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'SA safe from Ebola' - Times LIVE

'SA safe from Ebola' - Times LIVE | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
South Africans need not be worried about contracting the Ebola virus after a new outbreak of the disease in Uganda.

The SA National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the risk of South Africans being infected was "extremely low".

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has placed a ban on physical contact in the country after the virus was reported in the capital, Kampala, for the first time.

The institute's spokesman, Professor Lucile Blumberg, said yesterday: "There is no travel restriction. It is unlikely that patients from the Kibaale district, Uganda, who are very sick, will find their way here. One does need direct contact with infected patients to become ill."

 

As with ANY Ebola outbreak in fact, the peril for any but the immediately exposed is more imgained than real.  What Ed Regis once termed "Ebola Preston", or a virus that is spread by print and electronic media, rather than by droplets.


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Bats, a reservoir of resurgent viruses

Bats, a reservoir of resurgent viruses | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Measles, mumps, pneumonia, influenza and encephalitis in man, Carré's disease in dogs, Ovine Rinderpest (PPR)… all of these diseases are caused by viruses from the same family: Paramyxoviridae.

 

Thanks to MicrobiologyBytes!  Fear the winged rat...


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Spider-Man adventure similar to actual science

Spider-Man adventure similar to actual science | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
A regenerative medicine researcher says that the plot of latest Spider-Man adventure isn’t as far-fetched as people might think.
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Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Latest version of Apple software brings more than 200 new features to Mac users.
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Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012)

Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012) | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it

Every four years, the Olympic Games plays host to competitors who have built on their natural talent by training for many years to become the best in their chosen discipline. Similar spirit and endeavour can be found throughout the microbial world, in which every day is a competition to survive and thrive. Microorganisms are trained through evolution to become the fittest and the best adapted to a particular environmental niche or lifestyle, and to innovate when the 'rules of the game' are changed by alterations to their natural habitats. In this Essay, we honour the best competitors in the microbial world by inviting them to take part in the inaugural Microbial Olympics.


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Badminton stars fall ill at hotel

Badminton stars fall ill at hotel | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Five members of Australia and Canada's badminton teams were among guests who fell ill with food poisoning at a hotel in Derby.

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Food Standards Agency - Good food hygiene made easy to spot in London

Food Standards Agency - Good food hygiene made easy to spot in London | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), which provides information about hygiene standards in the places where people eat out or do their food shopping, has launched today in London.

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British GM crop scientists win $10m grant from Gates - BBC (2012)

British GM crop scientists win $10m grant from Gates - BBC (2012) | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it

A team of British plant scientists has won a $10m (£6.4m) grant from the Gates Foundation to develop GM cereal crops. It is one of the largest single investments into GM in the UK and will be used to cultivate corn, wheat and rice that need little or no fertiliser... The work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich is hoped to benefit African farmers who cannot afford fertiliser. Agricultural fertiliser is important for crop production across the globe. But the many of the poorest farmers cannot afford fertiliser - and it is responsible for large greenhouse gas emissions. The John Innes Centre is trying to engineer cereal crops that could get nitrogen from the air - as peas and beans do - rather than needing chemical ammonia spread on fields. If successful, it is hoped the project could revolutionise agriculture and, in particular, help struggling maize farmers in sub-Saharan Africa - something the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is keen to do. 


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Stereotype Threat Can Drive Women To Quit Science

 

 

 

 

"For a female scientist, particularly talking to a male colleague, if she thinks it's possible he might hold this stereotype, a piece of her mind is spent monitoring the conversation and monitoring what it is she is saying, and wondering whether or not she is saying the right thing, and wondering whether or not she is sounding competent, and wondering whether or not she is confirming the stereotype," Schmader said.

All this worrying is distracting. It uses up brainpower. The worst part?

"By merely worrying about that more, one ends up sounding more incompetent," Schmader said.


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HIV drug resistance is spreading in Africa, experts say

HIV drug resistance is spreading in Africa, experts say | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Scaling up the distribution of HIV medication over the last decade has vastly increased the number of people receiving treatment around the world.  An estimated 8 million infected people received the antiretroviral drugs in 2011, compared to just...

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GEN | News Highlights: Life Technologies Partners with SATuRN to Increase Access to HIV Testing in Africa

GEN | News Highlights: Life Technologies Partners with SATuRN to Increase Access to HIV Testing in Africa | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Life Technologies and the Southern African Treatment and Resistance Network (SATuRN) are collaborating on sequencing-based diagnostics for HIV-infected individuals in Africa.
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Artificial jellyfish engineered from rat heart cells - physicsworld.com

Artificial jellyfish engineered from rat heart cells - physicsworld.com | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Study could provide first steps towards reverse-engineering the human heart...
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Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012)

Nature Reviews Microbiology: The Microbial Olympics (2012) | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it

Every four years, the Olympic Games plays host to competitors who have built on their natural talent by training for many years to become the best in their chosen discipline. Similar spirit and endeavour can be found throughout the microbial world, in which every day is a competition to survive and thrive. Microorganisms are trained through evolution to become the fittest and the best adapted to a particular environmental niche or lifestyle, and to innovate when the 'rules of the game' are changed by alterations to their natural habitats. In this Essay, we honour the best competitors in the microbial world by inviting them to take part in the inaugural Microbial Olympics.


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Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "Next-generation cattle vaccine research expected to save the industry millions"

Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "Next-generation cattle vaccine research expected to save the industry millions" | Biology & Biotech baubles | Scoop.it
Next-generation cattle vaccine research expected to save the industry millions - Nanotechnology News (press release) http://t.co/OHURaVCr...

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Bt Cotton Adoption and Wellbeing of Farmers in Pakistan - Nazli &al (2012) - IAAE

Among the four largest cotton-producing countries, only Pakistan had not commercially adopted Bt cotton by 2010. However, the cultivation of first-generation (Cry1Ac) Bt cotton, unapproved and unregulated, increased rapidly after 2005. Using the propensity score matching method, this paper examines the economic impact of the available Bt varieties on farmers’ wellbeing. The analysis is based on data collected through structured questionnaires in January-February 2009 from 206 growers in 16 villages in two cotton-growing districts, Bahawalpur and Mirpur Khas. The results indicate a positive impact of Bt cotton on the wellbeing of farmers in Pakistan. However, the extent of impact varies by agro-climatic conditions and size of farm. Bt cotton appeared most effective in the hot and humid areas where pest pressure from bollworms is high. The per-acre yield gains for medium and large farmers are higher than for small farmers. This suggests that additional public-sector interventions may be complementary to introduction of Bt cotton to make this technology widely beneficial in Pakistan.


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