Chikungunya: The Neglected Disease

Can you think of an infectious disease that infects about one million people annually, has no effective treatment, and there is no available vaccine? Chikungunya falls into this category of neglected diseases. Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described duringan outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the Read more about Chikungunya: The Neglected Disease[…]

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Natural Wonders: Lake Natron, a happy place!

Lake Natron is a vast body of water, 57 kilometers (35 mi) long and 22 kilometers (14 mi) wide, in the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa right along the Northern border of Tanzania and Kenya. Located at the base of the volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai, you will first notice the deep red hue of its water, Read more about Natural Wonders: Lake Natron, a happy place![…]

Assurance that clean rooms are indeed clean…

Environmental monitoring (EM) is a proactive tool for Quality Assurance and is a critical process within pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The process is important in determining the microbial and particulate content of clean room air and surfaces and highlights conditions that contribute to excess microbial and particulate levels caused by ineffective cleaning, or issues due to personnel or Read more about Assurance that clean rooms are indeed clean…[…]

Extremophiles: Life on the Fringes

Humans are extremely adaptive creatures. We have crowned ourselves ruler of our planet, cultivating civilizations across the globe from the hottest deserts and tallest mountain ranges, to even floating communities such as the Kompong Chhnang floating city in Cambodia. Humanity, however, is still constrained by physical limitations such as the need for oxygen, drinkable water, and Read more about Extremophiles: Life on the Fringes[…]

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New antimicrobials on the way…

Concerns about antimicrobial resistance have been growing for many years. At one point it seemed as though we were out of options -organisms were becoming resistant to all antibiotics on the market and no new drugs were being produced. A healthy return on investment for an antibiotic was lacking. The cost to develop a new Read more about New antimicrobials on the way…[…]

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Subcultured Couture- How Fashion is Utlizing Microorganisms

These days, most people are aware that bacteria have benefits to our health and that not all bacteria are to be feared. Probiotic packed yogurts proudly proclaim their rich source of beneficial microbes. Health conscious Americans have taken the time to learn how to balance their intestinal flora based on research showing links between your gut Read more about Subcultured Couture- How Fashion is Utlizing Microorganisms[…]

Detection of Landmines Using Bacteria by Alani Barajas

  Around the world, more than 100 million landmines lay buried and undetected in over 70 countries. There is a global need for safe and efficient technologies for detecting buried landmines and explosives. Worldwide, About half a million people are survivors of mine inflicted injuries and an additional 15,000 to 20,000 people are injured or Read more about Detection of Landmines Using Bacteria by Alani Barajas[…]

Neutralizing the Situation

In the past year, there have been ongoing concerns that sanitizers commonly used to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses can lead to false-negative test results for Salmonella.  Salmonella are bacteria that can make people sick with an infection called salmonellosis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million illnesses Read more about Neutralizing the Situation[…]

Merciless MRSA

If one antibiotic resistant bacteria that makes the news often, it is MRSA. Whether it be the recent infection of newborns at a major clinic or the infection of a national football team due to improper cleaning of gym equipment, MRSA accrues a lot of airtime. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is most commonly found under Read more about Merciless MRSA[…]

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