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Microphotograph of Penicillum corylophilum at 400 magnification

This filamentous fungus was isolated from soil of a petroleum hydrocarbon polluted ship breaking yard. It can degrade some linear petroleum hydrocarbons, like kerosene, diesel and octane. Read More

The Coming Crisis in Antibiotics

An interesting TED talk about antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will... Read More

The bioluminescent bacteria

Growth of the gram negative bacteria Vibrio fischeri expressing bioluminescence as a result of the symbiotic interaction with Euprymna scolopes. You can see the plate without shining and glowing in the dark. The Form is the mascot of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras campus. Read More

MWV94 - TWiM #99: Careers in Biodefense

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Maria Julia Marinissen, Read More

TWiM #99: Careers in Biodefense

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Maria Julia Marinissen, Read More

Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise

Scientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet. Read More

Ultracold-Resistant Chemical on Titan Could Allow It to Harbor Life

Computer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles

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Dawn of the Cyborg Bacteria (video)

In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two roboticists have harnessed the innate sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots. Even though their work sounds like the prologue to a dark science fiction film, Ph.D. students Elizabeth Beatti... Read More

Regular coffee drinkers have 'cleaner' arteries

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe.

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Mental Health May Depend on Creatures in the Gut

The microbiome may yield a new class of psychobiotics for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.The ongoing exploration of the human microbiome promises to bring the link between the gut and the brain into clearer focus. Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast... Read More

These are the smallest bacteria ever identified

The ultra-small bacteria were discovered in groundwater. The sample was taken from Rifle, Colorado. The cells take on the appearance of tightly-coiled spirals. The bacterial cells are thought to be the smallest that a cell can be and still hold sufficient material to sustain life.

The cells h... Read More

Rhizopus Tease Stain with Lactophenol Blue

This is a Tease Prep stain of the Fungal Rhizopus with Lactophenol Blue. It is seen under a microscopy at total magnification of 1000x. As shown there are pseudohyphae with conidia formed around the cells. It was the first tease prep stain that clearly shows the artistry of the fungal structure.... Read More

Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Montpellier, the University of Edinbur... Read More

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease

A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease.

"Everything about her symptoms indicated stroke: speech deficits, poor comprehension and right-sided face and arm weak... Read More

Over 900 Hookworm Genes "turn on" to wreak havoc

Tiny parasitic hookworms infect nearly half a billion people worldwide, almost exclusively in developing countries. Researchers say sequencing the genome of a particular species could help develop more effective drugs.

Other hookworm species cause more disease among humans, but Ancylostoma ce... Read More

Lab-on-paper developed for rapid, inexpensive medical diagnostics

A new paper-based platform has been created for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves embedded in the paper that allow for sequential manipulation of sample fluids and multiple reagents in a controlled manner to per... Read More

Pollution is driving force behind growth of nuisance algal scums, study finds

Potentially toxic microbes which pose a threat to our drinking water have undergone a dramatic population explosion over the last 200 years as a result of pollution, research involving experts from The University of Nottingham has found. The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, looke... Read More

First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life

Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The existence of ultra-small bacteria has been debated for two decades, but there hasn't been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based descriptio... Read More

BacterioFiles 204 - Animalcules Assist Agave Amino Accumulation

This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!


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Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab

A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state a... Read More
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