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How to grow your own clothesupdated: Sun May 29 2011 10:18:00

My project sprang from an idea in my book "Fashioning The Future: Tomorrow's Wardrobe."

Future fashion: How to grow a dressupdated: Sun May 29 2011 10:18:00

Can you really grow a dress in a bathtub? Designer Suzanne Lee explains the world of "Biocouture" at TED 2011.

Scientific review reaches no conclusion on source of anthraxupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 11:05:00

Using the available scientific evidence "it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion" about the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks which killed five people, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

Carbon-eating algaeupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 06:25:00

A German experiment tests unusual method to stop gases at a coal plant. CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

Germany trials carbon-eating algaeupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 06:25:00

Germany is often viewed as one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to protecting the environment.

Newly discovered microbe helped disperse oil, study findsupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 10:44:00

A new study finds oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from a ruptured BP well degraded at a rate that was "much faster than anticipated," thanks to the interaction of a newly-found and unclassified species of microbes with the oil particles.

Could I become dependent on probiotics?updated: Wed Feb 10 2010 08:53:00

Taking probiotics every day improves my digestive system and prevents constipation. Is there a risk in long-term consumption of probiotic pills? Is there a risk of becoming dependent on them?

Soda fountains contained fecal bacteria, study foundupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 18:37:00

It fizzes. It quenches. And it could also contain fecal bacteria.

Exxon, DNA pioneer join on algae biofuelsupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 02:30:00

ExxonMobil is teaming up with the biotech research company run by genomics pioneer Craig Venter to produce algae-based biofuels.

Eating animals is making us sickupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 09:12:00

Like most people, I'd given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else's behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.

Study: Showerheads may deliver blast of bacteriaupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 16:28:00

If the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho scared you, here's another reason to scream: A new study says that potentially disease-causing germs can get trapped in showerheads and grow into biofilm, or coats of slime that deliver a bacteria blast along with your hot water.

China pursues algae powerupdated: Sun Aug 23 2009 22:28:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports on an innovative company in China pursuing algae energy technology.

'Green goo' biofuel gets a boostupdated: Sun Aug 23 2009 22:28:00

Three years ago many would have dismissed the notion that a significant supply of the world's automotive fuel could come from algae. But today the idea, while still an adventurous one, is getting much harder to ignore.

Ancient microbes discovered alive beneath Antarctic glacierupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 13:54:00

Beneath an Antarctic glacier in a cold, airless pool that never sees the sun seems like an unusual place to search for life.

Iron-breathing microbesupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 13:54:00

Dartmouth College geomicrobiologist Jill Mikucki explains how microbes lived under an inland Antarctic glacier.

FSB: The next green fuel source: algaeupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 09:15:00

Step into the greenhouse at Sapphire Energy, a small biofuel company in San Diego, and you might expect to be accosted by rows of exotic tropical orchids or at least a few tomato plants. But the only thing growing here is algae - lots of it.

Germs in your houseupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 15:58:00

Are we overly concerned about germs? CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look inside a typical home to find out what's inside.

Catching a 'superbug'updated: Mon Feb 23 2009 18:39:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on drug-resistant bacteria, after one killed a Brazilian model.

Five ways to avoid germs while travelingupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 09:41:00

This week while you're traveling, if you happen to spot a man applying hand sanitizer as he gets off an escalator, there's a good chance it's Dr. Mark Gendreau, a senior staff physician at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Officials: Texas lab with dangerous pathogens securedupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 23:07:00

Workers at a Galveston, Texas, laboratory said to contain dangerous biological agents secured the pathogens Friday ahead of Hurricane Ike, officials said.

Time.com: How Long Does Flu Immunity Last?updated: Tue Aug 26 2008 17:00:00

Antibodies are a tricky thing. Some confer protection for years, some a lifetime. To help explain, Eric Altschuler discusses new findings about the 1918 pandemic flu virus

Time.com: Study: Preterm Births, Infections Linkedupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 15:00:00

Infections may play a bigger role in premature birth than doctors have thought, says a new study that found almost one in seven women in preterm labor harbored bacteria or fungi in their amniotic fluid

U.S. officials declare researcher is anthrax killerupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 20:07:00

A federal prosecutor formally declared Army biological researcher Bruce Ivins the sole person responsible for creating and mailing the bacterial spores that killed five people in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Will pond scum become the new oil?updated: Wed Jul 30 2008 09:59:00

Pond scum. The thought typically evokes images that leave most people cringing, but it may one day occupy an important role in the nation's energy supply.

