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Oregano compound may ‘crack’ tough norovirus

Carvacrol, the primary active component in oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of food-borne illness in hospitals, schools, and …

How to make petrol with bacteria

Scientists have found a way of harnessing bacteria found in our stomachs to make petrol<p>Researchers in South Korea have harnessed the <i>Escherichia coli</i> bacteria that help us to digest food – and sometimes cause food poisoning – to produce a replacement for petrol from fossil fuels.<p>As this video from …

Fossilized human feces from 14th century contain antibiotic resistance genes

A team of French investigators has discovered viruses containing genes for antibiotic resistance in a fossilized fecal sample from 14th century …

Why a deadly virus in the Middle East has the entire world on alert

<b>(xrender/Shutterstock)</b><p>A recent spike in MERS cases could be the beginning of a global outbreak<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>April 25, 2014 3:20pm (UTC)<p>A deadly new virus for which there is no cure and about which little is understood could present a global threat, officials say. It's called Middle Eastern …

Are We At The Dawn Of The Age of Epidemics?

Over the past several weeks and months, we've seen a startling number of disease outbreaks pop up around the globe. It's a trend that's not …

Public Health

Shampoo and Soap Wreak Havoc on the Skin’s Microbiome Say Researchers · Guardian Liberty Voice

Up until now, the advice given by the medical community about cultivating one’s microbial garden referred exclusively to the gastrointestinal tract …

A New Peptide Tackles Infections, Biofilms, & Antibiotic Resistance

The mechanisms behind bacterial infectious disease used to be simple. The invader would enter the body, a fight would ensue with the immune system, an antibiotic would be prescribed and the patient would heal. But the threat of antibiotic resistance changed all that. Researchers have since learned …

Microbiology

Ebola's Incredibly Infectious. Ebola's Also Hard To Catch. Confused? Here's How To Understand.

Ebola has infected just a handful of Americans, but millions of us are already sick with anxiety.<p>More than half of U.S. adults worry that there will be a large-scale Ebola outbreak across the next year, according to a new Harvard poll conducted last week and released on Tuesday. Most of them are …

Ebola outbreak: Number of people believed infected rises above 10,000

More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health …

Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity

It’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with …

Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds

Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically …

Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics

There are no approved vaccines or treatments, but some in development look promising.<p>DALLAS—Ebola vaccines are so effective in monkeys that macaques can be protected or rescued even if they're injected with a hundred times the lethal dose of the Ebola virus after vaccination. But no one knows for …

'Bacterial nanowires' may lead to breakthroughs in semiconductors, fuel cells and more

For about a decade, scientists have known about bacteria that "breathe" using rocks and minerals in place of oxygen. Now a new study reveals the surprising way they do it.<p>The bacteria survive by "breathing" through a system of "bacterial nanowires" that connect to iron-based material nearby. …

How stressed-out microbes survive 500-feet beneath the ocean floor

One-third of microbial life on our planet lives in one of the most extreme environments on Earth: deep beneath the ocean floor.<p>There is no sunlight so photosynthesis is impossible. Dead plant and animal matter drifts down through the water, but it is quickly gobbled up by the fortunate life forms …

Biology

Fungal protein found to cross blood-brain barrier

In a remarkable series of experiments on a fungus that causes cryptococcal meningitis, a deadly infection of the membranes that cover the spinal cord …

How Scientists Can Sniff Out Methane on Alien Worlds

Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to sniff out methane on alien planets. The organic molecule, considered one of the building blocks of life, could be key to finding organisms beyond Earth.<p>Using supercomputers, a team of scientists developed a new absorption spectrum for methane that's 2,000 …

How Gut Bacteria Could One Day Help Stop Diabetes Before It Starts

We still don't completely understand all the factors that cause someone to develop type 1 diabetes, but emerging research on gut bacteria reveals that the microorganisms may play an important role in keeping energy levels up and metabolic problems down -- major issues when it comes to diabetes care.<p>…

Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus

The chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and sometimes intense pain, is spreading rapidly throughout the Caribbean.<p>Now, numerous cases of the disease have appeared in the United States – including 25 in Florida – from travelers who contracted the disease while out of …

Injected bacteria found to reduce tumors in rats, dogs and humans

Bacteria found in soil called <i>Clostridium novyi</i> (<i>C. novyi</i>) is known to cause tissue-damaging infections. But researchers from John Hopkins Kimmel …

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.<p>The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph …

Antarctica

Virus Hunters: Inside Maryland's Biosafety Level 4 Lab

Back in 2009, as swine flu fears spread around the world, PM got an early inside look at American's newest infectious disease research laboratory to see how scientists study the world's deadliest pathogens. This week, after a series of embarrassing mishaps at these BSL-4 labs, a biomedical expert …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

Propane made with renewable method for the first time

Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes<p>A gas which can power cars and heat homes has been made using a renewable process for the first time.<p>Propane, which makes up the bulk component of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has previously only ever been produced …

Arctic creepy-crawlies part I: the ice worms

Following my previous post on wildlife diseases, I’ve been in a fairly multicellular mood. Rather than try and turn my mind back to bacteria I …

A Tree In India Is Bigger Than The Average Wal-Mart

The gigantic Banyan tree may look like a forest from far away, but it's actually comprised of a myriad of aerial roots that cover 3.5 square acres of land, which equals roughly 156,000 square feet, or 14,400 square meters.<p>Compare that to data from the most recent unit count and square footage …

Walmart

A Common Virus Is Eating Your Gut Bacteria

The only time you’re completely human is before you’re born. For the rest of your life, microbes from the environment colonize ecosystems around your body, outnumbering your 37 trillion human cells by about 10 to one.<p>Over the past decade, scientists have been exploring how the microbes living on …

Mythical ‘Sea Serpent’ Comes into the Light

Wildlife<p>Artist’s view of an oarfish, alive in the ocean depths. (Illustration by E. Paul Oberlander ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)<p><b>Davy Jones’ Locker, it might be called, this final resting place of a sea serpent. In a darkened back room at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center</b> …