Naegleria is an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater and soil. Only one species of Naegleria infects people, Naegleria fowleri. Naegleria infects people by entering the body through the nose, often occurring when people use warm freshwater for activities like swimming or diving. The amoeba c... Read More
Researchers have teased out the molecular process that can shut down a marauding, often deadly immune response that kills thousands each year who suffer battlefield casualties, heart attacks, strokes, automobile accidents and oxygen deprivation, according to an article published in the January e... Read More
Hundreds of people in China believe they might have a new disease with HIV-like symptoms, but doctors suggest their illness could be the result of a mental rather than a physical condition.
The Chinese authorities have been accused of covering up respiratory illnesses like Sars in the past.
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Reptiles are bred in captivity primarily for their skins, but some restaurants and population groups also want them for their meat. A study shows that eating these animals can have side effects that call into question the wisdom of eating this 'delicacy.'
Parasites, bacteria and viruses, and ... Read More
When Cal Poly professor and renowned microbiologist Raul Cano sought to revive a prehistoric strain of yeast that lay dormant in a fossilized bee’s stomach for 25 to 45 million years, his intent wasn’t to create a stir in the beer world. Yet, 15 years later, that same yeast has yielded a fruity,... Read More
Scientists have shown that cells' DNA-reading machinery can skim through certain kinds of damaged DNA without skipping any letters in the genetic "text." The studies, performed in bacteria, suggest a new mechanism that can allow bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics.
The results were ... Read More
A US decision to freeze spending on treatment for HIV in several African countries has prompted concern that some of the gains made against the AIDS epidemic since 2003 could be reversed.
President George W. Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), launched in 2003, focused largely on ... Read More
Preparation of bacterial spores for future experiments with Kari Severson, Graduate Student at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More
The global death toll from swine flu has risen to 15,174, up 463 from a week ago, but the pandemic is steadily losing momentum around the world, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
"As of 31 January 2010, worldwide more than 209 countries and overseas territories or communities have... Read More
An experimental vaccine based on a germ found in soil cut tuberculosis infections among people with HIV, the first time a shot has been shown to reduce cases of the most common AIDS-related cause of death in poor nations.
The shots reduced TB infections by 39 percent in patients who received ... Read More
The Voice of the Expert - Virus Infections: SARS. Research on virus infections and virus entry mechanisms, with specific focus on SARS. Discussion with Thomas Gallagher, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More
A guest blog post by "Psi Wavefunction" on Small Things Considered explores the morphology of Heterolobosea, specifically Naegleria, a species of pathogenic free-living amoebae that have a taste for human brains. Read More
Vesicular stomatitis virus, or VSV, has long been a model system for studying and understanding the life cycle of negative-strand RNA viruses, which include viruses that cause influenza, measles and rabies.
More importantly, research has shown that VSV has the potential to be genetically mod... Read More
This year I started a new virology course at Columbia University. The course emphasizes the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell and survival and spread within a host population. The molecular basis of alternative reproductive cycl... Read More
People with cystic fibrosis frequently have lung infections that defy treatment. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that clogs airways with thick mucous. While the life expectancy for children with cystic fibrosis has increased over the past few decades, many lives are still shortened in yo... Read More
The year 2010 is, among other things, the International Year of Biodiversity.
If you did not know that — and if you are not quite sure what biodiversity even means — you are almost certainly not alone.
In a survey conducted by Gallup in 2007, 64 percent of European Union citizens either ha... Read More
When the District 9 Pennsylvania Trappers Association Coyote Hunt came to town last weekend, it was a big deal for U.S. Forget the lure of hunting an elusive wild dog. Van Why is more interested in hunting through the animals' innards.
He's a microbe hunter in his second year of spending time... Read More
Anthrax and bacteria that form spores, Interview with Adam Driks, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More
It is already known that blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. New research from the Lund University Faculty of Engineering in Sweden shows that blueberry fibers are important and can alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammations, such as ulcerative colitis. The protective ... Read More
Capillary-driven microfluidics could drastically change point-of-care diagnostics, thanks to IBM researchers Luc Gervais and Emmanuel Delamarche.
At IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory, the scientists created a one-step immunoassay by combining microfluidic elements and reagents such as analyte ... Read More