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FDA announces new plan for fighting antimicrobial resistance - effects on pets

Today the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) through their Center for Veterinary medicine announced a comprehensive National Antimicrobial Monitoring System (NARMS) Strategic Plan. Antibiotic resistance among enteric bacteria (those that live in the intestinal tract) has been a major concern for... Read More

Infection rates on the increase

Reported cases of infections such as E.coli have increased by more than a third in the last year, new figures reveal.

There were 4,427 reported blood infections caused by E.coli and other less well-known bacteria such as K pneumoniae and Paeruginosa in 2009, up from 3,207 the previous year.
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National Academy of Sciences Honors Microbiologists for Major Scientific Contributions

Three members of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) are among the 13 scientists that will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievement in the field of microbiology:

1. Bonnie L. Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Ins... Read More

Some Like it Hot

A guest post on Small Things Considered by S. Marvin Friedman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of CUNY, New York City, reviews the various mechanisms thermophiles and hyperthermophiles may use to proliferate at extreme temperatures. Friedman wonders whether ... Read More

The genius of bacteria

IQ scores are used to assess the intelligence of human beings. Now Tel Aviv University has developed a “Social-IQ score” for bacteria ― and it may lead to new antibiotics and powerful bacteria-based “green” pesticides for the agricultural industry.

An international team led by Prof. Eshel Ben... Read More

Outer packaging of chicken "covered in bacteria" study finds

Food standards officials discovered that 40 per cent of packets of chicken in a range of supermarkets, convenience stores and butchers were covered with bacteria on the outside.

Of 20 packets of chicken studied, eight had food poisoning bacteria on their wrapping while seven chickens were con... Read More

Spin-out to apply new technology for tackling infection

A new company has been launched to commercialise an award-winning technology, developed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, for tackling bacterial infection and contamination, including superbugs such as MRSA.

Fixed Phage Limited has been established to develop products based on its ... Read More

Rats and Plague, from a 1911 issue of Scientific American

Although the recent epidemics of bubonic plague in China, India, and other parts of the world have been always associated with outbreaks of the same disease among rats, the historical study of plague throughout the world reveals the singular fact that previous to 1800 very few references to a co... Read More

Cholera Takes A Breather In Haiti, But Could Surge

The cholera epidemic that has raged across this country is claiming fewer victims, with a sharp drop in new cases everywhere from the shimmering rice fields of the Artibonite Valley to the crowded urban slums.

It is a welcome development, but tinged with doubt: It's not yet known whether the ... Read More

Hemorrhagic fever claims 3 lives in western India

An Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever has killed three people in western India and dozens of doctors will screen a community of about 16,000 people in efforts to contain the disease, a state health minister said this past Wednesday.

India's National Institute of Virology later confirmed that the th... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 152 and 153. El experimento de Tuskegee (The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment)

El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 152 and 153 deals with the history of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and its follow-... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 27 - Ingenious Influenza Immunizations

This episode: Flu vaccine made by bacteria!

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Plasma therapy improves survival in severely ill flu patients

Giving plasma from someone who has recovered from an infection to a person who is acutely ill with that same infection is an old medical trick. Researchers reported Wednesday that the therapy can work on people with severe H1N1 influenza.

Researchers in Hong Kong gave plasma donated from pati... Read More

'Congo virus doesn't spread as fast as H1N1'

The virus that causes Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is slow moving and will not spread across the country as fast as the H1N1 swine flu virus, experts have said. However, the mortality rate among those affected by Congo virus will be far more than H1N1.

In an exclusive interview to ... Read More

TWiV 117: The Panic Virus with Seth Mnookin

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and Read More

TWiV 117 Letters

Martin writes:

Listen to this...it's incredible.

The pharma establishment is stomping on Dr. Andrew Wakefield in the same way they stomped on Peter Duesberg of UC Berkeley. In both cases Dues and Wakefield got it right, and the pharma establishment is shieldin... Read More

Microbiology organization releases Quick Guide for Cryptococcus gattii

The American Society for Microbiology has released a document designed to assist clinical laboratories in dealing with the emerging pathogen, Cryptococcus gattii.

The document titled A Quick Guide to the Significance and Laboratory Identification of Cryptococcus gattii was prepared by the PSA... Read More

Viral protein mimic keeps immune system quiet

In a new paper published Jan. 21 in the journal Science, a team of researchers led by Microbiology and Immunology professor Blossom Damania, PhD, has shown for the first time that the Kaposi sarcoma virus has a decoy protein that impedes a key molecule involved in the human immune response.

T... Read More

Synthetic Genes Sub for Natural Ones in Microbe Experiment

A handful of bacterial genes crucial to survival were successfully replaced by artificial ones in a new synthetic-biology experiment.

It’s not clear how the synthetic genes rescued the doomed E. coli bacteria, which had several important sequences of DNA knocked out of its genome. But scienti... Read More

Defense Mechanism Against Bacteria and Fungi Deciphered

To defend microbial attacks, the human body naturally produces a group of antibiotics, called defensins. An interdisciplinary team of biochemists and medical scientists has now deciphered the mechanism of action of a defensin, hitherto looked upon as exhibiting only minor activity. Their results... Read More
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