An article by Vanessa Schipani in The Scientist (1 December 2010) points to research indicating that the atmosphere may harbor a microbial diversity comparable to soils, but is vastly less studied. Plans are underway to survey the atmosphere in all states and in various habitats: urban, agricult... Read More
A new study suggests that preterm infants may not be fully protected against invasitve pneumococcal disease under the current United Kingdom immunization schedule.
The findings are reported in the November issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.
The study, conducted by resear... Read More
That H1N1 pandemic....no, it didn't lead to bodies piled high in the streets. But the point is, it could have -- pandemics sometimes do. And were we prepared? No, we were not.
That's the bottom line of a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine right before Thanksgiving wh... Read More
Malaysia is testing a dengue fever vaccine as deaths from the mosquito-borne disease rise.
Director General of Health Ismail Merican says clinical trials that started midyear involved 300 volunteers. Further trials starting this month are expected to end by the middle of next year.
Malaysi... Read More
In the world of biology, there is plant, there is animal, and there is plant-animal. Specifically, moss-animals, the bryozoans.
I mention this because someone in Virginia recently had a run-in with these creatures that was startling enough to result in a press release. And when a bryozoan gen... Read More
Haiti's cholera epidemic has killed at least 1,751 people since it emerged in mid-October, according to figures released by the health ministry yesterday.
A total of 77,208 people have been infected by the disease and 34,248 have been hospitalized since the outbreak, officials said.
The ha... Read More
The controversial vaccination for the most common sexually transmitted virus, human papilloma virus (HPV) — which has been available for girls' use since 2006 — is once again becoming contentious as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) debates whether it should recommend that boy... Read More
Nasa scientists are set to announce that bacteria have been discovered that can survive in arsenic, an element previously thought too toxic to support life, it can be revealed.
In a press conference scheduled for tomorrow evening, researchers will unveil the discovery of the incredible microb... Read More
A paper in "Geology" describe for the first time the occurrence of extensive Mn oxide stromatolites formed in the deep interior of a cave (El Soplao, Cantabria, Spain). The stromatolites are of decimeter thickness and kilometer extent and show features extremely similar to typical CaCO3 stromato... Read More
This episode: Our archaeal ancestors may have been more important to us than bacterial!
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 134 talks about the report of NDM-1 resistance in Spain . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 134 habl... Read More
In this update:
Cases in various countries: Philippines (Negros Oriental), Taiwan, Thailand (Phuket), Indonesia (West Nusa Tenggara, India (Delhi), India (Andhra Pradesh), Pakistan (Punjab), Pakistan (Sindh), Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil (Goiania), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Venezuela
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Hamburger disease, a debilitating form of food poisoning, may be a thing of the past. New findings from an international research collaboration conducted by the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), involving the Université de Montréal are the first to show how the contaminati... Read More
As the cholera epidemic in Haiti continues to rage, public health workers are focusing their efforts on treating the tens of thousands who have already been hospitalized with cholera-like symptoms and providing clean water and adequate sanitation to control the disease’s spread.
Could the Uni... Read More
The cholera epidemic in Haiti is just getting started. Disagreements over who, or what, was responsible for the epidemic continue, and health agencies predict the situation will get much worse before cases start falling. Yet good vaccines are going unused. New Scientist rounds up the latest news... Read More
Using X-rays, researchers have identified the structure of a key protein from Lassa virus, which infects 100,000 to 300,000 people every year in West Africa—and kills 5,000.
The structure reveals how the virus evades its host’s immune system, and how it hijacks infected cells’ vital machinery... Read More
Bacteria that fill in cracks in concrete, bacteria that feel empathy, probiotic bacterial sentinels as new antibiotics, bacteria that play sudoku, yeast that can live on mars, bacteria that produce enough light to read a book by, personalized cancer targeting viruses, engineering the bacteria th... Read More
Merck & Co said once-daily use of its HIV drug Isentress was less effective in a late-stage study than standard twice-daily dosing among patients that had not previously been treated for the virus that causes AIDS.
Based on the disappointing initial results, the U.S. drugmaker said on Monday... Read More
A technique to keep the tips of your chromosomes healthy could reverse tissue ageing. The work, which was done in mice, is yet more evidence of a causal link between chromosome length and age-related disease.
Telomeres, the caps of DNA which protect the ends of chromosomes, shorten every time... Read More
Moselio Schaechter of Small Things Considered has authored a post about the work of Maria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico who has been studying Opisthocomus hoazin, a unique bird who is known to carry out a pre-gastric (ruminal) fermentation. Dominguez-Bello has been investigati... Read More