Germ warfare moves to the gymupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 09:37:00

Our visits to the gym seem to be a lot more dangerous lately. Forget battling only boredom and feeling the pain. Now the fight is us against them -- and the enemy is germs.

Degerm your gym timeupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 09:37:00

CNN's Judy Fortin explores how to keep germs away from your health club.

Time.com: A Green Threat to the Olympicsupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 13:10:00

A massive algae bloom off Qingdao threatens to spoil the Beijing Games' water sports

Time.com: Algae Nuisance in Olympic Cityupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 16:25:00

A forest of blue-green algae is choking the coastal waters near the Chinese port city of Qingdao, causing problems and threatening Olympic events scheduled there

Fortune: The next big thing in energy: Pond scum?updated: Tue Apr 22 2008 05:56:00

Sandwiched between two nondescript commercial buildings in a vacant lot squats what looks like a long, plastic-shrouded greenhouse. Hanging nearby is a cluster of five-foot-long plastic sacks bulging with green slime that resemble intravenous drip bags for the Jolly Green Giant. It doesn't look like groundbreaking technology, but these scum bags in Cambridge, Mass., just might help save the planet.

All about algae: Can pond scum power our future?updated: Mon Apr 14 2008 00:07:00

Thirty years ago, the last time the world faced an oil crisis, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) launched a program to analyze the potential algae had as a renewable fuel. It didn't take it long to realize algae was a godsend.

Fill 'er up -- with pond scumupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 00:07:00

An entrepreneur says pond scum could be a great alternative to oil. CNN's Miles O'Brien reports.

Algae: 'The ultimate in renewable energy'updated: Tue Apr 01 2008 09:12:00

Texas may be best known for "Big Oil." But the oil that could some day make a dent in the country's use of fossil fuels is small. Microscopic, in fact: algae. Literally and figuratively, this is green fuel.

Pond scum fuelupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 09:12:00

Algae grown in a green house may someday power vehicles. CNN's Miles O'Brien reports.

Shortcuts to keeping kids clean and healthyupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 11:32:00

In these germ-phobic times, it's easy to feel guilty for skipping the kids' bath on a hectic evening or handing your baby's paci back straight from the floor without rinsing it. The dirty truth: It's nearly impossible to keep your kids perfectly clean all the time. Luckily, you don't have to. Parenting.com: protecting your family from germs without going overboard

Colds and the fluupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 16:27:00

CNN's Judy Fortin reports on the season for giving and receiving -- germs.

Cold season question: To shake or not to shake?updated: Fri Dec 28 2007 16:27:00

It's the season for giving and receiving -- yes, of course, gifts and food and holiday cheer, but also something you probably don't want: germs.

Time.com: The Gold in Yellowstone's Microbes updated: Wed Nov 21 2007 12:00:00

Yellowstone's geysers and vents may hold the keys to pharmaceutical and industrial breakthroughs. But should the park profit from it?

Baffling staph infectionsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 13:53:00

A new government study shows that staph infections are more widespread than once thought. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

Bacteria that killed Virginia teen found in other schoolsupdated: Fri Oct 19 2007 13:53:00

Students at a high school in Virginia prepared Thursday for the funeral of a popular classmate, the victim of a deadly drug-resistant strain of bacteria that has turned up in schools across the country recently.

Time.com: What You Need to Know About Staphupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 14:00:00

By now, you've seen the headlines about MRSA, the killer staph virus. Yes, it can be deadly, but it can also be treated

CNNMoney: Market for superbug screening poised to growupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 16:39:00

The market for diagnosing and preventing "superbug" staph infections could grow dramatically over the next few years, according to industry experts.

Deadly staph infections spreadupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 14:09:00

The CDC is calling drug-resistant staph infections a 'major public health concern.' CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.

CNNMoney: Ethanol makers pursuing avenue 'Q'updated: Tue Sep 04 2007 00:36:00

Figuring out a way to turn wood pulp, sugar cane, wheat straw and other biomass products into ethanol is the easy part. Figuring out a way to do it economically and efficiently is where it gets tricky.

