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ASM GM 2010 - Persistence of pathogens in the food chain

It is widely recognized that certain foodborne pathogens may persist in at least some sources of the food chain, while others may persist in different sources along the entire food chain.  Watch Angel... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The role of gut microbes in obesity

Margaret Zupancic, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Amanda Payne... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The First Synthetic Genome: What Does This Mean for Microbiology, and for Everybody Else?

This past week saw the report of the construction of the first chemically synthesized genome that was inserted into a pre-existing cell that then expressed the genome's phenotypic properties and was capable of continuous self-replication. The implications for microbiology can be profound. For... Read More

Antibiotics useful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease occasionally have flare-ups of their symptoms that require hospitalization. A study published Tuesday shows patients who received antibiotics within the first two days of hospitalization had better outcomes.

This is the second study in two da... Read More

Microbial Team May Be Culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder

New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for "Colony Collapse Disorder" in honeybees. A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline. Scientists report their results May 25 at... Read More

New Flu Vaccines Could Protect Against All Strains


A new vaccine may be able to provide some protection against all strains of influenza.

Current immunizations create antibodies that target a specific piece of a molecule on the surface of the virus that researchers call its “head.” That piece of the hemaglutinin protein evolves very quickly... Read More

Slick Solution: How Microbes Will Clean Up the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The last (and only) defense against the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is tiny—billions of hydrocarbon-chewing microbes, such as Alcanivorax borkumensis. In fact, the primary motive for using the more than 830,000 gallons of chemical dispersants on the oil slick both a... Read More

Bacteria May Predict Chances of Colon Cancer

Researchers report that germs living in your gut could affect your risk of developing colon cancer.

The findings suggest that signs of the existence of some germs "are more frequently detected in subjects with polyps, early lesions that can develop into cancer, while other bacterial signature... Read More

Do Hand Sanitizer and Liquid Hand Soap Remove Viruses?

While reading my back issues of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), I came across an interesting paper that detailed an in-depth study on the effectiveness of hand cleaners to remove Norwalk virus (NV) from intentionally contaminated hands.

Yes that’s right – intentionally contamina... Read More

Vertex hep C drug achieves 75 pct cure rate: study

A closely watched experimental hepatitis C treatment being developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc led to a 75 percent cure rate in a pivotal late-stage trial of previously untreated patients, the company said on Tuesday.

The results from the first Phase III study of telaprevir were roughly i... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The Gulf Oil Spill: Microbes to the Rescue?

Jay Grimes, a scientist from the research team examining the biological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, and Ronald Atlas... Read More

Futures in Biotech 60: Do you come to this cave often?

I joined Marc Pelletier on episode 60 of Futures in Biotech for a conversation with Dave Brodbeck, George Farr, and Andre Nantel. We talked about primate face recognition, discovery of a new antiviral compound to treat hepatitis C virus infection, changing the length of a codon from three to fou... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - The role of multiple pathogens in colony collapse disorder

New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” in honeybees.  A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline.


Dr. Jeff Fox, Features E... Read More

ASM GM 2010 - High bacterial counts in Canadian bottled water

Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews Sonish Azam, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, and Ali Khamessan, C-cres... Read More

Delaying childhood vaccinations does not improve children's health, study finds

Now that the thimerosal-autism link has been thoroughly discredited, some autism advocates argue that neurodevelopmental problems are caused by overloading children's immune systems with too many vaccines too early in life. As a result, a growing number of parents are asking pediatricians to use... Read More

"By golly, Jim... I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day!" - McCoy

While Bones might be overestimating his skills there a mite bit, I think the simple "old country Doc" would see the potential for this therapy to move us more towards the sort of medicine he's accustomed to practicing. However, if he does work that rainy day cure out, I have need of him in subu... Read More

Outbreak of Dengue Fever Is Reported in Florida, Health Officials Say

Dengue fever, a growing scourge in the tropics, has established itself in a popular American tourist destination, federal health officials reported last week.

Last August, an alert doctor in upstate New York realized that one of his patients, whose only recent travel had been to Key West, Fl... Read More

New Threats to U.S. Blood Supply

Public health officials are battling a host of new infectious threats to the nation's blood supply.

Blood centers, which have long tested for risks like hepatitis C and AIDS, have added a number of new tests on donated blood in recent years, including checks for West Nile virus and Chagas, a... Read More

Soil Bacteria Might Increase Learning

Studies have shown time spent in nature does us all good. Specifically a recent study done with 1,200 people, published in the journal Environmental Health and Technology found that even just five minutes in a leafy park can significantly boost our mood. Well it might be because we inhaled some ... Read More

From Trees and Grass, Bacteria That Cause Snow and Rain

Walking across the campus of Montana State University here, David Sands, a plant pathologist, says the blanket of snow draped over the mountains around town contains a surprise.

The cause of most of it, he said, is a living organism, a bacterium, called pseudomonas syringae.

In the last ... Read More

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