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New viruses are providing some clues to how viruses evolved

The science of metagenomics has uncovered that viruses are the most abundant and genetically diverse organisms on earth. In an article published in Microbiology Today, Peter Simmons from the Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, discusses how discoveries of new viruses are pro... Read More

Who are the top ten influential women microbiologists?

The New Scientist just published an article about the 10 most inspirational women scientists of all time. Not one is identified as microbiologist or bacteriologist (if you're thinking historically - although Rosalind Franklin did work on viruses). I'm curious if folks reading this wouldn't mind ... Read More

Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes. Gram stain from BHI broth at 36 hours (1000X) Read More

Antibiotics Take Toll On Beneficial Microbes In Gut

Now there is even more reason to be concerned about the amount and kind of antibiotic you may be too quick to consume. Besides concerns about increasing antibiotic resistant bacteria due to overuse of antibiotics, research shows that antibiotics could have a long lasting effect on the beneficial... Read More

Combining Agriculture with Microbial Genomics To Make Fuels

This article looks at key challenges when using agricultural waste as a sustainable source for biofuels to meet worldwide energy needs. Subjects include dealing with diverse cellulosic sugars and finding ways to recycle carbon dioxide back into useful biomass.
Why plants such as sugar cane and ... Read More

Calling All Media - ICAAC 2009 Press Registration Now Open for San Francisco

News media registration for the annual infectious disease meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is now open. The 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) will be held September 12-15, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
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Little-known Marine Decomposers Attract The Attention Of Genome Sequencers

The Department of Energy (DOE) is sequencing underwater docomposers. Apparently these fungus-like organisms act much like bacteria in degrading organic matter. Read More

Vaccine approved for H3N8 dog flu.

The USDA has approved a new vaccine for dogs. Believed to have jumped from horses to dogs 5 years ago, H3N8 "has been a quiet undercurrent in the United States, rarely discussed except among veterinarians and dog owners in the few areas where it has struck hard: Florida, New York City’s northern... Read More

First case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 announced in Denmark

The National Health Board of Denmark announced that the first known case of pandemic H1N1 flu resistance to Tamiflu. Officials emphasize "there is no evidence" that the resistant virus has spread.

While the case is likely to be isolated, it calls into question the policy in most European coun... Read More

A double whammy of "trojan" cells can take out drug-resistant tumors, says researchers

This is an interesting cancer treatment idea.

"Himanshu Brahmbhatt and Jennifer MacDiarmid of the company Engeneic in Sydney, Australia, had already coaxed bacteria such as E. coli into dividing at their ends, rather than in the middle. This way they produce tiny buds of cytoplasm devoid of c... Read More

Coral Fights Antibiotic Resistance

The slow decay of coral reefs is a major problem and a signal that we are killing our environment. However, there appears to be one organism that doesn't care all that much or at the very least is hardly affected by the change. A sponge, discovered in a coral reef that was dying as a result of a... Read More

MTS30 - Stanley Plotkin - The Past, Present, and Future of Vaccines

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Anti-biotech Groups Obstruct Forest Biotechnology

There is an interesting report in Nature: Biotechnology on the level of activism against environmental genetic modification:

The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups a... Read More

Science Tattoo Emporium

Carl Zimmer wondered if scientists had tattoos of their science and as it turns out, many do! Check out this great collection of science tattoos. I have to admit I browsed through the whole 23 page collection, fascinated by the art of science and seeing, in some cases, the full colored beauty of... Read More

Stomachache Tonight - Animated Food Saftey Music Video

Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at University of California, Davis, sings this parody of The Eagles' "Heartache Tonight." Read More

Dirt, The Microbial Envelope of Earth

Hast thou considered dirt? This article goes 'deep' into dirt, stuff that's all around us but rarely thought about... Read More

The Inflammatory Response

Vincent Racaniello from This Week in Virology has a great post on his site about what happens to the immune system during the initial infection of an influenza virus:

During the earliest stages of a virus infection, cytokines are produced when innate immune defenses are activated. The rapid ... Read More

Legionella pneumophilia in yolk sac of embryonated egg as stained by the Gimenez method

Legionella pneumophilia in yolk sac of embryonated egg as stained by the Gimenez method Read More

Study Provides Greater Understanding of Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

A breakthrough in understanding, if not treatment of, a troublesome infection...

Lyme disease in the U.S. is caused by the tickborne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and usually begins with a skin lesion, after which the bacteria spread throughout the body to the nervous system, heart or joints.... Read More

You may be king of the grill, but do you have the food safety skills?

The USDA is on point this year for the Fourth of July with reminding everyone that grilling out often requires special food handling precautions.

The chef of your household might have the skills to cook the perfect burger, but does he or she know the food safety "drills of the grill?" To hel... Read More

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