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Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses

Herpes simplex virus infections are an enormous global health problem and there is currently no viable vaccine. For nearly three decades, immunologists’ efforts to develop a herpes vaccine have centered on exploiting a single protein found on the virus’s outer surface that is known to elicit rob... Read More

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

A video from NASA shows how air pollution moves around the world. So what happens when emissions from Asia blow across the Pacific Ocean to North America?

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STOP SUPERBUGS BY TURNING UP THE HEAT

U. MINNESOTA (US) — One effective way to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs,” may be to treat municipal wastewater solids at higher temperatures. Heating the solid waste to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius) was particularly effective in eliminating ... Read More

TWiV 328: Lariat tricks in 3D

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Ebola could cause thousands more deaths - by ushering in Measles

AWARENESS OF EBOLA is picking up again in the United States: An American volunteer who was working in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola and been medevac’d to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center for Ebola treatment, and 10 more volunteers have been brought back to NIH, Omaha and Atl... Read More

Bioelectrochemical processes have the potential to one day replace petrochemistry: Lysine production as example

Researchers have found that the electrification of the white biotechnology is not merely a green dream, but an alternative to petrochemistry with realistic economical potential. Compared to classical sugar based bio-processes, bioelectrochemical processes promise improved yields, which could tur... Read More

Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance

Chlorine, a disinfectant commonly used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to completely eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels of these substances get discharged from the plants to the nation's waterways. And now, scientists are reporting preliminary st... Read More

Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color—on demand—by simply applying a minute amount of force.

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Over 900 Hookworm Genes "turn on" to wreak havoc

Tiny parasitic hookworms infect nearly half a billion people worldwide, almost exclusively in developing countries. Researchers say sequencing the genome of a particular species could help develop more effective drugs.

Other hookworm species cause more disease among humans, but Ancylostoma ce... Read More

New model finds HIV acute phase infectivity may be lower than previously estimated

The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously t... Read More

Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Use Proteomics to Profile Switchgrass

If advanced biofuels are to replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuel on a gallon-for-gallon basis at competitive pricing, we’re going to need a new generation of fuel crops – plants designed specifically to serve as feedstocks for fuels.

Fuels made from the sugars in plants and other forms of bi... Read More

Johns Hopkins personal protective equipment prototype for Ebola

An advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, devised by a Johns Hopkins team, is one of the first five awardees in a federal funding contest aimed at quickly devising new tools to combat the deadly disease.

The Johns Hopkins prototype is designed to do a bette... Read More

Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab

A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state a... Read More

Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise

Scientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet. Read More

Comparing the genomes of the leprosy bacteria

Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome and devastating, as the bacteria reduce sensitivity in the body, resulting in skin lesions, nerve damage ... Read More

TWiV 329: Pox in the balance

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Spanish Fly Is Real, and It’s Ridiculously Dangerous

The Spanish fly exists, only it's actually a beetle. Oh, and you might die excruciatingly if you eat it.

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Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior

Look what the cat dragged in! The parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a common protozoan transmitted by cats, can effect mammalian brain cells in strange ways. In rodents, the parasite has been shown to inhibit fear and actually attract them to the smell of cat urine. Humans can be infected through c... Read More

Care Differs for American and African With Ebola

Two Ebola aid workers - one American, one from Sierra Leone - received very different treatment after becoming infected with the virus. The American aid worker received an expedited course of treatment, travelling from a British Defense Ministry treatment center to the NIH in Bethesda, MD, whil... Read More

Covering up a naked virus

Viruses can be broadly classified according to whether or not the particle is enveloped – surrounded by a membrane taken from the host cell – or naked. Some naked viruses apparently are more modest than we believed. Read More
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