A team from MIT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a genetic explanation for why the new H1N1 "swine flu" virus has spread from person to person less effectively than other flu viruses.
The H1N1 strain, which circled the globe this spring, has a form of surface prote... Read More
A recent study publish in PLoS suggests blood from the hair sheep may lead a revolution in microbiology testing .
"Many pathogens either fail to grow entirely or exhibit morphologies and hemolytic patterns on human blood agar that confound colony recognition. Furthermore, human blood can be... Read More
Fortunately this time around the potato disease shouldn't threaten lives... Read More
A new type of optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses and other particles on a chip as part of an integrated optofluidic platform. The optical trap is the latest innovation from researchers at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa ... Read More
"The death toll from swine flu in Argentina continued to rise as President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said she would not rule out closing major public venues where the virus could spread more quickly.
Dr. Juan Manzur, the new health minister, said Friday that 44 people had died from swine... Read More
"The TB vaccine that is routinely given to 75 percent of the world’s infants is too risky to give to those born infected with the AIDS virus, says a new study published by the World Health Organization. It recommended that vaccination be delayed until babies can be tested.
In countries like S... Read More
In an effort to reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides which are harmful to the environment and often times have no effect on the virus they are attempting to kill, researchers are working on virus resistant grapevines. Because it takes so long for a grape to properly ripen on the vine b... Read More
In a recent article I submitted ("It’s time retire the prokaryote"), the authored proposed that most of us don't know what a prokaryote is and in fact the term as a whole is flawed and should be retired by all microbiologists. Since I'm not a microbiologist by trade, he was right, at least on th... Read More
Unfortunately, there is no punchline. Turns out what visiting scientists at the North American Paleontological Convention in Cincinnati thought would be a lark by taking a side trip to Kentucky's Creationist Museum turned into a wave of disappointment, sadness and repulsion as the scientists rea... Read More
Yesterday Denmark announced the first known case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1. Today Hong Kong announced a teen who flew in from San Francisco tested positive for a resistant strain. Also, Japan announced a woman from Osaka also is resistant after a 10 day course of the medication.
"This marks t... Read More
23andme, "the world's trusted source of personal genetic information", has produced a great animation series about genes and genetics. The films will be aired during Gene Screen, a night of film on health and genetics in Washington, D.C. on July 16. Watch an animated guide to your genes, SNPs, p... Read More
Archaea are single-celled organisms and a domain unto themselves, quite apart from the so called eukaryotes, being bacteria and higher organisms. Many species live under extreme conditions, and carry out unique biochemical processes shared neither with bacteria nor with eukaryotes. Methanogenic ... Read More
"Scientists in Portugal and France managed to follow the patterns of gene expression in food-poisoning bacteria Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) live during infection for the first time. The work about to be published in PLoS Pathogens shows how the bacterial genome shifts to better ada... Read More
A paper published in PubMed that appeared in the July 1967 edition of Applied Microbiology reports that men with beards who work in microbiology labs may be a public health hazard. The authors conclude that although lab personnel who wash their beards reduced the amount of virus or toxin, a suff... Read More
How honest are scientists? Most people in the general populace probably take scientists and researchers at face value but a recent paper published in the Public Library of Science by Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh suggests it is commoner than scientists would like the rest of the... Read More
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
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. Gram stain from BHI broth at 36 hours (1000X) Read More
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
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