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Microbial forensics: The next great forensic challenge

...ak havoc in complex, interdependent societies. The nation is in the process of developing a strong microbial forensic program to attribute and prosecute such attacks, and perhaps deter them. The opportunities and challenges facing the new field of microbial forensics will be presented at the 229th National...

First technology to remove prions that cause vCJD from blood launched

...nologies to meet the specific requirements of each nation throughout Europe, followed by Canada and the US. The Company is also developing an ante mortem test to detect infectious prions in cattle prior to entering the food supply. ...

Hydrogen and methane provide raw energy for life at 'Lost City'

...ms, museums and 20 Boys and Girls Clubs across the nation will have access to satellite transmissions during the journey. Although nobody has yet found another field like Lost City, Kelley says she's 100 percent sure others exist because there are so many other places mantle rock has been thrust up through...

Alien woodwasp, threat to US pine trees, found in N.Y.

...an Old World woodwasp, raises red flags across the nation because the invasive insect species has devastated up to 80 percent of pine trees in areas of New Zealand, Australia, South America and South Africa. If established in the United States, it would threaten pines coast-to-coast, particularly in the pin...

Evolution of life on Earth may hold key to finding life in outer space

...try." One of only a small number of groups in the nation working on the history and evolution of the core ribosomal machinery, Fox and his team of scientists focus on comparing the sequences and 3-D shapes of biological molecules. Their research benefits greatly from the many ongoing genome sequencing proj...

New results validating Pall prion reduction filter disclosed at ISBT Congress

...nologies to meet the specific requirements of each nation starting in Europe, the epicenter of vCJD, followed by North America. The Company is also developing an ante mortem test to detect infectious prions in cattle prior to entering the food supply. ...

Number Of Babies Born Prematurely Nears Historic Half Million Mark In U.S.

...r. One of the goals of the campaign is to help the nation reach the goal set by the U.S. Public Health Service of reducing the rate of premature birth to 7.6 percent by 2010. The NCHS report, entitled "Births Final Data for 2003" appeared in the National Vital Statistics Report, volume 54, number 2. The M...

Does manganese inhaled from the shower represent a public health threat?

...med, they could have profound implications for the nation and the world," said John Spangler, M.D., an associate professor of family medicine. "Nearly 9 million people in the United States are exposed to manganese levels that our study shows may cause toxic effects." The study is the first to show the pote...

Hunger in America rises by 43 percent over last five years

... the national average. The lone bright spot in the nation is Oregon. Once considered to have the worst hunger in the country, Oregon has shown significant decreases in food insecurity and hunger since 1999-2001. "With this astonishing level of food deprivation in America," Brown concluded, "we need Presi...

Study uncovers placental microtransfusions lead to transmission of AIDS virus during childbirth

...ith 149 pregnant HIV-infected women in the African nation of Malawi showed that tiny amounts of virus-laden blood leak from women's placentas to babies during labor. All of the subjects and their babies had been given single-dose anti-retroviral drugs to minimize HIV transmission. "This work shows strongly...

Deep treasure to be found in Oculina Bank

...threat to the reefs. "The [SAFMC] has led the nation in managing deepwater coral ecosystems by setting up this reserve, it is now up to scientists to show if it's working," says expedition leader Andy Shepard from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Undersea Research Center (NURC) at ...

Finding rewrites the evolutionary history of the origin of potatoes

...ed States and in Wisconsin, which is fourth in the nation for potato production. Potato diseases such as late blight can cause significant economic damage to farmers in America and throughout the world. "As a taxonomist, my job is to help determine what is a species and to classify those species into re...

Access to existing medical treatments could save more lives than spending to improve the treatments

...s the relevance of this concept at a time when the nation is struggling with the escalating costs of health care and unsatisfactory performance on quality. "Health, economic and moral arguments make the case for spending less on technological advances and more on improving systems for delivering care," he ...

Antibacterial coatings cut infection rates

..., we will have a major impact on the health of the nation and the cost benefits will be enormous." ...

Canine cancer vaccine program shows early promise

...perimental treatment, dog owners from all over the nation have wanted to participate in the study, on the remote chance that this would help their pet. After promising results from work done in collaboration with cancer specialists from Arizona, California, and Michigan, the school has hired a full-time te...

Pacific Islands paradise protected

A small Pacific Islands nation has distinguished itself on the global conservatio...a total of 33 islands to make it the largest atoll nation in the world. President Anote Tong said establishing the Phoenix Islands Protected Area ensures tha...

Protecting endangered species helps reduce poverty

...mmunity forest users can earn $4,760 annually in a nation where the per capita income is roughly $250. In the Indian village of Farida, a WWF awareness-raising program aimed at conserving the rare Ganges river dolphin helped the community to address critical basic needs such as clean water. After five yea...

Medical experts: US unlikely to have enough vaccines to stop avian flu

...ng enough vaccine and a 30 percent chance that the nation would have enough antiviral medications to halt a pandemic. "The medical experts' estimates suggest this is a bigger risk than anything else we are facing," said Baruch Fischhoff, a study co-author and the Howard Heinz University Professor of Socia...

Laos ?a lost world for frogs

...of them are being discovered in the Southeast Asia nation of Lao PDR, according to the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society, which says that six new frog species have been found by scientists over a two-year period. Working in conjunction with the WCS Laos Program, scientists describe the latest ...

Dogs keep dying: Many owners unaware of toxic dog food

...gly alarmed. Some kennels and consumers around the nation and possibly in more than two dozen other countries remain unaware of the tainted food, and as a result, they continue to give dogs food containing a lethal toxin. To better screen affected dogs so they can be treated as soon as possible, Cornell v...

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