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Meningitis vaccine to be distributed through Africa

Thousands of deaths could be saved every year when the first vaccine produced specifically for Africa is rolled out in Burkina Faso on 6 December.

MenAfriVac will be offered to 12.5 million people aged 1 to 29 in the country to protect against meningitis A, the variation of the Neisseria meni... Read More

Conan the Bacterium could survive a million years on Mars

It was already nicknamed "Conan the Bacterium" for its ability to withstand radiation. Now it seems Deinococcus radiodurans could, in theory, survive dormant on Mars for over a million years.

Lewis Dartnell at University College London and colleagues froze the bugs to -79 °C, the average temp... Read More

Warming Climate Boosts Malaria in Kenya

In the highlands of East Africa, malaria transmission has skyrocketed over recent decades. New research suggests rising temperatures are at least partly to blame.

A mathematical model of malaria transmission developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists showed that warming co... Read More

Expanding tuberculosis control in China

China had an estimated 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) in 2008, of which 112,000 were multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB). Over the period 2001, TB was the second largest cause of death among China's 39 notifiable communicable diseases. In a Policy Forum, published in this week's PLoS Medic... Read More

Bioscience researchers defeating potato blight

Researchers funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative have made a discovery that could instigate a paradigm shift in breeding resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans) - a devastating disease of potatoes and tomatoes costing the industry £5-6Bn a year worldwide.

By studying the in... Read More

Novel Biosensor Could Enable Rapid, Point-of-Care Virus Detection

Traditional virus diagnostic tools such as ELISA and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) remain strong diagnostic options, but they require significant infrastructure and sample preparation time. Now a team of researchers led by Boston University Assistant Professors Hatice Altug (ECE) and John Conn... Read More

Antiretroviral Drugs May Prevent HIV Infections

HIV-negative gay and bisexual men can lower their likelihood of acquiring the AIDS virus by taking an antiretroviral drug mix, concludes a study in which healthy men received either the medication or a placebo. The finding, published online November 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, sug... Read More

Teeth should be thankful for cranberry

You won’t be the only one feasting this Thanksgiving. Harmful bacteria await their own holiday meal, launching one of the biggest assaults of the year on your teeth.

Thankfully, a few foods common at the holiday dinner table—like cranberries and wine—offer new leads in the effort to stop toot... Read More

Power from pondscum: Algal biofuels

In the discussion of alternative energy and fuels, algae have been bubbling to the top of the proverbial feedstock pool. Algae, the little green guys responsible for everything from making your Dairy Queen Blizzard solid to forming the basis of our current fossil fuels, are being looked at long ... Read More

Eating dirt makes your kids smarter

Here’s some good news for parents who constantly worry about their kids’ hygiene after they spend time in the play ground – eating dirt could actually make your child smarter. A new study has shown the positive side of soil-borne bacteria that is likely to be inhaled when children are playing ou... Read More

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The deepest layer of ocean crust has bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities

The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and “fixing” or storing carbon.
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The research, just published in the ... Read More

Microscope pinpoints single molecules

A new microscope will allow scientists to study biological molecules one at a time.

Cells have surface proteins, called cadherins, that help them stick together. Different kinds of cells have different kinds of cadherins.

The typical tools for observing and measuring those proteins focus o... Read More

Microbiology Goes Digital

It's nice to be recognized :)

Melanie D. G. Kaplan, a contributing editor for CBS SmartPlanet.com, has written a piece for ASM's Microbe magazine that gives an overarching view on where the science of microbiology is at in the Web 2.0 space.

Several well known microbiologists and science s... Read More

Researchers Kick-Start Ancient DNA

Binghamton University researchers recently revived ancient bacteria trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals.

For decades, geologists have looked at these water droplets -- called fluid inclusions -- and wondered whether microbes could be extracted from them.... Read More

Paramedics an easy target for MRSA

Firefighters and medics may be at higher risk for carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than the average person.

“Firefighters and paramedics are at the crossroads between the public and hospital environments,” says Marilyn Roberts, professor of environmental and occupat... Read More

Bacteria Help Infants Digest Milk More Effectively than Adults

Infants are more efficient at digesting and utilizing nutritional components of milk than adults due to a difference in the strains of bacteria that dominate their digestive tracts. Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and Utah State University report on genomic analysis of thes... Read More

Long-Term Health Problems Linked To E. Coli Infection

People who develop gastroenteritis from drinking water contaminated with Escherichia coli (commonly abbreviated as E. coli) are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, kidney problems and heart disease in later life. According to researchers, these findings underline the significance of e... Read More

Scientists find new way to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A new study has shown that treating municipal wastewater solids at higher temperatures could be an effective tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering found that heating the solid waste to 55 degree... Read More

Biolab risk assessment ruled insufficient

Scientists declared that initial risk assessments of Boston University's Biosafety Level-4 laboratory were incomplete, according to a report released Thursday by the National Research Council.

The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, located in the South End, is intended to accom... Read More
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