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Trivalent influenza vaccine for the 2010-2011 season

The World Health Organization and the US Food & Drug Administration have decided on the composition of the influenza virus vaccine that will be used during the 2010-2011 season in the northern hemisphere. The trivalent preparation will contain the following influenza virus strains: A/California/... Read More

Mayo's Bad Rap - Is it Justified?

People often cite mayonnaise as a source for food poisoning, but studies have shown the condiment is not very conducive to bacterial growth. This is due to the ingredients used in commercially–prepared mayonnaise which typically include pasteurized eggs, salt and an acid like vinegar (acetic aci... Read More

Counting on Clicks to Finance the Battle Against AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis

To help average Americans do something to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, several foundations and travel companies, in cooperation with the United Nations, are starting a campaign to allow travelers to donate $2 every time they pay for a flight, a rental car or a hotel room.

The campai... Read More

Superbug MRSA on rise in Canadian hospitals as well as in community, study finds

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of Canadians becoming infected or colonized by the superbug MRSA since 1995, both in hospitals and within the community, a study has found.

Researchers who conduct national surveillance of infectious diseases found that between 1995 an... Read More

Tasmanian devil colony shows immunity to cancer

Australian scientists said Wednesday that the discovery of a genetically distinct colony of Tasmanian devils may save the species from being wiped out by a contagious cancer that has decimated the population.

So far, the colony in northwestern Tasmania state has proven immune to the face canc... Read More

The Undersea Hunt for Intraterrestrial Life

Despite the impact of mankind, the size of trees, and the sheer numbers of bugs, multicellular terrestrial life only makes up a small portion of the planet's biomass. The majority of life on Earth lives at the bottom of the ocean, much of it beneath the ocean floor.

Thanks to those extreme de... Read More

GlycosBio technology nears commercialization

Texas-based Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. is producing lactic acid and advanced ethanol in a pilot commercial-size facility with the capacity to produce 150,000 liters of chemicals. It’s a major benchmark in the company’s quest to commercialize its microbial technology.

The biochemical company ... Read More

Genital herpes is widespread, CDC says

Nearly one in every two African American women ages 14 to 49 has genital herpes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Overall, two out of every five blacks in that age group carry the virus, and one out of every six Americans, the agency announced at an STD Prevention Con... Read More

Flu Shots in Children Can Help Community

An unusual study done in 49 remote Hutterite farming colonies in western Canada has provided the surest proof yet that giving flu shots to schoolchildren protects a whole community from the disease.

Although previous studies have demonstrated what scientists call “herd immunity,” none have be... Read More

New Brooklyn Lab Keeps Watch Over City's Wastewater

The Department of Environmental Protection opened a new microbiology lab at a Brooklyn water treatment plant today, to help monitor and enhance the cleansing of wastewater and local waterways.

New Yorkers produce 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day, and now a new microbiology lab in ... Read More

Wooly mammoth carcass from Siberia reveals information about ice-age creatures

For 42,000 years, Lyuba, a baby woolly mammoth, was preserved almost perfectly intact, right down to her baby fat, in frigid Siberian river muck. Now released from her icy grave, she is being preserved in much the same manner as another famous Russian relic: the body of revolutionary Vladimir Le... Read More

Bacteria insight to improve implants

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have made a discovery that could go a long way to improving the success rates of artificial implants and reduce the risk of bacterial outbreaks in hospitals.

In a paper published in Langmuir, the journal of the American Chemical Society, t... Read More

Just when you thought it was safe to go out in your backyard

Alien invaders is an apt description - kinda gross looking but also grossly fascinating. Proof positive about the whole worlds that are going on all around us that we are (usually or mostly) completely oblivious to.
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Buried alive: Half of Earth's life may lie below land, sea

While astronomers scour the skies for signs of life in outer space, biologists are exploring an enormous living world buried below the surface of the Earth.

Scientists estimate that nearly half the living material on our planet is hidden in or beneath the ocean or in rocks, soil, tree roots, ... Read More

Childhood: 1 in 4 Parents Link Autism to Vaccines

Most parents believe that vaccines protect their children against disease, but one in four think some vaccines cause autism in healthy children, and nearly one in eight have refused at least one recommended vaccine, a new study has found.

The vaccine most likely to have been rejected by pare... Read More

Infection Defense May Spur Alzheimer’s

For years, a prevailing theory has been that one of the chief villains in Alzheimer’s disease has no real function other than as a waste product that the brain never properly disposed of.

The material, a protein called beta amyloid, or A-beta, piles up into tough plaques that destroy signals... Read More

Dr. Barton Childs, Who Studied Inherited Diseases, Is Dead at 93

Dr. Barton Childs, a founder of pediatric genetics and an important contributor to the understanding of inherited diseases, died on Feb. 18. He was 93, lived in Baltimore, and taught at Johns Hopkins University for nearly 70 years until shortly before his death at its hospital.

The cause wa... Read More

Nippon Oil and Hitachi aim at mass-producing microbe-derived biofuel

Major Japanese oil wholesaler Nippon Oil and Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Plant Technologies are developing a technology that’s supposed to make it possible to mass-produce eco-friendly jet fuel from Euglena, single-celled organisms that live in ponds and lakes.

To be more exact, both companies... Read More

Intestinal Bacteria Drive Obesity and Metabolic Disease in Immune-Altered Mice

Increased appetite and insulin resistance can be transferred from one mouse to another via intestinal bacteria, according to research being published online by Science magazine.

The finding strengthens the case that intestinal bacteria can contribute to human obesity and metabolic disease, si... Read More

Honing the science of anti-fungal treatment

Mycoses, the fungal diseases, range from superficial to systemic to opportunistic types. The superficial myco­ses, as the name suggests, can be prevented by good personal hygiene. The systemic mycoses are more serious ty­pes. These occur mainly through in­halation of spores present in the soil, ... Read More

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