Molecular Biology

  • The World's Deadliest Poison: Botulinum Toxin

    Botulinum toxin is the world's most lethal toxin, and is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The toxin is a paralyzing element that blocks neurotransmitters, and small amounts are used in Botox treatments and can cause botulism.
    By Jason C. Chavis May 17, 2010 

  • What is Staphylococcus Aureus?

    Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most prevalent bacteria in the world. It is easily spread from person to person and can cause a variety of different diseases, with the most common symptoms occurring on the skin known as a staph infection or toxic...
    By Jason C. Chavis May 17, 2010 

  • How the E. Coli Bacteria Can Make You Sick

    Ecoli bacteria are found in the gut of every person in the world. Most strains are harmless, but some produce toxins that cause food poisoning and other ecoli symptoms. A major ecoli outbreak occurred in North America in 2006.
    By Jason C. Chavis March 29, 2010 

  • How Could Gene Therapy Cure Cancer?

    Gene therapy may one day rid the world of cancer. Find out more in this article about gene therapy and cancer.
    By Rafael February 28, 2010 

  • Is Athlete's Foot Contagious?

    Athlete's foot (medical name: tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection caused by the ringworm fungus known as Trichophyton. The fungi thrive in the warm, moist areas of your feet and they can be contagious. Athlete's foot can also...
    By Paul Arnold February 25, 2010 

  • Louis Pasteur and the Biogenesis Theory in Microbiology

    The theory of biogenesis states that living things can only arise from living things and cannot be spontaneously generated. Learn more about this popular microbiology theory to better understand what it means.
    By J.Sace February 22, 2010 

  • Scientific Research Labs - The Roslin Institute

    The Roslin Institute is a Scottish research lab working primarily on animal sciences and veterinary technology. The most famous experiment it conducted was the cloning of Dolly the Sheep on July 5, 1996. Roslin continues to explore the parameters of genetic...
    By Jason C. Chavis February 13, 2010 

  • What is Earwax?

    Earwax, or cerumen, is a yellowish fluid secretion from your ear. There are two types - wet and dry earwax, and both are genetically determined.
    By Rafael February 13, 2010 

  • Nucleic Acid Replication and Protein Synthesis

    An introduction to one of the most vital process of the human body - nucleic acid replication and protein synthesis.
    By KM January 31, 2010 

  • Nerve Cells and the Nervous System

    The nervous system is the main communication hub for the body in animals. It allows information to be sent around an organism and for it to react to outside stimulus. Nerve cells provide the fundamental base of this structure and work in a coordinated...
    By Jason C. Chavis January 21, 2010 
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