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Travellers’ ethnicity should be routinely recorded, says microbiology expert

Irish Travellers’ ethnicity should be “routinely recorded” when they present to health services with notifiable diseases, a leading authority on microbiology has said. Dr Ronan O’Toole from the school of medicine at Trinity College Dublin, said this was necessary to help find out why Travellers ... Read More

Some genes 'foreign' in origin and not from our ancestors

Many animals, including humans, acquired essential 'foreign' genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to new research. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed down through ancestral lines, suggesting t... Read More

Honey, I shrunk the ants: How environment controls size

Until now scientists have believed that the variations in traits such as our height, skin color, tendency to gain weight or not, intelligence, tendency to develop certain diseases, etc., all of them traits that exist along a continuum, were a result of both genetic and environmental factors. But... Read More

What Can Be Done about Pseudoskepticism?

What do tobacco, food additives, chemical flame retardants and carbon emissions all have in common? The industries associated with them and their ill effects have been remarkably consistent and disturbingly effective at planting doubt in the mind of the public in the teeth of scientific evidence... Read More

Irish scientists highlight the need for basic research funding

With austerity measures in Ireland having affected the focus of science funding, a recent letter was sent to Government to raise concerns over the lack of funding for grassroots science. There is a need for a balance in funding and not just an emphasis on commercial application. Read More

You are when you eat: Limiting flies to specific eating hours protects their hearts against aging, study finds

Limiting flies to specific eating hours protected their hearts against aging, a study has demonstrated. Previous research has found that people who tend to eat later in the day and into the night have a higher chance of developing heart disease than people who cut off their food consumption earl... Read More

Detecting Cancer By Sound [Audio]

Doctors—and you, too—can listen to difference between healthy and malignant cells

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Cattle-killer: Two parasites are better than one

When calves are infected by two parasite species at the same time, one parasite renders the other far less deadly, according to a new study published in the current journal of Science Advances Read More

SXSW 2015: Finally, an Ebola suit that isn't miserable to wear

At South by Southwest on Friday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave the first public demo of a new medical protective suit that's designed to help healthcare workers fight Ebola.

Current protective suits worn by Ebola healthcare workers take about 20 minutes t... Read More

Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life

Computer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles

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BacterioFiles 208 - Discovering Dietary Dwellers

This episode: Dr. Angela Zivkovic discusses the microbes present in our food!


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Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened gold frogs from lethal fungus

A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog's skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease. Read More

Cytomegalovirus hijacks human enzyme for replication

Researchers at Princeton have discovered that cytomegalovirus manipulates a process called fatty acid elongation, which makes the very-long-chain fatty acids necessary for virus replication. Published in the journal Cell Reports on March 3, the research team identified a specific human enzyme--e... Read More

Pollution is driving force behind growth of nuisance algal scums, study finds

Potentially toxic microbes which pose a threat to our drinking water have undergone a dramatic population explosion over the last 200 years as a result of pollution, research involving experts from The University of Nottingham has found. The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, looke... Read More

Americans Evacuated From Sierra Leone After Possible Ebola Contact

The first of a group of 10 American aid workers who may have come into contact with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone were evacuated on Saturday, American government and aid officials said. They will be the largest group of Americans to have returned home over fears of exposure to the virus since ... Read More

Surfwear founder’s charity backs UQ researcher in superbug war

A University of Queensland researcher waging a war on antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been awarded a $360,000 fellowship from a charitable foundation established by the businessman who founded the Billabong surfwear company. Read More

A protein platform for priming

The enzymes that make copies of the DNA or RNA genomes of viruses – nucleic acid polymerases – can be placed into two broad categories depending on whether or not they require a primer, a short piece of DNA or RNA, to get going. The structure of the primer-independent RNA polymerase of hepatitis... Read More

Out of a pickle

For centuries - millenia even - people have learned to harness the power of microbes such as bacteria, yeasts, and other fungi for the purpose of improving the quality of foods. Some have been employed (accidentally or intentionally) to enhance flavor (i.e. cheeses, breads) while others have be... Read More

Lab-on-paper developed for rapid, inexpensive medical diagnostics

A new paper-based platform has been created for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves embedded in the paper that allow for sequential manipulation of sample fluids and multiple reagents in a controlled manner to per... Read More

HIV can spread early, evolve in patients' brains

The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered. An analysis of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), a window into brain chemical activity, revealed that for a subs... Read More
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