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Harmful Bacteria Carried by Pigeons

Sampling of pigeons captured on the streets of Madrid has revealed the bacterial pathogens they carry. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica found two bugs that were highly prevalent in the bird population, Chlamydophila psittaci and Campylobac... Read More

Study Examines, Compares Bacteria in the Nose and Throat

Scientists have completed the most comprehensive comparative analysis to date of bacterial communities inhabiting the human nose and throat, which could provide new insights into why some individuals become colonized with pathogens while others do not. They release their findings today in mBio™... Read More

New Text Focuses on Microbiology of Historic Artifacts

Historic and culturally important artifacts, like all materials, are vulnerable to microbial attack. Cultural Heritage Microbiology, a new text from ASM Press, offers a synthesis of important scientific articles describing microbial deterioration of cultural heritage materials and methods for ... Read More

Why does an electronic journal have page limits?

When it comes to a research article, how many pages is enough? How many is too many? These are matters mBio has wrangled with over the last year, and after much deliberation we’ve come up with a policy for page limits: http://mbio.asm.org/site/misc/authors.xhtml.

But why should mBio set pa... Read More

New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. The details are reported in the June 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. Read More

Oral Bacteria May Offer Probiotic Potential Against Upper Respiratory Infections

Bacteria in the mouth may offer probiotic potential against upper respiratory tract infections, say researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, and Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.

They detail their findings in the June 2010 issue of the journal App... Read More

Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune response against the pandemic virus. They report their findings in the July 2010 issue o... Read More

Community-Based Measures for Mitigating the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic in China

ABSTRACT:

Since the emergence of influenza A/H1N1 pandemic virus in March–April 2009, very stringent interventions including Fengxiao were implemented to prevent importation of infected cases and decelerate the disease spread in mainland China. The extent to which these measures have been eff... Read More

Rush to sample algae as Gulf oil spill grows

In a race against time, University of Florida marine researchers are hurrying to collect underwater marine algae samples in the Florida Keys while an ever-growing Gulf oil spill steadily migrates toward Florida, already reaching the Emerald Coast in the Panhandle.

Hendrik Luesch, an associate... Read More

TWiV 87 Letters

James writes:


Dear TWIV,


I've really enjoyed hearing about the paths you and your guests took to enter the fields of virology and parasitology.


I was wondering if Dr. Dove could talk for a few minutes about how and why he decided to transition into sci... Read More

Researchers Use Virus To Combat Rhino Beetle

Russ Campbell, Guam’s territorial entomologist and Aubrey Moore, UOG extension entomologist, welcomed New Zealand scientist, Trevor Jackson to Guam in early June. Jackson was invited to assist in the release of a virus into the rhino beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) population. This virus only infe... Read More

How clean is Stanley Cup?

Go ahead: Touch it, hug it, give it a big wet kiss.

The Stanley Cup isn't the germ bomb you might suspect.

The NHL champion Blackhawks' beloved trophy stopped by the Chicago Tribune newsroom Thursday, and so we took the opportunity to do something the Cup's keeper said had never been done:... Read More

Online registration is now open for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci

Online registration for the 3rd ASM Conference on Enterococci, July 30 - August 2, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, is now open.

Session topics include:

*Genomics and Molecular Biology
*Pathogenicity
*Antibiotic Therapy and Resistance
*Bacteriocins
*Plasmids and Horizontal Transfer
*Epidem... Read More

Deep ocean yeilds promising results for microbiologists

Research by a small group of microbiologists is revealing how marine microbes live in a mysterious area of the Earth: the realm just beneath the deep ocean floor. The ocean crust may be the largest biological reservoir on our planet.
"I think this research is exciting because it offers us a gli... Read More

In melanoma patients, immune therapy may boost survival

An experimental immune therapy may provide a new way to fight advanced melanoma, a devastating cancer that often kills patients within six months.

In a study of two novel treatments — a therapeutic vaccine called gp100 and an immune stimulator called ipilimumab — ipilimumab nearly doubled the... Read More

Professor: My bacteria could consume oil spill

A scholar who played a key role in the creation of the biotechnology industry told the Herald his oil-eating bacteria probably could have gobbled up the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico and cleaned any potentially harmful residue left by chemical dispersant products, if it was available now.
... Read More

Browns, Cleveland Clinic agree to settlement in Joe Jurevicius' staph lawsuit

Joe Jurevicius reached a settlement last week with the Browns over a staph infection that most likely ended the Browns receiver's career, the Associated Press reported.

The two sides agreed to keep the terms of the settlement confidential, a source said.

Jurevicius, a Chardon-area native, ... Read More

Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said Friday.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals fr... Read More

A game of cat and mouse

If an alien bug invaded the brains of half the population, hijacked their neurochemistry, altered the way they acted and drove some of them crazy, then you might expect a few excitable headlines to appear in the press. Yet something disturbingly like this may actually be happening without the wo... Read More

Protecting the Next Generation — Eliminating Perinatal HIV-1 Infection

More than 90% of the 430,000 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infections in children each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV-1 acquisition through breast milk accounts for more than 40% of infections. However, in Africa, breast-feeding is a cornerstone of child survival. Two ... Read More

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