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Zombie Science: In-Depth Reports

Zombie Science: In-Depth Reports | Microbe | Scoop.it

Continuing my ongoing fascination with the Zombie Apocalypse....

 

 


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Benefit and harm from immunity to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is a major cause of morbidity in children and of morbidity and mortality in elderly or immunocompromised adults. Given prophylactically, antibody can protect against infection, but natural levels are poorly protective. Vaccination may enhance disease, and there is no well tolerated and effective vaccine or antiviral treatment. Despite over 50 years of research, therapy remains nonspecific and supportive.



Time to Go Green...


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New test to improve HIV diagnosis in poor countries

New test to improve HIV diagnosis in poor countries | Microbe | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with a test for the virus that causes AIDS that is ten times more sensitive and a fraction of the cost of existing methods, offering the promise of better diagnosis (New test to improve HIV diagnosis in poor...
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El bloqueo de una proteína combate el parásito de la enfermedad del sueño

El bloqueo de una proteína combate el parásito de la enfermedad del sueño | Microbe | Scoop.it
El descubrimiento abre la puerta a un tratamiento.
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HIV Finding Opens New Path For Vaccine Research

HIV Finding Opens New Path For Vaccine Research | Microbe | Scoop.it
Researchers in South Africa tracked how the evolution of the virus in two infected woman shaped the antibodies they produced to fight it.
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Why we can’t avoid bacteria in hospitals

Why we can’t avoid bacteria in hospitals | Microbe | Scoop.it
Bacteria use a hitherto unknown weapon to resist sterilisation of medical equipment. Our attempts to fight these bacteria in hospitals only make them stronger.
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La Microbiología en los medios: Biodepuración del cianuro proveniente de residuos joyeros

La Microbiología en los medios: Biodepuración del cianuro proveniente de residuos joyeros | Microbe | Scoop.it

En "El País" dedican un reportaje al trabajo de un grupo de la Universidad de Cordoba para la biodepuración del cianuro presente en los residuos provenientes de joyerías, utilizando a la bacteria Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes. La noticia se acompaña de un vídeo.


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The H1N1 recap: What geneticists have learned about H1N1 sequencing to assist in infection control - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

Introduction: H1N1 is a type of influenza virus which is present mainly in pig population.
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Most complex synthetic biology circuit yet: New sensor could be used to program cells to precisely monitor their environments

Most complex synthetic biology circuit yet: New sensor could be used to program cells to precisely monitor their environments | Microbe | Scoop.it
Using genes as interchangeable parts, synthetic biologists design cellular circuits that can perform new functions, such as sensing environmental conditions.
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Genetically Engineered Bacteria Become The World's Most Efficient Plastic Factory - Co.Exist

Genetically Engineered Bacteria Become The World's Most Efficient Plastic Factory - Co.Exist | Microbe | Scoop.it
Co.ExistGenetically Engineered Bacteria Become The World's Most Efficient Plastic FactoryCo.ExistBetween 1.5 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide is released for every ton of ethylene produced, which is why plastic has such an enormous carbon footprint.
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Bacteriophage Therapy against biofilm infections

Bacteriophage Therapy against biofilm infections | Microbe | Scoop.it
1) It might be hard to get the phage into biofilms-they're small, but not as small as antibiotic molecules. Unless they can eat through the mucous-like layer that protects them. If this is really what's going on, rather than (or in ...
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Gene expression during S. epidermidis biofilm formation on ...

In this paper, the changes in the expression of genes involved in S.
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Biotech bacteria might help soothe Crohn's and colitis - Los Angeles Times

Biotech bacteria might help soothe Crohn's and colitis - Los Angeles Times | Microbe | Scoop.it
Harvard GazetteBiotech bacteria might help soothe Crohn's and colitisLos Angeles TimesInflammatory bowel disease -- a range of conditions including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- afflicts an estimated 1.4 million Americans.
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You'll Never Guess What This Is: Mysterious Microscope Photos | Wired Science | Wired.com

You'll Never Guess What This Is: Mysterious Microscope Photos | Wired Science | Wired.com | Microbe | Scoop.it
Sometimes a closer look doesn't make things more clear. And at microscopic levels, even familiar things can become completely unrecognizable. Can you guess what these award-winning microscope photos are of?
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Bacteria unite to form living electric cables that stretch for centimetres | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Bacteria unite to form living electric cables that stretch for centimetres | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Microbe | Scoop.it
Bacteria | Bacteria | The bay at the Danish port of Aarhus is pretty enough, with the usual fare of beach-goers, holiday homes and yachts.
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Molecular Mechanism of Arenavirus Assembly and Budding

Molecular Mechanism of Arenavirus Assembly and Budding | Microbe | Scoop.it
Arenaviruses have a bisegmented negative-strand RNA genome, which encodes four viral proteins: GP and NP by the S segment and L and Z by the L segment.

 

And we want to make antigens in plants - starting with Lassa virus.  Graphic for Lassa courtesy of Russell Kightley Media


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Fighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal Strain - KTIC

Fighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal Strain - KTIC | Microbe | Scoop.it
Laboratory EquipmentFighting Aflatoxin With Beneficial Fungal StrainKTICWhile several species of Aspergillus fungi produce aflatoxins - some species are actually considered beneficial.
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Let's make a virus! » MicrobiologyBytes

Let's make a virus! » MicrobiologyBytes | Microbe | Scoop.it
A fully decompressed synthetic bacteriophage øX174 genome assembled and archived in yeast: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23079106 #viaGoogle+ Google+: R...

 

GREAT stuff!  Now, Darrin and Aderito - publish your one, for several deities' sake!


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Antibiotics lead to mental illness, destroy gut health

Antibiotics lead to mental illness, destroy gut health | Microbe | Scoop.it
Antibiotics may be to blame for permanently destroying helpful bacteria and gut health, a condition that scientists have linked to mental illness.
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Tap water can contain stomach-wrecking bacteria

A fifth of all stomach illnesses in the nation may be caused by nasty bacteria lurking in your tap water.
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The H1N1 recap: An inside look at the art and science of creating an H1N1 vaccine - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

What is a vaccine?Vaccine is a medicinal substance which will initiate an immune response in the body towards a specific disease entity either vi..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (The H1N1 recap: An inside look at the art and science of creating an H1N1...
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Chronic kidney disease alters intestinal microbial flora

Chronic kidney disease changes the composition of intestinal bacterial microbes that normally play a crucial role in staving off disease-causing pathogens and maintaining micronutrient balance, according to new research.
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Los dos polos albergan microorganismos diferentes

Los dos polos albergan microorganismos diferentes | Microbe | Scoop.it
El análisis de secuencias genéticas muestra la singularidad del plancton del océano Ártico...
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ACMA | Abstract | Sensitization of Candida albicans biofilms to ...

Biofilms formed by Candida albicans are resistant towards most of the available antifungal drugs. Therefore, infections associated with Candida biofilms are considered as a threat to immunocompromised patients.
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