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ould co-infection with other viruses detrimentally affect the survival of those with Ebola virus?

Ebola virus is one of a variety of viruses that causes a disease that comes under the general heading of viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF). Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa much has been done to further understand the biology of the Ebola virus. Yet a number of people in West Africa displaye... Read More

Bacterial 'sabotage' handicaps ability to resolve devastating lung inflammation

The chronic lung inflammation that is a hallmark of cystic fibrosis, has, for the first time, been linked to a new class of bacterial enzymes that hijack the patient's immune response and prevent the body from calling off runaway inflammation, according to a laboratory investigation led by the U... Read More

Responding to Zika Critique

Those of us working in scientific research often receive critiques of our grant applications or papers that we submitted for publication. In most cases it's necessary to respond to these critiques to obtain funding or to publish a paper. I'm sure that the responses that many of us provide are qu... Read More

The Power of the Microbiology Report Comment.

Looking to change people's behavior with regards to microbiology sampling? Look no further than the result report... Read More

Fast test can monitor drug resistance in hookworms

In the new work, Roger Prichard, of McGill University, Canada, and colleagues adapted an existing assay, called the Smart amplification (SmartAmp) method, to test hookworms for three known drug resistance mutations. Rather than sequence the whole hookworm genome, the approach measures the occurr... Read More

NIH Scientists Develop New Mouse Model to Study Salmonella Meningitis

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have established in mice a way to study potentially life-threatening meningitis caused by Salmonella. Bacterial meningitis happens when bacteria infect the central nervous system (CNS), causing a serious disease that can be life-threatening and diff... Read More

A $5 fix for a nasty parasite

The parasite Cryptosporidium has long baffled medical doctors and utility operators. When ingested, the microscopic protozoan causes gastrointestinal illness that has no medical cure and can be fatal to persons with weak immune systems. Crypto is so small that it can pass through the filters of ... Read More

I "Flu" in for the Holidays

With the holidays only a few weeks away, now’s the time to finalize travel plans and stock up on cold and flu medicine. Each year, millions across the globe travel for the holidays. Travel surrounding Thanksgiving increases more than 50% from the rest of the year in the U.S., and for 2016, AAA e... Read More

BacterioFiles 280 - Saccharomyces Smash Small Spaces

This episode: Microbes in tight spaces grow so much they can build up pressure and burst out!


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TWiV 419: The selfless gene

The TWiVrific gang reveal how integration of a virophage into the nuclear genome of a marine protozoan enhances host survival after infection with a giant virus.


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"The end of anti-microbial susceptibility breakpoints as we know them?"

Susceptibility break points are a dirty compromise between clinical, pharmacokinetic. and epidemiological break points. Because they are a necessary compromise, there will always be disagreement, and they can never be perfect. Is there a better way? Read More

Carbapenem-resistant bacteria isolated from a pig farm in the United States

While carbapenems aren’t allowed to be given to feedlot animals, other beta-lactam antibiotics are. This is a large class of drugs that includes extended-spectrum cephalosporin drugs. There is no direct line between the use of these extended-spectrum cephalosporins and selection for carbapenem r... Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit

In this blog post, I share the creative projects that my Biology 350 (Microbiology) micronauts created this semester. They range from video parodies, to prose poems, to short-short stories to sculptures and needlepoint. Enjoy! Read More

Ban on triclosan shows need for new chemicals to demonstrate efficacy and safety

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, ... Read More

UTMB researchers find how Ebola disables the immune system

A new study at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston sheds light on how Ebola so effectively disables the human immune system.

Virologist Alex Bukreyev, UTMB professor and senior author of the study, said the research team engineered versions of the Ebola virus in order to study... Read More

How our immune system targets TB

Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis - it is the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), has infected more than one-third of the human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 million people.

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Unlocking cryptic Strepomyces genes in the search for potential new antibiotics

Actinobacteria are the bacterial phylum responsible for production of many clinically-relevant antibacterial compounds. Streptomyces is a soil-dwelling genus of actinobacteria that produces drugs like neomycin and chloramphenicol. Despite deriving many antibiotics already from Streptomyces, coul... Read More

Media Contaminant

Contaminant (yeast?) found on TSA after several months in the refrigerator. The larger colony was circular, mat with concentric rings with a smaller more mucoid yellow growth just off center. Read More

Final Student Thoughts From My MIcrobiology Course

Today was the last day of my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. So I thought it appropriate for students to tell me the single "coolest" thing they learned in my course. Read More

TWiP 122: If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will

The TWiPniks docs solve the case of the Female from Peru with Epistaxis, and discuss the effect of community deworming on immunosuppression.


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