A year ago today, Lyn Finelli, chief of flu surveillance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gathered her team and advised them to prepare for the worst.
A flu epidemic was brewing, Finelli said, caused by a virus never before seen in humans. In Mexico, hospital workers were si... Read More
A brand of foaming baby wipe solution sold in Ottawa and Quebec is contaminated with bacteria that can cause urinary tract and skin infections, Health Canada announced Thursday.
Northern Essence' Foaming Baby Wipes Solution, sold at A Mother's Touch in Ottawa, Calins et Popotin in Montreal, B... Read More
ScienceDaily (Apr. 22, 2010) — A newly discovered strain of an airborne fungus has caused several deaths in Oregon and seems poised to move into California and other adjacent areas, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.
"This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears t... Read More
The Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases (GSCID), funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), are accepting applications for sequencing and genotyping projects. The three NIAID-sponsored Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases are accepting... Read More
A small rectangular window on the front of the fermenter shows bubbling liquid inside. If it is clear, then that means it is only solution. If it is foggy, then bacteria have been added. Today, the liquid looks milky grey. It fizzes and froths as the correct amount of air and methane is added, ... Read More
A popular topic at the World Vaccines Congress was cell-based alternatives to egg-based technologies, which was called the next frontier by Dr. Richard Schwartz of NIAID.
In recent years, a number of research projects have revolved around producing vaccines in animals and plants. Arizona Stat... Read More
Authorities of the Osorno Base Hospital just confirmed that a man in this [health care] facility died, the 1st fatal victim caused by [a] hantavirus [infection in this locality]. He was a resident of the San Juan de la Costa community and died on 15 Apr  in this hospital. Corresponding sam... Read More
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Dickson reads his story about sparganosis caused by the diphyllobothroid tapeworm Spirometra mansonoides.
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LIQUID asphalt is not a likely home, but hardy microbes have been found thriving in a natural lake made of the stuff. The discovery hints that alien life could exist in similar places.
Microbes are known to exist in tar pits, but it was not known if natural asphalt pools, with their more toxi... Read More
A genome is a complex system of genes and factors that regulate them. A European research team has clarified how such dynamic systems work, leading to a new way to predict genetic regulators.
As an organism develops and interacts with its environment, suites of genes are constantly being turn... Read More
Six years after the insect killer DDT was globally outlawed on grounds of environmental damage, two researchers say there are new reasons for doubting the chemical is harmful and are urging its use against malaria.
In a book launched on Wednesday, Donald Roberts, professor of tropical medicin... Read More
Natural compounds in cranberries are linked to the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) but inconsistencies in methods currently used commercially to measure levels can result in the over- or under-estimation of potency levels, leaving product manufacturers and consumers without good da... Read More
The University of Chicago’s Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology will partner with the Field Museum to study the evolution of species-switching parasites and pathogens that cause diseases such as bird flu, malaria, and AIDS.
The partnership, called the Emerging Pathogens Project, will i... Read More
Some bacteria take over cells by interfering with an important process called SUMOylation, which helps cells respond to stress. The bacteria release toxins that reprogram proteins inside cells, which prevents the cells from fighting their invaders, HHMI international research scholar Pascale Co... Read More
In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria for digesting sushi; a giant virus that replicates itself, with help; microbes living in Mars-like lakes; and using viruses to generate hydrogen.
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In the beginning there were Ida and Luca. The initial Darwinian ancestor - Ida - and the last universal common ancestor - Luca - assembled themselves from the spare parts sloshing around on the early Earth. Once all the ingredients were in place, it looks like life was all but inevitable.
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An Agricultural Research Service (ARS ) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle. To do it, he's using a key ingredient of the brewer's art: hops.
Cattle, deer, sheep, goats and other ruminant animals depend on a slew of naturally occurring bacteria to ai... Read More
Human evolution is looking more tangled than ever. A new genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice.
"The researchers suggest the interbreeding happened about 60,... Read More