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April 16, 2014

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2:05 AM | Cheesecake Factory says ‘seriously’ its food is safe after 2 problematic health inspections
The Cheesecake Factory wants people to know it’s food is safe. The restaurant is speaking out after two problematic health inspections at its Destiny USA location. “The Cheesecake Factory takes food safety and sanitation very seriously and is committed to providing a … Continue reading →
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1:13 AM | 22 sick in Illinois: food poisoning suspected
The Jefferson County Health Department is investigating a possible outbreak of food poisoning which happened April 6. Health Department Administrator Mark Stevens declined to give the location where the outbreak occurred. He said the department did not begin receiving reports … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

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9:38 PM | Post #4 Know your Advisor and Department Chair - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
Post #4 is all about getting to know your professor and department chair. Most everything I have seen in the "self-help" graduate school category is about getting to know your mentor/advisor.A few examples:Rackham Graduate School - University of MichiganGraduate School - University of WashingtonScience Magazine and anotherThis is a very important topic. No question, your advisor is going to own your career (and most of your life) for 4+ years, and will definitely have an influence […]
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8:45 PM | The Road to Publishing More Scientific Papers in the Czech Republic
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7:18 PM | BacterioFiles Micro Edition 162 - Desert Dwellers Densify Dunes
This episode: Spraying cyanobacteria could turn deserts into useful land! Download Episode (9.3 MB, 10.13 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: How multicellular cyanobacteria communicates between cells (paper) Microscopic protozoa could be used instead of animals for cosmetic testing Slime molds are good like computers at finding best routes to different places Bacteria can divide into two distinct cells with different behaviors Students program bacteria to […]
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6:03 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 5 More MERS Cases In Jeddah (1 Fatality)
    # 8479   The Saudi Ministry of Health has announced another 5 MERS cases from Jeddah today, including one death.  Three of the cases are described as Health Care Workers, and of those, two are asymptomatic.    Today’s announcement moves the Jeddah cluster to more than 30 cases, and if local Arabic press reports are to believed, there may be more announcements coming.   Health: 5 registered cases of HIV (Corona) in Jeddah 06/15/1435 […]
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5:17 PM | Homemade goods: most Hawaiian lawmakers not in compliance with food safety regulations
State legislators and their staff have been busy whipping up homemade goods for the annual Hawaii Food Bank fundraiser. The effort to raise cash lasts from January to early May and features a variety of fares, from Filipino food to brownies ala … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | 22 sick from staph in Vietnam horse-blood pudding
Twenty-two people in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai were poisoned after eating horse-blood pudding due to presence of Staphylococci and E. coli. Test results of horse blood pudding showed that Staphylococci and E.coli were present in the dish … Continue reading →
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4:25 PM | The Wild Life of Chimpanzee Nests
We share a lot with you, dear readers. Some might say too much (ahem, the plight of our own armpit bacteria, for example). Yet believe it or not, we don’t share quite everything. Sometimes we’re working behind the scenes, out of the public eye, cooking up a new project, developing a nugget of an idea or cultivating a collaboration. Sometimes it takes awhile to get these new things organized, to gather all the ingredients, to slowly bring the collaboration or project to a boil, to […]
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3:07 PM | UAE Announces 3 More MERS-CoV Cases
@WHO Twitter feed this morning.   # 8478   The World Health Organization telegraphed this announcement  earlier this morning (see tweet graphic above), and I expect we’ll get more information from a GAR DON update in short order, but in the meantime we have this report from KUNA – the Kuwait News Agency.   All three cases are apparently asymptomatic contacts of a previous case, discovered during the epidemiological investigation. Hopefully […]
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1:13 PM | MERS And Loathing In The UAE
  Photo Credit http://www.24.ae/   # 8477   The headline in the photo above says quite clearly what is all-too-apparent when monitoring Arabic twitter feeds discussing the MERS coronavirus; regardless of government assurances that everything is `stable’, the level of anxiety in the UAE (and elsewhere in the Middle East) has been on the rise over the past week.    Parents are keeping their children out of school, masks are being worn in public (and are […]
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11:00 AM | TWiM #76: Genetic Biopixels and a Pathogenic Sweet Tooth
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson. Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss the use of bacteria to build a genetic sensor for heavy metals, and how host sugars help enteric pathogens to expand after antibiotic treatment. Right click to download TWiM #76 (48 MB .mp3, 67 minutes). Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, Zune Marketplace, via...
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10:24 AM | Headlines- Ebola outbreak 2014
Greetings      Infectious diseases make more headlines than anybody else, especially if there is a outbreak. Be it the SARS epidemic, Influenza pandemic, MERS Coronavirus or the latest Ebola. And if you scare the people enough, media will use it to great potency, and will be the breaking news. No doubt, infections such as Ebola makes a strong statement (BSL-4 category), they are not human race wiping infections. This probably is the right time to talk about it. When i talk of […]
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10:02 AM | EID Journal: MERS Coronavirus In A Saudi Dromedary Herd
Photo Credit Wikipedia   # 8476   Over the past eight months we’ve seen a number of studies linking camels and the MERS virus, starting last August with Lancet: Camels Found With Antibodies To MERS-CoV-Like Virus, and continuing in December with The Lancet: Identification Of MERS Virus In Camels, and most recently with EID Journal: MERS Coronaviruses in Dromedary Camels, Egypt.   While the precise mechanism by which the MERS Coronavirus has come to infect […]
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6:14 AM | Yellow fever stops at the Miami airport.
Initially, new infectious diseases could spread only as fast and far as people could walk. Then as fast and far as horses could gallop and ships could sail. With the advent of truly global travel, the last five centuries have seen more new diseases than ever before become potential pandemics. The current reach, volume and […]
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5:30 AM | Tricorder for food safety?
While the original Star Trek television series was heavy on cheese, I enjoyed the more complex morality tales of Star Trek: The Next Generation (as complex as early 1990s TV could get). And who doesn’t love them some Patrick Stewart. … Continue reading →
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2:30 AM | We have Minions!
A couple of years ago, Oxford Nanopore made a big scientific splash when they announced they had developed a new DNA sequencing technology that would revolutionize genomics. Their MinION devices were the size of a USB stick, but were supposedly capable of sequencing long reads from single DNA molecules. After two years of wondering whether these devices were mythical, I can now tell you they actually exist. Together with Mike Gillings, we received five Minions in the mail today as part of a […]
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1:58 AM | 108 sickened; court rules no negligence in E. coli outbreak at NC state fair
The North Carolina State Fair is not, according to Courthouse News Service, liable after more than 100 people became sick after an E. coli outbreak at its petting zoo in 2004, the state appeals court ruled. The state’s health department … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Walmart challenging Chinese regulators
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is, according to this story, fighting back against Chinese regulatory authorities after facing continuous investigations. The world’s largest retailer has been forced to pay roughly $10 million over the last three years for violating Chinese food and … Continue reading →
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12:55 AM | FDA says, keep lilies away from your cats
The white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for many people, and is a popular decoration in homes at this time of year. If you have cats, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind you … Continue reading →
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12:28 AM | 220 now sick; Mexico suspends 8 restaurants in sushi chain poisoning
Eight restaurants, a distribution center and two suppliers of restaurant chain Sushi Roll were suspended by the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) due to poisoning of 220 customers. “After consuming food in these businesses had reported the … Continue reading →
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12:20 AM | Raw sewage, no hot water closes UK kebab shop
The Midhurst kebab shop has been fined for nine offences under food hygiene law in what was described as one of the worst cases of neglect of standards Chichester District Council (CDC) had ever seen. Following a routine visit by … Continue reading →
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12:13 AM | 335 students sick in Guatemala
Students who spent the day in the Guatemalan capital said that a lunch of beans and rice had a bad taste, and that the chicken was undercooked, but ate because they were hungry. The 335 sick students were evaluated by … Continue reading →
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12:04 AM | It’s an egg problem; Salmonella spike in South Australia linked to television cooking shows? Blame the consumer
A spike in food poisoning cases has been linked to South Australians undercooking eggs at home. The new cases have sparked warnings from health authorities to be wary of attempting techniques used on television cooking shows. SA Health figures show … Continue reading →

