Latest Anthrax Stories

2012-03-15 16:44:18

A simple, inexpensive dip-and-dry treatment can convert ordinary silk into a fabric that kills disease-causing bacteria – even the armor-coated spores of microbes like anthrax – in minutes, scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. They describe a range of potential uses for this new killer silk, including make-shift curtains and other protective coatings that protect homes and other buildings in the event of a terrorist attack with anthrax....

2012-02-06 22:37:07

Susceptibility to anthrax toxin is a heritable genetic trait that may vary tremendously among individuals, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Among 234 people studied, the cells of three people were virtually insensitive to the toxin, while the cells of some people were hundreds of times more sensitive than those of others. The findings may have important implications for national security, as people known to be more resistant to anthrax...

Anthrax Sent To Pakistani Prime Minister In October 2011
2012-02-02 06:15:05

Laboratory tests have revealed that a package sent to the office of Pakistan's prime minister last October contained a tiny amount of anthrax powder, a spokesman announced on Wednesday. According to Reuters reports, the parcel contained "a small amount" of anthrax spores. It had been mailed from the town of Jamshoro in the southern province of Sindh, and there were no casualties resulting from the contaminant, Akram Shaheedi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, told the news...

2012-01-13 11:58:12

Vaccination with the anthrax capsule–a naturally occurring component of the bacterium that causes the disease–protected monkeys from lethal anthrax infection, according to U.S. Army scientists. The study, which appears in the Jan. 20th print edition of the journal VACCINE, represents the first successful use of a non-toxin vaccine to protect monkeys from the disease. Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax, is recognized as one of the most serious bioterrorism...

2011-12-07 10:33:36

New discovery bonds to anthrax spores, not just anthrax bacteria A new study has shown previously unseen details of an anthrax bacteriophage – a virus that infects anthrax bacteria – revealing for the first time how it infects its host, and providing an initial blueprint for how the phage might someday be modified into a tool for the detection and destruction of anthrax and other potential bioterror agents. The bacteriophage, known as Bacillus anthracis spore-binding phage...

Latest Anthrax Reference Libraries

2011-04-14 14:43:25

Bacillus anthracis is a Gram-positive spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium, with a width of 1-1.2µm and a length of 3-5µm. It can grow in aerobic or anaerobic conditions. It is the only known bacterium to synthesize a protein capsule and the only pathogenic bacterium to carry its own adenylyl cyclase virulence factor. They form oval spores located centrally in a non-swollen sporangium. These spores are highly resilient and can survive extreme temperatures, low-nutrient environments, and...

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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'