Colorized scanning electron micrograph showing carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae interacting with a human neutrophil.
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Unknown airborne fungal isolated contaminant found on TSA. TSA plate was incubated for 2 months at 4 degrees C once fungal growth was seen. Concentric rings of color (pink, green and white) can be seen throughout the colony with smaller colonies seen around the white edges of the colony due to s... Read More
The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has sickened over 14,000 people and has killed over 5,100. Health workers from around the world are attempting to halt this deadly disease. On November 19th, the American Society for Microbiology featured two of these health workers, Dr. Joseph ... Read More
Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a single-dose, needleless Ebola vaccine given to primates through their noses and lungs protected them against infection for at least 21 weeks. A vaccine that doesn’t require an injection could help prevent passing along infections through uni... Read More
Ebola has captured the attention of the world since the outbreak in West Africa began months ago, so far claiming more than 5,000 lives.
Closer to home, seasonal influenza is on its way. Aside from bringing brief misery to many, the flu leads to serious complications or even death for tens of... Read More
Next time you pour a glass of wine, raise a toast to the 30-milion-year-old viruses that have contributed to the genetic make-up of modern grapes.
A team of UQ-led plant scientists has discovered that the Pinot Noir grape variety owes a significant part of its genetic heritage to ancient plan... Read More
On the left is test isolate and on right side is positive control. Imipenem MIC by etest method was 0.75 ug/ml. How to interpret this modified hodge test; positive or negative? Read More
ABC Transporters are proteins that are embedded in the cell membrane and facilitate the transport across cellular barriers not only of an almost unlimited variety of toxic substances, but also of substances that are essential for life. They also play a role in the development of antibiotic resis... Read More
A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type D Influenza.
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One of the world’s deadliest mosquitoes sustains its taste for human blood thanks in part to a genetic tweak that makes it more sensitive to human odor, according to new research.
Researchers report in the journal Nature that the yellow fever mosquito contains a version of an odor-detecting g... Read More
The TWiVbolans discuss the finding that human noroviruses, major causes of gastroenteritis, can for the first time be propagated in B cell cultures, with the help of enteric bacteria.
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Oxford University scientists have developed a new method of boosting the ageing immune system using a naturally occurring chemical compound.
Early tests in mice carried out by the research team have shown that the compound restores the immune system's inbuilt 'memory', enabling the body to mo... Read More
First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal Microbiome. A ten-second French kiss can spread 80 million bacteria between mouths.
Study author Remco Kort, a professor and scientist at Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific R... Read More
Natural genetic variation in a protective antiviral enzyme holds promise for new therapies.
Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the c... Read More
This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!
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Developed at NYU Langone Medical Center, the “telomerator” reshapes synthetic yeast chromosome into more flexible, realistic form, redefining what geneticists can build.
NYU Langone yeast geneticists report they have developed a novel tool — dubbed “the telomerator” — that could redefine the ... Read More
Unknown fungal contaminant found on TSA. TSA plate was incubated at 4 degrees for two months after contaminant was discovered. Read More
It is possible to distinguish between different hemorrhagic fevers, including Marburg (Ebola cousin) and Lassa before the person becomes symptomatic, new research has found. This study will allow for the development of better diagnostics, especially during the early stages of disease, when treat... Read More
Scientists across the United States say they cannot obtain samples of Ebola, complicating efforts to understand how the virus is mutating and develop new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics.
The problems reflect growing caution by regulators and transport companies about handling Ebola as well as... Read More
By changing the direction of a magnetic field, so-called magneto-tactic bacteria are able to make a full U-turn. They can be taught line dancing in this way, inside the tiny micro channels of a lab on a chip. Magnetically steered objects will be capable of delivering medication, for example. Sci... Read More