Researchers have designed bacteria that can produce a special glue to knit together cracks in concrete structures.
The genetically modified microbe has been programmed to swim down fine cracks in concrete and once at the bottom it produces a mixture of calcium carbonate and a bacterial glue. ... Read More
A daily dose of "friendly bacteria" could provide relief for kids suffering from the cruel pain of a chronic tummy ache, suggests a new Italian study.
Between 10 and 15 percent of school-aged children suffer from frequent stomach pain. Yet little evidence exists to date for helpful medication... Read More
Outsmarting the enemy will take a team effort. That's the message of the "Get Smart About Antibiotics" campaign from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It aims to educate the public, doctors and agricultural producers that antibiotics need to be used more judiciously, ... Read More
Less than a month after a cholera outbreak erupted in Haiti, the infection has claimed 917 lives, AFP reported.
Haiti has long struggled to overcome political strife and poverty, but this year has been particularly hard on its citizens. In January, a massive earthquake killed an estimated 230... Read More
Gill disease may have several different causes, such as adverse environmental impacts or a variety of microorganisms. Terje M. Steinum's doctoral research has identified microorganisms that may lead to gill disease, thereby making a significant contribution to our understanding of such diseases ... Read More
A kiwifruit-killing disease is spreading throughout orchards in New Zealand, threatening to devastate the nation's billion-dollar industry.
On Monday, it was confirmed that 13 Bay of Plenty orchards had been struck with bacteria pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae - or PSA - up from the eight ... Read More
On episode #107 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about poliovirus, social media, dengue, influenza, evolution, gel filtration, and muc... Read More
Dear Doctors et al,
I'm writing to request a podcast or a discussion on colony collapse disorder. It seems that new evidence is pointing to a combination of fungus and a newly discovered virus (from a combination of academia and the military!). I know th... Read More
An STD app in the works may be a discreet way to diagnose diseases via mobile devices and computers — and curb the spread of STDs, particularly in young people.
But whether it can overcome the cringe factor that STD testing generally evokes remains to be seen. Check out college kids’ reaction... Read More
West Nile virus (WNV) might persist for years after acute infection, resulting in long-term neurological consequences in more people than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Kristy Murray, DVM, PhD, from the University of Texas School of Public Health, in Houston, presented the findings... Read More
HIV is not only a different kind of beast; it's a different beast every day.
"We're in the evolutionary fast lane studying HIV," said Bette Korber, a Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher who led a team that designed a vaccine expressly to counter the genetic diversity of the virus.
"A... Read More
Health authorities in Miami, one of Florida's top tourist attractions, have reported the first case of dengue fever in 50 years, an official said Friday.
The person diagnosed with the sometimes deadly mosquito-born virus has fully recovered after a brief hospitalization, said Liliana Rivera, ... Read More
American scientists say they are a step close to a vaccine that could prevent majority of urinary tract infections.
UTI is caused by E.coli bacteria and the vaccine could potentially save billions of dollars in health care costs globally. It costs $ 3.5 billion to treat UTI every year and nea... Read More
Scientists from around the world are at a conference in Biloxi, studying bacteria. Among the hot topics: The bio-degradation of crude oil.
More specifically, they discussed how natural bacteria helped break-down the oil in the gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
The conference includes ... Read More
Sophia Kathariou is the kind of scientist who can turn food-borne bacteria into great dinner conversation.
The associate professor of food science and microbiology at N.C. State University in Raleigh, N.C., spoke about her work Thursday night at Mitch’s Tavern, a longtime haunt for professors... Read More
Differences in hospitals' surveillance practices for bloodstream infections may compromise public report cards that rank quality of care, researchers warned.
Routine surveillance of central line-associated bloodstream infection rates by infection prevention specialists correlated poorly with ... Read More
When it comes to gambling, many people rely on game theory, a branch of applied mathematics that attempts to measure the choices of others to inform their own decisions. It's used in economics, politics, medicine -- and, of course, Las Vegas. But recent findings from a Tel Aviv University resear... Read More
Yogurts and supplements loaded with "friendly" bacteria may be able to fight the nefarious ones and soothe fickle bowels, according to a new study.
A Cochrane Library review of 63 studies found that probiotics can shorten the time a person has acute diarrhea — with no negative side effects. O... Read More
A pair of proteins likely play a role in forming the slick coating of bacteria known as biofilms that can be difficult to treat with drugs.
These films form around foreign materials in the body—such as a catheter—and cannot be defeated by conventional means. Researchers say this protein pair ... Read More
The deadly Cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread to the country's capital Port-au-Prince, with scores of cases confirmed and numerous suspected deaths reported.
The waterborne disease, which thrives in unsanitary conditions, has already killed more than 580 people who had been forced to live i... Read More