Craig Venter, the controversial American scientist who helped decode the human genome, has announced the discovery of ancient bacteria that can turn coal into methane, suggesting they may help to solve the world’s energy crisis.
The bugs, discovered a mile underground by one of Venter’s micro... Read More
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has updated and reintroduced a package of legislation to combat the spread of the infection. The Worker Infection Protection Act would create a new Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard to protect employees who are exposed to drug resi... Read More
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the department will pursue advanced development of new way to make influenza vaccine. The work will be done by Protein Sciences Corporation, Inc., of Meriden, Conn., under a new $35 million contract. The contract could be extended up to five y... Read More
It seems like the low-hanging fruit is always one of the best places to look first... Like handwashing, it's a simple, effective, and cheap way to improve public health.
The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather... Read More
Almost certain to spark debate, Norman Pace, in this article from Microbiology Today, argues that prokaryote as a word is outdated and should be eliminated from the microbiologist's vocabulary. He doubts that you even know what the term means and says , "the notion of prokaryote was scientifical... Read More
Bacteriófagos al rescate
Sequencing the human genome has revolutionized biomedical research. One of the major challenges that scientists throughout the world are facing in the post-genome era is the mapping of the interactome, which can be defined as the complete set of interaction networks underlying the functioning of... Read More
Implants worldwide have cause for celebration! Iron-oxide nanoparticles can clear up a very worrisome aftereffect of implants, prosthetics or any area where a device joins the body. Read More
Researchers have found the biochemical paths that the Ebola virus takes to infect cells and are now working on blocking them off. These are hopefully the first steps towards sucessful treatment... Read More
Personally coffee makes me reach for a breath mint, but apparently it can inhibit the growth of 'bad' bacteria that cause smelly breath. Read More
Last week the FDA issued a warning to websites purportedly marketing fake products that will prevent H1N1 infection. Here are some of the claims:
* A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus;
* A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children ... Read More
U.S. and British scientists have determined nickel might be a useful isotopic marker to trace the origins of single cell organisms that produce methane.
"Our data suggest significant potential in nickel stable isotopes for identifying and quantifying methanogenesis on the early Earth," said V... Read More
Interesting article from the New Scientist on clathrates (aka "dirty ice") as an energy solution:
"Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the Messoyakha gas field of western Siberia, lies a mystery. Back in 1970, Russian engineers began pumping natural gas from beneath the permafrost and piping it eas... Read More
"The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather through vomit and possibly faeces. This is shown in a thesis at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It is therefore possible to prevent the spread o... Read More
Antimicrobianos de la saliva de la rana
La saliva de la rana contiene sustancias antibacterianas, efectivas incluso contra bacterias que atacan a los seres humanos. Los cientí... Read More
Highlights of the opening night of INFECTIOUS: STAY AWAY, 2009 at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. Produced by Mahoo. Music by The Sunday Drive. Read More
An eco-friendly bacteria that kills invasive mussels will be tested for the first time in Canada at the Decew Falls hydro plant. Ontario Power Generation will monitor the specialized microbe's ability to kill zebra and quagga mussels, which threaten power production at the combined 170-megaw... Read More
The top prize at this year’s Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) went to a 16-year-old from Taiwan who found a bacterium present in mealworm beetles that is capable of decomposing Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).
With the help of two microbiologists, the student, Tsen... Read More
At the World Pork Expo going on this week, the decision to call H1N1 'Swine Flu' is heavily debated and it's effects are felt. With the power of words, do you think that the CDC should have been more explicit in telling people they would not be at risk from pigs? Read More