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Science Writing Prize in association with the Guardian and the Observer | Wellcome Trust

Science Writing Prize in association with the Guardian and the Observer | Wellcome Trust | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it
In association with the 'Guardian' and the 'Observer', this competition aims to find the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent. Winners will receive a £1000 cash prize.
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This slime mold conquered (a miniature map of) America

This slime mold conquered (a miniature map of) America | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it
A yellow goo has invaded the world's motorways, spreading from capital cities to the furthest reaches of the transport network and devouring everything in its path.
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6th Vaccine and ISV Congress, 14 October 2012, Shanghai, China

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Introduction

Join us in China for the premier conference on vaccines and vaccination. The 6th Vaccine and ISV Congress will feature science and public health topics, from primary vaccine research and vaccine manufacturers, to governmental policy, safety and regulation. If you work as a researcher in vaccine-related topics, in the vaccine industry, or in vaccine policy making, make sure you attend this important event which is taking place in China for the first time in its history.

 

Call for papers

We invite you to submit your research for presentation at the 2012 Vaccine and ISV Congress, taking place for the first time in China. Following a similar format to previous Vaccine Congresses, this Congress will feature oral and poster presentations from researchers, health professionals and policy-makers from all over the world on a diverse range of key areas, including: HIV vaccines, TB vaccines, Malaria vaccines, Hepatitis vaccines, Influenza vaccines, Dengue Vaccines, Cancer vaccines, Adjuvants, Vaccine trials and Vaccine safety.
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Science Geeks presents - THE SPEEDY JINGLE

The Science Geeks go musical! Here is a little ditty to help you remember vital facts about speed and distance-time graphs! A little violence and diva type e... (#revise #teach Science Geeks goes musical!
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Game changer for evolutionary theory?

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A new hypothesis could be a game changer in the evolution arena. The hypothesis suggests some species are surviving by discarding genes and depending on other species to play their hand.
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CiteULike: Mechanisms of persistence of mycobacteria

Warwick J. Britton, Paul W. Roche, Nathalie Winter. Trends in Microbiology, Vol. 2, No. 8. (August 1994), pp. 284-288, doi:10.1016/0966-842X(94)90005-1.
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Plasmids in Gram negatives: Molecular typing of resistance plasmids

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A plasmid is defined as a double stranded, circular DNA molecule capable of autonomous replication. By definition, plasmids do not carry genes essential for the growth of host cells under non-stressed conditions but they have systems which guarantee their autonomous replication also controlling the copy number and ensuring stable inheritance during cell division. Most of the plasmids confer positively selectable phenotypes by the presence of antimicrobial resistance genes. Plasmids evolve as an integral part of the bacterial genome, providing resistance genes that can be easily exchanged among bacteria of different origin and source by conjugation. A multidisciplinary approach is currently applied to study the acquisition and spread of antimicrobial resistance in clinically relevant bacterial pathogens and the established surveillance can be implemented by replicon typing of plasmids. Particular plasmid families are more frequently detected among Enterobacteriaceae and play a major role in the diffusion of specific resistance genes. For instance, IncFII, IncA/C, IncL/M, IncN and IncI1 plasmids carrying extended-spectrum beta-lactamase genes and acquired AmpC genes are currently considered to be “epidemic resistance plasmids”, being worldwide detected in Enterobacteriaceae of different origin and sources. The recognition of successful plasmids is an essential first step to design intervention strategies preventing their spread.

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Epidemics3's Channel - YouTube

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Poster Pitches were recorded at Epidemics3 with the purpose of enabling poster presenters to promote their work beyond the conference. The Poster Pitch videos are hosted on YouTube, so please take a few minutes to catch up on any great posters you may have missed http://www.youtube.com/user/Epidemics3/videos

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Nine ways scientists can help improve science journalism

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Genuine advances in the quality of science news will require both journalists and scientists to get their houses in order (RT @guardiansciblog: [Science blog] Nine ways scientists can help improve science journalism | Dr Chris Chambers and colleagues...
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To beat a virus, find its ‘pocket factor’ - Futurity.org

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PURDUE (US) — New details about the structure of a virus that causes brain swelling and paralysis in children may lead to antiviral drugs.


