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How vultures evolved to live on rotting, feces-covered meat (and what we can learn from them)

Have you thanked a vulture today? It turns out that they're getting rid of an awful lot of dangerous bacteria for us. According to new research published Tuesday in Nature Communications, the vulture has a gut designed to kill off the bacteria that thrive on the carrion they crave. When they cho... Read More

Acremonium kiliense

Acremonium kiliense form scraping nail isolated in Messina Policlinic, Laboratory of Mycology . Read More

Viruses as a Cure

When we talk about viruses, usually we focus on the suffering caused by Ebola, influenza and the like. But our bodies are home to trillions of viruses, and new research hints that some of them may actually be keeping us healthy.

“Viruses have gotten a bad rap,” said Ken Cadwell, an immunologi... Read More

Peptic ulcer, cancer bacteria therapy discovery

A common ingredient in vegetable oils may help reduce infection with a bacterium that can cause stomach cancer and peptic ulcers, according to a study by UC San Diego scientists.

The ingredient, linolenic acid, killed the bacterium Helicobacter pylori in mice and reduced inflammation without ... Read More

Delaying ART in Patients with HIV Reduces Likelihood of Restoring CD4 Counts

A larger percentage of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) achieved normalization of CD4+ T-cell counts when they started antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 12 months of the estimated dates of seroconversion (EDS) rather than later, according to a report published online by JAMA In... Read More

Schistosomas: Tropical parasite uses swim stroke not shared by any other creature

For many bacteria and parasites looking to get a load of the fresh nutritional bounty inside your body, the skin is the first and most important gatekeeper. Schistosomas, however, and burrow right on through. These waterborne blood flukes, responsible for 200 million total worldwide cases of Sch... Read More

Animals steal defenses from bacteria

It's a dog eat dog world, and bacteria have been living in it for a long time. It's of no surprise that bacteria have a sophisticated arsenal to compete with each other for valuable resources in the environment. In 2010, work led by University of Washington Department of Microbiology Associate P... Read More

New device could make large biological circuits practical

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits — systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components of such biological circuits can have pre... Read More

MWV Episode 92 - Ebola: On the Front Lines

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has sickened over 14,000 people and has killed over 5,100. Health workers from around the world are attempting to halt this deadly disease. On November 19th, the American Society for Microbiology featured two of these health workers, Dr. Joseph ... Read More

BacterioFiles 192 - Susceptibility Separates Streptococcus Strategies

This episode: Pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes have different strategies for interacting with us, even when they have a common ancestor!


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TWiV 312: She sells B cells

The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.


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MHT positive or negative

On the left is test isolate and on right side is positive control. Imipenem MIC by etest method was 0.75 ug/ml. How to interpret this modified hodge test; positive or negative? Read More

A virus that melts sea stars

Sea stars are lovely marine invertebrates with a round central body connected to multiple radiating legs (photo credit). In the past year millions of sea stars in the west coast waters of North America have melted into piles of slime and ossicles. Sea star associated densovirus might be the caus... Read More

TWiP 79: Across the river and into the trees

Vincent and Dickson discuss the spread of P. knowlesi in Malaysia, and how Leishmania parasites protect the sandfly gut from bacterial infection.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and&nbs... Read More

TWiP 79 letters


Jesse writes:


Doctors TWiP,


I came across this paper and thought it sounded interesting for a discussion on TWiP:


Colonisation resistance in the sand fly gut: Leishmania protects Lutzomyia longipalpis from bacterial infection
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa with black extracellular pigment

Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from sputum into department of Microbiology - Riuniti Hospital Reggio Calabria .
This strain of Pseudomonas secretes brown/black extracellular pigment: pyomelanin.
Photo from D'Aleo Francesco archive. Read More

Alternaria change DTM agar colour

Alternaria and other demaziacee normally not change the DTM agar plates colour. This Alternaria isolated into Mycology Laboratory in Policlinic "G. Martino" - University of Messina, change the color on DTM agar. Read More

Nocardia asteroides on Gram stain

Presence of Gram-positive, partially acid-fast rods, which have grown in branching chains resembling fungal hyphae. (Gram stain; original magnification, ×100). Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessal... Read More

VIBRIO CHOLERAE O1 ISOLATEDFROM HUMAN STOOL

THIS IS VIBRIO CHOLERAE O1 OGAWA ISOLATED FROM HUMAN STOOL SWAB PLATED ON BILE SALT AGAR Read More

An Ebola virus protein can cause massive inflammation and leaky blood vessels

Ebola GP protein covers the virus' surface and is shed from infected cells during infection. Shed GP can trigger massive dysregulation of the immune response and affect the permeability of blood vessels.

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