The challenge was to create a piece of art using microbes as the paint and agar as the canvas, and ASM members took their plating skills to the limit with their submissions. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Agar Art contest!
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This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!
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This episode: Bacteria in mouse guts control the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter!
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Nishal Govindji-Bhatt, Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and Curtis Dobson, PhD, University of Manchester, discuss how to best avoid eye infection caused by poor contact lens case cleaning.
Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.
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This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!
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WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2015) - The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law fall colloquium series continues Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a focus on Ebola. Read More
Jessica Galloway-Peña, Ph.D., fellow in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and her colleagues have shown that disruption of the microbiome by illness or the administration of therapeutics can often lea... Read More
Washington, DC – September 22, 2015 - Scientists have discovered a new virus that can be transmitted through the blood supply. Currently, it is unclear whether the virus is harmful or not, but it is related to hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human pegivirus (HPgV), the latter of which was formerly k... Read More
Dispersal of microbes between humans and the built environment can occur through direct contact with surfaces or through airborne release; the latter mechanism remains poorly understood. Humans emit upwards of 106 biological particles per hour, and have long been known to transmit path... Read More
The TWiPanosomes solve the case about the Young Woman who Went to Belize, and relate how sandfly saliva skews the immune response and increases risk of cutaneous leishmaniasis.
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Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. Greeks, Romans and Aztecs relied on copper compounds to treat burns, headaches and ear infections. Thousands of years later, the ancient therapeutic is being embraced by some hospitals because of its ability to kill bact... Read More
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First off, I want to thank you for the effort you and your colleagues have invested in Small Things Considered and the podcast TWIM. Back when I had a longer commute to work, I listened more religiously than now, wh... Read More
Parasitic wasps inject their eggs into lepidopteran hosts, where they carry out their developmental stages. Along with the eggs, the wasps also deliver viruses carrying genes encoding proteins which inhibit caterpillar immune defenses. Some of these genes are permanently transferred to the lepid... Read More
Washington, DC – September 11, 2015 - Periodontitis is a risk factor for heart disease. Now a team of researchers has shown that a periodontal pathogen causes changes in gene expression that boost inflammation and atherosclerosis in aortic smooth muscle cells. The research is published ahead of ... Read More