The May Issue of Agricultural Research published by the USDA-ARS contains several stories about microbes involved in everything from anthrax to zoonoses—diseases that can spread from animals to people.
One story that I found interesting is on the research being done to faster identify and de... Read More
A former vaccine researcher charged with trying to smuggle biological material from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg pleaded guilty in a U.S. courtroom Friday.
A federal court in Grand Forks, N.D., sentenced Konan Michael Yao, 42, to 17 days in jail — with credit for 17 days a... Read More
A mysterious illness known as "machine workers' disease," or hypersensitivity pneumonitis, that has been occurring among machinists is one step closer to being better understood as scientists have identified 33 proteins in M. immunogenum that seem to be involved in triggering the immune response... Read More
It appears that some superbugs have evolved to develop the ability to manipulate the immune system to everyone's advantage. A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas of the Robarts Research Institute, has discovered some processes that reduce the ... Read More
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich, UK., have shown for the first time that salmonella relies on glucose for its survival; raising the possibility of vaccine protection against this food-borne illness and other disease-causing bacteria, including super bugs.
“This... Read More
"The Lascaux cave in south-west France houses invaluable animal paintings that are between 16,000 and 17,000 years old, making them among the oldest examples of cave art ever found. Now conservationists must deal with the twin threats of the Fusarium solani fungus and the new bacterial populatio... Read More
The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists – scientists responsible for species exploration and classification – today announce the top 10 new species described in 2008. On the list are a pea-sized seahorse, caffe... Read More
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have used antibody-coated immunomagnetic beads (IMBs) to detect Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague.
While similar techniques are often used to detect various bacterial species, the methods must be altered to suit specific p... Read More
Yes, going gluten free is trendy. And foregoing products made from wheat like bread, cookies, cakes and other processed foods is necessary for people with celiac, an auto-immune problem caused by gluten, a protein in wheat. But when there’s trendy, there’s always folks ready to trash the trend n... Read More
The nose knows. Microorganisms produce odors in a wide variety of ecosystems, causing a wide range of environmental, medical, and other issues. Examples include bacterial-associated human odors, odors related to livestock and pets, wastewater, foo... Read More
The answer to the looming fuel crisis in the 21st century may be found by thinking small, microscopic in fact. Microscopic organisms from bacteria and cyanobacteria, to fungi to microalgae, are biological factories that are proving to be efficient... Read More
Over half of all new diseases in humans since 1940 have jumped from animals to humans and researchers predict that the bulk of new and emerging diseases in humans over the next century will come from domestic animals and wildlife. Anthropozoonoses... Read More
What is metabolomics? Oh, that's easy. It's the study of the metabolome. Very good. Now, what is the metabolome?
* the collection of all metabolites in a biological organism, which are the end products of its gene expression. (Source)
* the complete set of small-molecule metabolites ... Read More
Beber té puede reforzar nuestro sistema inmunologico
The next flu pandemic may be hibernating in an Arctic glacier or frozen Siberian lake, waiting for rising temperatures to set it free. Then birds can deliver it back to civilization.
New research suggests an influenza virus could go into hiding in the ice when earlier generations of humans, b... Read More
US scientists claim to have successfully used bacteria to create cheap, environmentally-friendly biofuels.
According to research presented at the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, these microscopic organisms are "biological factories" that can serve as alternati... Read More
Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis are taking a small amount of time from their work servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to tend a commercial drug experiment aimed at finding a vaccine against a deadly staph infection that plagues hospital patients.
The astronauts essentially have to t... Read More
Know someone whose breath could peel the paint off a wall?
Then consider the OkaytoKiss - a device that gauges bad breath that was recently invented by scientists at Tel Aviv University.
The pocket-sized breath test measures malodorous bacteria in your mouth. A blue result suggests you nee... Read More
Germs really are everywhere: Bacteria, fungal spores and other biological detritus have been found in clouds and likely help to form the cores of cloud droplets, scientists have found.
The study of the role that these biological particles play in cloud formation could help refine one of the b... Read More
In a sudden surge that took Asian health officials by surprise, the Japanese health ministry confirmed on Monday at least 125 new cases of the A(H1N1) virus — or swine flu — in the country's western prefectures of Osaka and Hyogo. Officials have shut down around 1,000 schools since many of the i... Read More