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Bacteria shut down their mutant 'cousins.'

A dangerous type of bacteria can not only block their own growth, but also the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants.

The discovery might lead to better ways to fight bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.

“This means we can start to think about ... Read More

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BacterioFiles 215 - Plasmid Pirates Piezophile Particles

This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!


(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)


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TWiV 337: Steamer

Host: Vincent Racaniello 


Guests: Michael Metzger and  Read More

Streptomyces sp.

Antimicrobial-producing Streptomyces species, cultured from Antarctic soil.
7 day culture on ISP4 medium. Read More

The Froth

Nutrient Agar with surface foam Read More

TWiP 89: Day TWiPers

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello,&... Read More

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Robin writes:


Cerebral cysticercosis
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(trichinosis?)


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This is from the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth:
Manual counters for the differential count had the buttons left to right for neutrophils, bands, eosinophil... Read More

Fungal Magic

Citric Acid Fermentation in a flask. @ www.microbiologylover.wordpress.com https://microbiologylover.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/fungal-magic/ Read More

Findings reveal clues to functioning of mysterious 'mimivirus'

Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions.

The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was is... Read More

Decode your kitty's microbiome

Over the past few years, researchers have gotten a much better idea of the importance of the human microbiome--the trillions of bacteria living in and around our bodies. Now we know that these bacteria can make us more obese, change how our brains work, and are unique to individuals. Although a ... Read More

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus.

The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and ... Read More

Phage spread antibiotic resistance

Investigators found that nearly half of the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. "Our work suggests... Read More

Antibody's unusual abilities might inspire vaccine strategies

The recent discovery of a novel antibody that works in an unusual way might inspire ideas for designing more effective vaccines. Among the common pathogens that could be targeted are urinary-tract infecting strains of E. coli. Read More

New age of genome editing could lead to cure for sickle cell anemia

UNSW Australia researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin - a world-first advance that could lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Read More

UGA research finds geckos resistant to antibiotics, may pose risk to pet owners

Tokay geckos harbor bacteria that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, making them a health concern for pet owners, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers.

Tokay geckos, a type of gecko known for the "to-kay" sound it makes, are caught in the wild and often imported in... Read More

Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment.

When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and anti... Read More

Bacteria contribute to immune suppression in skin after repeated schistosome exposure

Our two square meters of skin act as a defensive barrier against environmental pathogens but is also covered by beneficial commensal bacteria. We live alongside these bacteria without excessive and unnecessary immune responses, which could destroy the skin's function as a barrier and so make us ... Read More

U.S. report shows mixed progress on curbing foodborne pathogens

U.S. cases of two deadly types of foodborne pathogens have fallen sharply since 2008, but rates of other key types of foodborne bugs have increased, according to the latest report on nine pathogens tracked by health officials.

"The picture is mixed," said Dr. Patricia Griffin of the U.S. Cent... Read More

New study eases fears of airborne Ebola

At the peak of the Ebola epidemic last fall came a frightening new possibility: a mutation that could allow the disease to spread through the air. Now University of Florida researchers have dispelled this concern using data from current and past Ebola outbreaks.

While concern about airborne E... Read More
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