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Historic Cave Art Under Attack from Bacteria

"The Lascaux cave in south-west France houses invaluable animal paintings that are between 16,000 and 17,000 years old, making them among the oldest examples of cave art ever found. Now conservationists must deal with the twin threats of the Fusarium solani fungus and the new bacterial populatio... Read More

Pea-sized Seahorse, Bacteria That Life In Hairspray, Caffeine-free coffee Among Top 10 New Species Of 2008

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists – scientists responsible for species exploration and classification – today announce the top 10 new species described in 2008. On the list are a pea-sized seahorse, caffe... Read More

Immunomagnetic Beads Can Attract Plague Bacteria

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have used antibody-coated immunomagnetic beads (IMBs) to detect Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague.

While similar techniques are often used to detect various bacterial species, the methods must be altered to suit specific p... Read More

Will going gluten free mess up your gut bacteria?

Yes, going gluten free is trendy. And foregoing products made from wheat like bread, cookies, cakes and other processed foods is necessary for people with celiac, an auto-immune problem caused by gluten, a protein in wheat. But when there’s trendy, there’s always folks ready to trash the trend n... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Odors in Microbiology

The nose knows.  Microorganisms produce odors in a wide variety of ecosystems, causing a wide range of environmental, medical, and other issues. Examples include bacterial-associated human odors, odors related to livestock and pets, wastewater... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - What Did Salmonella Saintpaul Teach Us?

One of the largest foodborne illness outbreaks in recent history, the recent Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak in 2008 associated with produce, stymied many public health investigators, epidemiologists, and food industry experts for an extended period ... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Plugging Microbial Activities and Genomes into the Energy Grid

The answer to the looming fuel crisis in the 21st century may be found by thinking small, microscopic in fact.  Microscopic organisms from bacteria and cyanobacteria, to fungi to microalgae, are biological factories that are proving to be effi... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - One Health: A New Paradigm for Microbiology and Public Health

Over half of all new diseases in humans since 1940 have jumped from animals to humans and researchers predict that the bulk of new and emerging diseases in humans over the next century will come from domestic animals and wildlife.  Anthropozoo... Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Metabolomics and Metabonomics

What is metabolomics? Oh, that's easy. It's the study of the metabolome. Very good. Now, what is the metabolome?

* the collection of all metabolites in a biological organism, which are the end products of its gene expression. (Source)
* the complete set of small-molecule metabolites ... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Open Science: The Risks, Rewards and Challenges (Part 5)

Panelists at the American Society for Microbiology's round table on open science address questions on citation impact of open science and distribution of research, the impact of being covered by the New York Times, article half-lives, scientific society finances, open access scientific softwa... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Open Science: The Risks, Rewards and Challenges (Part 4)

Panelists at the American Society for Microbiology's round table on open science address questions on whether the scientific results and outcomes of the public's tax funded scientific research should be available immediately and free online. Also in this clip are questions about peer review a... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Open Science: The Risks, Rewards and Challenges (Part 3)

Panelists at the American Society for Microbiology's round table on open science address questions on whether the scientific results and outcomes of the public's tax funded scientific research should be available immediately and free online.


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ASM GM 2009 - Open Science: The Risks, Rewards and Challenges (Part 2)

Joseph Deken, Ph.D., Director/Res Prog Dev, UCSD, Samuel Kaplan, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics , University of Texas-Houston Medical School and former Chair of ASM's Publications Board, and Rosie Redfield, Ph.D., Redfield Lab, University of B... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - Open Science: The Risks, Rewards and Challenges (Part 1)

Chris Condayan, Manager, Public Outreach, for the American Society for Microbiology and Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Dean, College of Sciences and Associate Director, Center for Microbial Sciences at San Diego State University, introduces the Open Science round table discussion at ASM's General Meet... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 3

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Flu Pandemics May Lurk in Frozen Lakes

The next flu pandemic may be hibernating in an Arctic glacier or frozen Siberian lake, waiting for rising temperatures to set it free. Then birds can deliver it back to civilization.

New research suggests an influenza virus could go into hiding in the ice when earlier generations of humans, b... Read More

Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels

US scientists claim to have successfully used bacteria to create cheap, environmentally-friendly biofuels.

According to research presented at the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, these microscopic organisms are "biological factories" that can serve as alternati... Read More

Drug Experiment Performed On Atlantis

Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis are taking a small amount of time from their work servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to tend a commercial drug experiment aimed at finding a vaccine against a deadly staph infection that plagues hospital patients.

The astronauts essentially have to t... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - How the Microbes in Your Gut Affect Your Weight and Health

Ruth Ley speaks at ASM's General Meeting regarding her research into the human microbiome, specifically what is more important genetics or diet? Ley looks at questions such as, how has the microbiome co-evolved with its animal host species? How does diet shape the structure of gut microbial c... Read More

Scientists develop tool to gauge bad breath

Know someone whose breath could peel the paint off a wall?

Then consider the OkaytoKiss - a device that gauges bad breath that was recently invented by scientists at Tel Aviv University.

The pocket-sized breath test measures malodorous bacteria in your mouth. A blue result suggests you nee... Read More

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