Biology 202 - Introduction to Microbiology
Summary: Viruses can be modified to attack only cancerous cells, making them an ideal tool for the treatment of cancer since they do not attack healthy cells.
Summary: CWD is a wasting disease of deer and elk, and is thought to be caused by prions - infectious
protein particles. More details
Summary: In a recent report, a strong correlation was shown between infections by Helicobacter pylori
(bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers) and migraines, backing up previous research. More details
Infections with E. coli may be to blame for cases of SIDS, shows some recent research.
Summary: A large mass of what appears to be diatoms - a type of eukaryotic microorganism - was seen on
satellite photos of the Florida coast. More details
Summary: Pleconaril, a drug which binds to the outer surface of a group of viruses known as picornaviruses, has been shown to interfere with the virus' ability to attach to and infect cells, thus shortening the symptoms of the common cold by a full day.
Summary: It has been years since NASA researchers announced possible signs of fossil bacteria in a rock from Mars. Today the jury is still out -- and the evidence has grown more cloudy. More on this story
Summary - To date, at least 10 people have died in a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in this West African country. More of the story at MSNBC. (contributes by. A. Gramlich)
Summary - see Yahoo News (contributed by D. Bombard)
Summary: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University shows prions, proteins that normally occur in humans, linked pair-wise in what is thought to be an intermediate step in converting normal proteins to the abnormal form.
Summary: Researchers at Rutgers University are hoping to strike paydirt by looking for microbes that may have the ability to detoxify polluted soils.
Summary: Prunes can kill E. coli bacteria in ground beef. Cinnamon will do the same thing in juice. Salt helps kill a pathogen that contaminates chicken.
Summary: Dust clouds blown across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa can carry viable bacteria and fungal spores. The dust cloud itself apparently protects the microbes from being destroyed by the UV radiation.
Summary: A coating of hexyl-PVP was applied to glass slides which were then sprayed with solutions of E. coli, Staph. aureus or Pseudomonas. 94 - 99% of the bacteria were killed.
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