E. coli, long associated with illness brought on by food poisoning, may hold the key to the future of renewable energy.
“If we can engineer biological organisms to produce biodiesel fuels, we’ll have a new way of storing and using energy,” says Desmond Lun, associate professor of computer sci... Read More
Imagine a war in which you are vastly outnumbered by an enemy that is utterly relentless -- attacking you is all it does. The intro to another Terminator movie? No, just another day for microbes such as bacteria and archaea, which face a never-ending onslaught from viruses and invading strands o... Read More
Health officials say a record number of people have died from dengue so far this year in Puerto Rico.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a statement that 20 people have died from the mosquito-born virus in the U.S. Caribbean territory.
Center officials are investig... Read More
Genzyme Corp., the Cambridge biotechnology company fighting a takeover attempt by a French drug giant, said it will eliminate 1,000 jobs, about 10 percent of the workforce, over the next 15 months to save money.
In a memo to employees yesterday, Henri A. Termeer, Genzyme’s chief executive, sa... Read More
The new human retrovirus XMRV, first detected in malignant prostate tissue, was subsequently identified in a high percentage of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The virus was not detected in four independent studies of CFS patients in Europe or the United States. The results of a se... Read More
Understanding how the oceans absorb carbon dioxide is crucial to understanding the role of that gas in the climate. It is rather worrying, then, that something profound may be missing from that understanding. But if Jiao Nianzhi of Xiamen University in China is right, it is. For he suggests ther... Read More
Serious public health risks due to a lack of new antibiotics at a time of rising antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" will be the main focus of a top microbiology conference in Boston that starts Sunday.
"We are increasingly concerned about the decline in antibiotic discovery," warned Lindsay Gra... Read More
Government scientists studying the BP disaster are reporting the best possible outcome: Microbes are consuming the oil in the Gulf without depleting the oxygen in the water and creating "dead zones" where fish cannot survive.
In an unusual move, BP released 771,000 gallons of chemical dispers... Read More
The recent H1N1 flu pandemic reminded everyone in public health that our methods for quickly and efficiently vaccinating large numbers of people really stink. Eggs are required to grow vaccine in a sensitive and time-consuming process, manufacturers have to assemble the vaccine in syringes and t... Read More
Health officials are struggling to allay domestic concerns about dengue fever as India scrambles to finish construction projects in time for the Commonwealth Games, scheduled to being Oct. 3 in New Delhi. India is expecting 8,000 athletes, and delays and accusations of corruption have marred pre... Read More
Bavarian beer purveyors concerned about a smelly Oktoberfest are hoping bacteria can make the experience more enjoyable. They plan to pour a solution of live bacteria on the floors of Munich's beer tents, in an effort to knock out the inevitable festival smells usually covered up by a fog of cig... Read More
ASM has announced that The Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the site for the 2011 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) to be held June 2-5, 2011.
Some benefits of the site include:
• Leading academic institution and top m... Read More
A family tree can be very illuminating, but there can be some surprises in those branches, too. A recent mBio paper delves into the ancestry of Streptococcus agalactiae, a.k.a. Group B Strep (GBS), and uncovers some unexpected facts about the bacterium’s family history. Sørensen at al. examine... Read More
Researchers have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells.
The process uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct.
In conventional chemotherapy... Read More
When a 35-year-old professional trombone player came to the Health Center seeking treatment for a chronic cough, the case wasn’t as simple as it first appeared.
Dr. Mark Metersky, director of the Center for Bronchiectasis Care, quickly learned that the trombonist had been suffering from the r... Read More
Using a machine kept colder than space, scientists at the world's most ambitious international research facility are puzzling out the questions of the universe, working to re-create the cosmic soup served up by the Big Bang. But the famous institute is also facing a far more earthly conundrum: h... Read More
Doctors Racaniello and Despomier,
My name is Eric and I am an undergraduate student at DePauw University, a small liberal arts institution in Greencastle Indiana. I am part of a science research program but because I don't have the capacity to conduct pu... Read More
Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma.
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Tiny rock-eating microbes could mine precious extraterrestrial resources from Mars and pave the way for the first human colonists. Just don't expect them to transform the red planet's surface into a new Earth on a short deadline, researchers say.
One of the most promising planetary colonizers... Read More
More children and young adults were hospitalized as a result of pandemic H1N1 influenza than is normal for seasonal flu, but that was simply because those groups were disproportionately infected, not because the symptoms were worse, researchers said Tuesday. The pandemic flu, commonly known as s... Read More