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Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death

CORVALLIS, Ore. - About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic plague. Read More

TWiV 391: Whiter reefs, fresh breath

If you have always wanted to know what coral reefs and the human oral cavity have in common, listen as guests David Pride and Forest Rohwer talk about their work on the microbiomes and viromes of these two environments, and you'll also understand why mucus is cool.


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Romidepsin can reverse HIV latency in patients on long-term ART

A cure for HIV requires the eradication of latent (i.e., dormant and therefore hidden) virus from reservoirs in immune cells throughout the body. HIV latency depends on the activity of proteins from the human host called histone deacetylases (HDAC), and previous work has shown that HDAC inhibito... Read More

Study points to a possible new pathway toward a vaccine against MRSA

New research led by NYU Langone Medical Center has uncovered why a particular strain of Staphylococcus aureus -- known as HA-MRSA -- becomes more deadly than other variations. These new findings open up possible new pathways to vaccine development against this bacterium, which the Centers for Di... Read More

TWiM 131: Mice behaving badly

Michael and Vincent present Spotlights, brief reviews of classic papers in the Journal of Bacteriology, and explain how a single bacterial species can reverse autism-like social deficits in the offspring of obese mice.


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Zika virus has potential to spread rapidly through Americas

The Zika virus, possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the United States, according to an international team of researchers who track the spread of infectious diseases. Read More

UV light robots cut c. diff transmissions by 25 percent on cancer patient floors

SAN DIEGO--Robots are capable of all sorts of tasks to help better treat cancer: They connect oncologists to patients remotely, make incisions, staple them shut, deliver "nano" therapies--and they clean rooms. New research from Penn Medicine infection control specialists found that ultraviolet (... Read More

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Balamuthia mandrillaris


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Dually noted: New CRISPR-Cas9 strategy edits genes 2 ways

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has been in the limelight mainly as a revolutionary genome engineering tool used to modify specific gene sequences within the vast sea of an organism's DNA. Cas9, a naturally occurring protein in the immune system of certain bacteria, acts like a pair of molecular scissors... Read More

Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More

Agar Art Contest 2015

I am a Dutch PhD student working on Red Fluorescent Proteins and I really want to join the Agar Art Contest, but I just heard of it today!
I know the deadline was the 3th of September, but I still send you my artwork. Hope you enjoy it! Read More

The American Society for Microbiology Designates the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

Washington, DC –October 8, 2015 – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2015, at 3 pm at the Charles Miller Auditorium, B102 Chemi... Read More

Portraits of Microbiologists Using Luminous Bacteria as "Paint."

My wife Jennifer Quinn​ hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson​ and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was fou... Read More

A new approach to predict evolution of influenza viruses can enhance vaccine efficacy

New results from a study performed at the University of Helsinki suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines. The researchers were able to develop a simple approach for reliable real-time tracking and prediction of vi... Read More

Likely Drug Interactions In Placenta Could Harm Fetus

Washington, DC - October 13, 2015 - To date, studies in pregnant women examining transport of drugs across the placenta are rare and inadequate, said Tomo Nabekura, PhD. Such knowledge could be vital to preserving fetal health. In a new laboratory study, Nabekura and colleagues have illuminated ... Read More

Prion contamination in the emergency room

Here is a follow-up to last week’s article that described a case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in a Texas resident caused by ingestion of BSE-contaminated beef 14 years ago.

A 59 year old male patient was admitted to the trauma unit in Lancaster, PA with a self-inflicted gunshot wound ... Read More

Bacteriophage Treatment Decontaminates Infant Formula

Washington, DC – October 23, 2015 - A phage showed strong anti-microbial activity against a type of food-borne bacterium that often kills infants after infecting them via infant formula. Phages are viruses that infect only bacteria. The research is published October 23 online in Applied and Envi... Read More

A Compound from Beet Juice is Beneficial to Heart Failure Treatment

BOC Sciences-Scientists team from Washington University inspired by their previous study on beet juice that athlete drink for better muscle performance, and found nitrate existing in the juice can be helpful in the treatment of heart failure. Read More

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

Scientists wonder why some people get so sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E.coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Now Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers believe they have discovered an exp... Read More
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