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What makes Francisella such a bad actor?

Scientists are gaining an insider's look behind the notorious infectivity of Francisella tularensis. This bacterium is an equal opportunity pathogen. It causes the disease tularemia in humans, rabbits and rodents, among others.

Also called rabbit fever, the disease doesn't seem to spread from... Read More

Treating cholera in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Since Dr. Adam Levine arrived in Haiti in late October, he’s been managing a cholera treatment unit for International Medical Corps. Hurricane Matthew devastated the area on Oct. 4, creating conditions that foment the spread of the disease. The unit is still running near its 30-bed capacity.

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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

German physicist Michael Lässig believes that soon it may be possible to make evolutionary forecasts. Scientists may not be able to predict what life will be like 100 million years from now, but they may be able to make short-term forecasts for the next few months or years. And if they’re making... Read More

Social Media Accelerates Science

Scientists report that social media plays far more than a social role in their lives—for many, it is a major way that they communicate about science, solve problems, and even share their work. Together with open-access publishing and data sharing, social media are part of how some science is bei... Read More

Zika virus in Nicaragua with Eva Harris, PhD #EIDA2Z

Eva Harris, PhD, University of California, Berkley, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about the status of Zika virus in Nicaragua. Harris has developed a multidisciplinary approach to study the molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, cl... Read More

Natural predatory bacteria could combat drug resistance problem

While bacteria have been evolving for 3.5 billion years, mammals have evolved with bacteria for only 2.5 million years. Thus, it's not that surprising that humans appear to be losing the war on antibiotic resistance.
The issue of multidrug-resistance and the lack of antibiotics in the developme... Read More

Zika in the Guys

In this episode of Virus Watch, we explore the finding that Zika virus infects the testis of mice, causing damage to the organ, reduced sperm production, and less fertility. The important question: does the same happen in humans? Read More

MdlM118: Astrobiología y ambientes extremos con Dr. Salvador Mirete

Astrobiología y ambientes extremos: En el episodio de hoy tenemos al Dr. Salvador Mirete, Investigador del Centro de Astrobiología, del Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial de Madrid, España. La astrobiología se discute dentro del contexto de los ambientes extremos encontrados en la Tie... Read More

Researchers discover key to long-lasting malaria immunity and potential vaccine targets

Houston Methodist researchers have discovered a set of immune proteins that facilitate long-lasting immunity against malaria. In a study recently published in Immunity (online Oct. 25), researchers reported that elevated production of specific proteins regulating the immune system within 24 hour... Read More

UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research consortium

Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, a post-doc in de Silva's lab, make up one of only two U.S. teams to be named to the European Union-funded worldwide initiative. Sponsored by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, the consortium is inve... Read More

Testing Begins On An Experimental Zika Vaccine With Inactivated Virus

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Federal officials are eager to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible, which is why they are pursuing multiple approaches... Read More

Is the Plague Still Alive in Musty 14th-Century Tomes?

Q. Are people who work with books and manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries at risk from disease-causing bacteria or viruses from that time?

A. Almost certainly not, because of how diseases spread and how long most microbes can survive on dry surfaces.

Click "source" to read the ent... Read More

BacterioFiles 275 - Building Bacterial Batteries

This episode: Scientists build a battery out of microbes and electrodes that can store and release electricity repeatedly!


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TWiV 414: Zika in the guys with Diamond

Michael Diamond visits the TWiV studio to talk about chikungunya virus and his laboratory's work on a mouse model of Zika virus, including the recent finding of testicular damage caused by viral replication.


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Finger bacteria

Colorful cluster of colonies seen on a print from a finger grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 48 hrs. Read More

Bacillus mycodies

Bacillus mycodies seen from an environmental swab grown on TSA at 37 degrees C for 49 hrs. Characteristic swirling rhizoid growth can be see. Read More

Proteus mirabilis on Blood Agar

A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a blood agar plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a halo around the growth in the center of the plate. Read More

Research on photosynthetic antenna complexes illuminates how they harvest light in plants, algae and bacteria

Walk through any woods, branches swaying overhead, and you're surrounded by billions of the world's most efficient systems for collecting energy. Inside every leaf, blade of grass, and algal cell, clusters of proteins and tiny pigments, called photosynthetic antenna complexes, capture sunshine.
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Microbes in Raw Milk Influenced by Dairy Cow Environment

Raw milk collected from dairy farms has to travel to processing facilities before it is transformed into the delicious dairy products we consume. Because the milk from many dairy cows is collected together, any contamination issue from a single animal can lead to spoilage or contamination. How r... Read More

Health officials find first cases of new superbug in US

ust five months after federal health officials asked hospitals and physicians to be on the lookout for an often-fatal, antibiotic-resistant fungus called Candida auris, 13 cases have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. It is the first time that the fun... Read More
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