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Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Pet Turtles

Pet turtles are spreading potentially life-threatening salmonella bacteria in an outbreak of the illness that has sickened more than 100 people across the United States, according to a new report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The AVMA said the current outbreak of sa... Read More

Loboa loboi

Loboa loboi in pus from human lesion. Chains of yeast cells are characteristic Read More

FDA to mandate processing of raw oysters

US-grown oysters will be a hassle to find from May to October once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements its new plan to reduce deaths from bacterial food poisoning.

FDA's Michael Taylor said the agency will fight the fatal Vibrio vulnificus by mandating post-production processing... Read More

Swine Flu Virus Confirmed In Minnesota Pig

"It's now official: at least one pig in Minnesota has been confirmed to have had the swine flu virus, according to the Agriculture Department Monday.

The Agriculture Department was quick to point out, however, that the presence of the virus in a show pig doesn't mean commercial herds are inf... Read More

Tackling Typhoid: First High-throughput Analysis Of Every Salmonella Typhi Gene

For the first time, researchers are able to look at the need for every gene in a bacterial cell in a single experiment. The new method will transform the study of gene activity and the search for weaknesses in bacterial armouries.

Using a newly developed, next-gen sequencing method, a team es... Read More

Swine Flu News Gets Politicized - Less than Half of Americans Want the Jab

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' latest weekly News Interest Index survey, conducted Oct. 9-12 among 1,003 adults, finds that fewer than half (46%) say news reports are presenting the swine flu's danger about right, while nearly as many (43%) say news reports are overstating the d... Read More

Want a quick $100,000 for infectious disease research?

This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions to Round 4 of Grand Challenges Explorations is November 2, 2009, a $100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions.

Anyone can apply, regardless of prior experience or institutional affiliation. Previous... Read More

In Shaping Our Immune Systems, Some 'Friendly' Bacteria May Play Inordinate Role

Out of the trillions of "friendly" bacteria -- representing hundreds of species -- that make our intestines their home, new evidence in mice suggests that it may be a very select few that shape our immune responses. The findings detailed in two October 16th reports appearing in the journals Cell... Read More

Antibiotic research: the kryptonite of superbugs

HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED infections are a scourge that kill and injure patients and impose a heavy cost burden on the nation’s health care system, so much so that policy makers are debating the idea of rewarding hospitals that reduce their infection rate and punishing those that don’t. This makes sense... Read More

E. coli could be used to plug holes in pipes

Students in Aberdeen are developing a revolutionary technique that could see E. coli being used to plumb leaks in pipes.

Students in Aberdeen are developing a revolutionary technique that could see E. coli being used to plumb leaks in pipes.

Certain strains of the bacteria, which are not h... Read More

TWiV 54: Professor Lynn Enquist, virology luminary

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The differences between adaptive and random genetic changes during the evolution of E. coli

After Twenty-one years and 40,000 generations of bacteria later, Richard Lenski, professor of microbial ecology at Michigan State University, reveals new details about the differences between adaptive and random genetic changes during evolution in E. coli.

"Sequencing genomes of various gene... Read More

Three Hogs in Minnesota test positive for H1N1

In late August of this year, three hogs at the Minnesota State Fair tested positive for H1N1, aka Swine Flu, according to the Department of Agriculture's veterinary lab in Ames, Iowa.

"The department said the test results were preliminary and would not be confirmed for a few days. But if the ... Read More

Have your rotten food or dead bugs scanned with a benchtop SEM for free!

The ASPEX Corporation, a leader in scanning electron microscopes and microanalysis software, is offering a free benchtop SEM scan of anything you can think to send them! Past submissions have included mold, cat hair, a penny and an assortment of other random objects. This is a unique opportunity... Read More

HAART treatment protects against HIV transmission to newborns, study says

Mothers receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat HIV-1 infection are less likely than untreated mothers to transmit the virus to their newborns through breastfeeding, according to a new study. The findings, now available online in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Infect... Read More

Scientists call for paradigm shift in how we approach infectious disease and population mobility

When people travel, pathogens often hitch a ride with them. As about a billion people cross international borders each year, microbes are being spread farther and wider than ever before.

In a paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), a journal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont... Read More

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Supply Status

In an era of transparency, the CDC is doing it's part by posting every Friday the H1N1 vaccine supply status for all states and U.S. territories. Click "source" to view the status of allocations, orders and shipments. Read More

Obscure gut microbe keeps mice immune systems in check

Medical researchers have long suspected that obscure bacteria living within the intestinal tract may help keep the human immune system in balance. An international collaboration co-led by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center has now identified a bizarre-looking microbial species that can sin... Read More

Student research raises hope for future

Here's a nice story from the Rider News, the student newspaper of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, on how the American Society for Microbiology supports undergraduate research.

"The research of two senior biology majors may have an effect on the medicines of the future, and they have t... Read More

The Nature of Phages (video)

Learn all about bacteriophage, bacteria's natural enemy. A virus that attacks bacteria much like bacteria can attack us with deadly results. See how phage, discovered over 80 years ago, is now being used to treat infections and fight off deadly bacteria. Read More

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