On episode #87 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich hear from Professor Graham Hatfull how students in the Phage Hunters Integrating Research and Education (PHIRE) program ... Read More
If an alien bug invaded the brains of half the population, hijacked their neurochemistry, altered the way they acted and drove some of them crazy, then you might expect a few excitable headlines to appear in the press. Yet something disturbingly like this may actually be happening without the wo... Read More
More than 90% of the 430,000 human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infections in children each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV-1 acquisition through breast milk accounts for more than 40% of infections. However, in Africa, breast-feeding is a cornerstone of child survival. Two ... Read More
On a dark-blue background, this illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a generic influenza virion’s ultrastructure, and is not specific to a seasonal, avian or 2009 H1N1 virus. A portion of the virion’s outer protein coat has been cut away, which reveals the virus’ contents, and ... Read More
When it comes to research on HIV and AIDS treatments, it can be hard to know when to celebrate a small advance-everyone wants to see progress, but so many experimental avenues that seemed promising have turned out to be dead ends. Still, a new study that tried a sophisticated form of gene therap... Read More
An experimental drug being developed to fight influenza may fight a common but little-known virus called parainfluenza virus, researchers and the company said on Friday.
Tests in mice showed Fludase, made by privately held NexBio, could stop parainfluenza viruses from replicating, the researc... Read More
Jamie Lee Curtis promises in TV adds that bacteria-laced Dannon yogurt will improve colon regularity. Other companies sell little pills full of living microbes and even supplements promising to feed those microbes what they most like to eat. Probiotics and prebiotics — from bacteria-infused beve... Read More
A construction worker in Gansu Province died soon after he hunted, cooked,
and ate an infected marmot, the provincial health authority has announced.
The authority announced on Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010, that the man developed a
high fever and swollen lymph glands under his left armpit. He was... Read More
UCR researchers have received a $1.86 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to enhance development of a bacterial brew that is deadly to mosquitoes.
"We are beyond the proof of concept," said Brian Federici, principal investigator and a distinguished pro... Read More
Tangential sections of hyphae of Mortierella sp. in a skin ulcer Read More
The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.
Researchers at the University’s Department of Chemistry have discovered a way of transforming the chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a k... Read More
Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic
Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune... Read More
Are you a little OCD when it comes to germs? Do you feel like you need to wash your hands after you use your iPad? Did that report about the iPad screens in Apple Stores being hotbeds for assorted fungi and bacteria make you want to take a long, hot shower?
If you answered yes to any of these... Read More
Current technology used by BP is proving hopelessly inadequate in curbing the tide of oil gushing from beneath the Gulf of Mexico. Now, novel technologies that remain untested at such an incomprehensible scale will be needed in anticipation of years of remediation to resuscitate a dying ecosyste... Read More
How's this for preventative medicine?: Ingesting bacteria may help to prevent infections.
Researchers at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., recently demonstrated that regular doses of probiotic bacteria given to hospital patients on mechanical ventilators resulted in fewe... Read More
You know saving the rainforest is good for biodiversity. But it may also be a boon to human health. That's because less clear-cutting may mean less malaria, according to a paper out this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. [Sarah Olson et al., http://bit.ly/b6iFgT]
Researchers l... Read More
Scientists in Munich report evidence that high concentrations of the molecular "chaperone" proteins GroEL and GroES -- intracellular machines that can stabilize folding proteins under stress -- play a critical role in increasing the maximum temperature at which E. coli bacteria can grow. Massive... Read More
It's a tragedy of war that innocent bystanders often get caught in the crossfire. But now scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford have shown how a battle for survival at a microscopic level could leave humans as the unlikely victims.
In work funded by the US ... Read More
Dear Dr. Dickson Despommier and Dr. Vincent Racaniello
I am a microbiologist. I studied in Colombia and after finishing my bachelor's I moved to New York city in 2007. All my life I have been fascinated about microorganisms. Some weeks ago I found an i... Read More
Vincent and Dickson introduce the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most successful parasites on earth.
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