A new type of baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed which can efficiently ferment pentose sugars, as found in agricultural waste and hardwoods.
Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Biotechnology for Biofuels describe the creation of the new S. cere... Read More
An international team of researchers led by scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech have sequenced the genome of an Amerindian strain of the gastric bug Helicobacter pylori, confirming the out-of-Africa migration of this bacterial stowaway to the New World. Exp... Read More
One man has perhaps stood above all others when it comes to testing the body's limits. That is Ozzy Osbourne, former lead singer of Black Sabbath.
So now a genome sequencing company called Knome has decided to find out just what Ozzy Osbourne is really made of. It intends to test his DNA to s... Read More
The influenza virus neuraminidase (NA) protein is required for virus release from the cell, a property exploited by the antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamavir (Relenza). During clinical testing of oseltamivir in 2001, some individuals shed drug-resistant viruses with an amino acid c... Read More
It may surprise you to learn that since 2004, man's best friend has had to endure the misery of influenza just as we have, since a strain of influenza known as H3N8 apparently jumped from horses to dogs and developed the ability to spread readily from hound to hound.
And if dogs worried the w... Read More
It appears humankind has a reason to be grateful for the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus -- widescale exposure to it has lessened the threat posed by the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish flu, the worst known infectious disease outbreak ever.
New research suggests the antibodies many people around ... Read More
Microsporum gypseum macroconidia. Interference microscopy (400X) Read More
When envelopes containing the bacterial spores that cause anthrax started arriving in media offices and on Capitol Hill in the fall of 2001, a new era in biological warfare began. To pinpoint the source of the attacks, federal agents quickly sought out specialists to perform cutting-edge molecul... Read More
Designed for the beauty and education industries, this microscope peripheral can connect to iPads wirelessly, displaying video and images of skin (or whatever else you shove under the microscope) zoomed up by 50 times.
While it won't be for personal use it could definitely have its advantages... Read More
Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the t... Read More
Studies have shown that patients suffering from depression or schizophrenia often have immunological alterations that can be detected in the blood. Others reported a possible link between inflammation, a microgliosis and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in suicidal patients. Serum S100B is a marker... Read More
From time to time, we dip into the microbiology blog by César Sánchez, Twisted Bacteria, and, with his permission, "borrow" a post such as this one about pneumonia and pneumococci, fratricide at the cellular level, and a pretty protein. And there's a video too!
"A few days ago I w... Read More
Since water is a necessity of life, it is important to drink water free from contaminants. To treat water and make it worth drinking, different processes are used and one of best treatment methods is Reverse Osmosis. In this process of water filtration, the water goes through semi permeable memb... Read More
Parasites in the gut such as whipworm have an essential role in developing a healthy immune system, University of Manchester scientists have found.
It has long been known that microbes in the gut help to develop a healthy immune system, hence the rise in popularity of probiotic yoghurts that ... Read More
There’s been a flurry of activity by experts trying to suss out if the virus XMRV, which has been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, poses a threat to the U.S. blood supply.
On Friday, Louis Katz, executive vice-president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center ... Read More
The mosquito - God's cruelest instrument to ensure his creations stay in check?
The mosquito - proof that Evolution is a malevolent mistress that sups on human & animal misery alike?
The mosquito - spreader of VEE: Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which afflicts not only horses, donkeys, zebras... Read More
Rabies has now become an epidemic along the Front Range. The
Tri-County Health Department says its already seen as many rabid
skunks so far this year  as it did in all of last year.
40 skunks have tested positive so far this year . The outbreak
is primarily in skunks righ... Read More
As the old saying goes, can beat a pound of the Shigella bacteria, seen here penetrating the intestinal mucosa of some poor soul.
Killing approx. 1 million people annually - most of them children, Shigella is best prevented by two simple strategies: washing hands before handling food & thorou... Read More
A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.
On one side are Alsatian winemakers whose sacred traditions reach back more than two millenniums, men and women close to the soil who pour their art, science and souls into the alchemy that starts with a grape vine an... Read More