We’ve written about the growing problem of Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that, like antibiotic-resistant staph, is posing a health threat in hospitals. One study found that C. diff is infecting more than 1 in 100 hospital inpatients.
And now we have a clearer picture of how C. diff is sp... Read More
A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors. Why does this result constitute such strong proof of viral infection?
Establishment of an integrated copy of the viral ... Read More
A new truth about Lady Gaga’s health has recently been revealed. She is covered in other life forms—“her little monsters” you might call them.
Contrary to statements otherwise in the media, these life forms have nothing to do with Lady Gaga’s meat bikini (For those who need the extra explana... Read More
Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog reviews the results of a recent paper "Microbial metalloproteomes are largely uncharacterized" from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia, Athens, and ponders its implications.
"Now... Read More
This episode: Bacteria help ants keep parasites out of their fungal gardens!
Humans are not the only species ruled by a circadian rhythm. Even simple organisms like molds are governed by an inner clock.
Studying red bread mold may teach us how our own internal clock works. This is exactly what the Centre for Organelle Research (CORE) at the University of Stavanger, No... Read More
In a year full of major advances, over-hyped findings and controversial studies, it was tough for the Wired Science staff to choose which breakthroughs were the biggest in 2010. So we've collected the ones that stood out the most to us.
From synthetic life and three-parent embryos to the poss... Read More
A three-year-old girl and a 51-year-old man have died of influenza infection in Goettingen. In both cases, the swine flu virus H1N1 was confirmed. But health officials said on Monday that there was "no need to panic."
he Lower Saxony social affairs ministry confirmed on Monday that two patien... Read More
A Newcastle doctor has published a case study of Australia's first reported case of humans infected with a bacteria from cat fleas, but says it is probably more common than most GPs realise.
The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, documents the case of a Victorian family ... Read More
Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is pre... Read More
In preparation for the arrival of a $650 million federal research lab, roads and utilities are being rerouted at a 45-acre site just across the street from Kansas State University's football stadium.
But as the arrival of the mammoth National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility inches forward, one ... Read More
The dramatic surge in whooping cough in California in 2010, when 10 infants were killed by the bacterium and more people were sickened than in any year since 1947, has scientists looking for answers.
Researchers are focusing on a surprising trend: 7- to 10-year-olds are getting the disease at... Read More
A new exhibition in London will chart the history of the human relationship with dirt.
The exhibition, at the Wellcome Trust in Euston, explores attitudes towards dirt in a 17th Century Dutch home, a Victorian street and an Indian slum.
It includes some of the earliest sketches of bacteria... Read More
Five years ago Bill Gates invited the world's scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health. No idea was too radical, he said, for what he called the Grand Challenges in Global Health.
About 1600 proposals came in, and the top 43 were so promising that the Bill... Read More
Vincent, Alan, and Rich revisit ten compelling virology stories of 2010.
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I am at present suffering from [what] I have been told will be a virus.
Symptoms:- a dry continuous hacking cough. Unable to get much sleep. No cough medicine seems to soothe it. An uncontrolled loss of urine when coughing. Otherwise no flu symptoms.... Read More
Ever wonder what microorganisms do on a Saturday night? In professor Derek Lovley's lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, doctoral candidate Zarath Summers and her colleagues made a point to find out. In the process, Summers discovered a new cooperative behavior in bacteria.
"Inter... Read More
In June 2011 public-health officials will mark the 30th anniversary of the first AIDs diagnosis. Much hand-wringing will ensue. Why do we not yet have an effective vaccine? How do HIV cases continue to grow?
At the same time, a small but growing number of scientists will mark the anniversary ... Read More
New Jersey education officials have decided not to require high school students to pass a biology test in order to graduate - at least, not yet.
The requirement was to kick in for the Class of 2014, or current freshmen. But when almost half the students who took the pilot test this spring fai... Read More
Health experts believe a flu epidemic was averted last year because of regular hand-washing, suggesting healthcare facilities should promote hand-washing among staff and patients to prevent the spread of disease, according to a HealthDay report.
The American Society for Microbiology and the A... Read More