Fortune: As bees go missing, a $9.3B crisis lurksupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 02:55:00

It's a sweet time for honeybees in the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania, and the ones humming around Dennis vanEngelsdorp seem too preoccupied by the blooming knapweed nearby to sting him as he carefully lifts the top off their hive. VanEngelsdorp, Pennsylvania's state apiarist, spots signs of plenty within: honeycomb stocked with yellow pollen, neat rows of wax hexagons housing larval bees, and a fertile queen churning out eggs.

Study: Martian soil may contain lifeupdated: Thu Aug 23 2007 00:42:00

The soil on Mars may contain microbial life, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.

Ian Frazer: On the cutting edge of cancer vaccinesupdated: Sun Apr 08 2007 04:24:00

Clinical immunologist Dr. Ian Frazer is experiencing what many scientists can only dream of; developing a vaccine in a laboratory and then seeing it being used and marketed all over the world.

Nanobots get to the heart of the matterupdated: Thu Feb 08 2007 10:42:00

A new breed of nanobots is being designed to assist doctors by going where no surgeon or technology has gone before.

Business 2.0: Problem no. 8: Drug-resistant infectionsupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 15:45:00

The background: Bacterial infections that were once easily treated with antibiotics like penicillin have gained frightening resistance during the past few decades - despite the mistaken assurance by the U.S. surgeon general in 1969 that "the war on infectious disease has been won."

'Healthy' bacteria help keep you in balanceupdated: Thu Jan 18 2007 14:35:00

A daily dose of good bacteria may be just what your doctor orders. Bacteria may sound unappetizing, but they're now being sold under the name "probiotic." From yogurt to smoothies to cereal, products that contain probiotics are becoming more popular at the local grocery store. CNN Medical Correspondent Judy Fortin spoke with Marisa Moore, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, about the pros and cons of probiotics.

The 7 kids' health myths every mom should ignoreupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 09:12:00

When it comes to colds, flu, stomach bugs, and ear infections, everyone has a theory. Some have been passed down through generations, or are based on outdated science. A few just seem like common sense. But whatever their origin, many just aren't true. The facts behind these myths:

Mysterious red cells might be aliens updated: Fri Jun 02 2006 12:10:00

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis's laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.

CNNMoney: Battling a sick officeupdated: Wed May 10 2006 10:30:00

Your job may be making you sick, literally. And it may not be the mystery meat in the cafeteria. In today's Five Tips we're going to tell you how to combat the office germs.

Are germs good for children's health? updated: Wed Apr 05 2006 09:42:00

Little Madison Sukenik crawls around her Fort Lauderdale home, grabbing everything in sight, putting much of it in her mouth.

Fortune: No.1 Genentech: The Best Place to Work Nowupdated: Tue Jan 31 2006 12:25:00

Domagoj Vucic didn't come to Genentech for the rich stock options or the free cappuccino or the made-to-order sushi or the parties every Friday night. He came from the University of Georgia seven y...

EPA: Lead, bacteria in floodwaterupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 14:42:00

The EPA said Wednesday that initial findings from New Orleans floodwater sampling indicate high levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria as well as lead.

Fortune: How disease evolvesupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

BACK WHEN HE WAS A GRAD STUDENT IN 1977, Paul Ewald came down with an intestinal bug. He'd been doing research at the University of Washington at Seattle on the social behavior of sparrows. But the...

Q&A: The pope's conditionupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 02:31:00

The Vatican says the pope has suffered cardiocirculatory collapse and septic shock. CNN's Richard Quest spoke Friday to Professor Anthony Costello, head of the Department of Urology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, to determine the seriousness of the conditions. The following is a transcript of the interview:

Fortune: THE COMING WAR AGAINST BIRD FLUupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 00:01:00

TALK ABOUT GUARDING THE HENHOUSE. TO REACH ONE OF the secluded chicken farms of Charles River Laboratories, a Wilmington, Mass., biomedical products and services company, you wind along a New Engla...

Feds approve faster anthrax exposure testupdated: Mon Jun 07 2004 13:52:00

The federal government has approved a test that promises to make it easier and faster for local agencies to determine if a person is infected with anthrax.

The mysterious lab off New York's shoreupdated: Fri Apr 02 2004 13:23:00

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Fortune: Biology's Bad Boy Is Back Craig Venter brought us the human genome. Now he aims to build a life form that will updated: Mon Mar 08 2004 00:01:00

The moment was vintage Craig Venter: Biology's bad boy stood before a crowd of reporters in Washington, D.C., trumpeting his latest achievement, with a beaming Spencer Abraham, the U.S. Secretary o...

