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Scarlet fever making a comeback

An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years. Read More


A newly discovered virus is the reason why some piglets shake so uncontrollably that they aren’t able to nurse. Read More

MGH team broadens utility of more compact CRISPR-Cas9 by increasing its targeting range

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has shown that a method they developed to improve the usefulness and precision of the most common form of the gene-editing tools CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases can be applied to Cas9 enzymes from other bacterial sources. In a paper r... Read More

Early hospitalization key to survival for Ebola victims

A retrospective study of Ebola epidemics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suggested that each day of delay in hospital admittance was associated with an 11% increased risk of death for Ebola patients during epidemics. Read More

Rolling Candida (sticks its tongue out)

Close up of a greenish colony of Candida albicans engulfing another purple colony, presumably a Candida albicans that has been switched its phenotype by changing the morphology of the colony. Taken with a Nikon stereomicroscope. Read More

Yet another reason to avoid methamphetamine: negative effects of meth on wound healing

Dr. Luis Martinez was on a dream vacation with his three boys. Far from their native New York home, they were traveling along the California coast with the ultimate stop at Disneyland. Unfamiliar with the roads, Martinez took a wrong turn outside of Fresno and found himself in a less pleasant pa... Read More

Tug of war among bacteria

At the University of Cologne, biophysicists in the lab of Professor Berenike Maier were now able to show how differential mechanical forces can lead to cell sorting in biofilms, thereby determining their architecture. In their publication in the journal eLife, the team headed by the biophysicist... Read More

Could self-disseminating vaccines cut off emerging infectious diseases at source?

The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa shone the spotlight not only on the unpreparedness of local health services and science to deal with the pandemic, but also on the phenomenon of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Read More

BacterioFiles 236 - Film Formation Favors Fossilization

This episode: Gut microbes' activity in decaying brine shrimp help promote fossilization of their soft parts!

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A Phage-o-Lantern for a Microbial Hallowe'en?

I would like to see a Twitter hash tag for microbiologically themed Jack-o-Lanterns for Hallowe'en!

In my Microbiology course here at the University of Puget Sound, my student Ruth created this bacteriophage inspired pumpkin art.

#HappyMicrobialHalloween, everyone! Read More

TWiV 361: Zombie viruses on the loose

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

Happy #MicrobialHalloween From My #Bio350 Students (Plus Some Happy #ParasiticHalloween Wishes)!

I enjoy mixing Hallowe'en with my classes. In this blog post, I show how my microbiology students do exactly that, with humor and style. In addition, my freshman writing students do the same with their course on symbioses and parasitism. Enjoy...and #HappyMicrobialHalloween! Read More

TWiP 98: Resistance is not futile

The TWiP-lets reveal Balamuthia infection in the Children from Peru, and discuss resistance to pyrethroids uncovered by RNA sequencing of Anopheles mosquitoes.

Hosts:  Read More

TWiP 98 letters

Robin writes:

Balamuthia mandrillaris

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Happy Halloween!

Enjoy some spooky microbes this halloween! Candida parasilopsis ghost on SAB agar, and Salmonella species spiderwebs in HE and XLD agars. Follow me on instagram @stylish_streaking for more fun cultures and educational microbiology and mycology posts! Read More

New Technique Could Prevent Biofilms on Catheters and Medical Implants

Washington, DC – October 30, 2015 – Biofilms—mats of bacteria similar to the plaque that grows on teeth—frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can threaten lives or lead to failure of the implants. Antibiotics are impotent against b... Read More

'Ensemble' modeling could lead to better flu forecasts, study finds

By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists at Boston Children's Hospital has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time estimates (aka "now-casts") of flu activity and accurate forecasts of... Read More

Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes

Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem. Read More

Pumpkin Spice Agar

Happy Halloween!! This is an LB plate supplemented with Congo Red (to give the plate an orange hue) and X-gal, which is cleaved by this E. coli into a dark blue color. Read More

Bulgarian folk motive

Traditional Bulgarian embroidery is characterized by great regional and local diversity. Embroidery ornamentation are much of the specificity and uniqueness of Bulgarian costumes. It is typical of all areas in the country. The high artistic value of the designs is largely due to the skilful sele... Read More
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