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Microbes Beam Electrons to Each Other Via Mineral "Wires"

Bacteria can use minerals in soil as electrical grids, which helps the microbes generate chemicals they need to survive, a new study says.

The process involves different bacterial species trading electrons—negatively charged subatomic particles.

Electrons are key to all life-forms, from mi... Read More

Bacteria discovery could lead to antibiotics alternatives

The researchers say their findings could lead to the development of new anti-infective drugs as alternatives to antibiotics whose overuse has led to resistance.

University of Manchester researchers studied Listeria – a potentially deadly group of bacteria that can cause listeriosis in humans ... Read More

Dr. Craig Rubens Appointed Chair of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) (News Release)

Craig E. Rubens, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), marking the first time a pediatric infectious disease specialist has been appointed to the position. ICAAC is the world's premier meeting on infectious diseases and ant... Read More

TWiP 47: For whom the trich tolls

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Lung infection was mummy maiden’s curse

A 15-year-old Inca girl who lived 500 years ago had a lung infection at the time of her death, according to a new method of analyzing protein samples.

A team of scientists that used the method of analyzing proteins from samples is the first to detect an immune response from a 500-year-old Inc... Read More

Tulips broken by viruses

A consequence of the recent warm weather in the northeastern United States is the emergence of crocuses, an event that I documented at the TWiV Facebook page. A reader replied that it reminded her of the highly valued tulips with beautiful variegations produced by viruses.
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Nanotechnology Shock Waves

“I SING the body electric,” Walt Whitman wrote in 1855, inspired by the novelty of useful electricity, which he would live to see power streetlights and telephones, locomotives and dynamos. In “Leaves of Grass,” his ecstatic epic poem of American life, he depicted himself as a live wire, a relay... Read More

Arsenic-loving bacterium needs phosphorus after all

After 18 months of controversy, the official verdict is in: an arsenic-tolerant bacterium found in California’s Mono Lake cannot live without phosphorus.

In 2010, a group led by Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a microbiologist now at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, repo... Read More

TWiP 44: Parasites provide a cricket subsidy for trout

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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TWiP 46: Malaria gets the (zinc) finger

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TWiM #59: Are viruses part of our immune system?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmidt.


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TWiM #46: Spore!

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Ever wondered what your spleen is for?

What's that big brown bag - packed full of red blood cells - for in the upper left of your chest? Sure you can live without it but why's it there in the first place and what's it doing for you? You wouldn't just be carrying round that extra 175g (for an 'average' person) just for nothing would y... Read More

Post-mortem on mutant flu

The dust is beginning to settle on the months-long controversy over two studies in which the H5N1 avian influenza virus was modified to be transmissible between mammals. But scientists and authorities still need to address the lack of international oversight for studies in which pathogens are de... Read More

The life cycle of the malaria parasite (animation)

View an interactive animation of the life cycle of the malaria parasite, of the genus Plasmodium. The lifecycle of the malaria parasite is split between female mosquitoes and humans. In the mosquito gut, the parasites complete sexual reproduction and then multiply rapidly to produce many more p... Read More

TWiM #64: URI and UTI at ICAAC in Denver

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Gut Bacteria Tied to Metabolic Syndrome

Certain bacteria in the gut may be associated with various components of the metabolic syndrome, a study in an Old Order Amish community showed.

All of the study participants belonged to one of three groups defined by the presence of separate communities containing six to 12 genera of bacteri... Read More

Lyngbya Gathering

A toxin-producing cyanobacteria with natural chlorophyll fluorescence (red) and DNA stain (green).

Location: Orlando, FL, USA

Photographer: Barry Rosen, , U.S. Geological Survey Read More

Live from the Society for General Microbiology 2013 Spring Conference in Manchester, UK

MicrobeWorld is partnering with the Society for General Microbiology (UK) to live stream two events from their Read More

Can Stuffing Germs up Ferrets Unleash a Human Pandemic?

The Claim: A lab-concocted strain of ferret flu could become a doomsday weapon or bioterrorist threat.

The Contrarian: Wendy Orent, author of Plague, says the much-hyped fears are unfounded: The new strain presents no danger to humans but reveals a great deal about the transmission of flu.

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