Dishing the dirt on office germsupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 10:55:00

It's not just computer viruses that you should worry about at work.

Squid's 'flashlight' intrigues scientistsupdated: Sat Jan 10 2004 07:17:00

The tiny bobtail squid searches for food and wards off predators with a built-in "flashlight" so unusual researchers want to put it to work for humans.

Fortune: Germs Make The Man Your body is teeming with trillions of infectious microbes. That's a very good thing.updated: Mon Jan 20 2003 00:01:00

Germs. The word conjures up pure evil--killer microbes resistant to every available antibiotic, scratches that become grisly wounds when invaded by flesh-eating Streptococci, terrorists potentially...

Fortune: Biotech Gets Productive Biopharma companies know how to make cool stuff. Now they are learning how to make a lot of it.updated: Mon Jan 20 2003 00:01:00

The manager of a truck plant faces hard physical limits to how many vehicles his factory can make in a year. But in the blossoming industry of biotech drugs, where production takes place in a ferme...

Fortune: The Killer Bug A lethal new mutation of the wily staph bacterium is proving resistant to the best antibiotic in the drawer. Can updated: Mon Sep 30 2002 00:01:00

First it was kidney failure and diabetes. Then, for a 40-year-old Michigan woman this June, the diabetes led to foot ulcers and gangrene. One toe had to be amputated, then a second, then a third.

Fortune: Finding The Bulls In Biotech The sector is blazing, the science ever more titillating. But with share prices up 214% in three yeupdated: Mon Feb 04 2002 00:01:00

On Dec. 17, Amgen, the flagship company of the biotechnology world, closed the biggest merger in the sector's history. It agreed to pay $16 billion to buy rival Immunex, primarily for the right to ...

Fortune: Scared Of Mad Cow Now? The sheep that triggered America's first mad cow crisis are all gone. But the hard questions they raised updated: Mon Apr 30 2001 00:01:00

A decade ago, in a publicity stunt to convince the world that mad cow disease couldn't infect humans, British Agriculture Minister John Gummer fed his 4-year-old daughter a hamburger on the steps o...

Fortune: How Close Is The AIDS Vaccine? Scientists have found an unconventional path that may lead to an imperfect--but nonetheless earthupdated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

Africa, the birthplace of AIDS, may also be the place where it begins to die. That's the hope behind an African trial of a promising vaccine. The trial is an early test of a startling new approach-...

Fortune: Why These Biotechs Are As Hot As Net Stocks Wall Street's betting big on a genetic technology that burned it badly before. Monocupdated: Mon Jan 10 2000 00:01:00

Idec Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego biotech company, is hardly a household name. But that's not stopping investors. Its new drug, Rituxan, is rapidly becoming a key weapon in the war against lymphoma...

Fortune: Good-Bye, Test Tubes Hello, Labs-on-a-Chip Biotech experiments and germ-warfare tests are getting done faster and cheaper in chiupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

Like music fans sliding CDs into stereos, scientists in biochemistry and pharmaceuticals labs have recently been loading little square thingies called LabChips into novel, toaster-sized machines. T...

Fortune: Maybe We're Disinfecting Ourselves Too Much ANTIBACTERIAL EVERYTHINGupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

Microbe-resistant socks? Germ-fighting pizza cutters? Antibacteria mania, like Pokemon, a trend imported from Japan, has seized the U.S., inspiring products unimaginable a few years ago. Antibacter...

Money Magazine: Do Drink The Water Buying a filter without pouring money down the drainupdated: Sun Aug 01 1999 00:01:00

Clear, cool, fresh water--it's the supreme thirst quencher and the ultimate health elixir of the '90s. But most of us occasionally wonder whether our water is as pure and healthy as it should be. R...

Fortune: Hatching a DNA Giant It used to take years to find a single gene. Now Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the booming field updated: Mon May 24 1999 00:01:00

From the look of its stock-price chart, you'd think Millennium Pharmaceuticals was a hot Internet company. Its share price almost quadrupled between September and February--nearly matching Yahoo's ...

Money Magazine: YOU'RE LOSING YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS PROTECTIONS THAT AMERICANS TAKE FOR GRANTED--FROM SAFE FOOD TO HONEST BANK updated: Fri Mar 01 1996 00:01:00

LIKE NANCY DONLEY, 41, YOU MAY THINK THAT TOUGH consumer-protection laws and vigilant regulatory agencies are watching out for you. "I thought that we were the No. 1 country in the world and everyt...

