A Brazilian scientist is developing a method of purifying contaminated waste water that accumulates at mining sites by using a genetically modified bacteria that can absorb heavy metals.
Ronaldo Biondo, from the University of Sao Paulo, is developing the technology for the country's largest m... Read More
A microbe linked to toxic algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay emits a poison to protect itself and to stun its equally tiny prey, Maryland scientists said.
Knowing the hunting habits of Karlodinium veneficum could help reduce fish kills, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said... Read More
For thousands of years, epidemics of contagious diseases were believed to be caused by the wrath of the gods, configuration of stars, or miasma. The association of specific microorganisms with disease came about as a consequence of the work of the German physician Robert Koch. He formulated a se... Read More
Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago. Scientists at the European Molecular Biolog... Read More
Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.
Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small. But for the first time ... Read More
Scientists studying an ancient metazoan organism discover antimicrobial peptide active against MRSA. Read More
Conditions with an immunological basis, such as multiple sclerosis, might be ameliorated by means of the helminth parasites that cause chronic ill-health in the tropics Read More
Microscopic parasites rather than Mesozoic-era predators might explain some otherwise puzzling damage being detected in dinosaur fossils. Read More
The Royal Society, founded in London in 1660 and one of the world's oldest scientific institutions, is marking the start of its 350th year by putting 60 of its most memorable research papers online. Several of these documents include papers by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and even Antoni... Read More
As we near the end of Microbe Theater, we get to see what our animated friends look like in real life.
By the way, in this episode they refer to "Tadayasu" several times. Tadayasu is the main, human character in the original Japanese anime story "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture" that ... Read More
The Micro eGuide presents Aseptic Techniques: Pipette Transfers. Read More
Exophiala jeanselmei hyphae in walls of 'cyst'. Phaeohyphomycosis Read More
Wear the face mask? Don't wear the face mask? The question may seem moot now -- what with a decline in H1N1 cases and pharmacies now publicly trumpeting the availability of vaccine against the influenza strain -- but a few months back, it was anything but academic.
Researchers at the Universi... Read More
Current research suggests that the flu may predispose to secondary bacterial infections, which account for a significant proportion of mortality during flu pandemics.
A common complication of flu infection is a secondary "super-infection" by bacteria, which greatly increases the morbidity and... Read More
What do Tokyo commuter-rail designers and the slime mold Physarum polycephalum have in common? The two will build strikingly similar networks.
A Japan-based research team found that if they placed bits of food (oat flakes) around a central Physarum in the same location as 36 outlying cities a... Read More
New technology has made it possible, for the first time, to track the potentially deadly bacteria MRSA around the world or from one person to another, a new study reports.
The ability to track MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can help scientists figure out how the bacteria m... Read More
Marshall W. Nirenberg, a biologist who deciphered the genetic code of life, earning a Nobel Prize for his achievement, died Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.
The cause was cancer, said his stepdaughter Susan Weissman.
In solving the genetic code, Dr. Nirenberg established the rul... Read More
Scientists at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) have for the first time developed a highly sensitive means of detecting the seven types of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) simultaneously.
The BoNT-detecting substances are antibodies -- proteins made by the body to fight dis... Read More
Chicken sold in supermarkets, restaurants and other outlets may place young women at risk of urinary tract infections (UTI), McGill researcher Amee Manges has discovered. Samples taken in the Montreal area between 2005 and 2007, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Un... Read More
Glowing bacteria that flash on and off together are pointing the way towards implants made of engineered cells that would deliver precise doses of drugs or hormones at specific times of the day.