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Gilbert, Tempe participate in national microbe-swabbing project

A recent national STEM related event hosted in Tempe last Saturday combined a few components that may appear mismatched at first glance, but are much more logical when given a steadier second look.

The event — held at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility on July 20 — featured members of t... Read More

New Microbe Strain Makes Diesel Fuel from Greenhouse Gas

A possible way to harvest and use atmospheric carbon dioxide to make high performance diesel fuel has been proposed by a team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) who have engineered a microbe now being used to produce biodegradable plastic in... Read More

Mechanism that allows bacteria to infect plants may inspire cure for eye disease

By borrowing a tool from bacteria that infect plants, scientists have developed a new approach to eliminate mutated DNA inside mitochondria—the energy factories within cells. Doctors might someday use the approach to treat a variety of mitochondrial diseases, including the degenerative eye disea... Read More

Drug works better if cancer can’t sleep

Keeping cancer cells from entering a state of cellular sleep makes cancer drugs more effective and lowers the chance of cancer recurrence, report researchers.

The findings, which will be published in the August 15 issue of the journal Cancer Research and are available online, are the first to... Read More

More Healthcare Workers Hit by MERS

Three new cases of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) -- including two more healthcare workers -- have been reported in Saudi Arabia.

The two healthcare workers, both women, have mild symptoms after exposure to patients who had laboratory-confirmed MERS... Read More

Bacteria Hold the Clues to Trade-Offs in Financial Investments and Evolution

Scientists have found that bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons.

The research, published in the journal Ecology Letters, takes advantage of the fact that bacteria, like humans, have limited resources and are constantly faced with investment decisions.

Bacteria t... Read More

Colonies of Growing Bacteria Make Psychedelic Art

In the early 1990s, Eshel Ben-Jacob, a biological physicist at Tel Aviv University, and his colleagues discovered two new species of bacteria—Paenibacillus dendritiformis and Paenibacillus vortex. Both strains of soil bacteria, the species live near the roots of plants.

Each bacterium is only... Read More

UTSA scientists teach the teachers at microbiology summer camp

Last week, nine local high school teachers on the UTSA Main Campus polished up their understanding of microbiology with morning laboratories such as Introduction to Microscopy Techniques, Introduction to PCR and Electrophoresis, and Subculture and Differentiation of Microorganisms.

In the aft... Read More

USDA reviews whether bacteria-killing chemicals are masking salmonella

The Agriculture Department is reviewing research showing that new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the birds that consumers buy, according to records and interviews.

Academic researchers agr... Read More

Alien Life Hunt Looks to Earth's Underground Microbes

Hundreds of millions of miles away on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is looking for clues that a suitable environment for life might once have existed on our desolate neighboring planet.

Curiosity can only scratch the surface, since its drill penetrates mere centimeters below the ground. Even i... Read More

New antibiotic that attacks MRSA found in ocean microbe

A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California.

The discovery of genuinely novel antibiotics is rare, and experts say resistance to the drugs poses a grave threat to human health.

US scientists ... Read More

Complex Anticancer Compound Developed

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved the first efficient chemical synthesis of ingenol, a highly complex, plant-derived compound that has long been of interest to drug developers for its anticancer potential. The achievement will enable scientists to synthesize a wid... Read More

American Academy of Microbiology's new FAQ: West Nile Virus, July 2013

Where does the virus come from? How is it spread? Can we predict when and where outbreaks will occur? What factors determine how sick a person will become if they are infected with West Nile virus?

To help answer the many questions people have about this multi-faceted virus, the American Acad... Read More

phenotypic detection of ESBL.

phenotypic detection of ESBL by beta lacatmase inhibitor,CA=clavuleic acid..MBL is ambler's class A beta lactamase,which is inhibited by,CA=clavuleic acid .this research work was done in our research lab., department of clinical microbiology,tribhuvan university teaching hospital in nepal.
RESU... Read More

phenotypic detection of MBL by EDTA.

phenotypic detection of MBL by EDTA.MBL is ambler's class B beta lactamase,which is inhibited by EDTA.this research work was done in our research lab., department of clinical microbiology,tribhuvan university teaching hospital in nepal.
RESULT: zone of inhibition of IMIPENEM with EDTA(IMP+EDT... Read More

Pandoravirus, bigger and unlike anything seen before

The discovery of the giant Mimivirus and Megavirus amazed virologists (and also many others). Their virions (750 nanometers) and DNA genomes (1,259,000 base pairs) were the biggest ever discovered, shattering the notions that viruses could not be seen with a light microscope, and that viral geno... Read More

Kansas company recalls 50,000 pounds of ground beef products

A Kansas company is recalling about 50,000 pounds of ground beef products over fears of E. coli contamination.

The National Beef Packing Co. products, which were shipped nationwide, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

There have been... Read More

Packaged salad mix named as source of cyclospora stomach virus in some states; 372 total cases reported

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska did not name the brands of salad mix they say are responsible for the illnesses. A total of 15 states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, have reported cyclospora cases since mid-June.

Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday identifi... Read More

What We Can Learn From the Quantum Calculations of Birds and Bacteria

As an undergraduate at Oxford University in the mid-1970s, K. Birgitta Whaley struggled to choose between chemistry and physics. Now, as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its Quantum Information and Computation Center, she doesn’t have to: Her research intere... Read More

Breath Analysis Reliably Indicates Presence, Level of Infection in Mice

Noninvasive method could enable rapid diagnosis in humans without need for blood tests. Breath analysis may prove to be an accurate, noninvasive way to quickly determine the severity of bacterial and other infections, according to a UC Irvine study appearing online today in the open-access journ... Read More

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