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Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings,... Read More

Unknown Bacillus

Unknown Bacillus isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe. Organism was incubated at both 25 and 37 degrees C with growth on the 37 degree plate after 1 week. No growth was seen on the 25 degree plate. Colonies were orangish/yellow, lobate margins, and mucoid at the edges ... Read More

Yellow Unknown Yeast

Unknown yeast isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 degrees C. Yellow, mucoid, round colonies were seen after 2 weeks. This isolate grew equally well at 37 degree C with a growth time of ~ 1 week. Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2015 Agar Art Contest

What microbial masterpieces can you create? 


Plate your artistry, creating a unique piece of agar art and then add a short description of your piece that engages a broad audience.


Anyone with an active ASM membership is eligible to compete. Winners will receive a free ASM... Read More

Overexpression of Enterococcus faecalis elr operon protects from phagocytosis

This study investigates how the overexpression of a specific ORF affects the virulence of E. faecalis. Read More

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Males aren't relevant -- at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Read More

Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (video)

A very well done video profile of the Doherty Institute.

A world-class institute combining research into infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence.
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Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design

(NEW YORK - May 22) - By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online this week in the journal Cell Reports. Read More

Surprise in Lab

Unknown fungi isolated from soil sample.I would like to have inputs from the Mycologist in the forum about this fungal colony,its identification,name,species and genus? Read More

Bacteria cooperate to repair damaged siblings

May 21, 2015 - A University of Wyoming faculty member led a research team that discovered a certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange (OME) to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole. Read More

Tree Fungus

Close up of an unknown tree fungus seen growing on a red wood tree (living) in Davenport, CA. Gills were free and not attached to a stem and the cap turned upwards. Read More

BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!


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Possible Slime mold

Image of a Slime Mold taken at Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington, largest Temperate Rain forest in the United States. Several patches, white and mucoid, were seen on the underside of a fallen redwood tree. Read More

Unknown Agar Contaminat

Unknown contaminant seen on TSA agar after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Image was taken using transmitted light which highlights the concentric rings. Read More

Unknown Fungal Contaminant

Unknown fungal contaminant, presumably airborne, found on TSA after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Brown spore formation was seen in the middle of the colony with whit hyaphae at the edges. Colony was approximatly 1/4 of the plate. Read More

TWiV 338: Coyotes have sushi

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler


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Rhizosphere

Fungi isolated from Rhizosphere soil Read More

Unidentified fungus on SDA isolated from Air

The organisms were isolated from air of office room and environmentally controlled layer breeder house in Bangladesh. Fungal identity was not confirmed. Read More

THESE MICROBES ‘EAT’ ELECTRONS TO MAKE METHANE

In a new study, researchers demonstrate for the first time how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial “factories” that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably. Read More

Phages transducing antibiotic resistance detected in chicken meat

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. There are different explanations for how resistances are transferred. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna found phages in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria. Phages are viruses that exclusively infect b... Read More
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