After Twenty-one years and 40,000 generations of bacteria later, Richard Lenski, professor of microbial ecology at Michigan State University, reveals new details about the differences between adaptive and random genetic changes during evolution in E. coli.
"Sequencing genomes of various gene... Read More
In late August of this year, three hogs at the Minnesota State Fair tested positive for H1N1, aka Swine Flu, according to the Department of Agriculture's veterinary lab in Ames, Iowa.
"The department said the test results were preliminary and would not be confirmed for a few days. But if the ... Read More
The ASPEX Corporation, a leader in scanning electron microscopes and microanalysis software, is offering a free benchtop SEM scan of anything you can think to send them! Past submissions have included mold, cat hair, a penny and an assortment of other random objects. This is a unique opportunity... Read More
Mothers receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat HIV-1 infection are less likely than untreated mothers to transmit the virus to their newborns through breastfeeding, according to a new study. The findings, now available online in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Infect... Read More
When people travel, pathogens often hitch a ride with them. As about a billion people cross international borders each year, microbes are being spread farther and wider than ever before.
In a paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), a journal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont... Read More
In an era of transparency, the CDC is doing it's part by posting every Friday the H1N1 vaccine supply status for all states and U.S. territories. Click "source" to view the status of allocations, orders and shipments. Read More
Medical researchers have long suspected that obscure bacteria living within the intestinal tract may help keep the human immune system in balance. An international collaboration co-led by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center has now identified a bizarre-looking microbial species that can sin... Read More
Here's a nice story from the Rider News, the student newspaper of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, on how the American Society for Microbiology supports undergraduate research.
"The research of two senior biology majors may have an effect on the medicines of the future, and they have t... Read More
Learn all about bacteriophage, bacteria's natural enemy. A virus that attacks bacteria much like bacteria can attack us with deadly results. See how phage, discovered over 80 years ago, is now being used to treat infections and fight off deadly bacteria. Read More
The American Academy of Microbiology has just published a colloquium report entitled "Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem."
According to the report, it is possible to co-exist with resistance by- developing new strategies to prevent resistance from spreading and... Read More
A business profile on the biofuels industry, noting how it is getting very close to becoming economically viable. Read More
University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of ... Read More
Blastomyces dermatitidis. Yeast from tissue smear. Gomori methenamine silver nitrate stain. (400x) Read More
Oncologist Maura Gillison at Ohio State University and researchers from the National Cancer Institute estimate that 4,000 people, 75% of them men, develop a new form of tonsil cancer each year caused by the human papillomavirus.
"The old cigarettes-and-alcohol form of the disease is being ecl... Read More
Colonies of Blastomyces dermatitidis on blood agar plates incubated at 30 C Read More
People are more likely to wash their hands when they have been shamed into it, according to a study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, looked at responses to electronic hygiene messages displayed in UK service st... Read More
"University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular s... Read More
"Veterinary scientists have made a discovery that promises to deliver a new approach to fast development of cheap vaccines that are effective in all mammals – not just humans or another particular species. They propose that by harnessing the system that reads the biological ‘barcodes’ of infecti... Read More
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) have charted the extreme genetic differences that occur over time in the most dangerous malaria parasite in the world. While there is no approved vaccine for malaria, various experimental vaccines a... Read More