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Avian Influenza Breakouts in Southern China during the Winter Season

Contributed by Carol Huang On January 14th, 2016, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, China, has reported an additional two human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9). Human infection with H7N9 flu virus, however, causes serious respiratory symptoms and can lead to death – the most common symptom is severe pneumonia. Other symptoms […]

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100k Genome Project named in GenomeWeb Article

Outbreak Tracking, Infectious Disease Diagnostics Becoming Key Applications for NGS Dec 28, 2015 | Monica Heger Premium NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In 2011, experts predicted that within five to 10 years, clinical microbiology labs would routinely sequence microbial genomes on a next-generation sequencing instrument, and that it would cost less than €100 ($109) to generate a complete […]

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Norovirus

Contributed by Poyin Chen California is currently experiencing an outbreak of Norovirus. This nasty little virus, also known as the winter vomiting disease, infects via contact with infected surfaces or people and wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Norovirus infections result in gastroenteritis as well as fever and body aches, but the infection is self […]

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Happy New Year !!

Contributed by Robin Jones It’s New Year’s Eve! As a child I couldn’t wait to see if I could stay awake long enough to celebrate the turning of the clock from 11:59 pm to 12:00 am. I would always have 1 party popper left over from the 4th of July that I could pull the string on […]

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Immunotherapy

Contributed by Carol Huang The recent news about former president Jimmy Carter’s cancer has stopped spreading and is “responding well to treatment,” has drawn great attention to immunotherapy. Carter, 91, announced in August that four spots of cancer, melanoma had spread to his brain. Then in early December he was told that recent tests have […]

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Persistant Bacteria

Contributed by Bart C. Weimer, Ph.D. Food microbiologists have wrestled with the concept of non-culturable bacteria (NCB). It is well accepted in environmental microbiology the NCB are common. The expanded importance of the gut microbiome has raised this issue to the forefront. The implications of NCB for food safety are extensive. If bacteria become NC […]

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Pharmacomicrobiomics

Contributed by Ning Chin The U.S. National Institutes of Health has devoted a considerable amount of research funds on the Human Microbiome Project. Since 2008, a lot of research was done to identify the species of bacteria existing on the human body. Human microbiome is defined as the community of bacteria that coexist with humans […]

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