ASM Weekly Newsdigest #647

Issue #647

In this week's issue:
  1. Vipers Go Viral
  2. Controversial "Arsenic Life" Bacterium Prefers Phosphorus After All
  3. UK Officials: Fatal Crimean Congo Virus Unlikely To Spread
  4. For immune system, vitamin B’s the tip-off
  5. Working toward a universal vaccine for all influenza A and B viruses
  6. Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus
  7. Bioengineers Introduce 'Bi-Fi' -- The Biological 'Internet'


Vipers Go Viral
Science
October 5, 2012
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/10/vipers-go-viral.html
A new study suggests that snakes harbor the Eastern equine encephalitis virus through the winter, but experts disagree on whether the finding clinches the question for good.


Controversial "Arsenic Life" Bacterium Prefers Phosphorus After All
Scientific American
October 4, 2012
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=controversial-arsenic-life-bacterium-prefers-phosphorous-after-all
New work explains how a microbe can thrive in the high-arsenic conditions of California's Mono Lake.


UK Officials: Fatal Crimean Congo Virus Unlikely To Spread
Redorbit
October 7, 2012
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112708118/crimean-congo-virus-uk-100712/
The UK’s first laboratory confirmed case of Crimean Congo Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) has died. Even so, health officials are stressing that this will not become a public outbreak.


For immune system, vitamin B’s the tip-off
Futurity
October 11, 2012
http://www.futurity.org/health-medicine/for-immune-system-vitamin-bs-the-tip-off/
Specialized immune cells recognize the vitamin B synthesized by bacteria and yeast, and this signal sets off their fight against infection, scientists say.


Working toward a universal vaccine for all influenza A and B viruses
Phys.org
October 11, 2012
http://phys.org/news/2012-10-universal-vaccine-influenza-viruses.html
A group of researchers building upon their earlier work with influenza A viruses, has now discovered a similar phenomenon for neutralizing influenza B viruses.


Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus
Virology.ws
October 11, 2012
http://www.virology.ws/2012/10/11/museum-pelts-help-date-the-koala-retrovirus/
A study of Koala pelts preserved in museums suggests how recently the KoRV virus infected this animal.


Bioengineers Introduce 'Bi-Fi' -- The Biological 'Internet'
ScienceDaily
September 27, 2012
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120928103802.htm
Researchers have parasitized the M13 viral parasite and harnessed M13's key attributes -- its non-lethality and its ability to package and broadcast arbitrary DNA strands -- to create what might be termed the biological Internet, or "Bi-Fi."

 
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http://www.microbeworld.org/
http://www.scicentral.com/
http://sciencedaily.com

 

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