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Can new ice cream lick health troubles?

Let’s admit it: Attempts to make ice cream healthier by deleting fat and sugar didn’t work. At least not for true ice cream lovers.

But rather than taking stuff out, what if you could add an array of healthy ingredients to ice cream without wrecking it in the process?

Researchers at the Un... Read More

Lab Vs. Courtroom: Different Definitions Of Proof

A research study published this week offers a powerful reminder of the difficulty of using cutting-edge science in the courtroom.

The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes the genetic fingerprinting technique that the FBI... Read More

Key Mechanism of Childhood Respiratory Disease Identified

Researchers have identified a critical part of the process by which one of the world's most common and dangerous early childhood infections, respiratory syncytial virus, causes disease. The discovery could lead to badly needed new therapies for RSV, which in 2005 was estimated to have caused at ... Read More

Impact of nanoscale topography on genomics and proteomics of adherent bacteria

One of the main basic bacterial survival strategies is the colonization of a surface and the consequent growth as biofilm community, which is embedded in a gel-like polysaccharide matrix (also known as exopolysaccharides matrix or EPS). In spite of its swimming/planktonic counterpart, such sessi... Read More

Could Bacteria Make Butanol the New Gasoline?

Butanol may be used as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. Because its longer hydrocarbon chain causes it to be fairly non-polar, it is more similar to gasoline than it is to ethanol. Butanol has been demonstrated to work in vehicles designed for use with gasoline without modification. Univ... Read More

Genome Sequencing Used to Assess a Novel Form of Clostridium Botulinum

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HP... Read More

New Microscope Produces Dazzling 3D Movies of Live Cells

A new microscope invented by scientists at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus will let researchers use an exquisitely thin sheet of light -- similar to that used in supermarket bar-code scanners -- to peer inside single living cells, revealing the three-dimensional sh... Read More

White hat fungus fights off pathogens

A fungus that already has a good reputation is making a name for itself as a therapeutic agent for human and plant health.
Because they are mycoparasites, Trichoderma virens are able to attack other, less desirable fungi that can harm roots and foliage of plants. Read More

First Scientific Paper about 2001 Anthrax Investigation Published Today

Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at UMSOM and their collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. T... Read More

Scientists skeptical of meteorite alien life claim

NASA and its top scientists are distancing themselves from a space agency researcher who concludes that he found alien bacterial life in meteorites that were collected many decades ago.

Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., claims that he found fossils tha... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 32 - Virus Versus Malignancy Matrix

This episode: Virus + bacterial enzyme = cancer killer!

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Risk of Drug-Resistant Staph Infection in Gym Low: Study

The risk of being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria when using community gyms may not be as high as believed, a new study suggests.

Growing concerns about the spread of infection have prompted many gyms to begin extensive cleaning programs, but this finding suggests such efforts may... Read More

Our Body the Ecosystem: Understanding the Interplay Between Man and Microbe

When Jake Harvey visits the clinical center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he is usually dirty, itchy and wheezing—not the happiest state of affairs for a 14-year-old boy. But his doctors require that for 24 hours prior to each visit, he refrain from bathing, or usin... Read More

Cold Viruses Appear Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

While the causes of type 1 diabetes aren't known for certain, a new analysis backs the possibility that cold-like viruses might trigger the disease.

Australian researchers looked at a number of studies, and concluded there is a strong association between enteroviruses and the development of t... Read More

Carbapenem-Resistant Bacteria Infections Increase

In the war against infections, some clever bacteria, such as carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, are mutating into super bugs and gaining the upper hand by becoming resistant to antibiotics, especially in New York and New Jersey, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

For Cold Virus, Zinc May Edge Out Even Chicken Soup

Scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.

A sweeping new review of the medical research on zinc shows that sniffing, sneezing, coughing and stuffy-headed cold sufferers finally have a better option than just tissue... Read More

Sea-Ice Algae Can Engineer Ice to Its Advantage Using Own Antifreeze

Sea-ice algae -- the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean -- can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.

The same gel-like mucus secreted by sea-ice algae as a kind of antifreeze against temperatu... Read More

A study at the atom level revealed one of the main mechanisms of immune defence.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have specified the mechanism with which the immune defence of people can immediately identify a microbe entering the body, and launch an attack against it. The researchers also discovered how a rare, serious disease takes shape.

When a microbe enters ... Read More

Hazelnuts recalled because of E. coli threat

Certain packaged and bulk containers of in-shell hazelnuts and mixed nuts made by DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles have been recalled because they could contain E. coli bacteria.

Seven cases of E. coli infection, possibly linked to the nuts, have been reported in Michigan, Minnesota and Wiscons... Read More

Forty-five states report widespread flu activity

According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 45 states have reported widespread flu activity and experts believe it may not yet be on the downswing.

While the CDC experts say there is no particular strain of flu that has taken over, they ... Read More
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