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New Yeast Strain in Wine Eliminates Toxins that Cause Headaches

A new strain of wine yeast developed at the University of British Columbia produces fewer amines, chemicals in red wine and chardonnay that produce off flavours and trigger headaches, hypertension and migraines in many people.

"This is the first organism that has been improved [through geneti... Read More

"The Unseen World"

Philadelphia artist Kate Kaman (www.katekaman.com) has designed a dynamic larger-than-life sculptural depiction of the most plentiful and ancient microscopic life forms -- bacteria. Suspended throughout an area measuring approximately 130 feet long, 27 feet wide and 41 feet tall, “The Unseen Wor... Read More

New Malaria Vaccine Depends on … Mosquito Bites?

The same menace that spreads malaria -- the mosquito bite -- could help wipe out the deadly disease, according to researchers working on a new vaccine at Tulane University.

The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), established in 1999 through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,... Read More

Lavender Oil Has Potent Antifungal Effect

Lavender oil could be used to combat the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infections, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The essential oil shows a potent antifungal effect against strains of fungi responsible for common skin and nail infections.

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Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology

Dry Copper Kills Bacteria on Contact

Metallic copper surfaces kill microbes on contact, decimating their populations, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. They do so literally in minutes, by causing massive membrane damage afte... Read More

First pathogen with a human gene: N. gonorrhoeae plays the field, accepts DNA from bacteria AND humans

Of the many things that have been said about gonorrhea, here’s one thing no one ever guessed: gonorrhea is a little bit human. A study published in mBio today reveals that the genomes of some strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae carry a piece of the human long interspersed nuclear element (LINE) L1.... Read More

Uncovering the Genome Secrets of the Blackleg Fungus

The genome of the Blackleg fungus, which causes the most damaging disease to canola crops worldwide, has been sequenced for the first time by a team of French and Australian scientists.

"The 12,500 genes that constitute the genetic blue print for the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans have been id... Read More

A novel subgroup of mosquitoes encourages scientists to rethink the fight against malaria

A new genetically distinct subgroup of mosquitoes has been identified in sub-Saharan Africa that displays different behaviors and has a higher susceptibility to the malaria parasite than the traditionally-studied type.

The finding, published online today (February 3) in Science, may provide a... Read More

Anthrax report casts doubt on scientific evidence in FBI case against Bruce Ivins

A panel of prominent scientists is casting new doubt on scientific evidence that was a key part of the FBI's case against Bruce E. Ivins, the deceased Army scientist accused of carrying out the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks.

The National Research Council, in a report issued Tuesday, questioned ... Read More

Panel releasing science review of anthrax probe

The National Research Council in Washington is releasing its review of the science the FBI used in its investigation of the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001.

A committee of the congressionally chartered group was set to release the report at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The FBI sought ... Read More

Superbug's spread across West Midlands

A superbug that contributed to the deaths of about 80 patients in Shropshire, has become dominant across the West Midlands.

Researchers in Birmingham, led by Professor Peter Hawkey, said they were surprised at how quickly E.coli ESBL had spread throughout the region.

Professor Hawkey said:... Read More

President and House clash over science spending

The fate of US science funding is up in the air, thanks to vastly different spending proposals from the president and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

On Monday, President Barack Obama presented his 2012 budget request to Congress, which includes funding boosts to a number ... Read More

Bacteria-derived compound may stimulate bone growth in osteoporotic patients, scientists say

A strain of bacteria that live on coral reefs off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, may contribute to the development of medications that will encourage bone growth and inhibit osteoporosis, researchers have announced.

A study published in the journal ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters pointed to... Read More

Bacteria That Grow In Hot Tubs Linked To Playboy Mansion Outbreak

Earlier this month, dozens of people who attended a conference at the Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion in California became ill. According to the Los Angeles Times, they complained of respiratory problems, flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.

The paper reports that public health officials are lookin... Read More

Quest for designer bacteria uncovers a 'Spy'

Bacteria are widely used to manufacture proteins used in medicine and industry, but the bugs often bungle the job. Many proteins fall apart and get cut up inside the bacteria before they can be harvested. Others collapse into useless tangles instead of folding properly, as they must in order to ... Read More

Babies who escape HIV face other death risks: study

Babies lucky enough not to get HIV from their infected mothers still face up to a four times greater risk of dying in the first year because of a greater susceptibility to infectious disease, said a study Tuesday.

Researchers examined around 100 mothers and their babies in South Africa, and c... Read More

Dirty truth: Bachelor pads have 15 times more germs

Turns out some pearls of wisdom are laced into Beyonce's hit song: “All the single ladies. All the single ladies. Now put your hands up. ...”

Seriously, if you are in bachelor’s home, follow her advice and put your hands up — now. Or put them in your pockets. Better yet, put on mittens. And f... Read More

Gonorrhea Acquires a Piece of Human DNA: First Evidence of Gene Transfer from Human Host to Bacterial Pathogen

If a human cell and a bacterial cell met at a speed-dating event, they would never be expected to exchange phone numbers, much less genetic material. In more scientific terms, a direct transfer of DNA has never been recorded from humans to bacteria.

Until now. Northwestern Medicine researcher... Read More

Playboy Mansion visitors hit with mystery illness

Los Angeles County health officials are investigating suspicions that Hugh Hefner's legendary Playboy Mansion was ground zero for a rash of mysterious respiratory ailments that afflicted people who attended a fundraiser there earlier this month.

The inquiry by the Department of Public Health ... Read More

Study showing high effectiveness for H1N1 vaccine stirs debate

A recent case-control study estimates that the adjuvanted pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine used in Canada was effective 93% of the time, a substantially higher figure than seen in several other studies and one that has raised some eyebrows among other flu vaccine researchers.

In the study, pa... Read More
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