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HIV can spread early, evolve in patients' brains

The AIDS virus can genetically evolve and independently replicate in patients' brains early in the illness process, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered. An analysis of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), a window into brain chemical activity, revealed that for a subs... Read More

Bacterial Friends Within You

Did you know that you have bacterial friends that are keeping you healthy? Let the Science ACEs give you a quick introduction on the microbiome and its implications for healthcare. This is our submission for the ASM Global Video Challenge 2015! Read More

Computational model simulates bacterial behavior

University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and environmental biotechnologist Robert Nerenberg have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood c... Read More

My global challenge video Myths about polio and its vaccination in Pakistan

My global challenge video.... Read More

Unknown Fungus with spores different view

Different view of TSA plate with fungal contaminant, presumably from the air, after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. White center spore formation can be seen with white hypae on the edges. Spore formation can be see forming towards the edges. Read More

Toxic Bacteria Detection - Bang Goes The Theory (video)

Dr Toby Jenkins talks about toxic bacteria and how to detect that using a technology within bandages. Taken from Bang Goes The Theory Series 7. Read More

Staphylococcus aureus - BP Agar

The Baird Parker Agar is great to isolated Staphylococcus aureus, the colonies turn a deep black color that create an amazing contrast with the yellow of the medium. Read More

Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits - NPR

Scientists measured how much thioalcohol -- a molecule that makes your underarms smelly -- each species of bacteria produced, and found Staphylococcus hominis was one of the worst offenders. They are hoping that the findings will change the way that we fight body odor, and envision a deodorant t... Read More

IS ‘TASTIER’ RAW MILK WORTH THE RISK?

A recent study shows that consumption of unpasteurized milk significantly increases the risk of food-borne illness, which can be severe or even fatal in some cases. The scientific consensus points to a lack of knowledge of the 'benefits' of consuming raw milk, and an abundance of peer-reviewed... Read More

E. coli design on MacConkey

These are two harmless lab strains of E. coli. One can ferment the sugar lactose into acidic byproducts and the other cannot. MacConkey media contains an indicator dye that turns from red to yellow when the pH is raised. The four pink streaks were drawn with a culture of the lactose fermenter (t... Read More

Candida albicans in SDA

Isolated colonies of candida albicans from urine Read More

My Global Video Challenge

My Global Video Challenge submission showcasing how my personal life has empowered my dissertational research. The mythbuster that I focus on is the hospital environment as an unexpected reservoir of pathogens that can lead to hospital-associated infections (HAIs) in the immunocomprised, the e... Read More

A protein platform for priming

The enzymes that make copies of the DNA or RNA genomes of viruses – nucleic acid polymerases – can be placed into two broad categories depending on whether or not they require a primer, a short piece of DNA or RNA, to get going. The structure of the primer-independent RNA polymerase of hepatitis... Read More

Gene variant and environment can boost severity of respiratory syncytial virus

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that environmental factors, in conjunction with a mutation of the TLR4 gene, may contribute to the severity of RSV-related respiratory illness in children. TLR4 is a gene involved in the innate immune response, and investigator... Read More

Pictures Considered #25. Getting A Ride

From Moselio Shaechter of ASM's Small Things Considered:

"A recent review article deals with the fascinating phenomenon of pathogens exiting from their host cell. Sometimes, one pathogen helps another one in transmission to the next host. In one case, a Candida albicans hypha caught in the ac... Read More

Anti-HIV antibody shows promise in first human study

A single infusion of an experimental anti-HIV antibody called 3BNC117 resulted in significantly decreased HIV levels that persisted for as long as 28 days in HIV-infected individuals, according to Phase 1 clinical trial findings published online today in Nature. Read More

microbe subway map

Explore an awesome map of microbes on the NY subways for yourself! Read More

Salmonella typhi in Blood agar

Isolated colonies of salmonella enterica subsp. Typhi
Image was taken in 2005 for master thesis.
Location: Kathmandu Model Hospital. Read More

Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance

The antibiotic Colistin, which was approved in the 1950's, is now being used as a 'last resort' against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, despite its nephrotoxic potential. The study, conducted by an international team of NIAID-funded researchers, found that the drug remai... Read More

ASM 2015: True Culprit of Heart Disease Finally Apprehended?

Description: The myth that high cholesterol causes heart disease has survived only because the true culprit has not yet been apprehended. In this myth buster, the suspect has been identified as a newly described “protector” foamy virus unique to humans, which goes under the aliases of HERV-K102... Read More
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