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Newly Developed Antimicrobial Peptide May Protect Mice from Lethal Bacterial Infections Including MRSA

In a new study researchers from Japan suggest that a synthetic antimicrobial peptide identified as L5 may prevent death in mice suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections, such as MRSA, by activating the host immune response. They report their findings in the June 2009 issue of the jo... Read More

Newly Discovered Interferon Response May Offer Early Control of H5N1 Influenza Virus

Researchers from Georgia suggest that the cell-signaling protein, interferon type 1, reduced H5N1 influenza virus replication in mice and may offer some degree of protection in the early stages of infection. They report their findings in the June 2009 issue of the Journal of Virology. Read More

Composting Humanure

The City of Austin, Texas, has given it's official stamp of approval to carpenter David Bailey who has created a composting toilet that "flushes" with sawdust and relies on bacteria to transform human waste into soil.

"Known as a composting toilet, the East Austin commode relies on the alchem... Read More

Getting Mosquitoes to Poison Their Own Larvae

Researchers in Britain have sucessfully tested a way to get mosquitoes to bring pesticide back to their eggs, similar to how honeybees pollinate flowers. Please, please let this work. Read More

Nestle Cookie Dough Products Voluntarily Recalled

Nestle's U.S. baking division said on Friday that it was voluntarily recalling its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after the FDA announced they are investigating reports of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in consumers who also reported having eaten raw cookie dough. Since March... Read More

Infectious Disease Specialist Speculates the Elderly May be protected from H1N1

Rhode Island Hospital infectious diseases specialist Leonard Mermel, DO, hypothesizes in a letter to the editor in the journal The Lancet that the swine influenza H1N1 strain circulating now may have enough similarity to the previously circulating H1N1 strain known as the Russian Flu in the 1970... Read More

Scientific American to be the heart of Nature Publishing Group's Consumer News Division

This week the Scientific American team will join their Nature Publishing Group (NPG) colleagues in the existing NPG offices in Varick Street, New York City. The office move marks a major step in the integration of two of Macmillan Publishers' most dynamic publishing units. Scientific American wi... Read More

The virus spy

On 17 April, Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was called in to help diagnose a cluster of cases of serious respiratory illness of unknown cause in Mexico. This was molecular virologist Yan Li's forte; his team was the first to identify and report the SARS coronavi... Read More

TWiV 37: Open Access

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In episode 37 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove and gues... Read More

Extreme Life Thrives Where the Livin’ Ain’t Easy

Wired magazine has put together an 8-part image gallery that matches the extremophile microbe with it's environment.


"Once upon a time, scientists routinely found life in places where it wasn’t supposed to exist. That doesn’t happen anymore, and not because the pace of discovery has s... Read More

Swine Influenza H1N1 US Totals: 21,449 Cases, 87 Deaths

I'm sure most of us have had enough of swine flu/H1N1 news, but the CDC does daily updates on their site that tally the number of cases and fatalities. To date the US has a grand total of 21,449 cases and 87 deaths. I don't think the daily number tallies are worth posting to MicrobeWorld everyda... Read More

Antibiotics take toll on beneficial microbes in gut

It’s common knowledge that a protective navy of bacteria normally floats in our intestinal tracts. Antibiotics at least temporarily disturb the normal balance. But it’s unclear which antibiotics are the most disruptive, and if the full array of “good bacteria” return promptly or remain altered f... Read More

Experts caution that the word "probiotic" is widely misused

"As manufacturers add the microbes to everything from infant formula and fruit juice to pizza, muffins and granola bars, experts caution that the word "probiotic" is widely misused by the industry and misunderstood by consumers.

While there are thousands of bacterial strains, only a few dozen... Read More

Avian Bacterium More Dangerous Than Believed

Until recently, Bordetella hinzii was believed to be nonpathogenic in poultry. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have shown that the bacterium caused severe disease in turkeys that was attributed to another Bordetella species.

B. avium is a pathogenic bacterium that causes up... Read More

Eating MRSA Does Not Present a Health Hazard Study Says

The superbug methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is able to infect food but eating or handling tainted produce does not present an increased health hazard to humans, a new report has said.

However, the study, compiled jointly by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Europe... Read More

Antibiotics-resistant gulls in southern France worry scientists

The resistance pattern for antibiotics in gulls is the same as in humans, and a new study by Uppsala University researchers shows that nearly half of Mediterranean gulls in southern France have some form of resistance to antibiotics.

The findings of the study show that nearly half of the bird... Read More

Microbial Destinations: The Kansas Underground Salt Museum and the 250 Million Year Old Microbe

With all the excitement about the microbes found in Greenland that have been buried below two miles of ice for at least 120,000 years and have been revived in the laboratory, there is another living microbe that's supposedly 250 million years old.


Found in a Kansas salt mine and reviv... Read More

Plastics Made By Microbes

The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that three scientists who presented at the 109th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology speak out on the possibility of plastics made (or broken down) by naturally occurring microbes.

The article highlights the work of Mark van Loos... Read More

Gram negative diplococci in blood smear of patient taken 2 hours after dental cleaning

Gram negative diplococci in blood smear of patient taken 2 hours after dental cleaning Read More

The Rip Van Winkle Bug: A Microbe Is Resurrected After 120,000 Years

After 120,000 years of slumbering in a Greenland glacier beneath almost two miles of ice, an ultra-small bacteria has been resurrected by the patient efforts of scientists. After incubating the bacteria for almost a year in water that was just above freezing temperature, colonies of the tiny pur... Read More

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