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Terror in a Vial

When envelopes containing the bacterial spores that cause anthrax started arriving in media offices and on Capitol Hill in the fall of 2001, a new era in biological warfare began. To pinpoint the source of the attacks, federal agents quickly sought out specialists to perform cutting-edge molecul... Read More

Microscope Connects To iPads Wirelessly For Extreme Close-Up Views

Designed for the beauty and education industries, this microscope peripheral can connect to iPads wirelessly, displaying video and images of skin (or whatever else you shove under the microscope) zoomed up by 50 times.

While it won't be for personal use it could definitely have its advantages... Read More

Does Pasture Irrigation Increase Groundwater Contamination? Research Finds Little to No Transport of Microbes from Cow Pastures Into Groundwater

Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the t... Read More

Serum S100B: A Potential Biomarker for Suicidality in Adolescents?

Studies have shown that patients suffering from depression or schizophrenia often have immunological alterations that can be detected in the blood. Others reported a possible link between inflammation, a microgliosis and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in suicidal patients. Serum S100B is a marker... Read More

Uncovering Beauty in Proteins to Fight the Pneumococcal Fratricides

From time to time, we dip into the microbiology blog by César Sánchez, Twisted Bacteria, and, with his permission, "borrow" a post such as this one about pneumonia and pneumococci, fratricide at the cellular level, and a pretty protein. And there's a video too!

Snippet:

"A few days ago I w... Read More

Different stages of Reverse Osmosis

Since water is a necessity of life, it is important to drink water free from contaminants. To treat water and make it worth drinking, different processes are used and one of best treatment methods is Reverse Osmosis. In this process of water filtration, the water goes through semi permeable memb... Read More

How the parasitic worm has turned

Parasites in the gut such as whipworm have an essential role in developing a healthy immune system, University of Manchester scientists have found.

It has long been known that microbes in the gut help to develop a healthy immune system, hence the rise in popularity of probiotic yoghurts that ... Read More

Paecilomyces sp.

Paecilomyces sp. Tapered conidiophores (430X) Read More

Chronic Fatigue Sufferers May Be Asked to Avoid Donating Blood

There’s been a flurry of activity by experts trying to suss out if the virus XMRV, which has been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, poses a threat to the U.S. blood supply.

On Friday, Louis Katz, executive vice-president of medical affairs at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center ... Read More

Mr. Ed's bane/zoonotic villains #4

The mosquito - God's cruelest instrument to ensure his creations stay in check?
The mosquito - proof that Evolution is a malevolent mistress that sups on human & animal misery alike?
The mosquito - spreader of VEE: Venezuelan equine encephalitis, which afflicts not only horses, donkeys, zebras... Read More

PRO/AH/EDR> Rabies update - USA (02): June 2010

Rabies has now become an epidemic along the Front Range. The
Tri-County Health Department says its already seen as many rabid
skunks so far this year [2010] as it did in all of last year.

40 skunks have tested positive so far this year [2010]. The outbreak
is primarily in skunks righ... Read More

An ounce of prevention . . .

As the old saying goes, can beat a pound of the Shigella bacteria, seen here penetrating the intestinal mucosa of some poor soul.
Killing approx. 1 million people annually - most of them children, Shigella is best prevented by two simple strategies: washing hands before handling food & thorou... Read More

Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus

A War of the Worlds is being waged in this little corner of eastern France.

On one side are Alsatian winemakers whose sacred traditions reach back more than two millenniums, men and women close to the soil who pour their art, science and souls into the alchemy that starts with a grape vine an... Read More

Pathogens Chase Down Migrating Gypsy Moths, Making Control Efforts Unnecessary, Researcher Reports

When the gypsy moth -- whose caterpillars have defoliated entire forests -- started spreading westward more than 100 years ago from New England to Wisconsin where they are now, Cornell researchers discovered that its fungal and viral pathogens followed close behind, reported entomologist Ann Haj... Read More

How bacteria build their nano-syringe

For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in explaining basic principles of the bacterial transport channel which is formed like a syringe and helps the microorganism deliver the 'virulence factors' to outwit the host's immune system.

The study, by researchers from the Max Planck So... Read More

Legionnaires' disease link to lack of windscreen wash

Failure to add windscreen wash to a vehicle's windscreen wiper water could account for around 20 percent of cases of Legionnaires' Disease, according to the Health Protection Agency.

The disease -- caused by the Legionella bacteria -- is commonly associated with water systems such as air cond... Read More

The Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments

The video of the seminar given by Dr. Shipley on how to get your qPCR data published is available now at the Source link.

Dr. Shipley is the director of the Quantitative Genomics Core Laboratory where they have been performing and optimizing assays for qPCR for the last 13 years. He is one o... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 14

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: microbial electrosynthesis, desert dust that affects ocean microbes, bacteria dividing unequally, and bacteria that can make you smarter.




























(13.2 MB, 14.5 minut... Read More

TWiV 86 letters

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I found your podcast through the Microbe World website. Thanks to Microbe World, I've been unable to sate my thirst for knowledge about the microscopic organisms that act as the foundation for our planet. So, I stumble across a podcast about viruses? Hel... Read More

TWiV 86: Dark matter with Dr. Eric Delwart

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On episode #86 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich travel to the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco to speak wi... Read More

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