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Bacteria Sent To ISS Survive For 500+ Days

acteria taken from a small fishing hamlet in the UK and placed on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) for more than a year not only managed to survive the journey, but continue to thrive in laboratory conditions, according to a recent BBC News report.

In an August 23 story by... Read More

Malaysia takes action as rat-borne disease kills 10

Malaysian health officials announced plans Monday to tackle an outbreak of the rat-borne disease leptospirosis that has killed 10 people, forcing several parks to close.

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said doctors had been ordered to inform the authorities of any suspected cases in order to i... Read More

WHO Calls On Countries To Prevent, Control Spread Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Amid the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the WHO on Friday urged countries to take greater action to limit the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, CIDRAP News reports. "Calling such pathogens 'a growing and global public health problem,' the WHO said, 'Countries should be prepared to... Read More

Gut Microbes May Provide Targets For Food-Borne Diseases

At any given time, trillions of tiny microbes - some helpful, some harmful - are living on and in humans, forming communities and outnumbering the body's own cells tenfold.

Using a $7.3 million federal grant that establishes a new cooperative research center at Michigan State University, a gr... Read More

Hepatitis E Vaccine Candidate Completely Blocked Disease

An investigational vaccine against hepatitis E was shown to be completely effective in a large randomized trial in China, researchers reported.

The trial, involving more than 100,000 patients, found that none of the patients who received the full three doses of the vaccine (HEV 239 or Hecolin... Read More

Old Malaria Drug Blamed for Resistance Gets a New Reputation

An inexpensive drug currently used to treat and prevent malaria in pregnant women—sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, or “SP” for short—could reduce malaria infection in infants by 30 percent, recent studies have shown. But health officials in the developing world have held off on recommending SP’s wide... Read More

Novel 'Antisense' Therapies Protect Primates from Lethal Ebola and Marburg Viruses

New studies show that treatments targeting specific viral genes protected monkeys infected with deadly Ebola or Marburg viruses. Furthermore, the animals were protected even when therapeutics were administered one hour after exposure -- suggesting the approach holds promise for treating accident... Read More

Survivors of Pakistan floods face growing health problems

For almost a million Pakistanis, the misery of epic flooding covering one-fifth of the country has now taken the form of communicable illnesses.

Cases of acute diarrhea have topped 204,000, the World Health Organization announced Sunday. The number of skin diseases -- such as scabies -- has t... Read More

More U.S. teens get vaccinated, CDC finds

More U.S. teens are getting recommended vaccines against certain cancers, meningitis and infectious diseases, government researchers reported on Thursday.

More than 40 percent of girls have received at least one dose of the new vaccine that protects against a virus that causes cervical and ot... Read More

TWiV 96 Letters

Connor writes:

My name is Connor and I am an undergraduate (soon to graduate) Microbiology student at Oregon State University. I've recently discovered your show and I love listening to it. Especially now that it's featured on Stitcher, making it much easier for me to listen... Read More

TWiV 96: Making viral DNA

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On episode #96 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Rich continue Virology 101 with a discussion of how viruses with DNA genomes replicate their genetic information.


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New fabric made from tea

It is the authentic "tea shirt" - an item from a range of clothing made from Britain's favourite beverage.

Fashion designers and scientists have developed a new fabric that is grown in vats of tea.

The material, which has a leather-like texture but is extremely lightweight, has already be... Read More

‘Scary Disease Girl’ Maryn McKenna on antibiotic-resistant staph

A podcast interview from the food blog 'grist'.

Maryn McKenna is arguably the premier U.S. public health journalist. Not many on the beat can boast a bio like this:

Maryn McKenna's newsroom nickname is Scary Disease Girl, and she earned it. She has reported from inside a field hospita... Read More

'Opportunistic' Bacteria Feasting Slowly on Underwater Oil in Gulf

A new study confirming the existence of a massive plume of oil trapped deep underwater in the Gulf of Mexico defies notions that bacteria, while they are degrading the oil, will make as quick work of petroleum lingering in the water's cold depths as they have on the surface.

In a widely hail... Read More

CDC: Tainted eggs may have sickened hundreds in recent months

The salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of 380 million eggs was preventable and will likely grow, federal officials said Thursday.

Hundreds of Americans likely have become ill from tainted eggs in recent months, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

HIV in Blood Different Than in Semen, Scientists Say

HIV-1 in semen is different than HIV-1 in blood, possibly due to changes it undergoes in the genital tract, scientists have found.

In their study, the researchers sought to better understand the process by which HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- is transmitted. They compared the gene encod... Read More

They fought deadly viruses; other researchers are continuing the fight

The world of virology lost two notables in recent weeks, offering an opportunity to reflect on the differences they made -- and to look ahead at advances yet to come.

The names may be unfamiliar; what they wrought isn't.

Dr. Robert M. Chanock not only isolated the respiratory syncytial vir... Read More

Titanic Is Falling Apart

Slipping beneath the waves on April 15, 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic famously disappeared from view until 1985, when it was rediscovered on the bottom of the North Atlantic.

Now, scientists say, the legendary liner—beset by metal-eating life-forms, powerful currents, and possibly even human negl... Read More

Egg recall expanded on salmonella fears

In another blow to the nation's $6-billion egg industry, a second Iowa producer issued a recall of 170 million eggs that could be contaminated with salmonella — bringing the total number to more than half a billion.

The eggs were produced by Hillandale Farms of New Hampton, Iowa, and package... Read More

Solar toothbrush zaps oral bacteria without using toothpaste

Brushing your teeth is a regular ritual for most people, and normally that involves both a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove the gunk that builds up on our teeth and gums. The solar toothbrush looks to eliminate the paste, harnessing the power of the sun to kill off all that nasty bacteria.
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