Since water is a necessity of life, it is important to drink water free from contaminants. To treat water and make it worth drinking, different processes are used and one of best treatment methods is Reverse Osmosis. In this process of water filtration, the water goes through semi permeable memb... Read More
Parasites in the gut such as whipworm have an essential role in developing a healthy immune system, University of Manchester scientists have found.
It has long been known that microbes in the gut help to develop a healthy immune system, hence the rise in popularity of probiotic yoghurts that ... Read More
There’s been a flurry of activity by experts trying to suss out if the virus XMRV, which has been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, poses a threat to the U.S. blood supply.
On Friday, Louis Katz, executive vice-president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center ... Read More
Rabies has now become an epidemic along the Front Range. The
Tri-County Health Department says its already seen as many rabid
skunks so far this year  as it did in all of last year.
40 skunks have tested positive so far this year . The outbreak
is primarily in skunks righ... Read More
A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.
On one side are Alsatian winemakers whose sacred traditions reach back more than two millenniums, men and women close to the soil who pour their art, science and souls into the alchemy that starts with a grape vine an... Read More
When the gypsy moth -- whose caterpillars have defoliated entire forests -- started spreading westward more than 100 years ago from New England to Wisconsin where they are now, Cornell researchers discovered that its fungal and viral pathogens followed close behind, reported entomologist Ann Haj... Read More
For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in explaining basic principles of the bacterial transport channel which is formed like a syringe and helps the microorganism deliver the 'virulence factors' to outwit the host's immune system.
The study, by researchers from the Max Planck So... Read More
Failure to add windscreen wash to a vehicle's windscreen wiper water could account for around 20 percent of cases of Legionnaires' Disease, according to the Health Protection Agency.
The disease -- caused by the Legionella bacteria -- is commonly associated with water systems such as air cond... Read More
In this show, I report on four exciting stories: microbial electrosynthesis, desert dust that affects ocean microbes, bacteria dividing unequally, and bacteria that can make you smarter.
(13.2 MB, 14.5 minut... Read More
I found your podcast through the Microbe World website. Thanks to Microbe World, I've been unable to sate my thirst for knowledge about the microscopic organisms that act as the foundation for our planet. So, I stumble across a podcast about viruses? Hel... Read More
In the quest for alternatives to soybeans, palm, and other edible oilseed plants as sources for biodiesel production, enter an unlikely new candidate: A fungus, or mold, that produces and socks away large amounts of oils that are suitable for low-cost, eco-friendly biodiesel.
That's the topic... Read More
Scientists who advised the World Health Organization on its influenza policies and recommendations—including the decision to proclaim the so-called swine flu a "pandemic" had close ties to companies that manufacture vaccines and antiviral medicines like Tamiflu, a fact that WHO did not publicly ... Read More
A team of researchers at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), along with colleagues from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the Universite Auvergne, France, have discovered an important role for a small, naturally occurring protein called interleukin-10 (I... Read More
Rotavirus vaccine should not be administered to infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescribing information and patient safety labeling.
Both monovalent (RV1)... Read More
The same mutated gene that makes humans more susceptible to the potentially fatal West Nile virus is also responsible for the virus affecting horses, according to scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
A naturally occurring mutation of the OAS1 gene has now been confirmed as inc... Read More
A year and a half after traveling abroad, one might think he's free and clear of infection.
But a 25-year-old man in California headed to the emergency room last year with a burning feeling and something squiggling under the white of his eye.
Doctors at the Highland General Hospital Depa... Read More
Scientists have long known that certain types of bacteria boost the immune system. Now, Loyola University Health System researchers have discovered how bacteria perform this essential task.
Senior author Katherine L. Knight, PhD. and colleagues report their discovery in a featured article in ... Read More
Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive "rhamnolipids," and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs -- environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful aspects of oil spills.
Because of its ... Read More
A virus infection can incite the body to attack its own nerve tissue by activating rare, disease-fighting cells with receptors for both viral and nerve proteins. The dual-receptor observation suggests a way nerve damage might be triggered in susceptible young adults afflicted with multiple scler... Read More