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The Arctic fresh water virome

Although we now understand that viruses are the most abundant organisms on Earth, there are gaps in our knowledge about their distribution in different environments. Results of a new study reveal the diversity and distribution of viruses in Arctic fresh waters. Read More

It takes a village... to ward off dangerous infections? New microbiome research suggests so

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Like a collection of ragtag villagers fighting off an invading army, the mix of bacteria that live in our guts may band together to keep dangerous infections from taking hold, new research suggests. Read More

HIV testing among older adults is declining, despite CDC recommendation

Researchers led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health examined HIV testing trends among adults ages 50 through 64 both before and after 2006, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that most doctors automatically screen all patients for HIV regardless of whe... Read More

Stanford researchers genetically engineer yeast to produce opioids

For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven bread. Now researchers at Stanford have genetically engineered yeast to make painkilling medicines, a breakthrough that heralds a faster and potentially less expensive way to produce many different types of pla... Read More

New Use for Well-known Algae

Shock! Horror! Some treasured molecular paleoenvironmental tools of organic biogeochemists—namely the alkenones, an esoteric group of long-chained compounds made by aquatic microalgae—are being put forward by O’Neil et al.1 as candidates for conversion to jet fuel on an industrial scale! (See... Read More

TWiV 354: The cat in the HAART

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

New understanding of genetic susceptibility to infections by Candida and Mycobacterium

The discovery of bi-allelic mutations in RORC in patients with candidiasis and mycobacteriosis revealed the pivotal role of RORC in mucocutaneous immunity to Candida and in systemic immunity to Mycobacterium in humans. Read More

I am the bacterium that lives in your intestine

Feeling lonely! Just remember you are not alone. A huge number of bacteria live in your body, and most of them are in your intestine. But you do not need to be worried about it, because they will not hurt you in a normal situation. In fact, the relation between humans and their microbiota is an... Read More

An Ebolavirus vaccine in Africa

An Ebolavirus vaccine has shown promising results in a clinical trial in Guinea. This vaccine has been in development since 2004 and was made possible by advances in basic virology of the past 40 years. Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where r... Read More

BacterioFiles 219 - Fungi Facilitate Photosynthetic Fuels

This episode: Fungi can act like sticky nets to help harvest algae for biofuels!

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Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in South London parks

Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Read More

Brown University to help Ghana build HIV, TB research capacity

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among HIV-positive Ghanaians, with one study blaming TB for 57 percent of HIV-related deaths in the mid-sized West-African nation. To tackle the problem, a partnership between Brown University and the University of... Read More

Bayer Seperated with Coverstro and Will Develop Its Business in Life Science

BOC Sciences-Bayer as a well known German based multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company recently separated with Coverstro both economically and legally. And after the independence, Bayer will be developed into a pure and leading life science company according to the latest official new... Read More

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults

Vaccinating one-year-olds against chickenpox could temporarily nearly double the incidence of shingles in the wider population, but in younger adults than previously thought. Read More

Discovery points to a new path toward a universal flu vaccine

Flu vaccines can be something of a shot in the dark. Not only must they be given yearly, there's no guarantee the strains against which they protect will be the ones circulating once the season arrives. Read More

Bacterial Enzyme is Found for a Medical Way of Smoking Cessation

BOC Sciences-There is a new species of bacteria found by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) for a kind of enzyme it produces that can be used as an interfering substance to achieve smoking cessation. This finding will be smokingof considerable significance for its effectivenes... Read More

New clues on the history of the smallpox vaccine virus

Smallpox - simply hearing the word evokes images of countless people suffering gruesome deaths throughout recorded history. Known scientifically as variola, the virus had 30 percent mortality rate and survivors were branded with pox scars for life. For millennia, physicians often did more harm t... Read More

The Wall of Polio, version 3.0

Back in 2013 I built a Wall of Polio in my laboratory – a large stack of six-well cell culture plates that have been used to measure the concentration of polioviruses in various samples by plaque assay. It became a focal point of the lab at which many guests came to have their photographs taken.... Read More
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