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Microbial Diversity ID’d in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants

The gut-associated microbiome of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants has microbial diversity and includes fungal species, bacteria, molds, viruses, parasitic organisms, and roundworms, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in PLoS One.

Mariam S. LaTuga, M.D., from the Duke Univer... Read More

Turning bacteria's shield into a weapon against it

Scientists in Germany have synthesised the core part of a sugar compound produced by the pathogenic bacteria responsible for meningitis - Neisseria meningitides - which could be used in a vaccine for meningococcal diseases, in particular meningitis B.

Pathogenic bacteria produce a polysaccha... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 96




Campylobacter es uno de los patogenos entericos de mayor importancia en el mundo entero, y como tal, es discutido en el programa de hoy de la Radio El Mundo de los Microbios.


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Better prepared for an E. coli outbreak

New methods speed up the process of identifying the subgroup of E. coli bacteria responsible for an outbreak of illness. At the same time, Norwegian researchers are on the trail of a disinfectant that will inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in food.

Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) ... Read More

TWiM #21: Symbiotic margheritas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Elio Schaechter.


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TWiM #26: Suum cuique



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Read More

Vaccine may prevent cruise ship virus


Researchers are working on a vaccine that might one day prevent norovirus, which has made many cruise ship passengers in the United States ill.

"It is possible to prevent infection and illness with a vaccine for norovirus," said Dr. Robert Atmar, a professor of medicine and molecular virolo... Read More

TWiM #24: This year in microbiology



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How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 2)

Having discussed fulfilling Koch's postulates using culture methods in part 1, this blog post briefly discusses the newer molecular techniques that scientists can use to provide evidence for a disease being caused by a specific organism. Read More

TWiV Live in Dublin (MWV58)

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Serratia marcescens colonies

Pigmented and non-pigmented parts of Serratia marcescens colonies. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 1)

A brief introduction to how scientists prove that an infectious agent is a cause of disease. It discusses Koch's postulates using the imaginary disease chocolatitis and the imaginary organism Chocolobacter as an example. Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 84 - Latent Loops Limit Lupus

This episode: A viral infection in mice seems to protect against lupus!





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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 87 - Fermenter Fixes Folate Faults

This episode: Probiotics could help prevent folate deficiency!





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TWiV 161: Concerto in B



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit... Read More

Borrelia burgdorferi

Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete, a class of long, slender bacteria that typically take on a coiled shape. Infection with this bacterium causes Lyme disease.

Credit: Tina Carvalho, University of Hawaii at Manoa, NIGMS photo gallery
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TWiM 22 Letters

Jim writes:

I'm greatly concerned about the harmful effects of nanotechnology. I'm old, but have grand kids, who already have to live with all kinds of junk in the environment. I guess it's a topic that fits in the virology category, too, since are not nanotech-sized parti... Read More

ARTS triggers apoptosis

Cell showing overproduction of the ARTS protein (red). ARTS triggers apoptosis, as shown by the activation of caspase-3 (green) a key tool in the cell's destruction. The nucleus is shown in blue.

Sarit Larisch and Hermann Steller, Rockefeller University Read More

TWiV 179: Was ist ein Virus?



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Read More

Mycobacterium fortuitum

Under a magnification of 3841X, this scanning electron micrograph SEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphologic details exhibited by a number of Gram-positive bacilli, or “rod-shaped”, Mycobacterium fortuitum bacteria.

M. fortuitum is classified as a “rapidly-growing” Mycobacterium, ... Read More

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