23andme, "the world's trusted source of personal genetic information", has produced a great animation series about genes and genetics. The films will be aired during Gene Screen, a night of film on health and genetics in Washington, D.C. on July 16. Watch an animated guide to your genes, SNPs, p... Read More
Archaea are single-celled organisms and a domain unto themselves, quite apart from the so called eukaryotes, being bacteria and higher organisms. Many species live under extreme conditions, and carry out unique biochemical processes shared neither with bacteria nor with eukaryotes. Methanogenic ... Read More
"Scientists in Portugal and France managed to follow the patterns of gene expression in food-poisoning bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) live during infection for the first time. The work about to be published in PLoS Pathogens shows how the bacterial genome shifts to better ada... Read More
A paper published in PubMed that appeared in the July 1967 edition of Applied Microbiology reports that men with beards who work in microbiology labs may be a public health hazard. The authors conclude that although lab personnel who wash their beards reduced the amount of virus or toxin, a suff... Read More
How honest are scientists? Most people in the general populace probably take scientists and researchers at face value but a recent paper published in the Public Library of Science by Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh suggests it is commoner than scientists would like the rest of the... Read More
The science of metagenomics has uncovered that viruses are the most abundant and genetically diverse organisms on earth. In an article published in Microbiology Today, Peter Simmons from the Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, discusses how discoveries of new viruses are pro... Read More
The New Scientist just published an article about the 10 most inspirational women scientists of all time. Not one is identified as microbiologist or bacteriologist (if you're thinking historically - although Rosalind Franklin did work on viruses). I'm curious if folks reading this wouldn't mind ... Read More
Listeria monocytogenes. Gram stain from BHI broth at 36 hours (1000X) Read More
Now there is even more reason to be concerned about the amount and kind of antibiotic you may be too quick to consume. Besides concerns about increasing antibiotic resistant bacteria due to overuse of antibiotics, research shows that antibiotics could have a long lasting effect on the beneficial... Read More
This article looks at key challenges when using agricultural waste as a sustainable source for biofuels to meet worldwide energy needs. Subjects include dealing with diverse cellulosic sugars and finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide back into useful biomass.
Why plants such as sugar cane and ... Read More
News media registration for the annual infectious disease meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is now open. The 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) will be held September 12-15, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
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The Department of Energy (DOE) is sequencing underwater docomposers. Apparently these fungus-like organisms act much like bacteria in degrading organic matter. Read More
The USDA has approved a new vaccine for dogs. Believed to have jumped from horses to dogs 5 years ago, H3N8 "has been a quiet undercurrent in the United States, rarely discussed except among veterinarians and dog owners in the few areas where it has struck hard: Florida, New York City’s northern... Read More
The National Health Board of Denmark announced that the first known case of pandemic H1N1 flu resistance to Tamiflu. Officials emphasize "there is no evidence" that the resistant virus has spread.
While the case is likely to be isolated, it calls into question the policy in most European coun... Read More
This is an interesting cancer treatment idea.
"Himanshu Brahmbhatt and Jennifer MacDiarmid of the company Engeneic in Sydney, Australia, had already coaxed bacteria such as E. coli into dividing at their ends, rather than in the middle. This way they produce tiny buds of cytoplasm devoid of c... Read More
The slow decay of coral reefs is a major problem and a signal that we are killing our environment. However, there appears to be one organism that doesn't care all that much or at the very least is hardly affected by the change. A sponge, discovered in a coral reef that was dying as a result of a... Read More
There is an interesting report in Nature: Biotechnology on the level of activism against environmental genetic modification:
The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups a... Read More
Carl Zimmer wondered if scientists had tattoos of their science and as it turns out, many do! Check out this great collection of science tattoos. I have to admit I browsed through the whole 23 page collection, fascinated by the art of science and seeing, in some cases, the full colored beauty of... Read More
Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at University of California, Davis, sings this parody of The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Read More