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Mycobacteria Make Spores?

Guest blogger for Small Things Considered Peter Setlow, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, has an eye-opening post about a recent paper, Read More

It's the Blob! Miles of Mysterious Goo Floating by Alaska Coastline

This is a strange story here. Apparently, miles and miles of a biological substance has been spotted in the Chukchi Sea, the swath of ocean between Siberia and Alaska. Environmental experts at first thought it may be an oil spill, but on closer examination they believe it's alive.

From the An... Read More

Is Dirt the New Prozac?

A recent study, "Identification of an immune-responsive mesolimbocortical serotonergic system: potential role in regulation of emotional behavior," suggests that treatment with a specific soil bacterium, Mycobacte... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 11

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Cómo se debe cocinar el pavo para el día de acción de gracias
Muchas personas lavan el pavo en el fregadero antes de cocinarlo. Sin embargo, esto no siempre es una bu... Read More

MTS31 - Frances Arnold - Engineering Microbes

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Microcosm Week: How E. coli Sees The Future

Carl Zimmer blogs about his new book, Microcosm and this week focuses on E. coli and genetics. Read More

Kary Mullis' Next-gen Cure for Killer Infection

A very promising cure against infection. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis discusses this break-through antibiotic mechanism. Read More

Obama Picks Francis Collins as NIH Director

President Obama yesterday nominated Francis S. Collins, a physician and scientist who helped guide the Human Genome Project to completion, to be the next director of the National Institutes of Health.

Collins, 59, developed an important technique for identifying genes and went on to identify ... Read More

New Target For Tailored Antibiotics Discovered

Researchers at the Technische Universität München have identified a metabolic step that could be a good weak point for new antibiotics to target. Just as Luke Skywalker targeted the exhaust-vent on the Death Star, antibiotics could disrupt this specific process and kill the microorganism. Read More

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: An Update on New Vaccine Recommendations (ASM Teleconference, Wednesday, July 15, 1pm)

Consider tomorrow’s teleconference (An Update on New Vaccine Recommendations) being held by the American Society for Microbiology and those scheduled over this summer to keep you current about developments in your field and to remain competitive in your industry. The personal knowledge and skil... Read More

Microsporum canis macroconidia

Microsporum canis macroconidia. Interference phase microscopt (400X) Read More

FDA Wants to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein.

"The FDA also believes that the use of medications for prevention and control sh... Read More

Technique improves bacteria identification

German researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research have developed a method of identifying bacteria by scanning their DNA for short, repetitive segments. Each type of bacteria has unique segments that repeat. This method allows identification using just a fraction of the DNA analys... Read More

Swine Flu Death Statistics May Be Flawed Say Researchers

Estimates of the proportion of people who will die if infected with swine flu are flawed, say UK researchers.

Currently, the death rate in the UK and the US is estimated at about 0.5 per cent of people who have been infected with the virus. And, accurate estimates are needed so that health au... Read More

Swine Flu Parties

According to the BBC, "reports have emerged of people intentionally mixing with friends who have flu. Their reasoning is that it is best to be infected before the winter when the virus could become more deadly. But public health expert Dr Richard Jarvis, chairman of the British Medical Associati... Read More

Exxon partners with Synthetic Genomics to Invest Millions in producing biofuel from algae

"On Tuesday, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae — organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pio... Read More

A new liquid vaccine to protect children from ear infections

A new study could introduce a pain-free vaccination strategy that works against ear infections developed by Lauren Bakaletz, PhD, director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in collaboration with John Clements, PhD, at Tulane Univ... Read More

Solving Darwin's Dilemma

An interesting article in the New Scientist looks at solving Darwin's Dilemma, that is, in Darwin's words from the first edition of origin of Species, "If my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Silurian stratum was deposited... the world swarmed with living creatures. To th... Read More

Researchers explain why HIV-1 progresses faster in women than in men

One of the continuing mysteries of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is why women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection but progress faster to AIDS than men with similar viral loads. Now a research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH... Read More

Swine may have played a big role in the 1918 Flu pandemic

A study published in Monday's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes the case that the last century's deadliest pandemic, the 1918 Flu, may not have emerged from a sudden leap from birds to humans. Instead the authors theorize that swine played a big role in the virus' evolution u... Read More

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