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New vaccine blocks malaria transmission in lab experiments

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein (Pfs48/45) in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and non-human primates for use in a potential transmission-blocking vaccine. Antibo... Read More

NIAID to start clinical trials of H1N1 vaccine

Scientists in a network of medical research institutions across the United States are set to begin a series of clinical trials to gather critical data about influenza vaccines, including two candidate H1N1 flu vaccines. The research will be under the direction of the National Institute of Allerg... Read More

Syphilis making comeback, gonorrhea more treatment resistant

According to Dr. David H. Martin, Professor and Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, "the number of cases of the asymptomatic Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common reportable infectious disease in the US, is growing; gonorrhea... Read More

The CDC stops reporting confirmed and probable H1N1 flu cases

Instead of reporting confirmed and probable novel H1N1 flu cases, the CDC has transitioned to using its traditional flu surveillance systems to track the progress of both the novel H1N1 flu pandemic and seasonal influenza. The CDC believes "confirmed and probable case counts represent a signific... Read More

2009 MicrobeLibrary Editor's Choice Award Winner: Fruiting Bodies and Mature Basidiospores of the Stalked Puffball Mushroom, Calostoma sp.

Each year the ASM's MicrobeLibrary Visual Collection Editorial Committee presents the Editor's Choice Award to three visual resources (one animation, one still image, and one video) published over the past year. The chosen resources exemplify the criteria for publication in the MicrobeLibrary. T... Read More

Milking Algae to Produce Biofuel

Researchers from Canada and India have published a thorough paper in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Industrial Engineering & Chemical Research on various approaches, challenges and benefits of “milking” oil from single-cell algae known as diatoms.

"In this communication, ... Read More

Alzheimer's Disease: A Case of Mistaken Identity?

In a new study published today (July 22) in the July issue of the journal Cell Host & Microbe, UC Davis researchers report that both amyloid plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and structures made by some gut bacteria likely elicit the same response by human immune cells.

"Alz... Read More

Sequencing the Sea with Craig Venter

Filmed in Feb. 2005, genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean’s biodiversity. Read More

Swine flu could strike up to 40 percent in 2 years

U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die if a vaccine campaign and other measures aren't successful.

Those estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean about t... Read More

Finger Inoculation Gram Stain 1000X

I just received a microscope the other day with a detachable USB camera! This is one of the first photos I took on it. Not the best as I'm still learning how to use it... but there are distinct Gram positive bacilli, cocci (diplococci I believe), and Gram negative bacilli from a finger inocula... Read More

Escherichia coli and Salmonella paratyphi Flower on 2 EMB plates

I created these two plate cultures for a "most popular" photo scholarship contest on the web and amazingly I have received a nice popularity score thus far. The plates are of Eosin Methylene Blue Agar media with Escherichia coli as the stem and leaves and Salmonella paratyphi as the petels. If... Read More

Resistance to antibiotics: When 1+1 is not 2

The evolution of multiple antibiotic resistances is a global and difficult problem to eradicate. Isabel Gordo, a group leader at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC)- Portugal, reports in the paper published in the latest issue of PLoS Genetics (*), that the deleterious effect associated wi... Read More

The many faces of group A streptococcus: “flesh eating bacteria” (includes video)

The “flesh eating bacteria” is actually a relatively rare bacterial infection technically known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The most common organism that causes this devastating disease is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep), however other bacteria have been implicated (Clostrid... Read More

'Bacterial Computers': Genetically Engineered Bacteria Have Potential To Solve Complicated Mathematical Problems

US researchers have created 'bacterial computers' with the potential to solve complicated mathematics problems. The findings of the research demonstrate that computing in living cells is feasible, opening the door to a number of applications. The second-generation bacterial computers illustrate ... Read More

Trailer for "Under Our Skin"

From Underourskin.com - A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the sto... Read More

Mass. Biofuel Co. Increases Cellulosic Ethanol Yield Above DOE's Threshold for Commercial Production

A Massachusetts-based biofuel company called Qteros, formerly known as SunEthanol, has announced an ethanol yield well beyond what the U.S. Department of Energy considers the threshold for commercial production using a technology called Q Microbe, which turns biomass into cellulosic ethanol,

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Call for 2010 Research Mentors for the ASM Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Want to be a host mentor? Your influence can have a wonderful impact on a minority science student. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) seeks partnership with research mentors at research intensive institutions to leverage support of the fellowship program. The research mentor must be an... Read More

Making Human Genomic Sequencing a Business

MIT's Technology Review offers some interesting insight into the business of personal genome sequencing and analysis:

In some ways, Jorge Conde, cofounder of the genomics startup Knome, knows his clients more intimately than any other company president. Knome is the first company to sequence... Read More

Cells in the Lungs Use Taste Receptors to Detect Bitter Compounds

Like that of the tongue, cell receptors in the lungs can detect bitter substances. "Epithelial cells that line the airways in the lungs use the same type of sensory receptors" as found in the tongue and act to repel bitter compounds which are often toxic. "Tiny, hair-like projections called cili... Read More

Living, Breeding Mice Grown From Skin Cells

Reprogrammed mouse skin cells have resulted in living mice. Mice that have since reproduced and seen their offspring reproduce as well. "The reprogrammed adult cells, known as induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells" are similar to embryonic stem cells however researchers are unsure if these... Read More

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