First case of rat hepatitis in a human documented in Hong Kong

Perhaps the only positive thing that can be said about rat hepatitis E is that it belongs to rats, and we humans don’t have to deal with it.

At least, that’s what we thought. The scientific and medical perspective of the disease has now been shattered after a man in Hong Kong was found […]

Science: Research opens windows for Listeria antibiotic treatment

Listeriosis, or infection with the foodborne pathogen Listeria, affects nearly 1,600 people each year in the U.S. alone. Most cases pass after a few days either without treatment or with an antibiotic like ampicillin. However, a recent discovery may have opened up a powerful antibiotic as a treatment option, possibly changing the way we handle […]

CDC debuts new comic book: ‘The Junior Disease Detectives’

Image courtesy the CDC

Now more than ever, comic book hero teams have captured the world’s attention: Marvel’s Avengers, DC’s Justice League, and, of course, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Junior Disease Detectives.

Partnering with the Department of Agriculture and 4-H, the Centers (CDC) have put out a full-length graphic novel […]

Acumedia® and Lab M® brands become Neogen Culture Media

Neogen today announced that its Acumedia® and Lab M® products are being combined and rebranded as Neogen Culture Media. The company has worked for over a year to provide a global brand of media harmonized for world-wide use.

The new Neogen Culture Media product line will feature updated packaging and branding, a comprehensive offering of […]

Are we really on the brink of a dog flu pandemic?

If you’re a dog owner (or even if you’re not), you may have been alarmed by some recent headlines going around: Dogs have been identified as a potential cause for the spread of the flu — on a pandemic level.

What does this mean, though? Is there a new type of dog flu we should […]

In ‘draw-a-scientist’ studies, more kids draw women than before

Quick, think of a scientist.

Who did you picture? Researchers for years have been gaining insight into societal views by asking this question to children and documenting what they imagine, which in turn reveals a lot about how their generation sees the world.

One area this kind of test illuminates is gender roles. In the […]

Neogen launches high activity K-Blue® Advanced

Neogen today announced the development of an innovative TMB substrate that requires no special labeling and delivers excellent performance.

Neogen’s new K-Blue® Advanced is a one-bottle, ready-to-use solution offering high activity, low background, long-term stability and non-hazardous labeling. K-Blue Advanced is ideal for assays requiring high activity, and is similar in kinetic performance to Neogen’s […]

Can your alcoholic beverage kill germs in your body?

Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this before.

At a party, your friend chomps down on some cheese dip and crackers that have been sitting out for far too long. “It’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll just have another beer; the alcohol will kill the bacteria.”

Or your sister with a bad cold offers […]

Tox Tuesday: As synthetic urine demand increases, lawmakers begin to tackle issue

With drug abuse rates rising in many parts of the world — and opioid usage rates well past crisis levels — the need for reliable drug testing is as potent as ever. Now, governments are responding to one challenge that has been rising in popularity lately: synthetic urine.

Urine testing is one of the most […]

New York City study shows mice carry previously unseen pathogens

Sprawling cities aren’t exactly known for being the most sanitary of places. Huge populations plus small spaces equal lots and lots of trash. That said, human beings aren’t the only vehicles for dirt and disease in urban areas.

Epidemiologists at Columbia University conducted a yearlong study of house mice in New York City, and found […]