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LudusScope Turns Microbiology Into Real Games (video)

The LudusScope is an interactive smartphone microscope that can be made entirely out of 3D printed or commonly available materials and is easily assembled by middle school or high school students. Developed by Stanford bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, it allows students to interact directly with... Read More

Adding a related virus can boost vaccines

The results of a clinical trial suggest it is possible to modify the body’s response to an infection with a related virus.

The researchers report in Nature Microbiology that antibodies, under specific conditions, can intensify infection with a virus related to the causal organism. This phenom... Read More

These are the foods you should eat if you want less smelly farts

Eating slow-release carbs and cutting down on protein may prevent rotten-egg farts according to a study of the gases emitted by human faeces samples.

Farts are mostly composed of odourless gases. There is oxygen and nitrogen from swallowed air, while hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide are p... Read More

Complete Genome Sequence of Zika Virus Isolated from Semen

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has obtained the first complete genome sequence of Zika virus that was isolated from a semen sample. The research is published this week in Genome Announcements, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

The motivation for this investiga... Read More

MMP #17: How bacteria can change graphene to propel rotors.

Host: Jeff Fox with special guests, Julia Yeomans and Vikas Berry.

Julia Yeomans of Oxford University in the United Kingdom and chemical engineer
Vikas Berry of the University of Illinois, Chicago, talk with Jeff Fox about their separate, but in some ways similar, research effor... Read More

A bacterial role in breast cancer development and prevention

Microbial infection is implicated in an ever-growing number of types of cancer. Adding to the already long list of microbial-associated cancers, an increasing body of evidence suggests breast cancer may also be associated with a specific microbial milieu. A report in Applied and Environmental Mi... Read More

Interview with Phillip Sharp, PhD - Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Phillip Sharp, PhD, about his career and professional experience in the field of virology. Sharp's research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing... Read More

Germs in wastewater often become airborne

Using household wastewater to irrigate food crops in drought-stricken or arid regions isn't the perfect solution. The chemicals and disease-causing germs it might contain could contaminate crops. Viruses that have their origin in the human intestines are often released into the air as fine spray... Read More

Research provides clues to how Zika virus breaches the placental barrier

New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. Furthermore, herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infection augments placental sensitivity to Zika virus by enhancing the expression of receptors that allow Zika virus ... Read More

Zika virus infection may prevent reinfection, collaborative study finds

People infected with Zika virus may not be susceptible to Zika virus again, according to the latest research involving Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute.

"The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," said Stephen Higgs, director ... Read More

Antarctica is practically defined by ice: What happens when it melts?

A single season of intense melting buffeted Antarctica in 2001-2002. It yielded changes that ranged from speeding up microbial food webs to shifting penguin populations. A special section in the October issue of BioScience examines the impacts on two very different Antarctic ecosystems.

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Friend and foe

Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal frequently found in skin, nose, throat and female reproductive tract. About 20% of healthy human population are persistent carriers of S. aureus. On the other hand, they can cause a range of infections, from minor skin infections to life-threatening blo... Read More

Morel mushrooms pop up, cluster together after wildfires

Avid mushroom hunters will tell you that fire is essential for finding morels. These fungi, distinguishable for their dark, honeycomblike caps, pop out of the ground by the bushel in spring after a large wildfire.

This ecological knowledge is mostly anecdotal, shared among morel enthusiasts f... Read More

This Little Amoeba Committed Grand Theft

About 100 million years ago, a lowly amoeba pulled off a stunning heist, grabbing genes from an unsuspecting bacterium to replace those it had lost.

Now Rutgers and other scientists have solved the mystery of how the little amoeba, Paulinella, committed the theft. It engulfed the bacterium, k... Read More

Frederick C. Neidhardt (1931 − 2016) An Obituary

A towering figure in microbiology, our friend Fred Neidhardt died on October 7, 2016 at his re­tire­ment home, the Academy Village near Tucson AZ. He made fundamental and abiding con­tri­bu­tions to research, teaching, academic administration, and social issues. In each, he left deep-root­ed mar... Read More

Zika virus: The outbreak in Asia

How widespread is Zika in South East Asia? At least 19 countries and areas in the region have reported locally transmitted cases since 2007, according to the WHO. The majority - 13 - reported their cases this year. Thailand has recorded some 350 cases and Singapore nearly 400, including pregnant... Read More

Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

For the first time a virus that targets bacteria has been found to have genes lifted from non-bacterial cells – those of the black widow spider. Read More

Cancer & Infectious Diseases: Bacterial Proteins/Peptides for Therapy and Prevention

Ananda Chakrabarty, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, discuses how certain pathogenic bacteria, pseudomonas aeruginosa and neisseria menigitidis, secrete protein weapons (azurin and laz) to fight cancer, providing our next generation ... Read More

Diverse host pathogen interactomes for 17 species of bacteria, spirochetes, viruses, fungi and protozoa

The Host pathogen interactomes include the Bornavirus; Borrelia Burgdorferi; Candida albicans; Chlamydia Pneumoniae ; Cryptococcus Neoformans; Ebola virus; Epstein-Barr virus; Helicobacter pylori; Hepatitis C virus; Herpes simplex (HSV-1); HERV-W; Human cytomegalovirus; Influenza A virus; Porphy... Read More

After Hurricane Matthew, Cholera Becomes a Concern

Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, and the southeast United States two days later, leaving tens of thousands without power, transportation, and in the worst cases, homes. Because of its extreme poverty, and its continuing recovery from previous natural disasters, Haiti is looking at... Read More
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