Tag Archives: Food

33 million healthy life years lost annually to foodborne diseases

The global burden of foodborne diseases caused by contaminated food in 2010 has been estimated as 33 million Disability Adjusted Life Years. Of these years lost, 40% were in children under 5 years old. This is according to new estimates … Continue reading

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Bio-Control of Salmonella in Foods Using Bacteriophages

I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to the idea that “phage therapy” is going to save us when the antibiotics fail. There have been enough clinical trails now to show that this cannot be true, at least … Continue reading

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Garlic for the common cold

Can garlic cure the common cold? Continue reading

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Potential industrial biotechnology with cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae

Both cyanobacteria and eukaryotic microalgae are promising organisms for sustainable production of bulk products such as food, feed and fuels. Continue reading

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The end of BSE

The BSE epidemic cost us billions, and devastated the British farming industry. Now, that plague is at an end. Overall, as many as three million animals were infected; in the peak year, 1992, the UK saw 37,280 diagnoses. Yet there are … Continue reading

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Bacteriophages as biocontrol agents

Bacteriophages represent one of the most abundant biological entities in nature and have long been recognized for their potential use as therapeutic agents. In recent years overprescription of antibiotics and the concomitant development of antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ have highlighted the need … Continue reading

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You Are Not What You Eat

The types of gut bacteria that populate the guts of primates depend on the species of the host as well as where the host lives and what they eat. A new study examines the gut microbial communities in great apes, … Continue reading

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Are your tomatos looking dodgy?

Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) poses a serious threat to tomato production throughout the temperate regions of the world. A new analysis suggests that the virus probably arose somewhere in the Middle East between the 1930s and 1950s and … Continue reading

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Beware the buffet

Even if we have never succumbed to it, we are all familiar with the sickness caused by noroviruses due to high-profile media coverage of outbreaks in various closed communities, such as hospitals and cruise ships. In this article in Microbiology … Continue reading

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