Full story at http://www.futurity.org/health-medicine/to-beat-a-virus-find-its-%E2%80%98pocket-factor%E2%80%99/

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Ocean Science: The power of plankton

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The ocean is teeming with organisms so small you can't see them, populations of microorganisms called phytoplankton. Tiny they may be, but over recent decades these microscopic plant-like organisms have been shown to help drive the global carbon cycle. Can we use this knowledge to help us restore balanced carbon cycling?

 

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Next generation dengue vaccines: A review of candidates in preclinical development

Dengue represents a major public health problem of growing global importance. In the absence of specific dengue therapeutics, strategies for disease control have increasingly focused on the development of dengue vaccines. While a licensed dengue vaccine is not yet available, several vaccine candidates are currently being evaluated in clinical trials and are described in detail in accompanying articles. In addition, there are a large variety of candidates in preclinical development, which are based on diverse technologies, ensuring a continued influx of innovation into the development pipeline. Potentially, some of the current preclinical candidates may become next generation dengue vaccines with superior product profiles. This review provides an overview of the various technological approaches to dengue vaccine development and specifically focuses on candidates in preclinical development.

 

And the special issue on dengue vaccines of which this is a part is well worth a visit.


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Bill Gates meets MTBVAC TB vaccine researchers in Spain

On 21 February Bill Gates met with Dr. Carlos Martin of the University of Zaragoza and members of his team in Madrid, Spain. The scientists are working on the development of MTBVAC, a new vaccine against tuberculosis (TB).
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The Seven Stones: [Research highlight] Laws of microbial growth : The Seven Stones

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In a work recently published in Science, Scott et al reveal a series of microbial “growth laws” that describe simple relationships between translation, nutrition, and cellular growth.
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Scientific Evaluation and Metrics – an Interview with Julia Lane - Research Trends

Scientific Evaluation and Metrics – an Interview with Julia Lane - Research Trends | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it

Q: You have an economics and statistics background. Can you tell us about how that was leveraged and used in the development of the Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program?
A: It helped in two ways. First, it helped me engage with much of the social science community and get them interested in studying the very interesting problems in science and innovation policy. Developing a strong researcher community is the most important part of the program. The second was in working with colleagues to build a strong data infrastructure...

 

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Sexual health news: Trial discovers effective HIV antibodies

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The hopes of the creation of an effective HIV vaccine have been given a boost: Get the latest sexual health news and treatments at Private Healthcare UK.
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The H1N1 recap: Assessing WHOs (World Health Org) response to H1N1 - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

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H1N1 virus became a household name as it received much needed publicity as well as the attention from the authorities, as it developed to Pandemic..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (The H1N1 recap: Assessing WHOs (World Health Org) response to H1N1 - Helium...
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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - Helping U.S. Students "Make the Grade" in Science and Math - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

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April 5, 2012

On Tuesday, April 10, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education experts from around the nation and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will convene a workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago to discuss practices that can be immediately adopted by K-12 schools to help reform STEM education nationally.

In the past two decades, U.S. 15-year-olds have scored lower than the international average on mathematics assessments. They also tend to score at about the international average on science assessments, according to the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators 2012.

Effective teaching and learning of STEM are key to developing a 21st-century workforce and sufficiently informed citizenry. Doing so will be critical for U.S. success in an increasingly knowledge-based and innovation-dependent economy and for addressing grand challenges facing the country. That's the message research and education scientists will convey to an audience of some 300 teachers and school leaders at the "STEM Smart: Lessons Learned From Successful Schools" meeting in Chicago.

