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
President Obama on Wednesday ordered a vast review to ensure the ethical treatment of people who take part in research backed by the federal government.
His action is a response to the revelation this year that American scientists intentionally infected people at a Guatemalan mental hospital ... Read More
Britton Chance, a biophysicist who did pioneering research on how living organisms produce and manage energy and helped develop diagnostic tools, like one for the detection of breast cancer, died on Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.
Dr. Chance, who was also a world-class yachtsman and won an Olympic ... Read More
A leading medical group says there's some evidence that probiotics, or "good" bacteria, may have limited benefits for certain illnesses in children.
But the group says the science isn't yet strong enough to advocate infant formulas containing probiotics. And probiotics shouldn't be given to c... Read More
Many urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be cleared up with a big bottle of cranberry juice, but when these infections go bad, they can be really, really bad. Uropathogenic E. coli is the leading cause of uncomplicated UTIs, and if left untreated it can proceed right up the urinary tract to the... Read More