April 14, 2014

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11:44 PM | What’s wrong with Australian recall notices: Sprout Garden alfalfa and onion sprouts
The food safety recall notices issued by Food Standards Agency – Australia/New Zealand don’t say much. Below is the notice but what I’d want to know is: what kind of E. coli; how was it found; is anyone sick; should … Continue reading →
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5:03 PM | WHO GAR Update On MERS-CoV – KSA & UAE – April 14th
Photo Credit WHO   # 8475   The World Health Organization has posted an update this afternoon covering some (but not all) of the recently announced MERS cases from the Middle East.    Not included are the 6 paramedics infected in the UAE (see UAE Ministry Of Interior Announces 6 MERS-CoV Cases (1 Fatality)), yesterday’s Yemen Reports 1st MERS-CoV Case, or cases reported from Saudi Arabia over the past 48 hours.   Earlier today the Saudi MOH […]
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2:07 PM | Microbial Misadventures: A Malaria Outbreak Without Mosquitoes
Microbial Misadventures is a recurring series on Body Horrors looking at instances and incidents where human meets microbe in novel and unusual circumstances that challenge our assumptions about how infections are spread.  Shout “fire” in a crowded room and watch the occupants fly for the exits. Speak the word “malaria” and watch as all within earshot […]The post Microbial Misadventures: A Malaria Outbreak Without Mosquitoes appeared first on Body […]
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2:07 PM | Microbial Misadventures: A Malaria Outbreak Without Mosquitoes
Microbial Misadventures is a recurring series on Body Horrors looking at instances and incidents where human meets microbe in novel and unusual circumstances that challenge our assumptions about how infections are spread.  Shout “fire” in a crowded room and watch the occupants fly for the exits. Speak the word “malaria” and watch as all within earshot […]The post Microbial Misadventures: A Malaria Outbreak Without Mosquitoes appeared first on Body […]
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1:59 PM | Saudi Govt. Prohibits `Unauthorized’ Media Coverage Of MERS
    # 8474   Earlier today in The Battle To Control Online MERS Messaging, I wrote about attempts by the Saudi and UAE governments to control the flow of information in the media, and on twitter, regarding their MERS outbreaks.   It now appears that the Saudi Government has decided to impose even more restrictions on media coverage, by restricting the media to only publishing `official’ statements from the MOH. Two reports.  First from the […]
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12:49 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 5 New MERS Cases In Jeddah
  # 8473   The `lull’ in MERS reports out of Saudi Arabia didn’t last very long, as this morning they have announced 5 new cases in Jeddah, one of which has proved fatal. Once again, we are seeing mild or asymptomatic cases along side severe ones.  At least two of these cases are described as Health Care Workers.   Today’s announcement moves the number of cases in this Jeddah cluster to 27 cases, making it the largest known outbreak to […]
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