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Well-trained immune cells keep HIV in check

A computer model proposes a solution to a long-standing mystery in HIV research -- why a small percentage of people infected with the virus never develop full-blown AIDS. The answer lies in how the immune cells that recognize invaders are educated, and suggests new strategies for designing an HI... Read More

Out, damn'd decision: Hand washing helps us live with our choices

Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth could never wash away the guilt of murder from her hands, but research has shown that the simple act of hand washing—or even using a wipe—can in fact help people clean their conscience of dirty deeds. A new study, published online May 6 in Science, reveals the power of... Read More

You Are Your Bacteria

After a trip to Peru last year, microbiologist Rob Knight came home with a horrendous case of traveler's diarrhea. He took some antibiotics and quickly recovered. But because Knight had been participating in one of his own studies of the human microbiome--the diverse collection of bacteria and o... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 101: Hojas Verdes




























In the Nº 101 of the "El podcast del microbio" I made a resume of the role of Wolbachiain the Plant green-island phenotype as appeared in th... Read More

Platypus could hold the key to beating drug-resistant superbugs

The humble platypus could hold the key to beating drug-resistant superbugs and help battle climate change, Australian scientists have discovered.

Researchers at Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries are the first in the world to isolate, synthesize and test a number of platypus proteins... Read More

State Microbes

Not long ago, I was interviewed twice (click here and here) by Michelle Norris of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered regarding the burning issue of state microbes. The first interview was in response to the news that the state of Wisconsin’s State Assembly passed a bill proclaiming L... Read More

H1N1 influenza hits older children

Children hospitalized with pandemic H1N1 influenza in 2009 were older and more likely to have underlying medical conditions than children hospitalized with seasonal influenza during prior flu seasons, according to a study to be presented Tuesday, May 4 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) a... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 52

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A continuacion: El etanbutol y la tuberculosis resistente a los fármacos, Los enterococos y la comida rápida, La resistencia a los antibióticos en los pingüinos.


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North Face settles lawsuit over bacteria-free shoes

Outdoor products company North Face, a unit of VF Corp, will pay $207,500 to settle claims that shoes advertised to kill bacteria were never tested, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

North Face was sued in September by the EPA, which said claims that more than 70 styl... Read More

Who are you, what are you, and what are your intentions here?

The potential uses of this new detection array - public safety/security, rapid diagnostics, product testing, and others - are so valuable, I hope the Lawrence Livermore National Lab researchers who developed this get a very well deserved round of applause. Great work! Read More

HealthMap surveillance efforts illustrate global epidemiology of H1N1 spread

As H1N1 began to emerge in April 2009, HealthMap – an automated online disease tracking and mapping tool created by researchers in the Informatics Program at Children's Hospital Boston – was already collecting information about the virus and plotting that information on a map of the globe, creat... Read More

Cholera: Simple Sari Solution is Sustainable, Successful

Preventing cholera could be as easy as straining water. In a new study accepted for the inaugural issue of mBio, researchers show that when you teach villagers how to filter their drinking water, some (but not all) of them still follow the guidance years later and reap the benefits in improved ... Read More

Plankton Disease Epidemic This Year? Check the Lake's Shape

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case, and a new BioScience report by scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and four other institutions explains why.

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iScrub

Big week for handwashing here at MicrobeWorld; in addition to yesterday's story here, the CDC and the University of Iowa teamed up to create the iScrub handwashing iPhone app. as part of the WHO's "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" campaign.

One of the most common causes of preventable health ... Read More

El podcast del microbio nº 100: Helicobacter pylori

In the Nº 100 of the "El podcast del microbio" I deal with Helicobacter pylori and its relationship in the origin of some tumors En el programa Nº 100 de "El podcast del microbio" se habla de la bacteria Helicobacter pylori y su relación como posible agente causal de diversos cánceres.

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TWiP 9 letters

James writes:

One of the other science based podcasts I love listening to is an actual radio show in NZ called Our Changing World. This week the final story was on Hookworms and some researchers studying it, looking for a vaccine, and seeing if they could take out ... Read More

TWiP 9: Mala aria

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Vincent and Dickson move on to protozoan parasites with a discussion of the early history of malaria.


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ASM Live 2010

Come watch as Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews researchers on selected topics of interest from the 110th ASM General Meeting for our webcast, ASM Live.

Meeting attendees are welcome to ... Read More

MTS49 - Irwin Sherman - The Quest for a Malaria Vaccine: The First Hundred Years

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Real-World Proof of Hand Washing's Effectiveness

Scientists are reporting dramatic new real-world evidence supporting the idea that hand washing can prevent the spread of water-borne disease. It appears in a new study showing a connection between fecal bacteria contamination on hands, fecal contamination of stored drinking water, and health in... Read More

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