Tagged: cystic fibrosis

Monday Micro – Microwave popcorn and Cystic Fibrosis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 24, 2014

What on earth could link microwave popcorn and cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening inherited disease most common among Caucasians? The additive 2,3-butanedione, also known as diacetyl, a volatile colourless liquid with an intensely buttery flavor. Diacetyl is produced naturally as a fermentation product by some microbial species and can be found in some beers, as … Read More

New Drugs approved in 2012 - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 17, 2013

According to a recent article in Chemical & Engineering News written by Lisa Jarvis, 2012 was a bountiful year for the pharmaceutical industry, with 39 new products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include new drug therapies for drug resistant tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis and various forms of cancer. Apart from the benefits to patients that these drugs will … Read More

More to Pseudomonads than the kiwifruit crisis…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 14, 2010

For anyone who has missed the news this past week, the NZ kiwifruit industry is potentially in big trouble with a growing number of orchards infected with Pseudomonas syringae pathovar* (pv) actinidiae (PSA). PSA causes kiwifruit canker**. The halo they produce on infected leaves is caused by a toxin whose production seems to be regulated by temperature. I have to … Read More