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"Come over baby/whole lot of shakin' goin' on"

Perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis's rock n' roll classic will soon be topping the charts of virologists world wide! Read More

Billions of Tiny Bugs Have Green Jobs Cleaning Up Polluted Sites

Talk about green jobs! The California company Microvi Biotech has developed a low cost, low impact, energy efficient system that puts billions of microorganisms to work, cleaning up notorious soil and groundwater pollutants like perchlorate, a rocket fuel additive that is also used to make expl... Read More

New method uses "super-sexed" but sterile male insects for sustainable pest control

Agricultural researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are developing an improved method for sustainable pest control using "super-sexed" but sterile male insects to copulate with female ones.

The scientists thus hope to offer yet another efficient and promising avenue for supplying ... Read More

Microwave technology sterilises medical equipment

Researchers have come up with a new way of sterilising medical equipment - by using a microwave.

Low-cost technology to kill harmful bacteria has been developed at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

Researchers found that by attaching a vacuum vessel to a microwave oven, atomic oxygen and ozon... Read More

With Swine Flu On The Wane, Health Officials Look Ahead

As the first influenza pandemic of this century appears to have turned a corner, preparations are already under way for next flu season.

Today the World Health Organization picked the strains to go in next fall's Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine. The ingredients: the pandemic H1N1, or swine fl... Read More

Point of care testing for MRSA is effective

A study has investigated whether a commercial real-time polymerase chain reaction test for MRSA could be used as a point of care test.

GeneXpert systems, used to carry out the MRSA test, were installed on four wards at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and in the microbiolo... Read More

Tobacco bacterias are potential cause of URI's

As if another reason was needed to quit smoking, though this one is certainly a doozy. Read More

Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives

The Haydel-Summers collaborative has added clarity to these distinctly muddy waters by screening more than 50 mineral mixtures (and aqueous extractions from them, known as leachates) marketed as health and cosmetic products using pathogens Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimuriu... Read More

Washing hands is a smart preventive; so is washing trauma patients

Swabbing down trauma patients with disposable, antiseptic-laced cloths appears to pay off in terms of infection control.

Doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle found that patients given a daily antiseptic wipe down were much less likely to develop a catheter-related bloodstream infe... Read More

Engineered bacteria

Researchers have devised a way to attach sugars to proteins using unique biological and chemical methods. This means that large quantities of different glycoproteins can be generated for various medical and biological studies.

When the intestinal bacterium E. coli and the diarrheal pathogen ... Read More

CDC: Regional H1N1 in five states

Five states reported regional H1N1 influenza activity, and Puerto Rico and six states reported local influenza activity, U.S. health officials said Friday.

The weekly flu surveillance report -- completed during flu season by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- said for the week ... Read More

Contagion, the movie

Contagion is the name of a new action-thriller movie about a global outbreak of a deadly viral disease. Slated to be released in 2011, it is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lawrence Fishburne. That’s certainly an ... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 7

In this show, I report on five exciting stories: a bacterial electric grid, engineering biofilms, beewolves that use antibiotics, tiny bacterial magnets, and microbial life's potential on Mars.





























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Large Pockets of Methane May Be Building Under Antarctic Ice

Microbes living under ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland could be churning out large quantities of the greenhouse gas methane, a new study suggests.

In recent years scientists have learned that liquid water lurks under much of Antarctica’s massive ice sheet, and so, they say, the potentia... Read More

3-D cell culture: Making cells feel right at home

The film "Avatar" isn't the only 3-D blockbuster making a splash this winter. A team of scientists from Houston's Texas Medical Center this week unveiled a new technique for growing 3-D cell cultures, a technological leap from the flat petri dish that could save millions of dollars in drug-testi... Read More

Sigh of relief: Mutations don’t help H1N1

The H1N1 pandemic hasn’t been the devastating and deadly global event the WHO once feared it might be, but public health officials worry that a more virulent form of the virus could emerge and cause a second, more lethal wave of cases. Mutations in genes that encode the viral ribonucleoprotein ... Read More

Obama’s C.D.C. Director, Wielding a Big Broom

No federal health agency changed more during the Bush administration than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It got new buildings, new managers and an entirely new operating structure.

A year into the Obama administration, only the new buildings remain. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, th... Read More

Study finds dental bib chain contamination

A study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry Oral Microbiology Laboratory found that dental bib clips may be potential sources of cross-contamination in a dental office.

Researchers sampled 50 bib clips from hygiene and dental operatories. One out of five... Read More

New Powerful Microscopy Shows Antimicrobial Proteins Killing Bacteria

US researchers have developed a new powerful microscopy technique and used it to show proteins killing bacteria in real time, thus revealing the deadly workings of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), naturally occurring proteins that scientists are pursuing as a new approach to treating bacterial inf... Read More

It came from your keyboard!

Its a lot more crowded in your cubicle than you probably thought eh? With these little guys, even when you're by yourself you're never alone! Read More

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