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Researchers say a new device called a soft X-ray electrostatic precipitator protected mice from airborne bacteria, viruses, and allergens, and could some day be incorporated into HVAC systems.
A litany of food scares--and rules for organic produce--have pushed the industry to seek new solutions for food safety.
The goal: A handheld device, described as a molecular-level Lego set, that will test for tuberculosis and similar bugs in 30 minutes.
Web-based app integrates genetic sequences of pathogens submitted by users with geographic data points so researchers can map spread of diseases, track mutations.
Molecular biology students test their phones for bugs -- and find lots of them. Some even look like flowers and distant galaxies.
A novel device out of Brown University could lead to the widespread, real-time tracking of influenza.
A new gel developed for medical practitioners glows under ultraviolet light when bacterias such as Salmonella and E.Coli are present.
Researchers find pathogens on 40 percent of hospital patient cell phones--with a small number of devices testing positive for "worrisome" drug-resistant bacteria--and call for infection control.
Plants and animals that can choose between sexual reproduction and self-fertilization produce longer-living offspring when they choose a mate, University of Oregon researchers find.
A pathogen sensor and an artificial hand take this year's gold and silver awards, besting a solar-powered base station for cell phones and paper-thin flexible speakers.