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 […]

Winter skin diseases in horses

It seems like just last week we were outside in short sleeves enjoying beautiful autumn days, but now winter has reared its ugly head with record November snowfalls around the country. Winter is upon us and with it comes the host of winter dermatologic problems affecting our horses. The increased rainfall (for those not in […]

Worms, germs and the answer to preventing allergies?

For more than half a century, the focus of an allergic response has been an antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE). Upon identification of an allergen, a recent article explains that IgE sends signals to the rest of the immune system leading to activation of a variety of cells, and the rapid onset of symptoms. Without some […]

If the bird flu vaccine is used, how will it affect your food?

It was recently announced that a vaccine to help protect the nation’s chickens from avian influenza has cleared a first hurdle with the Agriculture Department granting its maker a “conditional” license. This comes after more than 48 million birds died during an outbreak earlier this year and helps to ease some worries from farmers, producers […]

Researchers successfully ID people from their microbial cloud

Research has explored the human microbiome for several years and it has been known that every person’s skin is teeming with millions of different microbes creating a living, breathing habitat layer unique to every individual.

However, new research is showing that the human microbiome actually extends beyond a person’s skin and into the air around […]

Study: Proteins from GM plants capable of reducing E.coli in food

A new study is showing that proteins known as colicins, which are produced by genetically modified plants, can be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill harmful E. coli bacteria.

Recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce […]

Tuesday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Cat got your tongue? New research says ‘no’ – Science Daily The study represents the first glimpse into how domestic cats perceive bitterness in food at a molecular level, and could […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Why Farmers Aren’t Cheering This Year’s Monster Harvest – National Public Radio U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. […]

Court: FDA need not review low-dose antibiotic use in animals

The votes are in from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York about the use of antibiotics in animals. In what is being called a “big blow to public health,” the 2–1 ruling says that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required to “hold hearings concerning the safety of […]

Volcanic deposits studied for antibiotic use

It is the “big problem” that is currently on the United Nations’ World Health Organization’s (WHO) mind. The threat to public health, which could have “devastating” implications, has combined data from 114 countries to create a report that may change our world.

“The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and […]