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Listen Closely To The Bats and You Can Hear the Viral Chatter 

We can’t say for sure whether we’re at the beginning of a HCoV-EMC pandemic, or at the end of a minor outbreak, or experiencing something in between. But scientists are not waiting around until the virus has finished traveling down … Continue reading

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Bug busting properties of Manuka honey assessed 

“You won’t bee-lieve it! Could manuka honey beat drug-resistant superbugs?” asks the Mail Online website, prompted by a new study into the bacteria killing potential of honey. However, one salient point missing from the news coverage of the study is … Continue reading

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Century-old puzzle of Theiler's hepatitis solved 

For almost 100 years, veterinarians have puzzled over the cause of Theiler’s disease, a mysterious type of equine hepatitis that is linked to blood products and causes liver failure in up to 90% of afflicted animals. A team of scientists … Continue reading

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Building a super elongation complex for HIV 

AIDS, which is estimated to have claimed the lives of more than 30 million people worldwide, is caused by HIV, a member of the lentivirus family of single-stranded RNA viruses. HIV infects cells that belong to the immune system; when … Continue reading

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Microbial Bebop 

“Microbial bebop” is created using five years’ worth of consecutive measurements of ocean microbial life and environmental factors like temperature, dissolved salts and chlorophyll concentrations. How? See: http://goo.gl/HJTec Listen to the oceans here: https://soundcloud.com/plos-one-media/sets/microbial-bebop #MicrobiologyBytes This post has been reshared 1 times … Continue reading

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Is The Baby Cured? 

The BBC News analysis (http://goo.gl/D6W9e) of this morning’s new story about a baby “cured” of HIV infection gets it exactly right. All the news reports make it clear that the child still carries the HIV virus (as integrated proviruses presumably), … Continue reading

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Modified bacteria turn waste into fuel 

“Green” chemistry turns plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel. Genetically modified E. coli bacteria are being used to to produce fatty acids from hydrolysates of biomass products such as  switchgrass and forestry residues. There are two ways … Continue reading

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Novel Coronavirus is Well-adapted to Humans, Susceptible to Immunotherapy 

Novel Coronavirus is Well-adapted to Humans, Susceptible to Immunotherapy The new coronavirus that has emerged in the Middle East is well-adapted to infecting humans but could potentially be treated with immunotherapy. HCoV-EMC can penetrate the bronchial epithelium and evade the innate … Continue reading

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What is the commonest living thing on Earth? 

Pelagibacter ubique is the most successful member of a group of bacteria called SAR11, that jointly constitute about a third of the single-celled organisms in the ocean. But this is not P. ubique’s only claim to fame, for unlike almost … Continue reading

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