Effective STEM instruction, equal access to quality STEM experiences, and support of STEM learning infrastructure are central to next-generation STEM curriculum and student success. These "active ingredients" of successful STEM education comprise the workshop's themes and are derived from the National Research Council's (NRC) NSF-funded report Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The NRC report recommends evidence-based ways that community stakeholders can improve K-12 STEM education. It identifies effective approaches to STEM education modeled on existing research supported by NSF. New research will inevitably inform improved educational strategies as we continue to unveil, for example, how young children learn science and mathematics in and outside the classroom.

This is the second in a series of NSF regional workshops. The next two will be held in Nevada and Maryland. Details on the Chicago event follow:

What: STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools
A workshop hosted by the National Science Foundation

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: University of Illinois at Chicago
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Media interested in attending and/or interviewing the educators in attendance should contact Bobbie Mixon at bmixon@nsf.gov (703) 292-8485

A list of presenters, an agenda and further details are on the Successful STEM Education Web site.

-NSF-

 

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Nanotechnology used to hunt for hidden pathogens

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Researchers have developed a novel technique that may give doctors a faster and more sensitive tool to detect pathogens associated with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease.
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Elsevier Mathematical/Theoretical Biology on Twitter

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Sign up for Twitter to follow Elsevier MathBio* (@MathBioTweets).

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H5N1 Pandemic Information News: Map: Worldwide Confirmed ...

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Map: Worldwide Confirmed Human Cases Updated. Click on image to enlarge. Click on title for postmark descriptions. Located on the right side-bar for future reference. Posted by Commonground at 6:44 AM ...
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6th Vaccine and ISV Congress, 14 October 2012, Shanghai, China

6th Vaccine and ISV Congress, 14 October 2012, Shanghai, China | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it

Introduction

Join us in China for the premier conference on vaccines and vaccination. The 6th Vaccine and ISV Congress will feature science and public health topics, from primary vaccine research and vaccine manufacturers, to governmental policy, safety and regulation. If you work as a researcher in vaccine-related topics, in the vaccine industry, or in vaccine policy making, make sure you attend this important event which is taking place in China for the first time in its history.


Call for papers

We invite you to submit your research for presentation at the 2012 Vaccine and ISV Congress, taking place for the first time in China. Following a similar format to previous Vaccine Congresses, this Congress will feature oral and poster presentations from researchers, health professionals and policy-makers from all over the world on a diverse range of key areas, including: HIV vaccines, TB vaccines, Malaria vaccines, Hepatitis vaccines, Influenza vaccines, Dengue Vaccines, Cancer vaccines, Adjuvants, Vaccine trials and Vaccine safety.

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Armed with poison daggers, bacteria attack - Futurity.org

Armed with poison daggers, bacteria attack - Futurity.org | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it

CALTECH (US) — Some bacteria appear to attack other bacteria by shooting spring-loaded poison molecular daggers.


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Worldwide march of banana fungus

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Black leaf streak disease (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) affects leaf photosynthesis, and causes premature ripening. It is the most important and destructive banana disease in the world. It starts with small flecks and spreads to the whole banana leaves - the disease can totally destroy the whole banana plant. Using genetic markers researchers were able to map the streaks on 735 banana leaves from 37 different countries and identify genetic similarities.


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Science: Cleavage of Arabidopsis PBS1 by a Bacterial Type III Effector

Science: Cleavage of Arabidopsis PBS1 by a Bacterial Type III Effector | The Microbiology Mine | Scoop.it

Plant disease-resistance (R) proteins are thought to function as receptors for ligands produced directly or indirectly by pathogen avirulence (Avr) proteins. The biochemical functions of most Avr proteins are unknown, and the mechanisms by which they activate R proteins have not been determined. In Arabidopsis, resistance to Pseudomonas syringae strains expressing AvrPphB requires RPS5, a member of the class of R proteins that have a predicted nucleotide-binding site and leucine-rich repeats, and PBS1, a protein kinase. AvrPphB was found to proteolytically cleave PBS1, and this cleavage was required for RPS5-mediated resistance, which indicates that AvrPphB is detected indirectly via its enzymatic activity.


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