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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:15:24 EDT
See and sort: Developing novel techniques to visualize uncultured microbial cell activity
Researchers used a recently refined technique to identify both individual active cells, and single clusters of active bacteria and archaea within microbial communities. Scientists are interested in learning how the planet's microbial dark matter can be harnessed for energy and environmental challenges.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:12:24 EDT
'Bugs' on the subway: Monitoring the microbial environment to improve public health
The trillions of microbes that transfer from people to surfaces could provide an early warning system for the emergence of public health threats such as a flu outbreak or a rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a new study.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:12:21 EDT
Boston subway system covered in microbes, but they're not harmful
Boston's subway system, known as the T, might be just as bacteria-laden as you'd expect but organisms found there are largely from normal human skin and incapable of causing disease, according to a study published June 28 in mSystems, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:11:46 EDT
Doing the math on Zika and sex
A math professor has developed a scientific model to address the various ways the Zika virus proliferates. The study reveals that mosquito control should remain the most important mitigation method to control the virus. However, the study reveals that Zika is a complicated virus and sexual transmission increases the risk of infection and prolongs the outbreak.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:27:11 EDT
New preclinical study indicates vaccine to prevent Zika infection in humans is feasible
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and collaborators at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School have completed a promising preclinical study of two Zika vaccine candidates that suggests that an effective human vaccine will be achievable. Findings from the study were published today in the journal Nature.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:48:36 EDT
Vaccine protection against Zika virus achieved
The rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine to prevent the Zika virus (ZIKV) is a global priority, as infection in pregnant women has been shown to lead to fetal microcephaly and other major birth defects. The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic a global public health emergency on February 1, 2016.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:46:10 EDT
Compounds in parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows
A team of Russian scientists has proposed an efficient approach to novel agents with anticancer activity. A synthesis of these agents is based on compounds extracted from parsley and dill seeds.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:43:47 EDT
Researchers find human development's first gear
Researchers are closer to solving a decade-old mystery after discovering that a set of genes they are studying play a key role in early human development.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:57:55 EDT
Bacterial colonies in human body linked to presence of cancer in mouth and throat
In a sample study, researchers say they have found an association between the makeup of an individual's microbiome and head and neck cancer, a finding that potentially advances the quest for faster and more accurate cancer diagnosis and therapy.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:01:20 EDT
Antibodies to dengue may alter course of Zika virus infection
Scientists find cross-reactivity that may influence plans for Zika and dengue vaccine studies.
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