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A Breath Mint Made From ... Coffee?

Personally coffee makes me reach for a breath mint, but apparently it can inhibit the growth of 'bad' bacteria that cause smelly breath. Read More

You Knew It Had to Happen - H1N1 Web scams

Last week the FDA issued a warning to websites purportedly marketing fake products that will prevent H1N1 infection. Here are some of the claims:

* A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus;
* A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children ... Read More

Nickel isotope may be microbial methane biomarker

U.S. and British scientists have determined nickel might be a useful isotopic marker to trace the origins of single cell organisms that produce methane.

"Our data suggest significant potential in nickel stable isotopes for identifying and quantifying methanogenesis on the early Earth," said V... Read More

Fire and Ice - A New Source of Energy?

Interesting article from the New Scientist on clathrates (aka "dirty ice") as an energy solution:

"Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the Messoyakha gas field of western Siberia, lies a mystery. Back in 1970, Russian engineers began pumping natural gas from beneath the permafrost and piping it eas... Read More

Simple measures may prevent transmission of H. pylori (stomach ulcer bacterium)

"The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather through vomit and possibly faeces. This is shown in a thesis at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It is therefore possible to prevent the spread o... Read More

Want to be a Microbiology Mentor?

Beginning in 2010, undergraduate students from colleges and universities with limited resources will be offered research experience at research-intensive, resource-rich host institutions under the guidance of members from the American Society for Microbiology. This paper (click "source") explain... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 8

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Antimicrobianos de la saliva de la rana


La saliva de la rana contiene sustancias antibacterianas, efectivas incluso contra bacterias que atacan a los seres humanos.... Read More

Opening Night of Infectious: Stay Away

Highlights of the opening night of INFECTIOUS: STAY AWAY, 2009 at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. Produced by Mahoo. Music by The Sunday Drive. Read More

H and E Stained lung sections of patient from whom the Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing inter-alveolar exudation of macrophages and poly-morphic leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained

H and E Stained lung sections of patient from whom the Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing inter-alveolar exudation of macrophages and poly-morphic leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained Read More

Microbes may be answer to invasive mussels

An eco-friendly bacteria that kills invasive mussels will be tested for the first time in Canada at the Decew Falls hydro plant. Ontario Power Generation will monitor the specialized microbe's ability to kill zebra and quagga mussels, which threaten power production at the combined 170-megaw... Read More

Beetle Bacteria Can Break Down Styrofoam

The top prize at this year’s Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) went to a 16-year-old from Taiwan who found a bacterium present in mealworm beetles that is capable of decomposing Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).


With the help of two microbiologists, the student, Tsen... Read More

Swine Flu? No Word of It at Pork Expo

At the World Pork Expo going on this week, the decision to call H1N1 'Swine Flu' is heavily debated and it's effects are felt. With the power of words, do you think that the CDC should have been more explicit in telling people they would not be at risk from pigs? Read More

Dogs May Spread MRSA and Other Health News

An interesting story with some news on MRSA's increased prevalance in children as well as how MRSA infections cn be transferred from animals to people. Read More

$42 Million from NIH Slated for Human Microbiome Projects

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis four grants totaling $19 million to explore the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human body and determine how they contribute to good health and disease.

The grants ar... Read More

HIV Replication Animation

Description of the process the HIV virus uses to penetrate CD4 cells. This is a great animation. Read More

Gliding Motility of Paenibacillus

A movie showing gliding motility in a Paenibacillus isolate. Movie by Jon Roll, UW-Madison.
















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Anybody home? Little response in Pacific gyre

The South Pacific Gyre has some of the conditions to support life yet remains a veritable desert on the ocean floor. Scientists are studying this, for some reason. I understand the interconnectedness of life and such, but do you think this is worthy of scientific research? Read More

"Mootral" May Curb Bovine Flatulence

Methane gas released as flatulence from livestock is a significant source of greenhouse gas, but entrepreneurs may have found a ready antidote to the problem: garlic. Mootral (“moo” and “neutral”), produced by Neem Biotech in Cardiff, Wales, contains a natural garlic extract—allicin—that when fe... Read More

Histamine H3 Receptor-Mediated Signaling Protects Mice from Cerebral Malaria

A new paper submitted to PLoS One shows histamine plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of experimental cerebral malaria (CM) in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA. Histamine exerts its biological effects through four different receptors designated H1R, H2R, H3R, and H4R. In humans, ... Read More

New HR Report: Discrimination, Denial, and Deportation of Migrant Workers with HIV

About a third of the world’s countries limit people living with with H.I.V. from entering or staying in their nations, even if the individual's disease is under control with drugs. Some even restrict their access to health care.

"Hundreds of millions of people cross borders annually, travell... Read More

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