ASM Weekly Newsdigest #644

Issue #644

In this week's issue:

  1. Multicenter Study Further Debunks Link Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Murine Viruses
  2. Giant Viruses Rewrite History of Life on Earth
  3. Taking a Shot at Sinking the 'Cruise Ship' Virus
  4. Discovery of essential genes for drug-resistant bacteria reveals new, high-value drug targets
  5. Microbes in gut grab more fat from food
  6. Bacteria May Signal Risk For Pancreatic Cancer
  7. Evolutionary innovation caught in the act
  8. Drug resistant tuberculosis found across the world


Multicenter Study Further Debunks Link Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Murine Viruses
GenomeWeb
September 20, 2012
http://bit.ly/RGZ38z
A study published this week provides the most definitive evidence to date disproving previous reports that used molecular testing methods such as qPCR to establish a link between chronic fatigue syndrome, or myalgic encephalomyelitis, and various murine leukemia viruses.


Giant Viruses Rewrite History of Life on Earth
Sci-News
September 14, 2012
http://www.sci-news.com/biology/article00588.html
A new study by a multinational team of scientists supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued.


Taking a Shot at Sinking the 'Cruise Ship' Virus
WebMD
September 13, 2012
http://www.webmd.com/news/20120913/taking-shot-sinking-cruise-ship-virus
An experimental vaccine shows promise for protecting people against a nasty stomach virus known for causing outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting on cruise ships, in nursing homes, and in other close quarters.


Discovery of essential genes for drug-resistant bacteria reveals new, high-value drug targets
Phys.org
September 14, 2012
http://bit.ly/R0ClgI
Biomedical scientists collaborating on translational research are reporting the discovery of a novel, and heretofore unrecognized, set of genes essential for the growth of potentially lethal, drug-resistant bacteria.


Microbes in gut grab more fat from food
Futurity
September 12, 2012
http://www.futurity.org/top-stories/microbes-in-gut-grab-more-fat-from-food/
Some gut microbes help the body absorb more dietary fat, which means their host takes in more calories from the same amount of food.


Bacteria May Signal Risk For Pancreatic Cancer
RedOrbit
September 18, 2012
http://bit.ly/VcMm9h
In a new study, researchers report that people who had high levels of antibodies for an infectious oral bacterium turned out to have double the risk for developing pancreatic cancer.


Evolutionary innovation caught in the act
Washington Post
September 19, 2012
http://wapo.st/T60rrZ
Scientists following the evolution of a single strain of bacteria reported that it underwent several steps of mutation, surprising in its complexity, to acquire the ability to use a new food source.


Drug resistant tuberculosis found across the world
Reuters
August 29, 2012
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/29/us-tuberculosis-drug-resistance-idUSBRE87S1F220120829
Scientists have found alarming levels of the lung disease tuberculosis in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America that are resistant to up to four powerful antibiotic drugs.

 
Information on other research developments can be found at these sites: 

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

 

Press Releases:

http://www.eurekalert.org/
http://www.newswise.com/

 

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