Last week, amid much fanfare, scientists reported they had found an organism that — unlike all previously observed life on Earth — was able to do without phosphorus and use the normally deadly element arsenic in its place.
This week, skeptical scientists expressed serious concerns about the d... Read More
With all the hubbub over tax breaks and unemployment, it's interesting that flu shots turned up on the president's radar this week. President Obama signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Influenza Vaccination Week.
As this proclamation says: "Last year, as the world prepared fo... Read More
Frogs across Australia and the US may be recovering from a fungal disease that has devastated populations around the world.
"It's happening across a number of species," says Michael Mahony at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, who completed a 20-year study of frogs along the Grea... Read More
Leading public health officials and researchers are calling for a crash vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti and neighboring countries.
A vaccine is needed, they say, to control what researchers say is a more lethal strain of cholera circulating widely in Haiti and starting to affect... Read More
A parasitic fungus called Blumeria graminis (green) colonises the insides of the living epidermal cells of a barley plant Hordeum vulgare (outlined in yellow) in this epifluorescence microscopy image by Pietro Spanu of Imperial College London.
Blumeria is a type of powdery mildew - fungal dis... Read More
Star Trek:The Next Generation may have been prescient when they dreamed up the Borg -- living organisms that had been transformed into a hive computer mind. Indeed, many biology and genetics researchers today are hoping to transform bacteria into drones, forming a biological supercomputer of th... Read More
Nothing like a public health crisis to put a new technology through its paces.
Scientists on Thursday said they used new technology to rapidly sequence the genome of the cholera bacterium that has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti and sickened nearly 100,000.
The analysis confirmed on... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 136 talks about the last UNAIDS report . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 136 comenta el último inf... Read More
One day in 2004, a 29-year-old man with a terrible stomach problem stepped off a plane from the United States in Thailand. He wasn't there for the sights, or the food, or the beaches. He had traveled thousands of miles for worms -- parasitic worms whose eggs he intended to swallow by the thousan... Read More
Influenza researcher Peter Palese visited yesterday and spoke about “Pandemic influenza: Past and Future”. A key part of his talk was a review of his efforts to produce a universal influenza vaccine which protects against all strains. He used the following graph to make the point that when influ... Read More
The strain of cholera currently sweeping through post-earthquake Haiti originated in South Asia, conclude scientists who did a rapid genetic analysis of bacteria collected from Haitian patients. The finding supports the notion that the cholera bacteria fueling the outbreak arrived on the island ... Read More
Claire Fraser-Liggett's presentation to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting titled "The Role of Microbial Communities in Health and Disease", with particular emphasis on microbes in the GI tract. Read More
Dr. Owen White of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine describes how the Data Analysis & Coordination Center supports the Human Microbiome Project, working with sequencing data from microbiology researchers. (info about HMP-DACC is at http://www.hmp... Read More
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The bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of food poisoning in humans. It is normally transmitted from contaminated chicken meat, as it is frequently found in the intestines of chickens, where it apparently does not result in any symptoms. Campylobacter jejuni is well adapted to life i... Read More
A group of Danish scientists has developed a method to recycle valuable metals that would ordinarily have to be mined and refined before ending up in chemists’ hands. Their discovery means that the metals could be sourced instead from electronic waste or polluted water and soil.
The researche... Read More
South Korean health authorities are reporting the country's first two cases of a new gene that makes bacteria resistant to most antibiotics.
Health official Lee Yeong-seon says experts detected the gene, known as NDM-1, in two people. The two patients have been hospitalized for a lengthy time... Read More
A team of UCSF researchers has engineered E. coli with the key molecular circuitry that will enable genetic engineers to program cells to communicate and perform computations.
The work builds into cells the same logic gates found in electronic computers and creates a method to create circuits... Read More
Influenza is a crafty opponent. Just when researchers think they might know where it's headed next, it mutates. New strains form constantly, allowing the virus to evade detection by the human immune system, and these new strains can turn into pandemics with little to no warning. In 1918, the H1N... Read More