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Quicker Testing for Viral Infections Saves Money and Lives, Study Suggests PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:12

20110929grmb02A new method for quickly identifying individual viruses and recognising how they bind to host cells may become a vital tool in the early control of winter vomiting disease and other virus-based diseases.

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Self-Cleaning Cotton Breaks Down Pesticides, Bacteria PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:05

20110929grmb01UC Davis scientists have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric that can kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals such as pesticide residues when exposed to light.

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Research Yields Unprecedented Insight Into Antiviral Immune Response PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:21
Many viruses infecting humans including influenza virus, hepatitis C virus, West Nile virus, rabies and measles viruses contain a ribonucleic acid (RNA) genome.
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Poisonous Effect of Intestinal Bacteria Explained: Researchers Identify Site of Action of Cytotoxin Produced by 'Hypervirulent' Intestinal Flora PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:09

20110927grmb01A research group led by Freiburg pharmacologist Prof. Dr. Klaus Aktories and their American colleagues have discovered the cell receptor for the toxin CDT of the bacterium Clostridium difficile.

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Scientists Find H1N1 Flu Virus Prevalent in Animals in Africa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 01:06

20110924grmb02UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa.

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Bionic Bacteria May Help Fight Disease And Global Warming PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 00:50

La Jolla--A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may pave the way for new synthetic drugs and new ways of manufacturing medicines and biofuels, according to a paper published September 18 in Nature Chemical Biology.

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Unknown Ocean Bacteria Create Entirely New Theories PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:24

20110920grmb03The earth's most successful bacteria are found in the oceans and belong to the group SAR11. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University provide an explanation for their success and at the same time call into question generally accepted theories about these bacteria.

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Sequencing 'Dark Matter' of Life: Elusive Genomes of Thousands of Bacteria Species Can Now Be Decoded PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:06

20110920grmb01Researchers have developed a new method to sequence and analyze the dark matter of life -- the genomes of thousands of bacteria species previously beyond scientists' reach, from microorganisms that produce antibiotics and biofuels to microbes living in the human body.

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Old Friend But New Foe - Cowpox Virus PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:30
20110917grmb01The observation that milkmaids are frequently infected with cowpox but rarely catch smallpox is generally credited to the English doctor Edward Jenner.
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Previously Unknown Ocean Bacteria Lead Scientists to Entirely New Theories PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:09

Earth's most successful bacteria are found in the oceans and belong to the group SAR11. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University provide an explanation for their success and at the same time call into question generally accepted theories about these bacteria.

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Reducing Tumour Growth By Treating Common Virus PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 September 2011 00:06
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to inhibit the growth of brain tumours by treating the common Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
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How Pathogens Fight Drugs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:22

20110927grmb03When attacked with antibiotics, bacteria can mutate rapidly in order to survive—it's what makes, for instance, the staph infection MRSA so dangerous.

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Increased Knowledge of the Malaria Parasite Can Provide Better Medicines PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:16

20110927grmb02Professor Max Petzold at the Nordic School of Public Health shows in a recent article a link between changes in the malaria parasite and the absorption of pharmaceutical compounds.

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Berkeley Lab PCR-Free Techniques ID The Most Active Microbes On The Scene PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 01:14

Anyone who has watched one of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television shows knows that PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is a technology used to amplify the tiniest samples of DNA into forensic evidence that can identify perpetrators or victims of a crime.

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Close Up Look At A Microbial Vaccination Program: PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 00:52

20110924grmb01A complex of proteins in the bacterium E.coli that plays a critical role in defending the microbe from viruses and other invaders has been discovered to have the shape of a seahorse by researchers with the U.S Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

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Researchers Discover How 'Promiscuous Parasites' Hijack Host Immune Cells PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:12

20110922grmb01Toxoplasma gondii parasites can invade your bloodstream, break into your brain and prompt behavioral changes from recklessness to neuroticism.

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Scientists Disarm HIV in Step Towards Vaccine PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 01:21

20110920grmb02Researchers have found a way to prevent HIV from damaging the immune system, in a new lab-based study published in the journal Blood.

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Shark Compound Proves Potential as Drug to Treat Human Viruses, Says Researcher PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:59

A compound initially isolated from sharks shows potential as a unique broad-spectrum human antiviral agent, according to a study led by a Georgetown University Medical Center investigator and reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition online Sept. 19.

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Revealing The Inner Workings Of The Virus Responsible For A Rare Skin Cancer PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:25
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute have begun to uncover how the virus that causes most Merkel cell carcinoma - a rare and aggressive skin cancer - operates, meaning that a rational chemotherapeutic target for this cancer could be developed in the near future.
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Insights Into Brucella and Other Gram Negative Bacteria Infecting Marine Mammals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 September 2011 01:07

20110915grmb02As with their terrestrial counterparts, marine mammals are colonised by a range of bacteria, some of which are friendly and others which can cause disease.

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