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September 11, 2014

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7:29 AM | Eureka Awards
Last night, I was at the Eureka Awards Dinner. The Eureka Awards have been described as the Australian Science equivalent of the Oscars. While not quite as glamorous as the Oscars, it was nevertheless a black tie event at the Sydney Town Hall, and we did have some media celebrities present, such as Adam Spencer and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. It was also the second top hottest topic on Twitter yesterday in Australia.I was not nominated for an Award, but was there to fly the flag for Macquarie […]
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7:22 AM | Post #6 Control Your Image (Social vs. Reality) - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
You had one job!I am not a big "image" guy. I wasn't someone who cared too much about my appearance (I can rock a flannel shirt with the best of them). I certainly didn't care much what people thought. Okay, not entirely true. I cared what people thought, I worked very hard to please people and to make them think I was a hard worker, trustworthy, etc. Basically I tried my best to be a great person and I wanted people to see that. What I should clarify, is that I was horrible at self-promotion. […]
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3:53 AM | Schaffner: handwashing is an incomplete science, but we’re working on it
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner of Rutgers University tells the Academic Minute (in a quite professorial tone) that washing keeps bacteria and other pathogens at bay and all research suggests that keeping clean is a good thing, but handwashing is … Continue reading →
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3:34 AM | Of Terms in Biology: Metagenomic Binning
by Christoph Weigel | Summer's almost gone. Imagine you're strolling along the shores of a lake enjoying nature's colors during sunset. Sparkle catches your eyes where the lake languidly laps against the shore. You start pondering whether microbes — and if so which ones, and how many different — cause these glistening, somewhat slimy foam flakes at the shore. Sure enough, you take samples!
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3:11 AM | Stick it in: Australian warning about Hepatitis E cases linked with pork liver
NSW Health is urging members of the public to thoroughly cook pork products, particularly pork livers, after three recent notifications of Hepatitis E in NSW in people who have not travelled outside Australia. NSW Health – in collaboration with the … Continue reading →
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3:05 AM | Video shows apparent maggot in Tennessee school lunch
Maggots reportedly found in school lunches at Overton High School have students concerned about their safety when it comes to their daily meals. Students say if there was one, there could be many. In the Instagram video, you can see … Continue reading →
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2:58 AM | Indigo V and Citizen Oceanography
Martin has beaten me to it and already put up a blog post about the Indigo V expedition and our paper in PLoS Biology. I just have a couple of things to add. Martin and Federico were interviewed on ABC radio on Wednesday morning, here is a link for anyone who wants to listen or read the transcript. I like Martin's line- "Every second breath we take the oxygen is being produced by microbes in the ocean.Also, I wanted to highlight the beautiful photo from the Indigo V expedition, taken by Rachel […]
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2:35 AM | Boy, 4, makes miraculous recovery at New York hospital after complications from E. coli O157
Jacob LaRose almost didn’t make it to pre-K. Jake’s mother, Kimberly LaRose, is still unsure just how her 4-year-old son, as well as 2-year-old daughter Hayden, came into contact with E. coli O157. Both Hayden and Jake fell ill with … Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Don’t touch that knob: Norovirus can spread around an entire building within just hours of contaminating one surface
A virus can spread around a whole building within two hours of coming into contact with just one surface, a new study has found, presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington. A team … Continue reading →
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12:35 AM | Health risks found in eight Irish food outlets
Supervalu was issued with a prohibition order banning the sale of certain cooked meats and cheeses at one of its Dublin stores last month. It was one of eight food businesses issued with an enforcement action in August, the Food … Continue reading →

September 10, 2014

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7:32 PM | A Career Change is Quite Literally a Dream Changer
Those who may know me also know I can have weird or vivid dreams on a regular basis. For as long as I can remember, I have had dreams of tornadoes at least once a week. Another recurring dream subject for many years has been airplanes. Me on an airplane. You might not think anything […]The post A Career Change is Quite Literally a Dream Changer appeared first on Just Science.
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7:24 PM | Ebola Preparedness Advice From Monrovia
Preparedness items every household should have     #9061   I received a link to an article that appeared in a Liberian online newspaper (The Liberian Observer) earlier this week (thanks Judy), that lists the ten items people need to stockpile in their homes during the ongoing Ebola crisis. The article warns that food prices are going up as the economy falters, and that some items are already in short supply.   The advice offered is to  buy up supplies while […]
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7:12 PM | Important Insight Into GPCR Signal Transduction Discovered
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of cell surface receptors in our cells, involved in signal transmission across the cell membrane. One of the biggest questions is how a signal recognized at the extracellular side of a GPCR induces a sequence of conformational changes in the protein and finally evokes an intracellular response. […]
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3:40 PM | 7 cool facts about drain flies and their kin
Over the last few days, we’ve received a few notes and photos (see above) from folks describing fuzzy, moth-like flies flitting about their kitchen or bathroom. So we turned to our favorite bug guru, Matt Bertone, for the inside scoop: 1. Flies in the family Psychodidae (particularly the subfamily Psychodinae) are often called moth flies or drain flies. The former name comes from the covering of hairs and scale-like hairs that give these flies the appearance of a fuzzy little moth (which […]
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3:31 PM | Zmapp success
Greetings       It has been a longtime, since Ebola outbreak has been a concern, for it has been the largest of date in terms of cases, fatalities and geographical spread. I have come across internet and media content designating the current situation as "race wiping", which makes no sense. I have previously talked about the known facts (Link). In this post, I wish to visit the topic again with focus on some new research and findings. As of on 31 August 2014 (WHO report), […]
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3:27 PM | PBS Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak
  # 9060   For those who may have missed the live broadcast last night on PBS’s Frontline, they’ve posted the 30 minute documentary showing conditions in an MSF Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone, and the almost impossible job of contract tracing, on their website http://www.pbs.org. I watched it this morning, and it is a graphic, and somber depiction of the Ebola Outbreak it was in July.  As bad as the conditions shown were, it is far worse today. […]
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12:31 PM | ECDC: Ebola Case Definitions
  # 9059   As the West African Ebola epidemic continues unabated, countries around the world must prepare for the possibility that an infected traveler might arrive unannounced on their shores.  Having a working and deployed public health system – and a criteria for identifying infected cases and their potential contacts – greatly limits the potential for any major outbreaks in developed countries.   The CDC has already released, and updated, their […]
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5:05 AM | Crowdsourcing Microbial Oceanography
For marine microbiologists getting out into the blue ocean is a big deal. Competition for ship time is fierce and we often propose and plan research voyages years in advance. Even with access to dedicated research vessels the ocean is enormous, and vast swaths of the ocean are rarely visited by scientists and therefore poorly sampled.To attempt to address this problem I set off on a expedition onboard an 18m sailing yacht in April last year to help prove the concept that citizen scientists […]

