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The great arsenic bacteria backlash (podcast)

Science Weekly takes an extended look at the worldwide reaction to the "arsenic bacteria" research published by Science, which doesn't just have implications for that particular study, but also peer review and the way science is conducted in the internet age.

We have assembled a panel of thos... Read More

TWiV 111 Letters

Scott writes:


I am based in Hong Kong and there has been a local outbreak of dengue among the international community here. This is the first local transmission of dengue in 7 years! Several students at my children's school have taken off of school with ap... Read More

TWiV 111: Live at Florida Gulf Coast University

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On episode #111 of the podcast This Week in Virology, the TWiV crew meets with members of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District at Florida Gulf Coast University to discuss dengue in F... Read More

Scientists identify new 'infection fighting officer'

Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a previously unrecognized step in the activation of infection-fighting white blood cells, the main immunity troops in the body's war on bacteria, viruses and foreign proteins.

"It's as if we knew many of the generals, colonels and majors and now we hav... Read More

Stem cells in TB protection racket

Your own stem cells could help deadly bacteria hide in your body - a discovery that could inspire new treatments for tuberculosis.

Over 2 billion people are infected with TB. Typically, the bacteria lie latent inside balls of immune cells, or granulomas, in the lungs. Carriers get sick when t... Read More

New to Nature No 26: GFAJ-1

A team of Nasa-supported researchers has discovered a microbe in Mono Lake, California, that lives in an environment high in salinity, alkalinity and arsenic – which would be toxic to most organisms. Studies of species in extreme environments help astrobiologists define the physical boundaries o... Read More

'Green' Water Treatments May Not Kill Bacteria in Large Building Cooling Systems

Nonchemical treatment systems are touted as environmentally conscious stand-ins for such chemicals as chlorine when it comes to cleaning the water-based air-conditioning systems found in many large buildings. But a recent study by University of Pittsburgh researchers suggests that this diverse c... Read More

Use of Cholera Vaccine in Haiti Is Now Viewed as Viable

The World Health Organization is shifting its position in favor of vaccinating against cholera, acknowledging a growing clamor for ways to slow Haiti’s outbreak.

So far, the cholera vaccine has seen little use in Haiti, where the disease has killed more than 2,000 people and is still spreadi... Read More

Emergence of dual-resistant influenza viruses poses public health concern

Increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options have raised public health concerns, according to data from two new studies published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Although the spread of influenza strains with resis... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 22 - Shocking Shewanella

This episode: Bacteria form electric nanowires!

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Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

How would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.

It’s the kind of ba... Read More

Massive Gene Loss Linked to Pathogen's Stealthy Plant-Dependent Lifestyle

An international team of scientists, which includes researchers from Virginia Tech, has cracked the genetic code of a plant pathogen that causes downy mildew disease. Downy mildews are a widespread class of destructive diseases that cause major losses to crops as diverse as maize, grapes, and le... Read More

H1N1 flu returns to Britain, 10 dead

The H1N1 swine flu virus which swept the globe last year has returned to Britain with 10 people dying in the last six weeks, health officials said Saturday.

Britain's Health Protection Agency said the 10 deaths had occurred in adults all under the age of 65, most of whom had underlying health... Read More

Similarities between DNA repair systems of bacteria, humans greater than thought

A new study has revealed that there are greater similarities between the DNA repair systems of bacteria and humans than previously thought.

The University of Bristol researchers have discovered how a network of repair proteins enables bacteria to prioritise the repair of the most heavily used... Read More

Scientists skeptical about organism said to survive on arsenic

Last week, amid much fanfare, scientists reported they had found an organism that — unlike all previously observed life on Earth — was able to do without phosphorus and use the normally deadly element arsenic in its place.

This week, skeptical scientists expressed serious concerns about the d... Read More

Just in time for National Influenza Vaccination Week -- a flu-shot gift card

With all the hubbub over tax breaks and unemployment, it's interesting that flu shots turned up on the president's radar this week. President Obama signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

As this proclamation says: "Last year, as the world prepared fo... Read More

Fungus out! The frog resistance is here

Frogs across Australia and the US may be recovering from a fungal disease that has devastated populations around the world.

"It's happening across a number of species," says Michael Mahony at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, who completed a 20-year study of frogs along the Grea... Read More

Doctors Urge Cholera Vaccine For Haiti, Neighbors

Leading public health officials and researchers are calling for a crash vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti and neighboring countries.

A vaccine is needed, they say, to control what researchers say is a more lethal strain of cholera circulating widely in Haiti and starting to affect... Read More

Watch in horror as a fungus invades the beer plant

A parasitic fungus called Blumeria graminis (green) colonises the insides of the living epidermal cells of a barley plant Hordeum vulgare (outlined in yellow) in this epifluorescence microscopy image by Pietro Spanu of Imperial College London.

Blumeria is a type of powdery mildew - fungal dis... Read More

Researchers Make "Baby Borg" Bacteria Hive Computer

Star Trek:The Next Generation may have been prescient when they dreamed up the Borg -- living organisms that had been transformed into a hive computer mind. Indeed, many biology and genetics researchers today are hoping to transform bacteria into drones, forming a biological supercomputer of th... Read More
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