Chicken eggs are generally a good place to grow flu virus to make flu vaccine, unless you need the vaccine quickly. That was clear in 2009, when the new H1N1 strain of flu virus spread across much of the world in just a few months.
It takes six months to make vaccine using eggs, and the yield... Read More
Voodoo priests in Haiti are being lynched by mobs who blame them for spreading cholera, the country's government has said.
At least 45 people have been lynched in recent weeks as Haiti continues to be ravaged by a cholera epidemic.
Haiti's communications minister has made an appeal for the... Read More
In the past five years, scientists have discovered that microbes living in your gut may be responsible for a great many things that contribute to your well-being - from your mood, to your body’s response to sickness.
Now, venture capital firm PureTech Ventures is launching a new company, call... Read More
A new strain of the superbug MRSA has been detected on the Isle of Man, health bosses have said.
The island's Department of Health confirmed a small number of cases of a bacterium called MRSA USA 300.
It said that, unlike other strains of MRSA, it predominately affects young, fit and healt... Read More
Concerns over the spread and virulence of the latest flu outbreak are increasing among health experts, following a doubling of cases in a week and the announcement today of 10 more deaths, taking the total this season to 27.
Influenza expert Professor John Oxford described the upward curve of... Read More
For psoriasis patients, all tumor necrosis factor inhibitors are associated with roughly the same risks for serious infection, according to a meta-analysis of data from major randomized clinical trials and their long-term, open-label extensions.
Regardless of whether etanercept, infliximab, o... Read More
British researchers say a new method of studying potentially deadly disease-causing bacteria could help speed up the process of developing vaccines.
Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a screening procedure that can quickly isolate and identify the virulent parts of the gene... Read More
Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen. This multi-institutional study provides new insights into viral infections in native pollinators, suggesti... Read More
TB is on the rise in the last decade, w/ London being rather hard hit. Hopefully this new testing method, promising faster results that could speed up treatment for the infected, provides some much-needed Christmas cheer to those battling this nasty bugger. Read More
For the first time, a microbicide gel -- intended to be used by women during sex -- has been shown to help prevent HIV infection.
In a randomized controlled trial, a gel containing the nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor tenofovir (Viread) reduced the risk of women acquiring H... Read More
Yesterday the Chicago Tribune published my reaction to the four papers on the retrovirus XMRV published this week in the journal Retrovirology. I was quoted as saying ”These four papers are probably the beginning of the end of XMRV and CFS”. I wish to retract this statement and explain my reason... Read More
There is no efficient vaccine against malaria, although nasal and oral vaccination seems to be the most promising and suitable solution in countries where the parasite Plasmodium, which causes the disease, is rife. Researchers from two laboratories in northern France have successfully vaccinated... Read More
A continuación: alucinaciones producidas por antifúngicos; probióticos y Escherichia coli; biología sintética; y esponjas oceánicas.
Scientists from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), Cork, University College Cork and Teagasc, in Ireland say that specially designed probiotics can modulate the physiology of host fat cells.
According to researchers, the findings could lead to specialised probiotics that have a role in... Read More
Here in her lab on the University of Wisconsin campus, chemist Helen Blackwell and her colleagues are eavesdropping on the chatter among single-celled organisms. For a long time they just listened. Now they actively interrupt the rumble of bacterial communication for a variety of practical purpo... Read More
The stage was set by a coy news release from NASA that hinted at a discovery tied to the search for extraterrestrial life. The blogosphere went wild: Had bacteria been found on one of Saturn's moons, or life of some sort on Mars?
Instead, it was revealed this month in the journal Science that... Read More
Five years ago, Bill Gates made an extraordinary offer: he invited the world’s scientists to submit ideas for tackling the biggest problems in global health, including the lack of vaccines for AIDS and malaria, the fact that most vaccines must be kept refrigerated and be delivered by needles, th... Read More
Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have succeeded in demonstrating data storage and encryption with bacteria.
While current electronic data storage methods approach their limits in density, the team achieved unprecedented results with a colony of E.coli. Their technique allo... Read More
A team of scientists are currently examining specimens of stomach bacteria from Ötzi the Iceman, who lived about 5,300 years ago, at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute (KI).
Ötzi was discovered by two Germans tourists in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch in Italy close to the ... Read More
The development of new antibiotics has slowed to a trickle, just when we need them most. As drug-resistant bacteria are on the rampage worldwide, we find ourselves in a most precarious situation — one not unlike the pre-antibiotic era, before penicillin, when staphylococcal and pneumococcal infe... Read More