Microorganisms play an important role in global nutrient cycles. A research team led by Christa Schleper, head of the Department of Genetics in Ecology at the University of Vienna, has isolated the first ammonium oxidizing Archaeon from a soil in Vienna and thus proved its activity. The research... Read More
People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realized. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Procee... Read More
Of late, space and bacteria have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First, there was the wanton speculation about aliens that preceded the “arsenic life” controversy (NASA fanned the hype with a poorly described press conference). Then, the Journal of Cosmology made headlines with claim... Read More
Theoretical physicists have proposed an explanation for how bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals: Chromosomes could act like antennae, with electrons traveling gene circuits to produce species-specific wavelengths.
It’s just a hypothesis, and the notion that bacteria can generate r... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº199 conmemorates the 50th aniversary of Yuri Gagarin spaceflight by describing some "microbial si... Read More
Scientists have identified a key enzyme responsible for destroying lung tissue in tuberculosis (TB), they report today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Drugs that inhibit this enzyme are already available, meaning that the finding could lead quickly to new treatments.
TB is caused by... Read More
An endangered slipper orchid in southwestern China fakes the look and smell of a fungal infection in order to attract one particular pollinator, the flat-footed fly.
Black-brown spots mark the leaves of the orchid, mimicking the diseased look of a plant covered with fungus. The flowers even s... Read More
Dr. Tony Haymet urges us to cherish our oceans as the source of our future quality of life. He reveals how oceanic molecules and microbiotic cells will provide the foundation for the next wave of medicine, and how algae bio-fuel will provide a valuable carbon-neutral energy resource. Read More
A decades-old antibiotic appears to work better when combined with a common antidiarrheal drug to combat a persistent bug that often afflicts people with cystic fibrosis, a new study indicates.
The synergy between the two drugs was discovered in lab studies by researchers at McMaster Universi... Read More
You might want to rethink buying that bulk-sized hand sanitizer if you’re trying to protect you and your family from Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria (MRSA) and other diseases. FDA is cracking down on over-the-counter (OTC) drug companies that are claiming their products prev... Read More
New research on mice has shown that pulmonary administration of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) significantly reduces flu symptoms and prevents death after a lethal dose influenza virus. While GM-SCF therapy for humans as a flu prophylaxis or treatment may be years away... Read More
In 2011, for the first time, countries across the WHO regions of Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific are taking part in simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº198: is dedicated to WHO day and the problem of antibiotic resistance. El podcast del Microbio Nº... Read More
I know it has nothing to do with viruses and would be a better question for FiB (if he did questions :) But I figure you guys would at least have some idea and know who to ask if you needed to. I've been curious for a while about the techniques used in... Read More
This episode: Algae may help clean up radioactive waste!
Yet another study has found stuff you don't want to eat in stuff that you eat.
On April 15, scientists reported that the meat bought at supermarkets is often contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics used to fight human disease.
The study, published... Read More
The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the Playboy Mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa.
The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, are a suspect in the illnesses among attendees of a DomainFest fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los A... Read More
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disorder of unknown etiology. The disease involves degeneration of motor neurons, leading to paralysis, respiratory failure, and death within five years. A viral etiology for ALS has been ... Read More
Researchers report on new discoveries relating to the mechanisms of bacterial quorum sensing, a communication strategy used by many bacteria including pathogenic species to control and coordinate collective behavior and the expression of virulence factors. Their work also led them to identifying... Read More