Issue #651

In this week's issue:

  1. Belly button bacteria oligarchs dominate our navel's ecosystem
  2. Bugs in the system
  3. Does the flu shot curb heart disease?
  4. Scientists explore new class of synthetic vaccines
  5. Malaria vaccine gives disappointing results
  6. Drinking Pig Worms to Fight Crohn's Disease
  7. Hints of a more virulent, mutating West Nile virus emerge
  8. Fighting bacteria with mucus

Belly button bacteria oligarchs dominate our navel's ecosystem
Wired
November 8, 2012
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/08/belly-button-diversity-project
The Belly Button Biodiversity Project, which explores the bacterial ecosystems living in its participants' navels, has discovered that a small number of bacterial phylotypes (or "species") dominate the micro-landscape.


Bugs in the system
The Economist
November 3, 2012
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21565586-bacterial-medicine-starting-emerge-bugs-system
Bacterial medicine is starting to emerge.


Does the flu shot curb heart disease?
CNN
October 30, 2012
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/health/flu-shot-heart-disease/index.html
The influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of heart related disease and death by up to 50%, researchers say.


Scientists explore new class of synthetic vaccines
ASU Research Matters
August 2, 2012
http://researchmatters.asu.edu/stories/scientists-explore-new-class-synthetic-vaccines-2329
In a quest to make safer and more effective vaccines, scientists have turned to a promising field called DNA nanotechnology to make an entirely new class of synthetic vaccines.


Malaria vaccine gives disappointing results
Nature
November 9, 2012
http://www.nature.com/news/malaria-vaccine-gives-disappointing-results-1.11785
A vast phase III clinical trial in Africa of the malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S/AS01 reported disappointing results.


Drinking Pig Worms to Fight Crohn's Disease
ABC News
November 7, 2012
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/drinking-pig-worms-fight-crohns-disease/story?id=17664441#.UJ02OW_A-Ig
Whipworms might help fight autoimmune diseases like Crohn's.


Hints of a more virulent, mutating West Nile virus emerge
Washington Post
November 9, 2012
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hints-of-a-more-virulent-mutating-west-nile-virus-emerge/2012/11/08/75e37776-2523-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html
The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade, may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two neurologists who have extensive experience dealing with the illness.


Fighting bacteria with mucus
MIT News
November 8, 2012
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/fighting-bacteria-with-mucus.html
Results from a recent study suggest a possible new source of protection against biofilm formation: polymers found in mucus.

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