people without health insurance.

The Woonsocket, R.I., company said vouchers for the vaccines will be available at clinics or community health centers starting Sept. 20. Consumers will be able... Read More

Production of Sticky Proteins May Explain How Malaria Evades the Immune System

Researchers have discovered a sticky new strategy that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, uses to make sure it evades the human immune system and thrives inside the body.

Near the end of its complex life cycle, the malaria parasite invades human red blood cells and produces a stick... Read More

New Class of Peptides May Protect Against Septic Shock

A new class of peptides may neutralize the endotoxin that causes sepsis, offering a new therapeutic strategy against an often lethal systemic bacterial infection.

The researchers from Germany and Spain detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and C... Read More

Deadly bacteria traced to India (video)

It,s being called a superbug, a virus that is resistant to drugs, and is being transmitted through patients who've visited India for medical treatment. Britain has already advised its citizens against travelling to India for medical treatment. Aafreen Alam reports. Read More

Multi-resistant skin bacteria spreading in hospitals

Genetically closely related skin bacteria that have developed resistance to several different antibiotics and that can cause intractable care-related infections are found and seem to be spreading within and between hospitals in Sweden

Genetically closely related skin bacteria that have develo... Read More

Chopping and Changing in the Microbial World: How Mycoplasmas – The Simplest Bacterial Pathogens – Stay Alive

Pathogenic bacteria have evolved a variety of mechanisms to avoid being killed by the immune systems of the humans and animals they invade.

Among the most sophisticated is that practised by mycoplasmas, which regularly change their surface proteins to confuse the immune system. Recent work i... Read More

First Irish genome sequenced

The Irish are genetically distinct from other Europeans – including their British neighbours. That's according to the first genome of an Irish person to be sequenced, which turns out to have a host of unusual genetic variations.

Brendan Loftus of University College Dublin, who led the team re... Read More

AP Exclusive: Back to work after salmonella case

The peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in a salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business.

Stewart Parnell, former president of the now-bankrupt Peanut Corp. of America, is working as a consultant... Read More

Fungal Threat to Archived Film

Microbes could be threatening our cultural heritage by degrading historic cinematographic film and even preventing some valuable footage to be archived at all.

Mr Gavin Bingley who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham describes how fung... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 11 - Fuels Fixed from Fumes

This episode: Making biofuels from fumes!



























(2.3 MB, 2.5 minutes)

Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

New Class of Peptides May Protect Against Septic Shock

A new class of peptides may neutralize the endotoxin that causes sepsis, offering a new therapeutic strategy against an often lethal systemic bacterial infection. The researchers from Germany and Spain detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Che... Read More

Self-Administered Vaccine Patch May Protect Against Potentially Pandemic Flu Viruses

A self-administered patch containing tiny microneedles may effectively deliver influenza virus-like particles through the skin and protect against potentially pandemic flu viruses such as H5N1. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad report their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal... Read More

Frog Skin May Provide Antimicrobial Peptides Effective Against Multidrug-Resistant Infections

Antimicrobial peptides from the skin of frogs may protect against life-threatening, multidrug-resistant infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa say researchers from Italy. They detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

P. aerugi... Read More

More than a sex addiction: pheromones are for more than just gene exchange

At first glance, you might not think the fungus Candida albicans and the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis would have a lot in common, but mBio’s first Minireview reveals another story: these dissimilar pathogens both use pheromone signaling for mating and for pathogenesis. By probing the environ... Read More

Red Tide Bacteria Found Over 9.5-Mile Area of New York City's Upper Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard said a “reddish sheen” was reported on the water in the upper harbor of New York that has been identified as a red tide outbreak, an accumulation of bacteria whose dense concentration turns the affected water reddish brown.

The reddish color was reported at about 7 a.m. a... Read More

Lineman won't be tackled by flu again

It was the fifth game of the 2009 Ohio State University football season, and offensive lineman Andy Miller cheered as the Buckeyes sprinted past the Indiana Hoosiers, 33-14, the fourth win of the year. The campus was brimming with excitement, yet for Miller the occasion was bittersweet.

"I wa... Read More

Human Microbiome data repository site - HMP DACC

HMP DACC is the Human Microbiome Project's Data Analysis and Coordination Center. A major goal of the HMP is to look for correlations between changes in the microbiome and human health. The HMP DACC is the central repository for all HMP data. More information about the project can be found on th... Read More

Interview: Stephen P. Diggle

World Sci­ence asked lead­ing mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist Ste­phen P. Dig­gle to com­ment on a study on “back­stab­bing bac­te­ria” re­ported in World Sci­ence and pre­sented Sept. 6 at the fall meet­ing of the So­ci­e­ty for Gen­er­al Mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gy in Not­ting­ham, U.K. Dig­gle, a Roy­al So­ci­e... Read More
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