A methane digester called "Park Spark" has been installed in a dog park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The device produces methane by bacterial digestion of the dog excrement, and the methane is used to light a gas-burning street lamp.
People walking their dogs are encouraged to collect the fe... Read More
On episode #98 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the finding of murine leukemia virus-related sequences in the blood of CFS patients and healthy donors, laboratory... Read More
I'm just writing to clarify my question about the production of the flu vaccine if one of the other seasonal strains was removed as there seemed to be a bit of confusion about the point of it.
As I understand it one of the biggest holdups in seas... Read More
Scientists may have found some ways to help the nation's bats, which are being wiped out by a novel fungal disease, an unprecedented wildlife crisis.
Lab tests show that several drugs can fight the germ and that some antiseptics might help decontaminate areas where bats live or the shoes and ... Read More
Blog by me (Jonathan Eisen) discussing how there is a lot of misleading and sketchy information out there relating to probiotics. Read More
Antibiotic resistance has become an increasing cause for concern around the globe, but it poses a unique set of problems for infections in children. Researchers present the latest information on antibiotic-resistant infections of concern to pediatricians including methicillin-resistant Staphylo... Read More
As larger pharmaceutical companies have reduced focus on discovery and early development of antibacterials, smaller biotech companies have taken on a larger role in these earliest stages of antibacterial development, later licensing or selling the compound to the pharmaceutical company to com... Read More
Twenty Connecticut towns are reported to have West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes, Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin informs. Connecticut's Mosquito Management Program announced that a resident of Clinton recently tested positive for WNV (West Nile Virus) and has been... Read More
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