Issue #669

 

  1. Nanoparticles Laced With Bee Venom Selectively Destroy HIV Virus
  2. 'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals
  3. 'Bizarre Bacteria' in Lake Vostok Study Likely a Contaminant
  4. Scientists find how deadly new virus infects human cells
  5. Research Explores Relationship of the Human Microbiome and Obesity
  6. Craig Venter close to creating synthetic life
  7. Hawaii House considers adopting state microbe; state would be first in nation
  8. Biological wires carry electricity thanks to special amino acids


Nanoparticles Laced With Bee Venom Selectively Destroy HIV Virus
Redorbit
March 8, 2013
http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112799525/naonparticles-bee-venom-kill-hiv-030813/
According to a new report in the journal Antiviral Therapy, researchers have found that nanoparticles loaded with bee venom are capable of destroying the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving the body’s cells unharmed.


'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals
WebMD
March 5, 2013
http://www.webmd.com/news/20130305/nightmare-bacteria-spreading-in-us-hospitals-nursing-homes-cdc
A "nightmare" bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes, federal health officials reported last week.


Russian scientist defends Lake Vostok life claims
Nature
March 12, 2013
http://www.nature.com/news/russian-scientist-defends-lake-vostok-life-claims-1.12578
The Russian scientist who is leading an effort to analyse samples from a lake buried under almost 4 kilometres of Antarctic ice has hit back against criticism that an unknown species of bacterium discovered by the team was in fact contamination.


Scientists find how deadly new virus infects human cells
Reuters
March 13, 2013
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-virus-mechanism-idUSBRE92C10620130313
Scientists have worked out how a deadly new virus which was unknown in humans until last year is able to infect human cells and cause severe, potentially fatal damage to the lungs.


Research Explores Relationship of the Human Microbiome and Obesity
General Surgery News
March 2013
http://www.generalsurgerynews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=In+the+News&d_id=69&i=March+2013&i_id=940&a_id=22692
Long understudied, the human microbiome—the microbes, with their genomes, that dwell in and on the human body—is now under intense scrutiny. It is increasingly clear that “the human indigenous microbial communities … play a larger role in human health and disease than previously recognized”.


Craig Venter close to creating synthetic life
New Scientist
March 13, 2013
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23266-craig-venter-close-to-creating-synthetic-life.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news
For the first time we are close to creating artificial life from scratch. So says Craig Venter, founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and famed for creating the first cell with a synthetic genome.


Hawaii House considers adopting state microbe; state would be first in nation
Maui News
February 23, 2013
http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/570140/Hawaii-House-considers-adopting-state-microbe--state-would-be-first-in-nation.html?nav=5031
Hawaii could be the first state in the nation to adopt an official microbe, University of Hawaii professor Stuart Donachie said.


Biological wires carry electricity thanks to special amino acids
R&D Magazine
March 12, 2013
http://www.rdmag.com/news/2013/03/biological-wires-carry-electricity-thanks-special-amino-acids
Slender bacterial nanowires require certain key amino acids in order to conduct electricity, according to a study to be published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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