Chances are your friends are more popular than you are. It is a basic feature of social networks that has been known about for some time. Consider both an avid cocktail party hostess with hundreds of acquaintances and a grumpy misanthrope, who may have one or two friends. Statistically speaking,... Read More
A mumps outbreak on the East Coast — the largest in the United States in four years — may be spreading to Los Angeles County.
Nine cases of mumps have been reported so far this year, two more than were seen in all of 2009, according to county health officer Jonathan Fielding.
There is also... Read More
The spread of goat pox virus (GPV) on goat ranches in Taiwan has yet to subside, with more than 5,000 infected goats having been culled since the first case this year was confirmed on April 9, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Sunday. A total of 5,055 pox-infected goats from 32 goat farms in... Read More
By using medications packaged just like fast-food ketchup, HIV-positive mothers in developing countries can more easily provide protection to newborn babies born at home.
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed an inexpensive and easy-to-use system that allows mothers to give t... Read More
Montclair Meat Co., Inc., a Montclair, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 53,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to ... Read More
The United States still has 71 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine that have not been used, but it is not yet time to throw them out, the federal government said on Monday. States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can ... Read More
The soda that comes out of fountain machines in restaurants may be widely contaminated with fecal bacteria, according to a study conducted by researchers from Hollins University and published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.
Researchers tested 30 different self-serve and beh... Read More
Tom Shenk is not only ASM’s Publications Board Chairman and a Princeton Professor, he’s also an instigator and a mastermind (in the well-intentioned and insightful senses of the words). After all, he was one of the original forces behind starting up mBio and his ideas and work continue to drive ... Read More
Microbial communities are performing important functions all around us -- from the earth in our flowerpots to the human gut. Now researchers have developed a method for studying the metabolic functions of microbial communities in detail. It is now possible for the first time, thanks to a new alg... Read More
Low levels of flu activity across the United States resemble a summer pattern, while globally only sporadic pandemic flu activity is occurring with the most active areas in parts of the Caribbean and Central America, according to updates today.
For the fourth week in a row no US states report... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- or MRSA for short -- is the subject of journalist Maryn McKenna's new book Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Free Press, March 2010). She spoke with Reuters Health on Thursday about the bacteria's toll on public health and how we may, unwittingly,... Read More
If you brush, you floss, and your breath still stinks like a steam vent, it could be from last night's garlic-onion-anchovy pizza or, perhaps, from a medical problem.
Or maybe, new research suggests, you happen to be colonized with an especially foul-smelling mix of mouth bacteria.
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A new commentary on the nature of pathogens is raising startling new questions about the role that fundamental science research on evolution plays in the understanding of emerging disease.
Ecological speciation, and specifically speciation that occurs when a subset of a population shifts onto... Read More
You might think bacteria that “invade” trees are there to cause certain destruction. But like the helpful bacteria that live within our guts, some microbes help plants thrive. To find out what makes these microbe-plant interactions “tick,” scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Broo... Read More
Earth's first life-form, floating in the proverbial froth of the primordial seas that eventually gave rise to trees, bees and humans, is not just a popular Darwinian conceit but also an essential biological premise that many researchers rely on as part of the foundation of their work.
In the ... Read More
Bad news for those of you eager to buy a DNA testing kit at Walgreens: The drug store chain has put off plans to carry the controversial product in its stores.
It turns out the Food and Drug Administration has some questions for the kit's manufacturer, San Diego-based Pathway Genomics. Accord... Read More
It was announced today that Ohio company, Amish Wedding Foods, Inc., is recalling all lots of 9, 16, and 18-ounce pumpkin butter, and 16 and 18-ounce sweet potato butter due to possible botulism contamination. Thus far no illness have been reported.
The pumpkin and sweet potato butters were ... Read More
Bisphenol A. Also called BPA, it’s used to make shatter-proof plastic known as polycarbonate, found in everything from water bottles to medical devices to the lining of food packaging. As much as 2.7 million tons of plastics are manufactured each year with BPA. But – it’s also an endocrine disru... Read More
Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, has a provocative article in The New York Times (14 May 2010) on the quest for alternative life, "Life 2.0," in hidden or unexplored niches on Earth. Such life might substitute arsenic for phosphorus, or might be based on reverse handedness of molecules.... Read More
Bovine viral diarrhea virus is an economically important animal pathogen that may cause a fatal gastrointestinal disease in beef and dairy herds. Infection of a fetus with this virus during the first trimester leads to the birth of animals that are persistently infected for life. Some animals re... Read More