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Trained Bacteria Cleans Up Pesticides

Can we get bugs to do our bidding? Emory chemist Justin Gallivan has moved science another step closer to that possibility. His lab reprogrammed an innocuous strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli to "seek and destroy" the molecules of an herbicide called atrazine.

"Rather than just alterin... Read More

Peptides may hold ‘missing link’ to life

Simple peptides can organize into bi-layer membranes. This recent finding suggests a “missing link” between the pre-biotic Earth’s chemical inventory and the organizational scaffolding essential to life.

“We’ve shown that peptides can form the kind of membranes needed to create long-range ord... Read More

'Google Flu Trends' Found to be Nearly On Par With CDC Surveillance Data

Seasonal flu epidemics account for as many as half a million deaths worldwide each year. And the rapid spread of new strains can cause many more (the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic alone killed more than 16,000 people, according to the World Health Organization). Quickly detecting a regional rise in flu... Read More

Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Western Hemisphere

In an editorial in The New York Times (17 May 2010) Peter Hotez, Professor of Medicine at George Washington University, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and the author of the book "Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases" writes that the neglected tropical diseases are found not just in Af... Read More

Molecule-sized bait used by UCLA research team to fish for new drug targets

UCLA researchers and their collaborators have developed a method that could open the door for investigations into the function of half of all proteins in the human body.

The research team has demonstrated nanoscale control over molecules, allowing for the precise study of interactions betwee... Read More

Noroviruses Identified as Common Cause of Travelers' Diarrhea

Noroviruses, infamous for causing outbreaks of gastroenteritis on cruise ships, may now be recognized as a common cause of travelers' diarrhea in multiple regions of the world as well. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad detail their findings in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Mic... Read More

El podcast del microbio Mº 108: Kon-Tiki microbiano



























The Nº 108 of the "El podcast del microbio" is based in the recent finding about bacterial dispersion in the seas (http://www.microbeworld.or... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 12

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: interesting organisms found living in acid, purple bacteria's efficiency in capturing light, a cocaine overdose treatment from bacteria, and comparing E. coli to Linux.

{mp3remote}http://blip.tv/file/get/Bacteriofiles-012_2010_05_16_183.mp3{/mp... Read More

TWiV 82 letters

TWiV 82 letters


Erik writes:


Yesterday I sent my Skype audio question again, and I think it worked this time. In my question I mentioned a particular youtube video. Here's the link if you want to see what I was referring to. It's only 5 minute... Read More

Gates Grand Challenge Grant Awarded

The Institute for Genome Sciences at UMSOM has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Julie Dunning Hotopp, Assistant Professor, titled "Targeting Bacterial... Read More

TWiV 82: Immunology in silico



On episode #82 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich talk about how thymic selection of T cells might lead to better control of HIV-1 infection, and a mouse model for severe antibody-induced ... Read More

Disagreement over just what's in that glass of raw milk

Proponents say that raw milk is more nutritious than homogenized. But many health agencies warn that it can carry dangerous bacteria. The federal government and virtually all public health agencies oppose consumption of raw milk because it can carry dangerous bacteria such as E. coli 0157:H7, li... Read More

Infectious personalities

Chances are your friends are more popular than you are. It is a basic feature of social networks that has been known about for some time. Consider both an avid cocktail party hostess with hundreds of acquaintances and a grumpy misanthrope, who may have one or two friends. Statistically speaking,... Read More

East Coast mumps outbreak may be spreading to L.A.

A mumps outbreak on the East Coast — the largest in the United States in four years — may be spreading to Los Angeles County.

Nine cases of mumps have been reported so far this year, two more than were seen in all of 2009, according to county health officer Jonathan Fielding.

There is also... Read More

Over 5,000 pox-infected goats culled in Taiwan goat pox virus outbreak

The spread of goat pox virus (GPV) on goat ranches in Taiwan has yet to subside, with more than 5,000 infected goats having been culled since the first case this year was confirmed on April 9, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Sunday. A total of 5,055 pox-infected goats from 32 goat farms in... Read More

Novel Pouch Could Reduce Mother-to-Infant HIV Infection

By using medications packaged just like fast-food ketchup, HIV-positive mothers in developing countries can more easily provide protection to newborn babies born at home.

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed an inexpensive and easy-to-use system that allows mothers to give t... Read More

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

Montclair Meat Co., Inc., a Montclair, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 53,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to ... Read More

U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses

The United States still has 71 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine that have not been used, but it is not yet time to throw them out, the federal government said on Monday. States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can ... Read More

Soda fountains contaminated with fecal bacteria

The soda that comes out of fountain machines in restaurants may be widely contaminated with fecal bacteria, according to a study conducted by researchers from Hollins University and published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

Researchers tested 30 different self-serve and beh... Read More

Interview with Tom Shenk about mBio, ASM's new open access journal

Tom Shenk is not only ASM’s Publications Board Chairman and a Princeton Professor, he’s also an instigator and a mastermind (in the well-intentioned and insightful senses of the words). After all, he was one of the original forces behind starting up mBio and his ideas and work continue to drive ... Read More

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