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Bacteria-Killing Proteins Cover Blood Type Blind Spot

A set of proteins found in our intestines can recognize and kill bacteria that have human blood type molecules on their surfaces, scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered.

The results were published online Feb. 14 and are scheduled to appear in the journal Nature Medi... Read More

Mushroom fruit could aid in clean up of bioweapons

A strange new natural contender in aiding in the fight against biological weapons has stepped forward, with researchers learning that the fruit of mushrooms can be used in cleaning up following a biological attack.

Mushroom researcher Paul Stemets has discovered that mycelium from mushrooms m... Read More

PBS Kids' teaches biology in an online game

Parents and teachers looking for a way to make learning biology fun for kids can find it in an outstanding free online game called Lifeboat to Mars.

Lifeboat to Mars is a simulation game that kids play while connected to the Internet. The game was produced by Red Hill Studios for PBS Kids Go ... Read More

Hospital-Clean Hands, Without All the Scrubbing

Hospital workers often have to wash their hands dozens of times a day — and may need a minute or more to do the process right, by scrubbing with soap and water. But new devices could reduce the task to just four seconds, cleaning even hard-to-reach areas under fingernails.

Instead of scrubbi... Read More

Genetic Secrets to Jumping the Species Barrier

Scientists have pinpointed specific mutations that allow a common plant virus to infect new species, according to research published in the March issue of the Journal of General Virology. Understanding the genetics of the key interactions between viruses and hosts could provide insight to how so... Read More

Banfield Releases Latest Pet Oral Health Data

When it comes to periodontal disease, veterinarians are in a position to play a stronger role in preventing the most common disorder affecting cats and dogs worldwide, according to Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team. New findings show that 68 percent of cats and 78 percent of ... Read More

Searching for Network Laws in Slime

Of all science’s model organisms, none is as weird as Dictyostelium discoideum, a single-celled amoeba better known as slime mold. When they run out of food, millions coalesce into a single, slug-like creature that wanders in search of nutrients, then forms a mushroom-like stalk, scatters as spo... Read More

How Cholera Bacteria Becomes Infectious

In a new study, Dartmouth researchers describe the structure of a protein called ToxT that controls the virulent nature of Vibrio cholerae, the bacteria that causes cholera. Buried within ToxT, the researchers were surprised to find a fatty acid that appears to inhibit ToxT, which prevents the b... Read More

Hypothesis on mystery of dengue virus infection confirmed

La Jolla Institute scientists have proved a hypothesis that said antibodies contribute to severe dengue virus-induced disease.

The findings of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology have major implications for efforts to develop a first-ever vaccine against the dangerous infectious d... Read More

H1N1 virus' death toll as high as 17,000, CDC estimates

The H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, may have killed as many as 17,000 Americans, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Though 2,498 confirmed deaths linked to the H1N1 virus had been reported to the CDC as of January 30, the agency... Read More

Mumps outbreak observed among Orthodox Jews in New York

At least 1,500 people in New York, most of them Orthodox Jews, have contracted mumps during a seven-month outbreak that began last summer in a boys camp in the Catskill Mountains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Almos... Read More

Cholera and Related Diseases: Grasping Bacterial 'Friending' Paves the Way to Disrupt Biofilm Creation

Finding a biological mechanism much like an online social network, scientists have identified the bacterial protein VpsT as the master regulator in Vibrio, the cause of cholera and other enteric diseases. This discovery, now published in the journal Science, provides a major tool to combat enter... Read More

Skier spreads cheese on leg to heal injury

Some turn to prayer. Others turn to state-of-the-art medicine. Lindsey Vonn turned to the power of fromage.

The Olympic favorite has been wrapping her injured shin in an Austrian cheese -- topfen -- to reduce inflammation.

One former Olympic trainer wasn't surprised.

"It's not bizarre a... Read More

Martian sheen: Life on the rocks

When NASA's Viking landers touched down on Mars, they were looking for signs of life. Instead, all their cameras showed was a dry, dusty - and entirely barren - landscape.

Or so it seemed. But what the 1976 Viking mission, and every subsequent one, saw was a scene littered with rocks coated w... Read More

Slime mold considers the menu before going to dinner

Hmm, a burger or salad? We use our brains to judge the nutritional value of foods. Now it seems that slime mold can make similarly complex decisions - despite being just a giant super-cell.

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Three days left to submit an abstract for the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

17th Annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators
May 20-23, 2010
Town & Country Resort and Convention Center - San Diego, California

The ASMCUE Steering Committee invites abstract submissions on any aspect of microbiology or biology education for the poster session. This opportunity provi... Read More

Show some LOVE for environmental microbiology

One of the most unique fields within microbiology is environmental microbiology and ecology. With discovery literally underfoot, opportunities to identify new organisms and solve challenging puzzles that impact the entire planet make this area of science exciting and fun. These were just some o... Read More

Outbreaks of gastroenteritis linked to lettuce in Denmark

At least 11 linked outbreaks of gastroenteritis with a total of 260 cases have occurred in Denmark in mid January 2010. Investigations showed that the outbreaks were caused by norovirus of several genotypes and by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Lettuce of the lollo bionda type grown in France... Read More

Bacteria Are Better Gene Packers Than We Thought

In microbial genomes, genes are typically depicted as linear series of separate regulatory and coding regions. This leads to the assumption that annotations done by computer to predict such arrangements completely describe the coding capacity of bacterial genomes.

However, the more complex o... Read More

Dartmouth researchers describe how the cholera bacteria becomes infectious

In a new study, Dartmouth researchers describe the structure of a protein called ToxT that controls the virulent nature of Vibrio cholerae, the bacteria that causes cholera. Buried within ToxT, the researchers were surprised to find a fatty acid that appears to inhibit ToxT, which prevents the b... Read More
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