This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!
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This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More
An illustrated short story of the day in the life of a mircrobe who is self aware. Read More
Streptomycetes are a member actinomycete family. Streptomycetes are usually found in soil and are important decomposers. They are aerobic, gram-positive, filamentous rods that create branching hyphae. They also produce more than half of the world's antibiotics, and are therefore very valuable in... Read More
British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves.
"Although we have only produced ... Read More
Trillions of bacteria populate the human gut - which makes them more common than any other cells in our body. The composition of this bacterial population is very variable and influenced by our diet. Diseases, but also antibiotic treatments can induce significant shifts in this equilibrium. If e... Read More
Just in case anyone had lingering doubts about the cause of measles, the German courts have ruled in favor of the evidence indicating that measles is caused by a virus (wasn't aware that was up for debate nowadays...). This ruling also includes that a man who stated he would give 100,000 euros ... Read More
The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.
This fungal colony, in association with a few others, was grown on SDA and appears to be an antibiotic producer. The compounds that it's producing appear orange and red. The colony grew and began producing compounds on the agar after five days incubation at 30 degree Celsius. This plate is part ... Read More
A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a TSA plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a clear halo and finger like projections coming from and around the grow... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More
Researchers at Harvard and Yale have used some extreme gene-manipulation tools to engineer safety features into designer organisms.
This work goes far beyond traditional genetic engineering, which involves moving a gene from one organism to another. In this case, they're actually rewriting th... Read More
Why not eat locusts? Assuming you can find any fuel to cook em, and apart from deficiency illnesses, I've always wondered why people didn't hunker down and harvest them for emergency food. Did original peoples endure swarms by eating them? Did Euro food ... Read More
Prof. Szybalski might have been referring to a truck with a wood gas generator
Apparently they are still in use north of the b... Read More
An international team of researchers has developed the largest genomic data set in the world on Lassa virus (LASV). The new genomic catalog contains nearly 200 viral genomes collected from patient samples in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as field samples from the major animal reservoir, or h... Read More
Suzanne writes (re Aphids):
The best way to get rid of aphids in the garden (the ants in my yard love to herd them onto my okra) is a sharp stream of water from the hose. Aphids wash right off! They don't tend to come back right away, either.