Infectious Theory Of Alzheimer’s Disease Draws Fresh Interest

by BRET STETKA Dr. Leslie Norins is willing to hand over $1 million of his own money to anyone who can clarify something: Is Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia worldwide, caused by a germ? By “germ” he means microbes like bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. In other words, Norins, a physician turnedContinue reading “Infectious Theory Of Alzheimer’s Disease Draws Fresh Interest”

US and Russian computer scientists develop algorithm called VarQuest that discovers over 1000 antibiotic proteins in a few hours

A team of American and Russian computer scientists has developed an algorithm that can rapidly search databases to discover novel variants of known antibiotics — a potential boon in fighting antibiotic resistance. In just a few hours, the algorithm, called VarQuest, identified 10 times more variants of peptidic natural products, or PNPs, than all previousContinue reading “US and Russian computer scientists develop algorithm called VarQuest that discovers over 1000 antibiotic proteins in a few hours”

That New Superbug Was Found in a UTI and That’s Key

by SARAH ZHANG THE WOMAN HARBORING E. coli resistant to colistin did not know it, and it’s only luck that we do. Her doctor would have never prescribed that last-resort antibiotic for a routine urinary tract infection—it can cause serious kidney damage. But her doctor did take a urine sample, which ended up at theContinue reading “That New Superbug Was Found in a UTI and That’s Key”

8 places that germs thrive in restaurants

A 2015 report found that 60 percent of Americans report eating out at least once a week. Restaurant dining can be easy, enjoyable, even decadent — but are you prepared for the germs you may be exposed to along with your side of fries? Here are eight things you should never touch at a restaurant.Continue reading “8 places that germs thrive in restaurants”

Scientific testing of the ‘5 second rule’ of food on the floor

The five-second rule is based on the not-entirely-scientific belief that bacteria cannot contaminate food within five seconds, so you won’t get sick eating things you have picked up from the floor. The first person to investigate this urban myth scientifically was Jillian Clarke, an American high-school student, during an apprenticeship in a microbiology laboratory atContinue reading “Scientific testing of the ‘5 second rule’ of food on the floor”

Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes

Have you ever been on the subway and seen something that you did not quite recognize, something mysteriously unidentifiable? Well, there is a good chance scientists do not know what it is either. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College released a study on Thursday that mapped DNA found in New York’s subway system — aContinue reading “Among New York Subway’s Millions of Riders, a Study Finds Many Mystery Microbes”