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TWiV 120 Letters

Ashley writes:

Vincent, I am a huge fan of TWIV and thank you and the others for taking time out of your busy schedule to do the program. I have my B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and would love to go back to school. I read textbooks, listen to podcasts from itunesU and... Read More

TWiV 120: Ed Niles, a Km Vmax kind of guy

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and... Read More

Flu pandemic measures can start late, researchers say

Measures to reduce the impact of a flu pandemic, such as closing schools, should not necessarily take place at the beginning of an outbreak, according to computer models.

A report in PLoS Computational Biology argues that starting several weeks later could be more effective.

The researche... Read More

Breastfeeding may transmit vaccine virus

A Canadian doctor reports breastfeeding seems to have transmitted a mother's live-virus yellow fever vaccine virus to her baby.

Dr. Susan Kuhn of the University of Calgary says this incident affirms current recommendations breastfeeding mothers avoid the yellow fever vaccine -- in use since t... Read More

34 test positive for tuberculosis exposure at NJ hospital

A total of 34 employees at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis last week, but no one has contracted the disease, the hospital CEO reported on Thursday.

The Ocean County Health Department and state Department of Health reviewed a list of every patie... Read More

Leafcutter Ant Genome Reveals Secrets of Fungus Farming Ways

Leafcutter ants, signature denizens of New World tropical forests, are unique in their ability to harvest fresh leaves to cultivate a nutrient-rich fungus as food.

Now, this mutualism -- a complicated interplay of ants, fungi and a suite of bacteria -- is coming into sharper focus as a team o... Read More

Cellular chaos fights infection

Researchers have identified a molecule that disrupts RNA degradation in gram-positive bacteria such as the deadly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the microbe that causes meningitis, according to research published today in PLoS Pathogens.

Treatment with this molecule l... Read More

For an idea of what early life looked like, look no farther - than cancer?

Quite an idea here, made me think of the part in the Matrix when the nefarious Agent Smith refers to humanity as a "virus" - seems like he was a little off-base. Read More

Charging against the Flu: Studying the Virus on the Atomic Level

With the flu now resistant to its two most common medications, doctors and drug developers have grown increasingly puzzled about how to treat the virus. A 900-megahertz magnet is offering some new clues. Biochemists at Florida State University and Brigham Young University have used a 40-ton magn... Read More

Virus, Parasite May Combine to Increase Harm to Humans

A parasite and a virus may be teaming up in a way that increases the parasite's ability to harm humans, scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently reported in Science.

When the parasite Leishmania infects a human,... Read More

Fighting back against antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists in Japan have revealed how vancomycin dimers are effective against vancomycin-resistant bacteria.

Vancomycin, a glycopeptide antibiotic, is used to treat bacterial infections in cases when other antibiotics are ineffective. However, the development of vancomycin resistant enteroc... Read More

‘Dirt cheap’ seaweed chips spot disease

Microsponges derived from seaweed are a key component of a tiny programmable chip designed to sniff out diseases such as HIV and cancer.

The microsponges are 280-micrometer beads of agarose, a cheap, common, lab-friendly material made from seaweed and often used as a matrix for growing live c... Read More

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Is Vilyuisk encephalitis a viral disease?

A type of human encephalitis – an infection of the brain – has been known to affect the indigenous people living in the Sakha Republic of Russia since the mid-1800s. The available clinical and epidemiological evidence suggests that the disease is caused by a pathogen, but proving this has been d... Read More

Leprosy, Plague and Other Visitors to New York

When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases.
If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it wi... Read More

Buried Microbes Coax Energy From Rock

Here’s yet another reason to marvel at microbes: Buried deep within Earth at temperatures and pressures that would kill most living beings, bacteria and other tiny organisms not only survive but apparently even coax the rocks around them to produce food.
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Research... Read More

Bioinformatics - Curation Generation

With biological databases growing in size and number, curators are needed to update and correct their contents.
For biologists with computer expertise, curating biological data can be ideal combination of their skills.... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 79

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A continuación: Objetivo: el tumor, bacterias en el hielo, y Escherichia coli se agarra.

Objetivo: el tumor                   

Cuando los tumores se tratan con drogas, ... Read More

Doctors’ Long-Sleeved Coats Don’t Have More Bacteria After All

Doctors, you can leave your coat on!

Some have feared that long-sleeved coats and other garments can spread MRSA and other nasty bacteria around the workplace, but a newly published randomized trial finds there’s no added risk.

The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, was ... Read More

Abstract submission for #ICAAC in Chicago Sept. 17-20 is now open

The ICAAC Program Committee and the American Society for Microbiology invite you to submit your abstract for consideration for the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) being held September 17-20, 2011 in Chicago.

Registration, housing, and the new 51st... Read More
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