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How Did Higher Life Evolve? Brown Algal Genome Opens New Door to Understanding Multicellularity and Photosynthesis

With the world's first complete sequencing of a brown algal genome, an international research team has made a big leap towards understanding the evolution of two key prerequisites for higher life on Earth -- multicellularity and photosynthesis. As reported in the journal Nature, about 100 scient... Read More

Germ-killing uniforms for doctors

When the going gets tough, plain old cotton won't do. Just ask sportswear manufacturers, many of which incorporate anti-microbial, fluid-resistant fabric into their clothing lines to keep athletes dry and odor-free.

Last year, biotech industry entrepreneur Uncas Ben Favret was thinking about ... Read More

Craig Venter announces synthetic life

This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More

Caltech Biologists Provide Molecular Explanation for the Evolution of Tamiflu Resistance

Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed molecular changes that helped allow the global spread of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) among strains of the seasonal H1N1 flu virus.

The study—led by David Baltimore, Caltech's Rober... Read More

What's next for synthetic life?

J. Craig Venter and his colleagues recently announced that they had created the first cell to run on a fully artificial genome. So what's next for this synthetic strain of microscopic Mycoplasma mycoides and the new technology?

The "synthetic cell" achievement has been lauded, condemned and u... Read More

UM IGS Study Finds Vaginal Microbes Vary Among Healthy Women

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the UM’s Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing doctors to tailor each woman’s treatme... Read More

UM School of Medicine study finds vaginal microbes vary among healthy women

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing... Read More

Bacterioplankton Responses to Desert Dust in the (Sub)tropical Northeast Atlantic

Inputs of dust from the Sahara desert could change the composition of microbial communities in the (sub)tropical eastern North Atlantic say Southampton researchers writing this month in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters.

When high winds blow over the Sahara, dust particles consisting of s... Read More

WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues

The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts.

The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers, said it remained... Read More

Eyes of cattle may become new windows to detect mad cow disease

The eyes may or may not be windows to the soul, as the old adage goes, but scientists are reporting evidence that a peek into the eyes of cattle may become the basis for a long-sought test to detect infection with the agent that causes Mad Cow Disease. That test could help prevent the disease fr... Read More

Another reason to breastfeed your baby

Canadian scientists reported in the FASEB Journal that they discovered that breast milk carries a probiotic that can help alleviate symptoms
of digestive disorders.

Mama's breast milk has been already known to benefit both the mother and her baby. U.S. physicians recommend breastfeeding newb... Read More

Study: ER computer keyboards and bacteria

Keyboards located in triage and registration areas were found to be more contaminated with bacteria than those in other areas of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, according to a new study conducted by the hospital.

"Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatm... Read More

MTS51- James Liao - Turning Microbes into Fuel Refineries

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TWiP 11 letters

Sophie writes:


Hi Dick and Vincent,


I still love both of your podcasts and was very pleased when Dick referred to Claudius as I love the books about him. This malaria themed podcast made me realize that the historical part of parasitism is so interesting (I'm ... Read More

Vaccine appears to prevent breast cancer in mice

An experimental vaccine prevented breast cancer in genetically engineered mice, according to a preliminary study in the June 10 issue of Nature Medicine. The vaccine has not been tested in humans.

Though the approach is intriguing, it is far too early to know whether a vaccine could also help... Read More

TWiP 11: One times three million

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.


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Physicians May Use Risk-Based Screening Strategy to Identify Hepatitis C Virus Infection

In a high-risk, urban ambulatory care setting, physicians may use a risk-based screening strategy to test for hepatitis C (HCV) infection, according to the results of a study published online May 20 in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. This was the first of several studies from the US Centers for ... Read More

Tech Team Puts Microscope On Cell Phone

After hundreds of years, the most common, basic microscopes still operate by means of the same old hardware: the lens. But what if you could do away with that lens and create a microscope that fits on a cell phone? That’s what researchers led by Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA have developed. Ozcan recent... Read More

Microbe Power as a Green Means to Hydrogen Production

Scientists have been hard at work harnessing the power of microbes as an attractive source of clean energy. Now, Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University researcher Dr. Prathap Parameswaran and his colleagues have investigated a means for enhancing the efficiency of clean energy productio... Read More

Molecular pumps could make vaccines stronger

Scientists at the University of California - Berkeley have found that molecular pumps in Listeria bacteria that expel antibiotics, which make the bug harder to kill with standard drugs, also expel small signaling molecules that stimulate a strong immune response in cells that they infect.

The... Read More

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