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Discovery offers hope against deadly cat virus

What makes a harmless virus turn lethal? For the deadliest infectious disease in cats, Cornell scientists now know.

After gathering the world’s largest sample collection for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), they uncovered the holy grail of a 30-year quest for the mutation that turns it fa... Read More

BacterioFiles Special Edition - ASM2013 General Meeting Day 4

Here's my summary of the fourth and final day of ASM2013, with a special surprise guest appearance at the end!




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Platelets help kill bacteria, too

The clotting of blood, crucial to wound healing, is carried out by cell fragments called platelets. This is the most established function of platelets, but studies in recent years have begun to hint that platelets may have other important roles in our immune system — like fighting infection.

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Vibativ For Bacterial Pneumonia Approved By FDA

Vibativ (telavancin) has been approved by the FDA to treat HABP/VABP (hospital-acquired ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia) caused by Staphylococcus aureus. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) added that telavancin should only be used when other treatments are not appropriate.

Telav... Read More

Good' bacteria can battle 'bad' bacteria in eye infections

Scientists have found a novel way to attack the drug resistant bacteria that cause eye infections resulting in blindness.

The study led by Daniel Kadouri, an assistant professor of oral biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey had three major components.

The first... Read More

TWiV 238: Lost in translation



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National Parks Raise Guard Against Virus

David Breskin was in line for the breakfast buffet at the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park this week when he noticed something unusual: hotel employees in gloves were handing out plates and serving eggs and French toast.

When Mr. Breskin asked what was going on, an employee said,... Read More

CDC prepares for potential outbreak of deadly MERS virus

As the deadly MERS virus continues to infect people throughout the Middle East and Europe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to prepare for the disease’s potential spread to the United States.
Currently, the U.S. has had no confirmed cases of the MERS virus, a respi... Read More

New bacteria phylum discovered in hospital sink

Most of the life on Earth comes in the form of small, single-celled organisms. But even though we knew there was incredible diversity at the microbial level, these cells all look pretty similar under a microscope. For many of the bacterial species we've identified, the key step has been growing ... Read More

Bacteria found living within other bacteria living within insects

The same process that led to the evolution of complex life may be happening all over again in insects, according to a new study in the journal Cell.

About 900 million years ago, the Earth was covered in vast oceans containing giant mats of bacteria. Single-celled organisms with little more th... Read More

Earth 'Surrounded By Bacteria Bubble'

Planet Earth is surrounded by a bubble of live bacteria scientists have found.

According to a report by Popular Science the colonies of bacteria live at about 33,000 feet - roughly the cruising height of a passenger jet.

But while it might sound strange, it appears the phenomenon is a cruc... Read More

A Solution for a San Diego Cove’s Constant Odor: Bacteria

Depending upon whom you ask, the smell that has plagued La Jolla Cove has been “putrid,” “noxious” or “like the East River used to smell,” for quite a while. Nose-pinching is commonplace.


But now, the stench of bird guano emanating from the cliffs in the seaside neighborhood has become, off... Read More

Hepatitis A virus infections associated with berry and pomegranate mix

An outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections in eight US states has been attributed to consumption of Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix purchased from Costco markets. Since March 2013, 118 individuals have acquired the infection and 80% report having... Read More

Saudi MERS outbreak showed SARS-like features, including possible superspreader

A long-awaited report on a large and possibly still ongoing outbreak of MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia reveals the virus spreads easily within hospitals, at one point passing in a person-to-person chain that encompassed at least five generations of spread.

The study, co-written by Toronto S... Read More

Shutting Down the Government - The “Microbes After Hours” series, 6-8 pm, Monday, July 8th

How can something too small to be seen with the naked eye be powerful enough to bring down something like the U.S. Government? It turns out that microbes, mostly invisible, have the extraordinary capacity to affect our lives – through outbreaks of disease and the spread of fear. Twice in hist... Read More

New Coronavirus 'Eerily' Like SARS

The novel coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East is eerily similar to SARS, according to an expert who was part of a team studying a cluster of cases in hospitals in Saudi Arabia.

"This feels like SARS, it really does," said Trish Perl, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.... Read More

Norovirus Cases On The Rise In Yellowstone National Park

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in a January weekly report that norovirus had taken a stronghold in the US, with numbers of cases rising. The virus, which is associated with flu-like symptoms and causes uncontrollable vomiting, has in fact been showing its ugly face... Read More

Scientists date prehistoric bacterial invasions still present in today’s cells

Long before Earth became lush, when life consisted of single-celled organisms afloat in a planet-wide sea, bacteria invaded the ancient ancestors of plants and animals and took up permanent residence. One bacterium eventually became the mitochondria that today power all plant and animal cells; a... Read More

HIV-Derived Antibacterial Shows Promise Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh has developed antibacterial compounds, derived from the outer coating of HIV, that could be potential treatments for drug-resistant bacterial infections and appear to avoid generating resistance. These new agents are quite small, making them ... Read More

Bacteria Live At 33,000 Feet

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there. Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the rese... Read More

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