And so the backlash begins. As the current wave of H1N1 flu starts to fade in Europe, questions are being asked about the expensive vaccines bought to fight it.
Later this month members of parliament from countries in the Council of Europe, a club of 47 countries, will hold an inquiry into wh... Read More
Science research councils have increasingly encouraged their grant-holders to engage with the public about their work and for many research grants some form of public engagement is now a necessity. But whom do these scientists end up engaging?
With the advent of online content, where people c... Read More
Final proof that Mars has bred life will be confirmed this year, leading NASA experts believe. The historic discovery will come not on Mars itself but from chunks of the red planet here on Earth.
David McKay, chief of astrobiology at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, says powerful new m... Read More
A European Commission consortium said today that it plans to pump as much as €8.5 million ($12.4 million) over the next three years into its international effort to fund genomic studies of human pathogens and to develop ways to combat them.
In its third funding call, the ERA-NET PathoGenoMics... Read More
Researchers at the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute have developed a new method to rapidly generate and test novel antibiotic-drug candidates. The technique could provide scientists with a new tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
LSI research assistant prof... Read More
Every time one problem gets solved, it seems another crops up. This is the case with the childhood pneumonia vaccine.
Since the vaccine was introduced almost a decade ago to stamp out bacterial pneumonia, there has been a big drop in that serious lung disease. But there has also been a dramat... Read More
Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.
Persistence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (... Read More
Google just launched an updated version of Google Flu Trends, a service that predicts flu trends by tracking flu related queries on the company's search engine. Until now, Google only showed aggregate data for states in the United States. Starting today, Flu Trends will show data down to the cit... Read More
Right after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Ann Davis took time for a quick colon study. The study focuses on microbes in the intestinal system and how they may impact the risk of breast cancer. "There may be bacteria that are harmful in patients with breast cancer, or there may be bacteri... Read More
Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1 -- so-called swine flu -- based on insect cells. The research, published in the Biotechnology Journal, reveals how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based produc... Read More
Peter Setlow, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT, authors a guest post on Small Things Considered in which he ponders the reasons why silicon is present on some Bacillus spores and what could possibly be the b... Read More
On the marine microbial stage, there appears to be a vast, varied group of understudies only too ready to step in when "star" microbes falter.
At least that's what happens at the Lost City hydrothermal vent field, according to work led by the University of Washington and published in the Proc... Read More
(ed. note, this is a follow up to a story we covered a while back at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2267)
Six heroin users in Scotland have died of anthrax poisoning, and more have fallen ill, British health authorities said last week.
The suspec... Read More
Contact lens wearers may remember headlines from a few years ago about molds that can live on the lenses and may cause debilitating eye infections.
What lens users may not have known: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts at the agency's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Rese... Read More
Marching to their own drummer. That's what bacteria from different environments do when turning toxic, mobile selenium into a less dangerous, non-mobile form, according to a study led by Dr. Carolyn Pearce. Pearce, formerly of the University of Manchester, is now conducting her research at Pacif... Read More
While natural selection is best known for weeding out the weak, it may also be partly responsible for the apparent rise of some disorders, such as autism, autoimmune diseases and reproductive cancers, according to researchers.
Since evolutionary factors play a role in disease, the two fields ... Read More
Scientists from University of Rochester Medical Centre have developed a gene therapy by bringing together herpes virus and a molecule, which will help fight diseases of the brain and nervous system.
With the new technique, they dramatically increased the size of the "genetic payload" they can... Read More
Sanofi-Aventis SA’s experimental vaccine against dengue protected healthy volunteers against all four strains of the virus in a study, bringing the drugmaker closer to providing the first vaccine against a disease that threatens 40 percent of the world’s population.
The vaccine protected all ... Read More
They're the overlooked viruses: Hepatitis B and C together infect three to five times more Americans than the AIDS virus does, and most don't know it.
In the next 10 years, these two liver-damaging infections will kill about 150,000 people in the U.S. alone, says a new report Monday from the ... Read More
H1N1 (swine flu) has killed 12,799 people worldwide since the virus first emerged, the WHO said on Friday, United Press International reports (1/8). According to the WHO, more than half of the H1N1-related deaths worldwide occurred in the Americas, China Daily reports (1/9).
"The WHO's tally ... Read More