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Simple food additive slows E. coli food poisoning

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning.

Had this discovery been known before the deadly 2011 E. coli outbreak in Germany, doctors may have had one more tool to save some of victims.

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Creating a slippery slope on the surface of medical implants

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver or other end organ disease save lives every day. However, bacteria that form infectious biofilms on those devices, called device-associa... Read More

Tufts water diplomat awarded global prize for developing early warning system for cholera

Shafiqul Islam, Sc.D., of Tufts University School of Engineering, has been awarded the 7th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) Creativity Award, one of most prestigious international awards focusing on water-related scientific innovation. Islam was recognized for hi... Read More

New study explains factors that influence the timing of infectious disease outbreaks

The delay between the time when a disease outbreak becomes possible and when it actually happens depends chiefly on how frequently infection is introduced to the population and how quickly the number of cases caused by a single individual increases, according to new research from the University ... Read More

Chlorhexidine use may select for colistin resistance

Infection control is a vital part of maintaining a safe healthcare facility, and the use of biocides and disinfectants to eliminate potential pathogens is an important part of infection control strategy. Pathogens can spread among patients via transfer to surfaces like doors, floors, and counter... Read More

Trichomonas vaginalis - motile trophozoites

Wet mount of Trichomonas vaginalis grown for 8 days on Mod Diamons Medium at 35 C.
4 Flagella can be observed near the cytostome and 1 on the opposite pole.
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A Happy #MicrobialHalloween to All!

In this post from my research and teaching blog, Microbes Rule, I show off some Hallowe'en inspired microbiological goodness! Enjoy! Read More

Spooky new fungal disease on southern golf courses unmasked

A turfgrass disease that looked like an ink spill on many southern golf courses has been identified and all but blotted out, according to a plant pathologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

...the researchers found the pathogen was a new species of fungal disease, which they na... Read More

Zika May Harm Male Reproduction

he Zika virus attacks cells in mouse testes crucial for sperm and sex hormone generation and hampers reproduction, according to new research that raises the possibility that the virus could affect fertility in men.

And even if the same outcomes bear out in people, researchers have no idea wha... Read More

Study Links Antibiotic Resistance with Exposure to the Disinfectant Chlorhexidine

Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria exposed to chlorhexidine-containing disinfectants can become resistant to colistin, a last resort antibiotic often used against multidrug resistant pathogens. This is the first study to link exposure to chlorhexidine with resistance to colistin in this clinically i... Read More

MSU faculty member, student receive American Society for Microbiology awards

A Michigan State University molecular biologist and a doctoral student in her lab have received awards from the American Society for Microbiology.

Kristin Parent, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science, is a recipient of... Read More

Lactobacillus on MRS

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Tasmanian devil milk found to have compounds with antibacterial properties

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia has found that Tasmanian devil breast milk contains several types of antimicrobial peptides. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes the study and what they found when they analyzed Tas... Read More

BacterioFiles 274 - Proteobacteria Purify Piscine Pee

This episode: Bacteria in the gills of fish help break down their metabolic wastes before they reach toxic levels!


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Ghostly Germs and Phantasmal Prokaryotes

The spooky, crimson plate in the center was drawn using Staphylococcus aureus to write Happy Halloween and draw the ghost. The eyes and mouth of the ghost were drawn with Staphylococcus epidermidis. Since S. aureus ferments the sugar mannitol in the MSA plate, the red dissipated and a yellowis... Read More

TWiV 413: Partnerships not Parachutes

From the EIDA2Z conference at Boston University, Vincent, Alan and Paul meet up with Ralph Baric, Felix Drexler, Marion Koopmans, and Stacey Schultz-Cherry to talk about discovering, understanding, protecting, and collaborating on emerging infectious diseases.


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Happy Halloween!

Jack-o-lantern carving of a plate containing Congo Red dye. Read More

Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

A non-virulent variant of the deadly Vibrio cholerae O1 strain has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years, with the potential to become virulent through gene transfer with the toxigenic strain introduced by UN peacekeepers, according to research published t... Read More

Computer Model Is ‘Crystal Ball’ for E. Coli Bacteria

It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future, and even more so when they involve the reactions of living cells — huge numbers of genes, proteins and enzymes, embedded in complex pathways and feedback loops. Yet researchers at the University of California, Davis, Genome Center ... Read More

How lack of oxygen makes bacteria cause acne and how to stop it

It’s like Jekyll and Hyde. One moment bacteria on the skin are harmless, the next they are causing a full-on spotty break out. Now researchers have discovered exactly why this happens – a breakthrough that could yield new acne treatments, possibly in two years.

Richard Gallo of the University... Read More
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