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Flu in pregnancy changes fetal brain

The brains of monkeys whose mothers had flu while pregnant resemble those of people with schizophrenia. The finding backs up studies in people that suggest flu in mothers-to-be affects the brain of the developing fetus.

Previous research had found that the children of women who caught flu whi... Read More

Is that staph on your sweater? 10 germ hideouts

You've worked hard to make your house a beautiful, peaceful haven — but even super-tidy homes can harbor unwelcome germs. In fact, "you're more likely to get sick from a germ in your own house than from any other source," says Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the Univer... Read More

Algal power not so green after all, yet

Algae have been touted as a solution to environmental worries over biofuels, but they may be a long way from providing a truly green option.

Unlike maize, soya beans and oilseed rape (canola), algal farms don't take up valuable farmland, so algae-based biofuels don't threaten food supplies. H... Read More

ASM presents the mBio Call for Papers.

Submissions to mBio™ are now being accepted. mBio™ is using the eJournalPress Peer Review System to manage the peer review process from manuscript submission through acceptance. Click "source" to go to the official webpage and to find links for submitting your paper.

Instructions to Authors... Read More

Chlorhexidine Cuts Risk of Surgical Infections

The chemical antiseptic chlorhexidine does a better job than povidone-iodine in reducing the risk of surgical site infections, even in carriers of Staphylococcus aureus, according to two new randomized studies.

Researchers in the U.S. found that chlorhexidine and alcohol, used for preoperativ... Read More

Gastric Ulcer Bacteria Turn Immune Defense Inwards

Despite a strong response from our immune defence, the body is unable to rid itself of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. One reason for this is that this bacterium encourages elements of the immune response to remain in tissue, activating the wrong immune cells. Research results that pave the w... Read More

Antibiotics Might Team Up to Fight Deadly Staph Infections

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Israel's Weizman Institute of Science have found that two antibiotics working together might be more effective in fighting pathogenic bacteria than either drug on its own.

Individually, lankacidin and lankamycin, two antibiotics produce... Read More

Bacteria Transformed into Biofuel Refineries

The bacteria responsible for most cases of food poisoning in the U.S. has been turned into an efficient biological factory to make chemicals, medicines and, now, fuels. Chemical engineer Jay Keasling of the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues have manipulated the genetic code ... Read More

XMRV infection is enhanced by prostatic protein fragments

Fragments of an abundant protein produced by the prostate form amyloid fibrils that enhance infection of cells by human immunodeficiency virus type 1. These fibrils, called semen-derived enhancer of virus infection (SEVI), have been found to boost infection of prostate cells by the retrovirus XM... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episode 38

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Pepitas de uva antibacterianas

¿Que te queda tras haber elaborado una remesa de vino? Bueno, en primer lugar tienes una gran cantidad de desechos, inc... Read More

'Good' Bacteria Keep Immune System Primed to Fight Future Infections

Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why.

The investigators show ... Read More

ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting : Feb. 21-24, 2010, Baltimore, Md

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host its 2010 Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting February 21-24, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together individuals who are carrying out research to defe... Read More

Follow-up study showing post-pandemic decline in hand sanitizer use, New Zealand

A study aimed to measure rates of hand sanitizer use in a hospital entrance foyer four months after a baseline study during New Zealand's influenza pandemic found that of the 743 people observed over one (summer) day in December 2009, 8.2% used the hand sanitizer, which was significantly lower (... Read More

Stopping bacterial infections with biochemical 'nanofactories' instead of antibiotics

New research at the A. James Clark School of Engineering could prevent bacterial infections using tiny biochemical machines – nanofactories – that can confuse bacteria and stop them from spreading, without the use of antibiotics.

...nanofactories can tell the difference between bad (pathogeni... Read More

Scientist: Alien life could already be on Earth

For the past 50 years, scientists have scoured the skies for radio signals from beyond our planet, hoping for some sign of extraterrestrial life. But one physicist says there's no reason alien life couldn't already be lurking among us — or maybe even in us.

Paul Davies, an award-winning Arizo... Read More

Creating Synthetic Bacteria From Existing Genomes Easier Than Building From The Ground Up

For years, scientists have attempted to construct new bacterial genomes from scratch, in the hope of genetically engineering a microbe that produces biofuels or drugs. Turns out, they've been doing it the hard way. A new study finds that editing existing genomes down to only the desired genes w... Read More

Gene therapy may improve Pompe disease symptom

The movie "Extraordinary Measures," now in wide release, tells the true story of John and Aileen Crowley, whose two youngest children were diagnosed with Pompe disease. The disease, a form of muscular dystrophy, causes severe muscle weakness and difficulty breathing. John Crowley quit his job an... Read More

"Sex Puppeteers" Force Sex Change, Virgin Birth in Bugs via Genes

Fast-spreading parasite species force sex changes on their victims, induce virgin births, and turn animals into "gross monsters"—among other horrors.

Now a new study has decoded how the bacteria may be able to wreak their havoc: by shutting down immune systems.

The parasites, of the Wolbac... Read More

Cruel blow now festers: Infections taking hold of survivors in Haiti’s squalor

Two weeks after a massive earthquake leveled much of this impoverished city, a wave of new infections and injuries has emerged, further taxing the nation’s shattered health care system.

Patients whose wounds were treated in the chaotic days following the quake are now returning with deep infe... Read More

Proof of swine flu's split personality is out

We've long been warned of swine flu's split personality: mild in most cases, but severe in a few. Now the figures are bearing this out.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 282 people under 18 died in the H1N1 flu pandemic in the US, between its start in April 2009 a... Read More
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