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Used Woodwind and Brass Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria and Fungi, Study Suggests

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.

Used woodwind and brass instruments were found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of... Read More

How the Slime Mold Gets Organized

The so-called cellular slime mold, a unicellular organism that may transition into a multicellular organism under stress, has just been found to have a tissue structure that was previously thought to exist only in more sophisticated animals. What's more, two proteins that are needed by the slime... Read More

Fatal diseases pass from wolf to dog to human in remote B.C. communities

Diseases, some of which can be lethal, are being passed between dogs, wolves and people in remote B.C communities where there is a dearth of veterinary care, a new study has found.

Researchers found that dogs that are often allowed to run free and come into contact with wolves and bears have ... Read More

All wrapped up: Researcher's graphene cloak protects bacteria

Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, and his research team are wrapping bacteria with graphene to address current challenges with imaging bacteria under electron microscopes. Berry's method creates a carbon cloak that protects the bacteria, allowin... Read More

Friendly bacteria fight the flu

Microbes trigger immune response that suppresses infections. Helpful bacteria don't just aid digestion; they also fend off the flu, according to a report published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. A research team led by Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale Univers... Read More

Toxoplasmosis: The Strain Explains Severity of Infection

Providing clues into why the severity of a common parasitic infection can vary greatly from person to person, a new Johns Hopkins study shows that each one of three strains of the cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii sets off a unique reaction in the nerve cells it invades. Past research suggest... Read More

KEGG pathway analysis of 1443 HIV-1/host interactions

There are 1443 host viral interactions in the NCBI database. These were pumped through a KEGG pathway analsis, providing a useful insight into the multiple processes affected by HIV-1 infection. These include life cycle pathways , endocytosis and the like, but also many immune-related pathways a... Read More

CDC: $10 Million Awarded to Help Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding $10 million for new research to five academic medical centers as part of its Prevention Epicenter grant program, which supports efforts to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infections in health care settings.

"Discover... Read More

Targeted Genome Capture for Endosymbionts

Scientists at Vanderbilt University have found a way to enrich for and sequence genomes of bacteria that are difficult to culture or purify because they live inside hosts with complex microbial communities. The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, repo... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº170, 171 y 172. Historia de la Penicilina (History of Penicillin)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 170, 171 and 172 are dedicated to the history of the development of Penicillin as a therapeutic... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 33 - Playing Paramecium Pong

This episode: Video games with live microbes!


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Study provides insight into aging immune systems

Compared with younger adults, the elderly are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from pneumonia. Moreover, vaccines against the disease are less effective in the elderly.

To help understand why, Loyola researchers examined two types of immune system cells, macrophages and B cel... Read More

Roundworm Could Provide New Treatment for Sepsis

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that systemic inflammation caused by sepsis can be suppressed by a protein which occurs naturally in a type of roundworm. Sepsis is a serious inflammatory condition, caused by the body over-reacting to infection. The body becomes overwhelmed by b... Read More

Research may lead to new and improved vaccines

Alum is an adjuvant (immune booster) used in many common vaccines, and Canadian researchers have now discovered how it works. The research by scientists from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine is published in the March 13 online edition of Nature Medicine. The new findings will help... Read More

Study Helps Explain how Pathogenic E. coli Bacterium Causes Illness

Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have shown how the O157:H7 strain of Escherichia coli causes infection and thrives by manipulating the host immune response. The bacterium secretes a protein called NleH1 t... Read More

Bacteria hijack an immune signaling system to live safely in our guts

Our immune system operates under the basic premise that "self" is different from "non-self." Its primary function lies in distinguishing between these entities, leaving the former alone while attacking the latter. Yet we now know that our guts are home to populations of bacterial cells so vast t... Read More

New way found to kill malaria parasite

A class of chemotherapy drugs designed to block signalling pathways in cancer cells also kills the parasite that causes malaria, opening up a whole new way of combating this deadly disease.

The research shows that the malaria parasite depends upon a signalling pathway present in the host, ini... Read More

Vaccine researchers warn of return of 1957 flu

Three vaccine researchers from the National Institutes of Health say that influenza A/H2N2 viruses, which caused the flu pandemic in 1957 and 1958, might return and lead to a pandemic similar to the H1N1 epidemic in 2009.

In a commentary published in this week’s issue of Nature, the scientist... Read More

Flu activity up but way behind 2009-10 season

The number of influenza-associated deaths, hospitalizations and outpatient physician visits are beginning to rise as the 2010-11 flu season progresses. But the number of cases is down considerably from the 2009-10 season marked by the arrival of the influenza A(H1N1) virus, according to a Februa... Read More

TWiV 124: Viruses that make you better

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