Every day, millions of microorganisms reach Spain from the Sahara Desert and the Sahel region -- by flying. Louis Pasteur demonstrated back in 1861 that germs can move through the air, but it was only recently discovered that bacteria, fungi and viruses can travel thousands of kilometers stuck o... Read More
This report provides an update to the international flu situation using data collected through July 18, 2010, and reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23.
WHO continues to report laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 flu deathsExternal Web Site IconExternal Web Site Icon on its We... Read More
Prospecting for new drugs in the genes of common bacteria could yield a "treasure trove" of therapeutic compounds, an expert has said.
Eriko Takano's team of bug experts already discovered a promising new antibiotic using the "genome mining" approach.
The drug was extracted from the soil b... Read More
Chemists at times look to plants, sea life and other natural sources for the basic ingredients needed to develop the next breakthrough medicine. Unfortunately, nature is not always willing to easily part with its secrets, forcing scientists to rely on sophisticated imaging technology—nuclear mag... Read More
For all the antibacterial products and other weapons in the war against germs, even the cleanest of us still carry about 10 bacterial cells for every human cell.
Most are harmless or even beneficial. Indeed, some scientists believe that the loss of friendly organisms in recent years could be ... Read More
Fears were growing Monday for up to 2.5 million people affected by Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years amid outbreaks of disease after monsoon rains killed more than 1,300 people.
Unprecedented rains triggered floods and landslides, sweeping away thousands of homes and devastating farmland in... Read More
Avian influenza situation in Egypt - WHO update 35
The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced a new human case of A(H5N1) avian influenza infection. The case is a 20 year-old female from Shobra Elkhima district, Qliubia Governorate. She was... Read More
With Uttar Pradesh along with neighbouring Bihar achieving success in controlling transmission of P 1 virus — the most virulent type of polio virus — in the past eight months, the Mayawati government has decided to take a unique step of immunising children below five years of age at the border p... Read More
Putu Valentino Rosiadi should have started third grade this month. But instead of buying a new school uniform and notebooks, his father mournfully cradles a black-and-white photo.
The 8-year-old was next door when a stray dog jumped him in May, ripping its teeth into the boy's right calf. He ... Read More
A new, virulent and drug-resistant strain of E. coli bacteria is infecting people in the United States and posing a significant public health threat, doctors reported on Friday.
The new strain is called ST131 and caused many of the E. coli infections resistant to antibiotics in the fluoroquin... Read More
A new study suggests that epigenetic profiles of breast cancer tumors have a direct association with diet, alcohol, and tumor size. The finding could offer a new way to predict the severity of the disease.
“We undertook this study to help illuminate how diet and environmental factors might co... Read More
Baboons are nasty, brutish, and short. They have a long muzzle and sharp fangs designed to inflict deadly injury. Their bodies are covered in thick, olive-colored fur, except on their buttocks, which are hairless. The species is defined by its social habits: The primates live in troops, or group... Read More
From MO BIO Labs, a cool blog of life sciences sites and lings. Thanks for the MicrobeWorld shout-out, MO BIO!
"I spend a lot of time reading internet news and blogs to stay on top of current research. In the course of my web surfing, I have found some really great scientific sites for microb... Read More
According to a recent report, Specialty Farms LLC is recalling two of its sprout packs. The move has come in the wake of revelation made by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, that the samples of alfalfas sprout blended products on July 14 had a possible Listeria infection.
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Contrary to popular belief, wading in the ocean to heal cuts and scrapes isn't always the best idea.
A little-known, deadly bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which naturally occurs in warm coastal waters, can infect the open wounds of beachgoers and incite a life-threatening illness in thos... Read More
On episode #93 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about lab procedures, prokaryotes, endogenous retroviruses, the iPad and teaching, prions, mimi... Read More
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I once went into a very large bookstore and asked the clerk if they had any books on parasitology. She said that they did and pointed in the direction of a large case of colorful books which on closer examination turned out to ... Read More
Have a stash of oysters? They may be a better hedge against inflation than gold. Herpes virus has struck the Pacific Oyster breed. Tag that onto pollution destroying oyster beds in bays to the oily goo settling on oyster beds in the gulf and oyster production is falling precipitously.
Whitsta... Read More
Cool game from researchers at Wake Forest University.
"CellCraft integrates intended teaching points within the rules of the game so that the "fun part" is the lesson.
For example, to salvage precious cellular resources, players must learn that lysosomes are required to recycle aging mitoc... Read More
The microscopic plants that form the foundation of the ocean's food web are declining, reports a study published July 29 in Nature.
The tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, also gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half the world's oxygen output—equaling that of trees and plants on land.
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