Microbiology

Organic Certification Is Not A Food Safety Standard

When Miles McEvoy became Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) he set out to do something in the Obama administration that Science 2.0 long had called for, and Consumers Union had been calling for a decade before us; spot field ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 8 2018 - 10:27am

Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce, Warns CDC Two Weeks Late

After 32 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 in 11 states between October 8th to October 31st, the CDC is now warning people about Romaine lettuce.  All of it, whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, an ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 20 2018 - 4:28pm

Black Friday Is The Day Of The Division Bio-Terrorist Attack: Here's How It Could Happen

In March of 2016, a game called "Tom Clancy's The Division" was released. Unlike other "shooter" games such as "Destiny" and "Call of Duty", "The Division" has a compelling science story. (1) And the ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jan 28 2019 - 5:43pm

Malaria Mosquito Anopheles Stephensi Found In Ethiopia For The First Time

Anopheles stephens i, a malaria disease vector, is normally found in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and China. But now it has been found in Ethiopia, where over 68 percent of the population is already at risk for malaria and an average of 2.5 millio ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 16 2019 - 1:52pm

Defining Microbiome Deviancy Down: Now Even Nanoparticles Impact Your Gut?

Though our guts contain a trillion bacteria in various compositions, it's become popular to claim any detectable change is a bad thing. Unless it is to sell yogurt, where no detectable change is regarded as a probiotic good thing. Now even at the nano ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 29 2019 - 12:24pm

Gut Microbes and Their Relationship to Depression

      Two Studies in Europe have concluded that gut microbes can affect mood and/or depression. One, a study led by Jeroen Raes, a microbiologist at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, studied 1054 people. Within this group 173 people either had ...

Blog Post - Scott Beers - Feb 7 2019 - 1:44pm

Artificial Sweeteners Are Not Harmful For Gut Microbiota, They Are Even Prebiotics

Food is plentiful and affordable, and that has brought an increase in consumption of foods that matched an ancient evolutionary mandate; sweetness. In ancient times, humans knew that sweetness meant more calories and in a world where they often weren' ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 21 2019 - 12:33pm

Update On The Science Race Against Wheat Stem Rust

Scientists continue to gain ground in the race against wheat stem rust, a pathogen that threatens global food security because of its ability to kill wheat. The new chink in nature's armor was discovered in the first rust virulence molecule that whea ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 10 2019 - 9:40am

A Microscope- What A Wonderful Toy

I have always been fascinated by optical instruments that provide magnified views of Nature: microscopes, binoculars, telescopes. As a child I badly wanted to watch the Moon, planets, and stars, and see as much detail as I could on all possible targets; at ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jun 12 2019 - 12:37am

Lyme Disease Is Not A Military Bioweapon

Could Lyme disease in the U.S. be the result of an accidental release from a secret bioweapons experiment? Could the military have specifically engineered the Lyme disease bacterium to be more insidious and destructive – and then let it somehow escape the ...

Article - The Conversation - Jul 31 2019 - 5:01am