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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

Plan to reform WHO after Ebola to be unveiled by Angela Merkel

The decision to warn the world of future global disease epidemics like Ebola would be taken out of the hands of the director general of the World Health Organisation under plans formulated by experts at a meeting hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Instead it would be given to a new ... Read More

TWiM 104 Letters

Mark writes:


Hello TWiM-aggregate,


Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
of Drought is upon us - please send water.


Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
attentio... Read More

Rapidly growing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Niger

Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified WHO of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features.

Suspected cases have been increasing very quickly, tripling over the last 2 weeks (see previous notif... 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

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

NASA is sending some lucky yeast into radiation-filled deep space

BioSentinel--it sounds like Hollywood’s next big sci-fi film. Rather, it's one of NASA’s upcoming missions, with the goal of studying the long-term effects of radiation on human cells. The mission, run by scientist’s at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be the first biological experiment to take... 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

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

Study reveals intestinal bacteria succession during recovery from cholera in Bangladesh

A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery from the dangerous diarrheal disease. The report also finds what appear to be consistent differenc... Read More

Unknown Yeast Contaminant

Unknown Yeast contaminant seen on Casein media. The contaminant was around the edges of the plate with isolated colonies seen towards the center of the plate after 1 month refrigerated temperatures. Colonies were light opaque pink, mucoid and had concentric rings slightly elevated in the cen... 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

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)


Show notes: 
J... 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

Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways

A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. 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

The Froth

Nutrient Agar with surface foam Read More

Microclinics help keep Kenyan HIV patients in care

A team led by researchers from UC San Francisco, Organic Health Response, and Microclinic International is reporting results of a study that showed significant benefits of microclinics -- an innovative intervention that mobilized rural Kenyan HIV patients' informal social networks to support the... Read More

Forecasting future infectious disease outbreaks

(Millbrook, NY) Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. So reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Barbara A. Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of E... Read More

Rhizoid colony morphology

This feathery environmental sample is likely to be Bacillus mycoides, often recognized by its characteristic appearance. This particular bacterial specimen was propagated on GCB (gonococcal base) agar for several days at room temperature, with the plastic eyes added just prior to its disposal. Read More
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