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NSF grant to launch world's first open-source genetic parts production facility

With seed money from the National Science Foundation (NSF), bioengineers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University are ramping up efforts to characterize the thousands of control elements critical to the engineering of microbes so that eventually, researchers can mix a... Read More

Micro eGuide - Streak Plate Technique

In the last tutorial I posted from the Micro eGuide you learned a method for practicing proper streaking technique. In this video we learn how to put this technique into practice and streak a plate properly. Read More

Promising Probiotic Treatment For Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Bacteria that produce compounds to reduce inflammation and strengthen host defences could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Such probiotic microbes could be the most successful treatment for IBD to date, as explained in a review published in the February issue of the Journal of ... Read More

Genomic surveillance of pandemic H1N1

The BC Centre for Disease Control has launched an influenza genome sequencing project to better understand how the pandemic H1N1 flu virus has evolved in British Columbia, and may continue to evolve in the coming months.

This project capitalizes on BC's expertise and capacity in genome sequen... Read More

New Visible Light Photocatalyst Kills Bacteria, Even After Light Turned Off

In the battle against bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a powerful new weapon -- an enhanced photocatalytic disinfection process that uses visible light to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses, even in the dark.

Based upon a new catalyst, the disinfection proc... Read More

Neisseria meningitidis

Neisseria meningitidis colonies on chocolate agar with positive oxidase test as indicated by black colonies (1:2) Read More

In sync: Squid, glowing companions march in genetic harmony

Most humans are blissfully unaware that we owe our healthful existence to trillions of microbes that make their home in the nooks and crannies of the human body, primarily the gut.

During evolutionary history, humans and bacteria have forged a mutually beneficial coexistence that provides the... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 9

How to make Surströmming, "soured herring," a northern Swedish delicacy consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Careful though, several major airlines have banned this canned delight by declaring it "potentially explosive" since the fermentation process in the can is ongoing.

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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 37

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¿Usamos excesivamente los antibióticos?


De modo tradicional se aconseja a los pacientes que continúen sus tratamientos con antibióticos hasta bastante después de q... Read More

Cryptic Life in the Antarctic Dry Valleys

Small Things Considered co-blogger Merry Youle has a post about the diversity of life in McKelvey Valley, a broad, glacially-carved pass just west of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Her writing is inspired in part by a recent paper from the University of Hong Kong (See Read More

Microbial research spawns new generation of biofuels

Genetic modification techniques have revolutionized the way life sciences firms discover and produce drugs and vaccines. They’re also poised to transform how the world produces liquid fuel.

Advances in microbial science are powering the second generation of biofuel companies, ones that are lo... Read More

A new virology course at Columbia University

Tomorrow is the start of my new virology course at Columbia University. The course, Biology W3310, is aimed at advanced undergraduates and will be taught at the Morningside Campus of Columbia University. Read More

MTS42 - Julian Davies - The Mysteries of Medicine's Silver Bullet

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Malaria bug enters skin using sticky patches

German researchers have worked out how the malaria parasite is able to burrow through the skin and into our body.

The study of sporozoites — the highly mobile stages of the malaria parasite — is published in the January issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

"We show that sporozoite mot... Read More

Painless Plasma Jets Could Replace Dentist's Drill

Plasma jets capable of obliterating tooth decay-causing bacteria could be an effective and less painful alternative to the dentist's drill, according to a new study published in the February issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

Firing low temperature plasma beams at dentin -- the fib... Read More

Friendly Bacteria Love the Humble Apple

Why does an apple a day keep the doctor away? New research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why eating apples is good for you.

Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the University of Denmark fed rats on a diet that was ric... Read More

Early immune response needed for hit-and-hide cancer viruses

Retroviruses such as HIV and HTLV-1 don't hit-and-run, they hit-and-hide. They slip into host cells and insert their own DNA into the cell's DNA, and from this refuge they establish an infection that lasts a lifetime.

But that infection might be much less troublesome and much more manageable ... Read More

Zebrafish make good 'guinea pigs' for human drugs

Zebrafish need Prozac like they need a bicycle, yet recording how various molecules affect their behaviour may be the perfect way to discover treatments for mental illness and neurological diseases.

Most brain drugs are variations on 50-year-old medicines, says Randall Peterson of Massachuset... Read More

Analysis: Swine flu is not just a hoax by big pharma

As the dreaded autumn wave ends and official deaths remain relatively low, the backlash against the H1N1 pandemic response is in full swing. Claims range from a massive overreaction by health authorities to a conspiracy cooked up by big pharma. But while swine flu may have boosted profits for va... Read More

Normal guinea pig eye

Normal guinea pig eye (see http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2524 for other, infected eye via Sereny test). Read More

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