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Large-Scale Sequencing: The Future of Genomic Sciences?

Scientists can gain insights into new ways to use microorganisms in medicine and manufacturing through a coordinated large-scale effort to sequence the genomes of not just individual microorganisms but entire ecosystems, according to a new report from the American Academy of Microbiology that ou... Read More

Disease Decimating Bats in Northeastern U.S

Disease has killed more than 90 percent of some bat populations in Northeastern states, according to a survey released yesterday by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC survey in New York, Connecticut and Vermont examined 23 caves that are believed to have once... Read More

Hundreds of Leads Generated in Fight Against H1N1 Pandemic

Scientists have generated hundreds of new leads in the fight against the H1N1 flu pandemic, according to two new studies published online December 17th in the journal Cell. Both research teams took comprehensive approaches to understanding the interaction of H1N1 strains with human cells, yieldi... Read More

HHMI Chooses Twelve Schools To Join National Science Education Experiment

Hundreds of students at 24 large universities and small colleges currently participate in a national experiment that aims to change the future of undergraduate science education. Now the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has invited 12 more schools to join the Science Education Alliance to engage... Read More

Researchers Find Human Protein that Prevents H1N1 Influenza Infection

Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have identified a naturally occurring human protein that helps prevent infection by H1N1 influenza and other viruses, including West Nile and dengue virus.

A research team led by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Stephen J. Elledge and h... Read More

Congress Passes NIH, NSF Funding

The US Congress has passed a spending bill for fiscal year 2010 that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by around 2.3 percent over 2009 to $31.2 billion, including an increase of 2.7 percent for the National Human Genome Research Institute to $516 million.

The Consol... Read More

Fort Detrick Lab Employee Released From Hospital

Fort Detrick says a biodefense worker who may have contracted a disease in a base laboratory has been released from a military hospital.

Fort Detrick spokeswoman Caree Vander-Linden says the woman was discharged last week and is recuperating at home. The woman was admitted earlier this month ... Read More

Anaerobic Digesters to Help Cut Dairy Emissions by 25% by 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on December 15 an agreement with U.S. dairy producers to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 while turning manure into electricity using anaerobic digesters. Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Innovation Center for ... Read More

New Vaccines May Help Thwart E. coli O157:H7

Immunizing calves with either of two forms of a vaccine newly developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists might reduce the spread of sometimes deadly Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria. The microbe can flourish in the animals' digestive tracts, yet doesn't cause them to show clini... Read More

How to Find Signs of Life on Mars

Certain environments on Earth that host life are very similar to places on Mars and other terrestrial planets, scientists have found. So if life can exist here, why not there?

Nora Noffke is a geobiologist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has found evidence of microbial li... Read More

Bad wine can produce ‘good’ energy

A bottle of spoiled wine could help cut your power bills, as American and Indian scientists have come up with a new technology that generates electricity by using the waste from improper fermentation. According to the scientists, the technology could provide a new and cost effective way to clean... Read More

Leprosy susceptibility genes reported

"Though leprosy is not common, the discoveries have significant ramifications for chronic infectious disorders and for host-pathogen interactions in other more prevalent mycobacterial diseases such as tuberculosis, said Edison Liu, M.D., Executive Director of GIS, one of the research institutes ... Read More

Can H1N1 Flu Bloggers Help Battle Pandemic Misinformation?

Simon Owens looks at the impact of bloggers on the dissemination of both good and bad information about swine-origin influenza H1N1. He spoke with Vincent Racaniello of virology blog (virology.ws), Mike Coston of Avian Flu Diary (http://afludiary.blogspot.com/), and Crawford Kilian of H5N1 blog ... Read More

Masterworks in Petri dishes

Einstein in E. coli, an apple tree grown from fungi and a fluorescent Mario are just some of the masterworks cast in agar jelly by creative microbiologists. Read More

Fake blood cells so agile they can carry drugs

You can't get blood from a stone, but it seems you can make imitation red blood cells from polymers.

Just like real blood cells the pretenders can squeeze through spaces much smaller than their own diameter and absorb and release substances to order, including oxygen.

They could be used to... Read More

H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes

The swine flu pandemic may turn out to be less severe than many had feared, but the H1N1 virus has revealed disturbing weaknesses in the nation's defenses against public health emergencies, according to a new report.

The report, released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health, a private no... Read More

In Holland, six die of Goat flu

While many countries in the world are still struggling with swine flu, a new epidemic of goat flu or Q-fever has struck the Netherlands.

Q-fever, caused by Coxiella burnetii bacteria, can be secreted into the milk, urine and feces of infected animals; the amniotic fluid and placenta of pregna... Read More

AZT inhibits XMRV

Xenotropic murine leukemia virus related virus (XMRV) has been implicated in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Because XMRV is a retrovirus, it has been suggested that it might be susceptible to some of the many drugs available for treatment of AIDS. Of ten licensed compounds e... Read More

New Therapy May be Effective Against Bacterial Infections and Sepsis

A new study found that certain immune cells primarily associated with asthma and allergies may enhance innate immunity and improve clearance of bacterial infections and may be an effective new therapy against bacterial infections and sepsis in humans. The researchers from Oregon Health and Scie... Read More

Wall Street Journal story on hand sanitizer claims

This story discusses the issue of hand sanitizer claims and whether they are relevant to everyday life. Microbiologist Jason Tetro from the University of Ottawa CREM (@JATetro) is quoted. Read More

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