In some African villages, nearly everyone is infected with Mansonella perstans, a parasitic worm that’s remarkably hard to kill. It’s resistant to standard anti-worm medications, but researchers have learned that an old antibiotic can vanquish the tiny beasts — in a roundabout way.
The parasi... Read More
The human body contains billions of microorganisms, and microbial cells found in the human gut are estimated to outnumber human cells by ten-to-one in healthy adults. However, little is known about the ways in which these minute life forms influence health and disease.
That is why gastroenter... Read More
An article in The Washington Post considers the possible impact the H1N1 pandemic could have on the Internet.
"As the spread of the H1N1 flu keeps more Americans away from work and school, a federal report warns that all those people logging on to the Web from home could overwhelm Internet ne... Read More
In an article appearing in the November 2009 print issue of the FASEB Journal, they show that antioxidants -- the same substances found in plant-based foods -- might hold the key in preventing the flu virus from wreaking havoc on our lungs.
"The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza and the rapid... Read More
Supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory's role in the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) consortium, researchers are using the Roadrunner supercomputer to analyze vast quantities of genetic sequences from HIV infected people in the hope of zeroing in on possible vacci... Read More
The Manchester Science Festival 2009 is hosting "The Big Microbe Knit." A day of creativity, knitting micro-organisms such as swine flu, salmonella and the common cold. Learn about the microbes we encounter in our everyday lives and some of the more uncommon ones.
But if you can't make it to ... Read More
Global pandemics and war have long shaped human history. But due to our unprecedented ability to intervene in the spread and containment of disease as well as the recovery from injury, national security must increasingly be approached from a cellular and even a molecular level. In this series of... Read More
CSIRO researchers have identified wheat and barley lines resistant to Crown Rot -- a disease that costs Australian wheat and barley farmers $79 million in lost yield every year.
Crown Rot, which is a chronic problem throughout the Australian wheat belt, is caused by the fungus Fusarium.
Dr... Read More
The skin of that pumpkin you carve into a Jack-o'-Lantern to scare away ghosts and goblins on Halloween contains a substance that could put a scare into microbes that cause millions of cases of yeast infections in adults and infants each year. That's the conclusion of a new study.
In the stud... Read More
With the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic underway around the world, this article is a nice resource for dispelling popular myths that surround the flu and the vaccine. Read More
President Barack Obama's decision last week to label swine flu a national emergency will likely increase demand for a vaccine that is already in short supply. Yet by the time large amounts of vaccine arrive, it may be too late to stop most infections.
On 23 October, Tom Frieden, head of the C... Read More
Northwestern University has won a $13.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to establish a center that will study the roles genes play in cancer, Northwestern said Tuesday.
The five years of funding will go to start the Northwestern Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PS-OC), one ... Read More
Experiments led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have demonstrated that normally friendly ants can turn against each other by exploiting the chemical cues they use to distinguish colony-mates from rivals.
The new study, to be published on October 28, in the open-acces... Read More
The emergence of the H1N1 swine flu has added urgency to what has become an annual ritual for millions of Americans: getting a flu shot. The good news is that scientists have developed a vaccine against the H1N1 virus. But it is taking much longer than expected to produce the hundreds of million... Read More
A research team from the Department of Microbiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has developed a breakthrough vaccine for the highly contagious horse disease strangles, caused by the Streptococcus equi bacterium. The results of the study, published in the journal Publ... Read More
Special genes inserted into crop plants have a way of leaking into the environment. That much scientists know for sure. What they're less certain about is what effect those genes have on plants growing in the wild.
Andrew Stephenson is interested in answering that question. He's a plant ecolo... Read More
Scientists are looking at diverse sources — such as soil and frog skins — for new antibiotics, worried that doctors will run out of options to treat increasingly antibiotic-resistant infections.
Doctors fear they may exhaust their antibiotic treatment options because simple infections could b... Read More
In hopes of preventing the next global pandemic and a possible death toll into the millions, UC Davis today launches an unprecedented international effort to find and control diseases that move between wildlife and people.
The global early warning system, named PREDICT, will be developed with... Read More
"To survive in hostile environments, cockroaches rely on their own vermin: Blattabacterium, a microbe that hitched a ride inside roaches 140 million years ago, and hasn’t left since.
Researchers who sequenced the Blattabacterium genome have found that it converts waste into molecules necessar... Read More
Federal health officials are preparing a plan to study a bold new strategy to stop the spread of the AIDS virus: routinely testing virtually every adult in a community, and promptly treating those found to be infected.
The strategy is called “test and treat,” and officials say the two sites... Read More