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How 1918 flu antibodies fend off swine flu

"The absence of a sugary viral shield could explain why immune responses to the 1918 influenza virus also work against the 2009 H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic strain.

Researchers have found that the two viruses, although separated in time by nearly a century, are structurally similar in a region t... Read More

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Oral sex virus 'causing throat cancer'

A common virus spread through oral sex may be triggering a steep rise in types of throat cancer, researchers have warned.

Human Pappillomavirus - known as HPV - is the main cause of cervical cancer, although most infections clear with little or no symptoms.

But after cases of oropharyngeal... Read More

Skloot there it is! HeLa Cells and the Colbert Nation

Science writer Rebbecca Skloot recently appeared on the Colbert Nation to discuss her new book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. When Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cancer in 1951, doctors took her cells and immortalized them in test tubes. Since then these cells have led to signi... Read More

Secrets of Plant Genomes Revealed! (video)

Plant genome research is already revolutionizing the field of biology. Currently, scientists are unlocking the secrets of some of the most important plants in our lives, including corn, cotton and potatoes. Secrets of Plant Genomes: Revealed! takes viewers on a lively, upbeat journey that explor... Read More

Community-acquired MRSA becoming more common in pediatric ICU patients

Once considered a hospital anomaly, community-acquired infections with drug-resistant strains of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus now turn up regularly among children hospitalized in the intensive-care unit, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The Johns Hopkins ... Read More

Infectious Bite - The Vampire/Malaria Awareness Blog

I am always interested in how science or health communicators often use popular culture as a hook for drawing people into interesting research. Every morning I scan the "blogosphere," news sites and other sources for interesting stories or items to share on MicrobeWorld. Today I came across the ... Read More

Watch Man-Controlled Bacteria Build A Nanoscale Pyramid

Forget nanobots. Who needs ‘em? Since apparently we can now directly control live bacteria and make them do our bidding. I’m in awe. The feat was accomplished – and extensively documented in the video above – by researchers at the NanoRobotics Laboratory of the École Polytechnique de Montréa... Read More

Rubber from Microbes

Working with Goodyear, biotechnology company Genencor has been engineering bacteria that make isoprene--the chemical used to make tire rubber--from sugars derived from biomass. But ramping up microbial production of isoprene to such a scale that it can compete with petroleum-derived rubber has p... Read More

The postmortem on pregnancy and H1N1 flu

As early as last July, federal health officials warned doctors and pregnant women that the H1N1 (swine) flu virus appeared especially hazardous for pregnant women. In the fall, officials urged pregnant women to be vaccinated against H1N1, although surveys showed that pregnant women often hesitat... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 46

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A continuación: Los limpiadores del lago Soap, El oxígeno nos lo trajeron los microorganismos, Resolviendo problemas con los virus, y La suciedad de la vajilla.


Los limpiadores d... Read More

Facebook 'linked to rise in syphilis' in Britain

UK Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, claims his research staff has found a link between social networking sites and the spread of Syphilis, especially among young women.

According to Kelly, "there has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detecte... Read More

Audio interview with Jeffrey Brinker--A Quorum of One: Solitary Bacterial Cell Does Its Own Sensing

Materials scientist Jeffrey Brinker and his collaborators at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., have confined individual Staphylococcus aureus cells in vessels that consist of porous silica nanostructures. These structures isolate the cells physically and chemically from other cell... Read More

Biofilm Production Aids Campylobacter Survival

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research have found a way that the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter can survive in the environment.

Campylobacter is the main cause of food poisoning in Europe and America, most often contracted from eating under-cooked chicken or turkey. It is estimated th... Read More

Microsporum gypseum colony

Microsporum gypseum colony on Sabouraud's agar (1:5) Read More

Scientists Uncover Vast Microbial Diversity of Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

The microbial ecosystem inside the carnivorous pitcher plant is vastly more diverse than previously thought according to research published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Researchers from Louisiana State University used genomic fingerprinting te... Read More

Biologist Wins Templeton Prize

Francisco J. Ayala, a biologist and former Roman Catholic priest whose books and speeches offer reassurance that there is no essential contradiction between religious faith and belief in science, particularly the theory of evolution, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize, the foundation that awards i... Read More

A Strange Brew May Be a Good Thing

Naomi Most, a devoted brewer of a fermented tea called kombucha, keeps her “big momma” in the garage. The big momma in question is a 20-pound pancake of gelatinous and, well, rather gross-looking bacteria and yeast floating atop a vat of kombucha, a drink that enthusiasts tout as a tonic for dig... Read More

Bacteria Show New Route to Making Oxygen

Microbiologists have discovered bacteria that can produce oxygen by breaking down nitrite compounds, a novel metabolic trick that allows the bacteria to consume methane found in oxygen-poor sediments.
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Previously, researchers knew of three other biological pathway... Read More

TWiP 6: Tapeworms, the long and short of it

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Vincent and Dick talk about the anatomy and life cycle of beef and pork tapeworms, and why House was wrong about neurocysticercosis.... Read More

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