September 09, 2014

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9:25 PM | Oregon 4-year-old girl diagnosed with E. coli dies
Four-year-old Serena Profitt died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon, after being diagnosed with E. coli and a 6-year-old family friend is also sick. Doctors, at this point, do not know the source of the E. coli. The pastor … Continue reading →
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6:15 PM | SureBeads™ Magnetic Bead System for Immunoprecipitation
Bio-Rad’s SureBead Magnetic Beads System provides faster and more reliable immunoprecipitation of proteins and protein complexes at a price comparable to leading agarose beads. The SureBeads System consists of protein A- or protein G-coupled magnetic beads and an ergonomically designed tube rack with high-strength magnets that separate SureBeads Magentic Beads and pulled-down proteins from the […]
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5:46 PM | International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology - where men tell us about deep things
Just saw this Tweet: ISSM, a conference with no female plenary speakers. http://t.co/r3zUX8lEpt #fail cc @phylogenomics @pgirguis— Jen Biddle (@subsurface_life) September 9, 2014 This refers to this meeting: Call for Abstracts for 2014 Ninth International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, Pacific Grove CaliforniaThe plenary speakers for this meeting are all menPeter GirguisTerry HazenRainer MeckenstockLars NielsenAaron PackmanKarsten PedersenTimothy ScheibeJack SchijvenThe last […]
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4:45 PM | An outbreak of enterovirus 68
During the winter of 1962 in California, a new virus was isolated from the oropharynx of 4 children who had been hospitalized with respiratory disease that included pneumonia and bronchiolitis. On the basis of its physical, chemical, and biological properties, the virus was classified as an enterovirus in the picornavirus family. Subsequently named enterovirus D68, it […]
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3:35 PM | 15 now dead 38 sick in Denmark Listeria outbreak
A fifteenth person has died from the Listeria outbreak, the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) confirmed on Monday. The number of those affected has also risen to 38, SSI said. The outbreak has been traced to the deli meat rullepølse … Continue reading →
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3:09 PM | E. coli O157 in pork? Food safety officials pull more pork from stores as investigation expands
Raw pork from two more city retailers is being pulled from store shelves as food safety officials continue investigating where tainted meat that sickened scores of Albertans was shipped to and sold around the province. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency … Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Huckster alert: farmer sentenced to repay mislabeled meat’s ‘end-users’ in Arkansas
A Morrilton farmer who runs Petit Jean Farm was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for admittedly selling mislabeled meat in 2010 and 2011. Ed Martsolf, 67, also must pay restitution of $3,257.07, … Continue reading →
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2:28 PM | Salmonella from pet food featured on ‘The Doctors’
A 2-year-old Waxhaw girl, who contracted salmonella after her family’s pets ate contaminated dog food, will appear with her parents on a nationally syndicated consumer health show Thursday. Brian and Elizabeth Hall and their daughter will be guests on “The … Continue reading →
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1:05 PM | BacterioFiles 182 - Chloroplast Colonizers' Contradictory Conflicts
This episode: BacterioFiles teams up with The Plant Pathology Podcast to talk about how microbes living in plants sometimes team up with the plants, sometimes with plant pathogens! Download Episode (17.7 MB, 19.25 minutes)Show notes:Journal PaperLee et al. 2009 paper: Fusarium sometimes prevents corn smut Other interesting stories: Deep-sea vent viruses sabotage cell storage Bacteria probably could survive accidental trip to Mars Microbes that survive in petroleum could do well in […]
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11:44 AM | NPM14: Because Pandemics Happen
Credit ECDC – 125 years of  Pandemic  History   Note: This is one of a continuing series of preparedness blogs for this year’s National Preparedness Month.  You can search for NPM14 (or last year’s NPM13) to find additional entries. # 9058   While the timing, source, or severity of the next pandemic is unknowable, history tells us that influenza pandemics come along several times each century, making it very likely we will see another […]
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10:43 AM | The CDC’s EV-D68 Update Page
    # 9057   Since it first gained national notoriety two weeks ago (see Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68), the EV-D68 virus has gone from relative obscurity – with mentions relegated to scientific journals or occasional blog posts -  to being the sole topic of a CDC press briefing yesterday.   Late yesterday the CDC unveiled an EV-D68 specific webpage, where we can expect to see updates on this emerging enterovirus as their investigation […]
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5:00 AM | Gallery: The amazing ink-proof yeast capsule
Observed doctors and medical students as they learn about the workings of the clinical microbiology lab, I’m impressed by their love of the India ink test for cryptococcus. The way this test works is: Cryptococcus is a type of infectious yeast that looks a lot like Candida if you just do a gram stain. But […]
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