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Super sunscreen from fjord bacteria

Norwegian researchers have recently discovered a microorganism with very special properties – a bacteria living in Trondheim Fjord with the Latin name Micrococcus luteus. It possesses a trait which is rare and highly sought-after by medical science and the cosmetics industry – a pigment which ca... Read More

Hog Farms Battling to Contain Deadly Virus

The outside world is not allowed in a sanitized and isolated pig farm here, not far from the Iowa border.

Visitors must shower before entering, scrubbing from head to toe, trading their street clothes for disinfected coveralls that have never left the premises. Everything inside the temperatu... Read More

China halts import of New Zealand milk powder because of botulism bacteria

China has halted imports of some New Zealand milk powders after a company disclosed that three batches of an ingredient used in sports drinks and baby formula tested positive for a strain of bacteria that causes botulism.

The New Zealand-based Fonterra Group said Saturday that three batches o... Read More

From The Program of 1st Annual Meeting Society of American Bacteriologists, 1899

Wouldn’t you be tempted to attend such a session if it were part of a current-day ASM meeting? The first five papers ever delivered to a meeting of the Society of American Bacteriologist (now the ASM) are so utterly relevant to our concerns that they could be delivered now. No changes to the ti... Read More

Weathering the Storm…the Archaeal Way

Our understanding of microbial life is greatly biased by our narrow focus on microbes as they grow in the laboratory. Yet, as discussed previously in this blog, microbes can persist in various dormant forms for extended periods of time. Sporulation (from the Greek “spora” or seed) is perhaps the... Read More

TWiV 244: Back in the CVVR



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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

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