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Drug Experiment Performed On Atlantis

Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis are taking a small amount of time from their work servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to tend a commercial drug experiment aimed at finding a vaccine against a deadly staph infection that plagues hospital patients.

The astronauts essentially have to t... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - How the Microbes in Your Gut Affect Your Weight and Health

Ruth Ley speaks at ASM's General Meeting regarding her research into the human microbiome, specifically what is more important genetics or diet? Ley looks at questions such as, how has the microbiome co-evolved with its animal host species? How does diet shape the structure of gut microbial c... Read More

Scientists develop tool to gauge bad breath

Know someone whose breath could peel the paint off a wall?

Then consider the OkaytoKiss - a device that gauges bad breath that was recently invented by scientists at Tel Aviv University.

The pocket-sized breath test measures malodorous bacteria in your mouth. A blue result suggests you nee... Read More

Bacteria Help Form Clouds

Germs really are everywhere: Bacteria, fungal spores and other biological detritus have been found in clouds and likely help to form the cores of cloud droplets, scientists have found.

The study of the role that these biological particles play in cloud formation could help refine one of the b... Read More

Schools Close as Spike in Swine Flu Cases Hits Japan

In a sudden surge that took Asian health officials by surprise, the Japanese health ministry confirmed on Monday at least 125 new cases of the A(H1N1) virus — or swine flu — in the country's western prefectures of Osaka and Hyogo. Officials have shut down around 1,000 schools since many of the i... Read More

WHO chief: Drug firms OK plan for vaccine to poor

The head of the World Health Organization says major drug companies have agreed on a plan to give poor countries access to a swine flu vaccine and antiviral medications if a worldwide outbreak is declared.

Dr. Margaret Chan says she appealed for help as she met with drug companies and vaccine... Read More

Scientists discover deadly secret of Komodo's bite

The world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, has a snake-like venom in its bite which sends victims into shock and stops their blood from clotting, according to Australian research.

It had been widely believed that deadly bacteria in the carnivorous lizard's mouth helped kill its prey.

B... Read More

ASM GM 2009 - TWiV 33 Live in Philly

Vincent, Alan, Dick, and Raul Andino recorded TWiV live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, where they discussed increased arterial blood pressure caused by cytomegalovirus infection, restriction of influenza replication at low temperature by the avian viral glycoproteins, first isola... Read More

Nanobot Uses Bacteria Swarm for Propulsion

Canadian researcher Sylvain Martel has developed a ultra tiny machine that can be propelled and steered through a swarm of 3,000 bacteria.

The tiny device, which measures just 300x300 microns, contains a solar cell, communications circuit and sensor. By sensing pH levels and sharing them via ... Read More

Ultra Sound Weapons Knock Out Algal Blooms

Scientists at the University of Hull, UK, think they have found a way to put a stop to red tide by exposing them to blasts of ultrasound. Michiel Postema and his colleagues tested three different frequencies on a particularly harmful species of blue-green algae, Anabaena sphaerica, which can cau... Read More

Oregon researchers isolate RNA from specific cells using fruit flies

A team of University of Oregon biologists, using fruit flies, has created a way to isolate RNA from specific cells, opening a new window on how gene expression drives normal development and disease-causing breakdowns.

While DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) provides an identical genetic blueprint ... Read More

TWiV 32: Influenza in silico

On episode 32 of the podcast "This Week in Virology", Vincent, Alan, and Raul Rabadan converse about polio survivors in iron lungs, bocavirus, structure of mimivirus, and genome sequence analysis of influenza H1N1 viruses. Read More

Complex Microbial Community Structure in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Airways as Revealed by 16S rRNA PhyloChip

This poster, presented at the 109th ASM general meeting demonstrates the relationship between clinical measures of cystic fibrosis, a common and serious genetic disease, with the microbial ecology of bacteria that colonise the airways of these patients. The technique used to characterise the mi... Read More

TWiV 32: Influenza in silico

In episode 32 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove and guest Read More

Will hand washing dry up?

As the media frenzy and public fears about swine flu/H1N1 rescinds, health experts are worried that hand washing vigilance will slack.

"Just weeks ago, Americans were hearing similar, daily pleas from health officials and even President Obama as initial fears about a new flu virus, called H1N... Read More

Scientists Find RNA Surprises in Listeria Bacteria

A team at the Pasteur Institute has taken a big step towards better understanding the molecular mechanisms that transform Listeria from a harmless soil-dweller to a dangerous human pathogen by mapping the genes that Listeria expresses under different environmental conditions.

The researchers... Read More

Milestones in Microbiology: Bergey's Lab

Alison O'Brien, President at American Society for Microbiology and professor and chair of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Department of Microbiology and Immunology, in Philadelphia.
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Swine Flu (H1N1) Cases Rise by 1,000 in 24 Hours

The World Health Organization reports the number of confirmed swine flu cases has risen by nearly 1,000 in 24 hours to 8,451. Read More

A Solar Powered Micro-machine Commands Bacteria Movement

"Researchers in Canada have created a solar-powered micro-machine that is no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. The tiny machine can carry out basic sensing tasks and can indirectly control the movement of a swarm of bacteria in the same Petri dish."

"On such a small device t... Read More

Termites and Protozoa Discovered Together in 100 Million-year-old Amber

The analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in an ancient piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of "mutualism" ever discovered between an animal and microorganism, and also shows the unusual biology that helped make this one of the most successful, although frequently despi... Read More

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