The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), poised to start testing beef trim for six non-O157 strains of pathogenic Escherichia coli next week, today released documents that spell out some expectations for the program and make clear that much remains to be learned about the risk.
In a notice to... Read More
This episode: Ant-zombie fungal parasite is counter-parasitized by another fungus!
Sorry I missed your visit to NU- my teaching duties in Evanston prevented it!
Several of my students attended both and had good reports all around. Your work on ISGs sounds like it is coming along well.
I just today l... Read More
Computer-designed proteins are under construction to fight the flu. Researchers are demonstrating that proteins found in nature, but that do not normally bind the flu, can be engineered to act as broad-spectrum antiviral agents against a variety of flu virus strains, including H1N1 pandemic infl... Read More
At an upcoming art exhibit, glowing images of heavenly objects — stars, galaxies, nebulae and remnants of supernovae — will have unusual frames: the clear rims of Petri dishes, the sort typically used to grow microbes.
There's no coincidence here. The images of these astronomical structures h... Read More
A TEAM from Murdoch University, The Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University, examined the diversity and community structure of coral related bacteria on Ningaloo Reef before and after coral spawning.
Using DNA sequencing, three coral species Acropora tenuis, Pocillopo... Read More
Talk by Jonathan Eisen at TEDMED2012 meeting on "The microbes among us." Read More
Scientists at the University of Leeds are exploring ways to use magnetic bacteria to build biocomputers of the future. Meanwhile, another group of researchers, reporting in Science, write that they have unearthed deep-sea microbe that live off nutrients from the dinosaur age.
This NPR segment... Read More
It may not be the latest style in bovine bling, but researchers at Princeton University say a golden tattoo attached to a cow’s tooth could one day tell you something about your health.
The remote sensing device has the ability to detect a single bacterium, and to demonstrate, scientists at P... Read More
It’s all over the news: a healthy young woman in Georgia has been attacked by “Flesh Eating Bacteria.” Thankfully, she’s finally off of a ventilator. She’s still critically ill, even after undergoing several heroic surgical procedures to remove dead tissue. There will be a lot of rehab in her fu... Read More
Men’s offices have more bacteria than women’s offices.
Not only that: Offices in New York City house more bacteria than those in San Francisco.
These are among the findings of a new study in the journal PLoS One that looks at bacteria in more than 90 offices in three cities — San Francisc... Read More
Be part of the studio audience for the 2012 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Microbiology will discuss hot topics at the meeting with presenters and will take questions from audience and... Read More
Researchers have discovered that the pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccine can generate antibodies that protect against a variety of flu strains.
The discovery brings scientists closer to designing a “universal” influenza vaccine that reliably induces broadly cross-reactive antibodies at sufficiently hi... Read More
Herpes and other viruses that attack the nervous system may thrive by disrupting cell function in order to hijack a neuron's internal transportation network and spread to other cells.
Princeton University researchers made the first observation in neurons that common strains of the herpes viru... Read More
Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a novel approach for eradicating drug-resistant bacteria from wounds and skin infections, using light to trigger the controlled release of nitric oxide. The UCSC team developed a photoactive compound that releases nitric oxide when exposed to light, an... Read More
Microscopic pathogens have been causing mass coral die-offs around the world. But now researchers are using high-speed video to spy on the behavior of killer microbes and potentially learn how to better manage coral disease.
“We finally have the tools to watch how bacteria behave in the ocean... Read More
For 50 years scientists have been unsure how the bacteria that gives humans cholera manages to resist one of our basic innate immune responses. That mystery has now been solved, thanks to research from biologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
The answers may help clear the way for a n... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 284 summarize the paper by Tong et al published in PNAS about the finding of a distinct lineage of in... Read More