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New Gene Therapy Hope for HIV

When it comes to research on HIV and AIDS treatments, it can be hard to know when to celebrate a small advance-everyone wants to see progress, but so many experimental avenues that seemed promising have turned out to be dead ends. Still, a new study that tried a sophisticated form of gene therap... Read More

Experimental flu treatment may help related virus

An experimental drug being developed to fight influenza may fight a common but little-known virus called parainfluenza virus, researchers and the company said on Friday.

Tests in mice showed Fludase, made by privately held NexBio, could stop parainfluenza viruses from replicating, the researc... Read More

Be skeptical of claims about probiotics and prebiotics

Jamie Lee Curtis promises in TV adds that bacteria-laced Dannon yogurt will improve colon regularity. Other companies sell little pills full of living microbes and even supplements promising to feed those microbes what they most like to eat. Probiotics and prebiotics — from bacteria-infused beve... Read More

PRO/AH/EDR> Plague, bubonic, fatal - China: (GS)

A construction worker in Gansu Province died soon after he hunted, cooked,
and ate an infected marmot, the provincial health authority has announced.

The authority announced on Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010, that the man developed a
high fever and swollen lymph glands under his left armpit. He was... Read More

UCR entomologists advance bacteria that is deadly to mosquitoes

UCR researchers have received a $1.86 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to enhance development of a bacterial brew that is deadly to mosquitoes.

"We are beyond the proof of concept," said Brian Federici, principal investigator and a distinguished pro... Read More

LCD television waste ‘could help prevent bacterial infections’

The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.

Researchers at the University’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a way of transforming the chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a k... Read More

Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

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... Read More

iSkin announces An iPad case for the germ-phobic

Are you a little OCD when it comes to germs? Do you feel like you need to wash your hands after you use your iPad? Did that report about the iPad screens in Apple Stores being hotbeds for assorted fungi and bacteria make you want to take a long, hot shower?

If you answered yes to any of these... Read More

Can Microbes Help Stem the BP Oil-Spill Disaster?

Current technology used by BP is proving hopelessly inadequate in curbing the tide of oil gushing from beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Now, novel technologies that remain untested at such an incomprehensible scale will be needed in anticipation of years of remediation to resuscitate a dying ecosyste... Read More

Probiotic Prophylactic: Bacteria May Protect Critically Ill Patients against Pneumonia

How's this for preventative medicine?: Ingesting bacteria may help to prevent infections.

Researchers at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., recently demonstrated that regular doses of probiotic bacteria given to hospital patients on mechanical ventilators resulted in fewe... Read More

Malaria Increases with Deforestation In Brazil

You know saving the rainforest is good for biodiversity. But it may also be a boon to human health. That's because less clear-cutting may mean less malaria, according to a paper out this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. [Sarah Olson et al., http://bit.ly/b6iFgT]

Researchers l... Read More

Experiment Turns Up The Heat On Natural Selection, Reveals New Details Of An Evolutionary Mechanism

Scientists in Munich report evidence that high concentrations of the molecular "chaperone" proteins GroEL and GroES -- intracellular machines that can stabilize folding proteins under stress -- play a critical role in increasing the maximum temperature at which E. coli bacteria can grow. Massive... Read More

Battle of the Bugs Leaves Humans as Collateral Damage

It's a tragedy of war that innocent bystanders often get caught in the crossfire. But now scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford have shown how a battle for survival at a microscopic level could leave humans as the unlikely victims.

In work funded by the US ... Read More

TWiP 12 Letters

Maria writes:

Dear Dr. Dickson Despommier and Dr. Vincent Racaniello


I am a microbiologist. I studied in Colombia and after finishing my bachelor's I moved to New York city in 2007. All my life I have been fascinated about microorganisms. Some weeks ago I found an i... Read More

TWiP 12: Toxoplasma gondii

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Vincent and Dickson introduce the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most successful parasites on earth.


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Study Criticizes Swine-Flu Follow-Up

There is too little genetic surveillance of last year’s human pandemic flu, which has gone on to infect pigs in China and is readily mixing with other flus there, according to a study released Thursday by researchers in Hong Kong.

No dangerous new strain has emerged, said several experts who ... Read More

Wild Potato Germplasm Holds Key to Disease Resistance

Wild potato germplasm that offers resistance to some major potato diseases has been identified by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.

Geneticists Dennis Halterman and Shelley Jansky pinpointed the resistant wild potato species in studies at the ARS Vegetable Crops Research Unit in... Read More

Gut-Residing Bacteria Trigger Arthritis in Genetically Susceptible Individuals

A single species of bacteria that lives in the gut is able to trigger a cascade of immune responses that can ultimately result in the development of arthritis.

Our gut, like that of most mammals, is filled with thousands of species of bacteria, many of which are helpful and aid in the develop... Read More

Swine Flu Jumps Back to Pigs and Keeps Evolving

A new strain of swine flu shows that the pandemic version has jumped from humans back to pigs, where it’s evolving in new and unpredictable ways.

The new strain, identified in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse, isn’t especially virulent. But the findings emphasize the need for continued vigilance. S... Read More

MTS52 - Mitchell Sogin - Expeditions to the Rare Biosphere

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