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RNA therapy turns cancer cells suicidal

Researchers have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells.

The process uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct.

In conventional chemotherapy... Read More

Wind Instruments May Cause Lung Disease in Musicians

When a 35-year-old professional trombone player came to the Health Center seeking treatment for a chronic cough, the case wasn’t as simple as it first appeared.

Dr. Mark Metersky, director of the Center for Bronchiectasis Care, quickly learned that the trombonist had been suffering from the r... Read More

In Europe, science collides with the bottom line

Using a machine kept colder than space, scientists at the world's most ambitious international research facility are puzzling out the questions of the universe, working to re-create the cosmic soup served up by the Big Bang. But the famous institute is also facing a far more earthly conundrum: h... Read More

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Doctors Racaniello and Despomier,

My name is Eric and I am an undergraduate student at DePauw University, a small liberal arts institution in Greencastle Indiana. I am part of a science research program but because I don't have the capacity to conduct pu... Read More

TWiP 15: Tryp the light fantastic

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Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma.

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How Microbes Could Help Colonize Mars

Tiny rock-eating microbes could mine precious extraterrestrial resources from Mars and pave the way for the first human colonists. Just don't expect them to transform the red planet's surface into a new Earth on a short deadline, researchers say.

One of the most promising planetary colonizers... Read More

Swine flu no worse than seasonal flu for most victims, study says

More children and young adults were hospitalized as a result of pandemic H1N1 influenza than is normal for seasonal flu, but that was simply because those groups were disproportionately infected, not because the symptoms were worse, researchers said Tuesday. The pandemic flu, commonly known as s... Read More

Cheaper treatment for HIV-infected infants could also be more effective

Babies born to mothers with HIV have a much smaller risk of getting the virus themselves if medical personnel administer preventive drugs, such as nevirapine, at birth to the moms and their newborns. Nevertheless, a small percentage of those infants will end up getting the disease anyway. And w... Read More

Transgene, Jennerex In Cancer Fighting Virus Partnership

French biotech firm Transgene SA (TNG.FR) and privately-held U.S. cancer drug developer Jennerex Inc. Wednesday announced a partnership to develop and sell in Europe, Russia and the Middle East an experimental treatment to target and kill cancer cells.

The two in a joint statement said they'... Read More

Genentech Scientist to Lead Rockefeller University

The No. 2 research official at Genentech will become the next president of Rockefeller University, in the first departure from the company’s top scientific ranks since its acquisition by Roche in March 2009.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who is executive vice president for research and the chief sci... Read More

Rubbing hands together after washing them increases the danger of contamination, scientists warn

Although hand-dryers are more environmentally friendly than paper towels researchers found that bacteria levels increased when people rubbed their hands together while using them.

They concluded that paper towels were the most effective means of reducing the risk of infection after washing.
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CVS Caremark to give away up to $5M in flu shots

CVS Caremark Corp. said Wednesday it will give away up to $5 million in seasonal flu vaccinations to people without health insurance.

The Woonsocket, R.I., company said vouchers for the vaccines will be available at clinics or community health centers starting Sept. 20. Consumers will be able... Read More

Production of Sticky Proteins May Explain How Malaria Evades the Immune System

Researchers have discovered a sticky new strategy that the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, uses to make sure it evades the human immune system and thrives inside the body.

Near the end of its complex life cycle, the malaria parasite invades human red blood cells and produces a stick... Read More

New Class of Peptides May Protect Against Septic Shock

A new class of peptides may neutralize the endotoxin that causes sepsis, offering a new therapeutic strategy against an often lethal systemic bacterial infection.

The researchers from Germany and Spain detail their findings in the September 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and C... Read More

Deadly bacteria traced to India (video)

It,s being called a superbug, a virus that is resistant to drugs, and is being transmitted through patients who've visited India for medical treatment. Britain has already advised its citizens against travelling to India for medical treatment. Aafreen Alam reports. Read More

Multi-resistant skin bacteria spreading in hospitals

Genetically closely related skin bacteria that have developed resistance to several different antibiotics and that can cause intractable care-related infections are found and seem to be spreading within and between hospitals in Sweden

Genetically closely related skin bacteria that have develo... Read More

Chopping and Changing in the Microbial World: How Mycoplasmas – The Simplest Bacterial Pathogens – Stay Alive

Pathogenic bacteria have evolved a variety of mechanisms to avoid being killed by the immune systems of the humans and animals they invade.

Among the most sophisticated is that practised by mycoplasmas, which regularly change their surface proteins to confuse the immune system. Recent work i... Read More

First Irish genome sequenced

The Irish are genetically distinct from other Europeans – including their British neighbours. That's according to the first genome of an Irish person to be sequenced, which turns out to have a host of unusual genetic variations.

Brendan Loftus of University College Dublin, who led the team re... Read More

AP Exclusive: Back to work after salmonella case

The peanut industry executive whose filthy processing plants were blamed in a salmonella outbreak two years ago that killed nine people and sickened hundreds more is back in the business.

Stewart Parnell, former president of the now-bankrupt Peanut Corp. of America, is working as a consultant... Read More

Fungal Threat to Archived Film

Microbes could be threatening our cultural heritage by degrading historic cinematographic film and even preventing some valuable footage to be archived at all.

Mr Gavin Bingley who is presenting his work at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting in Nottingham describes how fung... Read More
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