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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.
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.
Web-based app integrates genetic sequences of pathogens submitted by users with geographic data points so researchers can map spread of diseases, track mutations.
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.