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Tuberculosis Cases Have Increased 50 Percent in Last Decade, Lancet Says

London is the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe, according to a recent article in the medical journal Lancet, which said that cases there increased 50 percent in the last decade.

The situation is “reminiscent of the unexpected outbreaks of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in New York an... Read More

Scientists and physicians use genetic sequencing to identify and treat unknown disease

A collaborative team of scientists and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin uses genetic sequencing to identify and treat an unknown disease.

For the one of the first times in medical history, researchers and physicians at The Medical College of ... Read More

New Book: The Fecal Bacteria

The Fecal Bacteria offers a balanced, integrated discussion of fecal bacteria and their presence and ecology in the intestinal tract of mammals, in the environment, and in the food supply. This new volume covers their use in examining and assessing water quality in order to offer protection from... Read More

Researchers Optimistic Over Experimental Lung Cancer Vaccine

Researchers at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center have discovered a breakthrough experimental treatment for lung cancer.

The treatment is part of a lung cancer vaccine that exposes the body to a protein that the lung cancer produces. This protein production helps the body buil... Read More

Expert group reconsiders cholera vaccine for Haiti

An expert group convened by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on Dec 17 discussed a possible cholera vaccine for Haiti and suggested developing a global vaccine stockpile.

The cholera vaccine has not been an element of the outbreak response, be... Read More

Genomic comparison of ocean microbes reveals East-West divide in populations

Much as an anthropologist can study populations of people to learn about their physical attributes, their environs and social structures, some marine microbiologists read the genome of microbes to glean information about the microbes themselves, their environments and lifestyles.

Using a rela... Read More

Global Health Watch: New polio vaccine developed by British research team

British and U.S. researchers are developing a new virtually risk-free polio vaccine that "tricks" the body into triggering its immune system to counteract the polio virus, according to British media reports this week.

Unlike other polio vaccines, this replica, or hoax vaccine, bypasses the ne... Read More

Arsenic Bacteria 4: The Quest for Peace

The arsenic bacteria story continued to roll on over the last week, but at a slower pace. Many of the big issues have already been covered at length, including the paper itself, the media hype, the implications for journalism, peer review, and so on (see my post-mortem from last week for a timel... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 23 - Dry Dry Desert Dwellers

This episode: Bacteria grow on quartz stones in the driest hot place on Earth!

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Groundbreaking Nanoparticle Study

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has produced a groundbreaking study of how nanoparticles are able to biomagnify in a simple microbial food chain.

"This was a simple scientific curiosity," said Patricia Holden, professor in UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Scien... Read More

Exclusive Interview: Discoverer of Arsenic Bacteria, in the Eye of the Storm

Three weeks ago, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, 33, a former performance oboist with a doctorate in oceanography and a NASA fellowship in astrobiology, published a paper online in Science about bacteria that can use arsenic instead of phosphorus in DNA and other biomolecules. Four days before the publicati... Read More

Consumer Reports Insights: Health clubs harbor hidden dangers

Joining a health club can make it easier and more fun to exercise. But gyms can also present safety problems. Bacteria in poorly maintained pools can spread disease. Antibiotic-resistant staph infections can be picked up in crowded locker rooms and from heavily used exercise equipment. You can b... Read More

Researchers discover human immune system has emergency backup plan

New research by scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the immune system has an effective backup plan to protect the body from infection when the "master regulator" of the body's innate immun... Read More

ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, 'not caused by the XMRV virus', say researchers

A new study has cast further doubt on the idea that a virus called XMRV causes chronic fatigue syndrome.

US scientists linked the condition, also known as ME, to a mouse-like virus in 2009 after finding it in blood samples.

Now, UK experts say the discovery was a "false positive", caused b... Read More

A tale of an ingenious experiment with a dubious interpretation

A couple of months ago, I attended a talk given by Robert Austin from the Princeton University Physics department. I debated with myself for quite a while about whether to report on this talk for two reasons: the results are largely unpublished, for reasons that will become clear; and, frankly, ... Read More

White House Issues Long-Delayed Science Guidelines

The Obama administration issued long-awaited, long-delayed guidelines on Friday to insulate government scientific research from political meddling and to base policy decisions on solid data.

Under the guidelines, government scientists are in general free to speak to journalists and the publi... Read More

Three Billion-Year-Old Genomic Fossils Deciphered

About 580 million years ago, life on Earth began a rapid period of change called the Cambrian Explosion, a period defined by the birth of new life forms over many millions of years that ultimately helped bring about the modern diversity of animals. Fossils help palaeontologists chronicle the evo... Read More

The return of swine flu

It should be no surprise that swine flu is back. In recent days there has been a spate of headlines speaking of "shocked" doctors, alarmed by the return of "deadly" swine flu. What should we make of this, and should we be worried?

First off, the H1N1 virus, which sparked a pandemic last year,... Read More

Secrets of common virus that can cause cancer decoded

Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have decoded secrets of a very common virus that can cause cancer.

About 90 percent of people are infected at some time in their lives with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), usually with no ill effects.

But individuals with compromised immune systems, such a... Read More

TWiV 112: Creating a killer poxvirus

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On episode 112 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich review the making of a virulent poxvirus by ... Read More

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