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2014-07-09 12:11:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Smallpox is a deadly virus that was all but wiped off the face of the Earth in the late 1970s, but on Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that random bottles of smallpox were found in at a federal lab near Washington, DC. This is the second such announcement within the past month. In a statement, the CDC said that its employees had stumbled upon “vials labeled ‘variola,’ commonly known as...

2014-07-08 11:16:27

American Society for Microbiology The fungus responsible for an outbreak of contaminated Greek yogurt last year is not harmless after all but a strain with the ability to cause disease, according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. In September 2013, customers of Chobani brand Greek yogurt complained of gastrointestinal (GI) problems after consuming products manufactured in the company's Idaho plant. The company...

2014-07-01 11:29:26

American Society for Microbiology Contrary to popular belief, the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is not a harmless commensal in chickens but can cause disease in some breeds of poultry according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "The main implication is that Campylobacter is not always harmless to chickens. This rather changes our view of the biology of this nasty little bug," says Paul Wigley of Institute...

2014-06-09 08:22:55

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Successfully treating direct surface pathogens is only part of the food safety challenge for processors, according to South Florida-based RGF Environmental, which recommends a two-pronged safety program with installation of plant air quality systems. Industry studies have proven that airborne pathogenic contamination of food products at the processing level is a safety concern, and in some cases is the major cause of microbiological...

Work On Microbial Signaling Offers A Window Into Better Biofuels, Human Health
2014-04-25 03:28:23

Tom Rickey, DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat's molecular mix. The study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new targets during the battle between microbe and host that researchers can exploit to protect plants. The team showed that the humble and oft-studied plant Arabidopsis puts out a molecular signal that invites an...

2014-04-08 10:58:47

New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago and the Netherlands. A team led by Dr Peter Fineran of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are studying the genetic basis of adaptive immunity in bacteria that cause potato 'soft rot' and in E. coli bacteria. Through their recent collaboration they have found that these bacterial...

2014-04-04 10:29:01

When cannibals ate brains of people who died from prion disease, many of them fell ill with the fatal neurodegenerative disease as well. Likewise, when cows were fed protein contaminated with bovine prions, many of them developed mad cow disease. On the other hand, transmission of prions between species, for example from cows, sheep, or deer to humans, is—fortunately—inefficient, and only a small proportion of exposed recipients become sick within their lifetimes. A study published on...

2014-03-17 23:24:38

The USDA confirms TeraGanix all natural liquid probiotic formula controls pathogen salmonella in poultry growing conditions. Peer reviewed research published in the Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Alto, TX (PRWEB) March 17, 2014 The pathogenic microorganism Salmonella is a concern for all poultry growers. Most food safety approaches utilize disinfectants and harsh chemicals to control pathogenic microorganisms. TeraGanix supplies an all-natural liquid product made of all...

2014-02-28 08:25:57

M2 technology expands applications through massive increase in quantification with sample to answer in less than one hour SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Menon Biosensors, Inc. a molecular biochemistry company providing DNA analysis for the diagnosis and treatment of biological pathogens, announced today that its M2 (Molecular Mirroring) NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) technology successfully demonstrated quantification of pathogens having concentrations ranging from 1 CFU...

Pathogen Responsible For Two Historical Plagues Could Reemerge
2014-01-28 10:26:57

[ Watch the Video: Pathogen Behind Ancient Plagues Could Come Back Someday ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Both the Plague of Justinian in 541 and Black Death some 800 years later were responsible for widespread fatalities across Europe. Now, new research in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal has found that both pandemics were caused by different strains of the same pathogen. The international team of study authors also concluded that a new strain of plague...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'