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2014-05-04 05:25:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In order to avoid potential microbial contamination while searching for signs of microbial life on other planets, the authors of three recently-published studies have used research from the International Space Station to analyze the risks of accidentally transporting organisms from Earth into outer space. Currently, spacecraft that land on Mars or other potentially habitable worlds have to meet strict requirements for the maximum...

2014-02-04 23:26:11

Grime Busters and Amazing! NOK OUT™ is on a mission to educate consumers and eradicate disease-causing organisms. At 2,000 PPM, NOK OUT™ is a serious contender in the battle against these threatening adversaries. Gaylord, MI (PRWEB) February 04, 2014 The most resistant organism in the healthcare environment is the bacterial spore. Bacterial spores serve largely as a resting, or dormant, stage in the bacterial life cycle, serving to reserve the bacterium through periods of unfavorable...

2012-08-08 11:33:46

A new disinfectant, Akwaton, that works at extremely low concentrations could be used in healthcare settings to help control persistent hospital-acquired infections such as Clostridium difficile. Researchers from the Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Canada tested the new compound, Akwaton, against bacterial spores that attach to surfaces and are difficult to destroy. Previous work by the group has shown Akwaton is also effective at low concentrations against strains...

2012-05-23 19:29:28

The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS') award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series describes 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. This new "killer silk" has many potential uses, including make-shift curtains and other protective coatings that protect homes and other buildings in the...

2010-11-10 17:23:37

Western New England College research presented at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics To keep soldiers in the battlefield healthy, the U.S. Army is exploring new ways to detect harmful bacteria in water. Current techniques for analyzing water in the field can take as long as 24 hours to complete, according to Bart Lipkens of Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts and his colleagues at Physical Sciences in Andover, Ma. They are working on an alternative technology...

2010-05-06 15:38:23

Bacterial spores, the most resistant organisms on earth, carry an extra coating of protection previously undetected, a team of microbiologists reports in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology. Their findings offer additional insight into why spores of the bacteria that cause botulism, tetanus, and anthrax survive methods to eradicate them. The study was conducted by researchers at New York University's Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Loyola (Ill.) University's Medical...

2010-04-15 16:18:00

WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- It has been nine years since the 2001 anthrax attacks sickened twenty-three people and killed five. Since that time, the U.S. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in remediation and billions in their search for a disinfectant that can reliably kill anthrax spores and other pathogens that might be used as weapons. The search is over. sBioMed®, a self funded biotechnology firm located in Orem, Utah, has been recently...

2009-12-21 15:39:03

Researchers fail to find that TB cells form spores and go dormant The tuberculosis bacterium is an insidious germ that can lie dormant for many years, then suddenly emerge and cause potentially fatal disease. Earlier this year, researchers in Sweden proposed a provocative explanation: TB bacteria have the ability to turn into dormant, armor-plated spores. If true, the findings would provide promising new avenues of research in the worldwide fight against TB. But a new study by researchers at...

2009-11-12 09:51:17

Got food poisoning? The cause might be bacterial spores, en extremely hardy survival form of bacteria, a nightmare for health care and the food industry and an enigma for scientists. Spore-forming bacteria, present almost everywhere in our environment, can also cause serious infectious diseases, such as tetanus, anthrax, and botulism. Now researchers from Lund University and the U.S. have made a breakthrough in our understanding of the molecular characteristics of spores that in the long term...


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2011-04-14 15:10:21

Bacillus subtilis, also known as hay bacillus or grass bacillus, is a Gram-positive, catalase-positive bacterium commonly found in soil. It is rod-shaped and a member of the genus Bacillus. It also has the ability to form a tough, protective endospore, allowing the organism to tolerate extreme environmental conditions. B. subtilis has historically been classified as an obligate aerobe, though recent research has proven this to not be strictly correct. It is not a human pathogen although...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.