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When Salmonella Meets Lettuce

Salmonella bacteria on lettuce penetrate the leaves to enter inner tissues via stomata, while also actively swimming toward photosynthetically produced nutrients, according to Shlomo Sela and other members of an Israeli research team.

Although other bacterial plant pathogens also enter plant ... Read More

Vaccine for swine flu pandemic was 'morally justified'

And so the backlash begins. As the current wave of H1N1 flu starts to fade in Europe, questions are being asked about the expensive vaccines bought to fight it.

Later this month members of parliament from countries in the Council of Europe, a club of 47 countries, will hold an inquiry into wh... Read More

Science news is a 'man-thing', apparently

Science research councils have increasingly encouraged their grant-holders to engage with the public about their work and for many research grants some form of public engagement is now a necessity. But whom do these scientists end up engaging?

With the advent of online content, where people c... Read More

Proof of Martians 'to come this year'

Final proof that Mars has bred life will be confirmed this year, leading NASA experts believe. The historic discovery will come not on Mars itself but from chunks of the red planet here on Earth.

David McKay, chief of astrobiology at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, says powerful new m... Read More

Europe Plans $12.4M for Pathogenomics Consortia

A European Commission consortium said today that it plans to pump as much as €8.5 million ($12.4 million) over the next three years into its international effort to fund genomic studies of human pathogens and to develop ways to combat them.

In its third funding call, the ERA-NET PathoGenoMics... Read More

Outsmarting bacteria: Researchers develop faster method to generate new antibiotics

Researchers at the University of Michigan's Life Sciences Institute have developed a new method to rapidly generate and test novel antibiotic-drug candidates. The technique could provide scientists with a new tool in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

LSI research assistant prof... Read More

Lung infections in kids jump after vaccine introduced

Every time one problem gets solved, it seems another crops up. This is the case with the childhood pneumonia vaccine.

Since the vaccine was introduced almost a decade ago to stamp out bacterial pneumonia, there has been a big drop in that serious lung disease. But there has also been a dramat... Read More

Genetic Analyses of Influenza in Wild Birds Can Improve Avian Flu Surveillance Programs

Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Persistence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (... Read More

Google Launches Flu Trends For 121 U.S. Cities

Google just launched an updated version of Google Flu Trends, a service that predicts flu trends by tracking flu related queries on the company's search engine. Until now, Google only showed aggregate data for states in the United States. Starting today, Flu Trends will show data down to the cit... Read More

Doctors studying colon bacteria's connection to breast cancer

Right after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Ann Davis took time for a quick colon study. The study focuses on microbes in the intestinal system and how they may impact the risk of breast cancer. "There may be bacteria that are harmful in patients with breast cancer, or there may be bacteri... Read More

Insect Cells Provide the Key to Alternative Swine Flu Vaccination

Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1 -- so-called swine flu -- based on insect cells. The research, published in the Biotechnology Journal, reveals how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based produc... Read More

Through the Looking Glass: Silicate in Bacterial Spores

Peter Setlow, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT, authors a guest post on Small Things Considered in which he ponders the reasons why silicon is present on some Bacillus spores and what could possibly be the b... Read More

Microbe Understudies Await Their Turn in the Limelight

On the marine microbial stage, there appears to be a vast, varied group of understudies only too ready to step in when "star" microbes falter.

At least that's what happens at the Lost City hydrothermal vent field, according to work led by the University of Washington and published in the Proc... Read More

Anthrax: In Scotland, Six Heroin Users Die of Anthrax Poisoning

(ed. note, this is a follow up to a story we covered a while back at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2267)

Six heroin users in Scotland have died of anthrax poisoning, and more have fallen ill, British health authorities said last week.

The suspec... Read More

Microbe Collections Accelerate Discoveries

Contact lens wearers may remember headlines from a few years ago about molds that can live on the lenses and may cause debilitating eye infections.

What lens users may not have known: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts at the agency's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Rese... Read More

The Efficacy of Bacteria

Marching to their own drummer. That's what bacteria from different environments do when turning toxic, mobile selenium into a less dangerous, non-mobile form, according to a study led by Dr. Carolyn Pearce. Pearce, formerly of the University of Manchester, is now conducting her research at Pacif... Read More

Ongoing Evolution May Explain Mysterious Rise in Diseases

While natural selection is best known for weeding out the weak, it may also be partly responsible for the apparent rise of some disorders, such as autism, autoimmune diseases and reproductive cancers, according to researchers.

Since evolutionary factors play a role in disease, the two fields ... Read More

Sleeping Beauty teams up with herpes to fight brain diseases

Scientists from University of Rochester Medical Centre have developed a gene therapy by bringing together herpes virus and a molecule, which will help fight diseases of the brain and nervous system.

With the new technique, they dramatically increased the size of the "genetic payload" they can... Read More

Sanofi’s Vaccine for Mosquito Virus Protects Adults, Study Says

Sanofi-Aventis SA’s experimental vaccine against dengue protected healthy volunteers against all four strains of the virus in a study, bringing the drugmaker closer to providing the first vaccine against a disease that threatens 40 percent of the world’s population.

The vaccine protected all ... Read More

Report: Tackle overlooked threat of hepatitis B, C

They're the overlooked viruses: Hepatitis B and C together infect three to five times more Americans than the AIDS virus does, and most don't know it.

In the next 10 years, these two liver-damaging infections will kill about 150,000 people in the U.S. alone, says a new report Monday from the ... Read More

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