The Daily brief: August 29, 2011

Aug. 29, 2011, 8:07 p.m.

Microbe DNA | The next time a food poisoning outbreak on the magnitude of this summer’s e. coli score occurs, scientists might be able to identify the culprit sooner. In an interview with the New York Times, school of medicine professor David A. Relmen said, “We are able to look at the master blueprint of a microbe. [It is] like being given the operating manual for your car after you have been trying to trouble-shoot a problem with it for some time.”

Wie Weak? | LPGA Tour vet Annika Sorenstam said that Michelle Wie, who recently lost her bid to defend her Canadian Women’s Open title, lacks the toughness to win. Sorenstam blames Wie’s splitting her time between her career and her education on what she sees as Wie’s lack of focus.

Blood Bound | Stanford researchers have invented a new method for reconnecting severed blood vessels, which is currently done by a technique invented around 100 years ago. Using a method that combines poloxamer gels and bioadhesive instead of a needle and thread, the researchers were able to reconnect the blood vessels in animal subjects faster and more effectively.

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