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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

Acremonium kiliense

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

Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Viruses are masters at mutating.

So the big concern with deadly viruses, like Ebola and hepatitis C, is that they will evolve into more dangerous forms over time.

It looks like just the opposite is happening with HIV — although it's happening slowly.

"HIV can generate any mutation in th... Read More

christmas microbiology

The tree with E. coli (red), K. pneumoniae (green) and Proteus mirabilis (brown) in chromoagar orientation. Read More

Pop-loop

a lovely inoculation spreader at Microbiology lab in CICESE, Ensenada México. Read More

BacterioFiles 195 - CRISPR/Cas Cuts Cancer Causers

This episode: Bacterial antivirus system could treat chronic herpes virus infections!


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Resistance and Futility

Scientists reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow – work that may lead to new antibiotics.

Penicillin, the wonder drug discovered in 1928, works in ways that are still mysterious almost a century later. One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, it attacks enzymes th... Read More

New antimicrobial edible films increase lifespan of cheese

New coatings to apply to soft cheese have been developed by researchers. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial agents, and chitosan, a by-produ... Read More

Ebola Free-for-All Could Trigger Bad Science and Wasted Efforts

Everybody and his uncle, it seems, has an idea of something that might work to cure people infected with the deadly virus.

When it comes to treatments for Ebola, there has been a nearly four-decade-long drought. Nothing in the medical arsenal attacks the virus directly. For the most part, p... Read More

Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Harmlessly Dissolve

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal. The si... Read More

World AIDS Day: The History of a Virus in 7 Stories

Dec. 1 has been World AIDS Day since 1988 — but though the awareness and activism around the diseases has changed drastically during the years between then and now.

To see just how much our understanding and attitudes have evolved, take a look back at TIME’s coverage of AIDS through these sev... Read More

Ebola Infections Fewer Than Predicted by Disease Models

A few months ago the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that up to 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone could become infected with Ebola by mid-January. In a recent address to the Senate, CDC director Tom Frieden said that worst-case scenario would not pan out.
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Yeast Cells in sputum

Sputum specimen from sick of fibrosis cystic can hold many microbes and yeast. This specimen sent to our laboratory Mycobacteriology of Polyclinic University of Messina for mycobacteria research, shows yeast cells with Ziehl-Neelsen stain. Read More

Is the Blood of Ebola Survivors an Effective Treatment?

When the World Health Organization recently named blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as its priority experimental therapy for the disease ravaging west Africa there was only one major problem: no data indicating that such transfusions work. Blood plasma from survivors contains antibodies th... Read More

These Crazy Bacteria-Filled Spacesuits May Be What Let Us Survive On Other Planets

If you want to visit the moons of Jupiter or Saturn someday, you might end up wearing a 3-D-printed spacesuit filled with bacteria. An ordinary spacesuit wouldn't be enough to survive the crushing gravity, toxic air, and wild temperature extremes of interplanetary travel. But living, growing wea... Read More

Pantry Pests Harbor Plastic-Chomping Bacteria

Polyethylene is one of the most popular and, unfortunately, persistent types of plastics. Bags, bottles, and packaging made from the polymer accumulate in landfills and oceans across the globe. Scientists lament that microbes can’t chew up the plastic to render it harmless. However, a new study ... Read More

Seeking answers from a mysterious parasite

Newly tenured biologist Jeroen Saeij wants to know what makes Toxoplasma gondii so unpredictable.

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite often spread by cats. Most people who are infected in Europe or North America show no symptoms at all, and only a few suffer from encephalitis or ocular tox... Read More

‘Superbugs’ Kill India’s Babies and Pose an Overseas Threat

A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, and among its many victims are tens of thousands of newborns dying because once-miraculous cures no longer work.

These infants are born with bacterial infections that are resistant to most known antibiotics, and ... Read More

How to beat malaria

The World Health Organization says it is confident that deaths from malaria could be stopped entirely.

Spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes, the illness is both preventable and treatable.

Global efforts over the last decade have already halved the number of people dying from malaria ... Read More

UEA research could revolutionise genomic sequencing of drug-resistant bacteria

New nanopore DNA sequencing technology on a device the size of a USB stick could be used to diagnose infection - according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Public Health England.

Researchers tested the new technology with a complex problem – determining the cause of anti... Read More
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