Fortune: THE NEW FIGHT AGAINST KILLER MICROBES Bacteria have developed scary resistance to antibiotics, spawning deadly infections doctorupdated: Mon Sep 05 1994 00:01:00

Only 25 years ago, Homo sapiens conquered the moon. But now the proud splitter of the atom, inventor of the electronic computer, decipherer of the genetic code, and developer of the information hig...

Money Magazine: 3 Lily wants to help the animals who live in the sea. Biologistupdated: Thu Mar 11 1993 00:01:00

At a dock in Marina del Rey, near Los Angeles, stands an 85-foot-long, three- deck ship loaded with ocean-monitoring equipment. Lily Lam visited Ann Dalkey, a marine biologist, and Ioannice (pronou...

Fortune: BIOTECH FIRMS TACKLE THE GIANTS Traditional pharmaceutical companies once derided these startups as ''gene jockeys,'' but bold eupdated: Mon Aug 12 1991 00:01:00

MENTION drug companies and you'll most likely think of such household names as Merck, Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, or Bristol-Myers Squibb. But some fresh new players are on the brink of glory. After ...

Fortune: AMERICA'S HOT YOUNG SCIENTISTSupdated: Mon Oct 08 1990 00:01:00

SOMETIMES THE U.S. underestimates its own strength. In this age of increasing global competition, American science still sets the pace. According to the National Science Foundation, Americans inves...

Fortune: STRIKING IT RICH IN BIOTECH The brainy scientists who founded companies to turn out genetically engineered products had to learnupdated: Mon Nov 09 1987 00:01:00

OF ALL THE REASONS bright people once chose careers in biology, getting rich surely was not one of them. The challenge of unraveling life's deepest mysteries -- and the tantalizing chance for a Nob...

Fortune: COMING: STAR WARS MEDICINE Monoclonal antibodies, derived from the body's immune system, not only speed diagnosis but also delivupdated: Mon Apr 27 1987 00:01:00

IN THE CLOSELY WATCHED arena of biotechnology, the spotlight so far has been on genetic engineering -- tinkering with the genetic blueprints of living things to try to devise exciting new products,...

Fortune: DRUG COMPANIES FIGHT THE DRAGON Better tests for the disease are coming soon, and some medicines to combat it look promising. Buupdated: Mon Sep 15 1986 00:01:00

THE DEADLIER the disease, the more urgent the search for remedies -- and the richer the rewards for the institutions and individuals who find them. Many drug and biotech companies have entered the ...

Fortune: BACTERIA UNBOUND Protesters want to keep mutant microbes off the farm.updated: Mon Feb 17 1986 00:01:00

A SMALL CALIFORNIA biotechnology company is battling for the right to be first in the world to test genetically engineered bacteria outdoors, where the mutants might be free to roam. Advanced Genet...

Fortune: IN HOT PURSUIT OF HIGH-TECH FOOD The health craze, the growth of two-career households, and increasingly sophisticated palates hupdated: Mon Dec 23 1985 00:01:00

BIG FOOD-PROCESSING companies guard their technical secrets with all the zeal of defense contractors. Last year, after Keebler, Nabisco, and Frito-Lay marketed cookies that were crisp on the outsid...

Fortune: HIGH-TECH DIAGNOSIS AT HOME A ten-minute pregnancy test and other breakthroughs could turn into a $1-billion business.updated: Mon Dec 09 1985 00:01:00

A MINI-EPIDEMIC of do-it-yourself medical-testing kits is about to break out. Thanks to the dramatic advances in biotechnology of the past decade or so, cheap and simple diagnostic tests for everyt...

Fortune: COVER STORY SCIENCE SCORES A CANCER BREAKTHROUGH Scientists have identified substances from the body's immune system that could updated: Mon Nov 25 1985 00:01:00

CAUTIOUS CLINICAL investigators fear the familiar phrase ''cancer breakthrough'' almost as much as laymen dread the word cancer itself. Surgery, chemicals, and radiation have so far failed to win t...

Fortune: HELPING BATTLE AIDS Five companies may soon be selling tests to detect AIDS antibodies in the blood.updated: Mon Apr 15 1985 00:01:00

AIDS, the deadly despoiler of the body's immune system, has crept into U.S. blood banks, creating a business opportunity for anyone with the technology to keep it out. Most of the disease's 8,800 A...

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