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Simple Urine Test May Diagnose Children With Autism

Researchers in Britain and Australia say they are developing a way to detect autism in children simply by testing their urine.

The autism test would be able to determine whether a child has the condition using only a few drops of urine and give a "yes" or "no" answer much in the same way preg... Read More

XMRV, prostate cancer, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More

Antibacterial nanoparticles from bacteria

Scientists have found that silver nanoparticles made using bacteria have better antibacterial properties than their chemically synthesised counterparts.

Mitchel Doktycz and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US incubated Shewanella oneidensis b... Read More

NCBI ROFL: Morning breath odor: influence of treatments on sulfur gases

“We assessed the effects of several treatments on the concentrations of oral sulfur-containing gases, compounds thought to be responsible for morning breath. Upon awakening in the morning, healthy volunteers collected oral gas samples before and for eight hours after the following treatments: no... Read More

McMaster researchers discover chemical clue directing Staphylococcus aureus

McMaster University researchers have discovered a central controller or processing unit (CPU) of a superbug's weaponry.

The team from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research has revealed that a small chemical, made by the superbug Staphylococcus aureus and its drug-r... Read More

How Did Higher Life Evolve? Brown Algal Genome Opens New Door to Understanding Multicellularity and Photosynthesis

With the world's first complete sequencing of a brown algal genome, an international research team has made a big leap towards understanding the evolution of two key prerequisites for higher life on Earth -- multicellularity and photosynthesis. As reported in the journal Nature, about 100 scient... Read More

Germ-killing uniforms for doctors

When the going gets tough, plain old cotton won't do. Just ask sportswear manufacturers, many of which incorporate anti-microbial, fluid-resistant fabric into their clothing lines to keep athletes dry and odor-free.

Last year, biotech industry entrepreneur Uncas Ben Favret was thinking about ... Read More

Craig Venter announces synthetic life

This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More

Caltech Biologists Provide Molecular Explanation for the Evolution of Tamiflu Resistance

Biologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed molecular changes that helped allow the global spread of resistance to the antiviral medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) among strains of the seasonal H1N1 flu virus.

The study—led by David Baltimore, Caltech's Rober... Read More

What's next for synthetic life?

J. Craig Venter and his colleagues recently announced that they had created the first cell to run on a fully artificial genome. So what's next for this synthetic strain of microscopic Mycoplasma mycoides and the new technology?

The "synthetic cell" achievement has been lauded, condemned and u... Read More

UM IGS Study Finds Vaginal Microbes Vary Among Healthy Women

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the UM’s Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing doctors to tailor each woman’s treatme... Read More

UM School of Medicine study finds vaginal microbes vary among healthy women

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women, allowing... Read More

Bacterioplankton Responses to Desert Dust in the (Sub)tropical Northeast Atlantic

Inputs of dust from the Sahara desert could change the composition of microbial communities in the (sub)tropical eastern North Atlantic say Southampton researchers writing this month in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters.

When high winds blow over the Sahara, dust particles consisting of s... Read More

WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues

The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts.

The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers, said it remained... Read More

Eyes of cattle may become new windows to detect mad cow disease

The eyes may or may not be windows to the soul, as the old adage goes, but scientists are reporting evidence that a peek into the eyes of cattle may become the basis for a long-sought test to detect infection with the agent that causes Mad Cow Disease. That test could help prevent the disease fr... Read More

Another reason to breastfeed your baby

Canadian scientists reported in the FASEB Journal that they discovered that breast milk carries a probiotic that can help alleviate symptoms
of digestive disorders.

Mama's breast milk has been already known to benefit both the mother and her baby. U.S. physicians recommend breastfeeding newb... Read More

Study: ER computer keyboards and bacteria

Keyboards located in triage and registration areas were found to be more contaminated with bacteria than those in other areas of the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, according to a new study conducted by the hospital.

"Contamination was predominantly found in non-treatm... Read More

MTS51- James Liao - Turning Microbes into Fuel Refineries

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TWiP 11 letters

Sophie writes:


Hi Dick and Vincent,


I still love both of your podcasts and was very pleased when Dick referred to Claudius as I love the books about him. This malaria themed podcast made me realize that the historical part of parasitism is so interesting (I'm ... Read More

Vaccine appears to prevent breast cancer in mice

An experimental vaccine prevented breast cancer in genetically engineered mice, according to a preliminary study in the June 10 issue of Nature Medicine. The vaccine has not been tested in humans.

Though the approach is intriguing, it is far too early to know whether a vaccine could also help... Read More

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