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Transposases are the most abundant, most ubiquitous genes in nature

A team of scientists based at San Diego State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of South Florida have analyzed all sequence data available in public databases from complete genomes and environmental community genomes, and found out that jumping genes (known as transposase... Read More

Chinese hampster ovary cell assay

Chinese hampster ovary cell assay for cholera enterotoxin. Top = untreated control cells; bottom = cholera toxin-treated cells Read More

Duke Transforms Proteins Into Glass

Duke Univ. researchers have devised a method to dry and preserve proteins in a glassified form that seems to retain the molecules' properties as workhorses of biology.

They are exploring whether their glassification technique could bring about protein-based drugs that are cheaper to make and ... Read More

Bacterial 'Conversations' Have Impact on Climate

It’s wondrous how the vast and the infinitesimal combine to make our planet work. Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found that bacteria in the ocean, gathering in sort of “microbial block parties,” communicate and cooperate with each other to have a significant impac... Read More

"Come over baby/whole lot of shakin' goin' on"

Perhaps Jerry Lee Lewis's rock n' roll classic will soon be topping the charts of virologists world wide! Read More

Network de Traductores

Traductores principales y coordinadores

  • Emilia Quesada Arroquia, Departamento de Microbiología. Facultad de Farmacia. Universidad de Granada. Granada

  • Jon Trout, Vicerrectorado de Investigación y Política Científica. Universidad de Granada. Granada Read More

Billions of Tiny Bugs Have Green Jobs Cleaning Up Polluted Sites

Talk about green jobs! The California company Microvi Biotech has developed a low cost, low impact, energy efficient system that puts billions of microorganisms to work, cleaning up notorious soil and groundwater pollutants like perchlorate, a rocket fuel additive that is also used to make expl... Read More

New method uses "super-sexed" but sterile male insects for sustainable pest control

Agricultural researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are developing an improved method for sustainable pest control using "super-sexed" but sterile male insects to copulate with female ones.

The scientists thus hope to offer yet another efficient and promising avenue for supplying ... Read More

Microwave technology sterilises medical equipment

Researchers have come up with a new way of sterilising medical equipment - by using a microwave.

Low-cost technology to kill harmful bacteria has been developed at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

Researchers found that by attaching a vacuum vessel to a microwave oven, atomic oxygen and ozon... Read More

How to Make a Decision: Advice for Scientists

Which grad school should you go to?… should you take that new job?… should you quit your current job?… should you stay in science?… should you get married, go for a run, eat that chocolate bar?…..

You have a multitude of decisions to make in your life. But now you are facing a particularly im... Read More

Urea broth

Urea broth. Demonstrates positive, negative, uninoculated tube (1:6) Read More

With Swine Flu On The Wane, Health Officials Look Ahead

As the first influenza pandemic of this century appears to have turned a corner, preparations are already under way for next flu season.

Today the World Health Organization picked the strains to go in next fall's Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine. The ingredients: the pandemic H1N1, or swine fl... Read More

Point of care testing for MRSA is effective

A study has investigated whether a commercial real-time polymerase chain reaction test for MRSA could be used as a point of care test.

GeneXpert systems, used to carry out the MRSA test, were installed on four wards at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and in the microbiolo... Read More

Tobacco bacterias are potential cause of URI's

As if another reason was needed to quit smoking, though this one is certainly a doozy. Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 45

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A continuación: la fiebre de los cereales, colonizando vejigas, tarjetas de memoria con virus y la fabricación de compost con gusanos como un arte.


La fiebre de los cereales


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Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives

The Haydel-Summers collaborative has added clarity to these distinctly muddy waters by screening more than 50 mineral mixtures (and aqueous extractions from them, known as leachates) marketed as health and cosmetic products using pathogens Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimuriu... Read More

Washing hands is a smart preventive; so is washing trauma patients

Swabbing down trauma patients with disposable, antiseptic-laced cloths appears to pay off in terms of infection control.

Doctors at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle found that patients given a daily antiseptic wipe down were much less likely to develop a catheter-related bloodstream infe... Read More

Engineered bacteria

Researchers have devised a way to attach sugars to proteins using unique biological and chemical methods. This means that large quantities of different glycoproteins can be generated for various medical and biological studies.

When the intestinal bacterium E. coli and the diarrheal pathogen ... Read More

CDC: Regional H1N1 in five states

Five states reported regional H1N1 influenza activity, and Puerto Rico and six states reported local influenza activity, U.S. health officials said Friday.

The weekly flu surveillance report -- completed during flu season by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- said for the week ... Read More

Contagion, the movie

Contagion is the name of a new action-thriller movie about a global outbreak of a deadly viral disease. Slated to be released in 2011, it is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lawrence Fishburne. That’s certainly an ... Read More

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