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Computer science breakthrough: Replicating bacterial communication

Fundamental to computer science is transmitting information using electromagnetic communication - the 0s and 1s of binary code. But nature's tiniest lifeforms have used a very different method for eons, and figuring out how they do it could revolutionize computers.

Bacteria make great use of ... Read More

Watery relatives of crop pathogen P. syringae discovered in rivers

Summer’s here, and many vacationers face the question of where to spend these halcyon days: by the water or in the country? The plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae may be in the same predicament, according to a new paper released by mBio. Morris et al. examined the genetic diversity and traits o... Read More

Can fermenting microbes save us from climate change?

Just as bacteria and fungi are methodically breaking down the millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, microbes might help us with another uncontrolled emission due to human activity—carbon dioxide.

An anaerobic bacteria by the name of Clostridium ljungdahlii can ferment ev... Read More

Bees Help to Beat MRSA Bugs

Bees could have a key role to play in urgently-needed new treatments to fight the virulent MRSA bug, according to research led at the University of Strathclyde.

The scientists found that a substance known as beeglue or propolis, originating from beehives in the Pacific region, was active agai... Read More

TED - 7 oil crisis views, from comic to tragic

A round up of yesterday's Tedx Oil Spill conference in DC, highlights University of Louisville microbiologist Ron Atlas' experience with using fertilizers to spur the growth of oil-consuming microbes in the Exxon Valdez spill. Read More

Fast test for ocean waste hits O.C. beaches

Orange County beachgoers heading for their favorite stretch of sand might see something new this weekend: a brightly colored sign flashing the latest readings on ocean contamination.

The signs, showing same-day results for bacterial testing in near-shore waters, could provide their first read... Read More

Measles outbreak in Zambia expanding

Zambia has recorded one thousand six hundred cases of measles from the time the disease broke out a week ago. The Director of Public Health and Research at the Ministry of Health Victor Mukonka disclosed this in an interview with ZNBC over the weekend.Dr Mukonka however claimed that the disease ... Read More

Despite countless changes, original HIV infection lurks within

Scientists have been surprised to learn that, despite thousands of changes that viruses like HIV undergo in rapid fashion to evade the body's immune system, the original version that caused the infection is still present in the body months later.

The finding, published in the June issue of th... Read More

DOE drops $24 million to spur commercialization of algae-based biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the investment of up to $24 million for three research groups to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels. The selections will support the development of a clean, sustainable transportation sector—a goal of the Depart... Read More

Virus 'explorers' probe inner workings of the brain

Lynn Enquist, a professor in Princeton's Department of Molecular Biology and in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, is leading an effort to use genetically engineered viruses as explorers that travel throughout the nervous system, tracing the connections between neurons and reporting on their ... Read More

The perils of summer

Summer means the arrival of certain illnesses and infections caused by bacteria, viruses and bugs that thrive in the warm, moist environment. Although the risk of catching these diseases is low, there are some precautions to take to stay healthy.

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Bacterial meningitis

• What it ... Read More

Curbing Domestic Violence Key to Reducing HIV Infection Among South African Women

Women in South Africa who are victims of domestic violence are more likely to become infected with HIV compared to women who do not experience such behavior, according to a study published June 16, 2010 in The Lancet'‘s Online First.

Nearly one in seven new HIV infections could be prevented i... Read More

Inspectors find safety flaws where airline food is prepared

Six months ago, Food and Drug Administration inspectors say, they found live roaches and dead roach carcasses "too numerous to count" inside the Denver facility of the world's largest airline caterer, LSG Sky Chefs.

They also reported finding ants, flies and debris, and employees handling foo... Read More

Biologically Inspired Technology Produces Sugar from Photosynthetic Bacteria

Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and Harvard Medical School have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid.

This innovation could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemic... Read More

Search expands in illegal sale of raw milk in Minnesota

State investigators searched a second Minnesota farm that may have illegally sold raw milk as health officials investigate an E. coli outbreak that sickened several people, officials confirmed Monday.

The state's investigation began after E. coli traced to unpasteurized milk products sickened... Read More

Scientists claim method to kill C diff bug found

Professor Colin Hill and Professor Paul Ross of UCC teamed up with scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada and with experts led by Mary Rea at the Teagasc Moorpark Food Research Centre to form the compound which they believe can eliminate the Clostridium difficile bug without harming o... Read More

FDA: Antibiotics in Livestock Affects Human Health

Giving animals antibiotics in order to increase food production is a threat to public health and should be stopped, the FDA said today.

The federal agency says it has the power to ban the practice, but it's starting by issuing "draft guidance" in hopes the food industry will make voluntary ch... Read More

Four Injured In Explosion On Mizzou Campus

Four people were injured when a 2,200-pound hydrogen tank exploded Monday afternoon on the University of Missouri campus.

Columbia Fire Capt. Eric Hartman said the people were working in the biochemistry lab on an experiment involving bacteria growth in hydrogen gas. He said they placed gas i... Read More

halorhodopsin microbial protein restores vision blind animals

Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI)say they have restored vision in retinitis pigmentosa using an archaebacterial protein, halorhodopsin. Introducing light-sensitive halorhodopsin into the remaining but nonfunctional cone photoreceptors of the retina o... Read More

FDA Urges Limiting Antibiotics in Meat

The continued use of antimicrobial drugs to promote growth in chickens, cattle and other livestock is tied to antibiotic resistance and should be phased out for that purpose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

The drugs in question include penicillin, tetracycline, macrolide... Read More

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