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Pollution With Antibiotics Leads to Resistant Bacteria, Scientists Find

Many of the substances in our most common medicines are manufactured in India. Some of these factories release huge quantities of drugs to the environment. Swedish scientists now show that bacteria in polluted rivers become resistant to a range of antibiotics. International experts fear that thi... Read More

Desperately Seeking Staphylococci

When a mysterious infectious disease breaks out, microbiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention need a fast, reliable way to identify and characterize the culprit. Now, researchers there and at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method for speedy identifi... Read More

New water filter: Nanomembranes can keep bacteria out

Water filters on the market today can’t always stop bacteria from passing through. The problem is a structural one. It’s hard to get the pore sizes to align properly, leaving room for the pathogens to slip right on through.

But researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a method ... Read More

UCD Microbiology: Streaking

How to streak an agar plate. A how-to video produced by University College Dublin for National Digital Learning Resources, a service designed to support greater collaboration in developing and sharing of digital teaching resources and associated teaching experience across all subject disciplines... Read More

Four-Drug Combo Better to Wipe Out H. Pylori

A four-drug regimen over 10 days worked as well as the three-drug, seven-day regimen that's the standard ulcer treatment and may help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers reported.

In a randomized, open-label phase III trial of 440 patients, the four-drug combo -... Read More

How Disordered Proteins Spread from Cell to Cell, Potentially Spreading Disease

One bad apple is all it takes to spoil the barrel. And one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Stanford biology Professor R... Read More

Court rules against parents in drug vaccine case

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines.

By a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they ... Read More

Candida's Unstable Chromosomes & Unorthodox Sex

Dean Dawson, Associate Member of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has authored a post on Small Things Considered which explores Candida's chromosomal instability and unorthodox reproduction process.

"Who hasn't heard of Candida? I... Read More

Superbugs in the Supermarket

Canadians are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As a result, people are getting sicker and are taking longer to get well. It is now not uncommon for people to be administered antibiotics through an IV because the usual drugs in pill form can't fight off their infections.

Whi... Read More

Ancient gut bacteria could shed light on First Nations history

A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is studying bacteria from the stomach of a man who died hundreds of years ago in an attempt to shed light on movement patterns and ancestry of early First Nations people.

In a study published last week, Treena Swanston, a post-doctoral fellow in ... Read More

Combining Microbiological Research Background with Bioinformatics

This is guest blog post i wrote for Biocareers website (for life sciences industry). Its intention is to highlight how people can combine interest in microbiology with growing field of bioinformatics. Comments welcome. Read More

Better Way to Diagnose Pneumonia

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year.

Called PneumoniaCheck, the device created at Georgia Tech is a solution to the problem of diagnosing pneumonia, which is ... Read More

Sanofi partners with vaccine group on Dengue fever

France's Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA) is partnering with an international vaccine group to speed the adoption of its experimental dengue fever vaccine, which is currently in late-stage development.

Sanofi and the International Vaccine Institute -- a Seoul-based organisation set up at the instigat... Read More

NASA-backed team finds “unknown” bacteria in Dominican Republic cave, Listin reports

La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.- A team of scientists and divers of the Dominican Republic Speleogy Society (DRSS) found a bacterium, until now “unknown,” in the depths of a cave in the country’s eastern region, listin.com.do reports.

The bacterium was found 40 feet deep in the spring El T... Read More

TWiV 121: Huskies go viral

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TWiV 121 Letters

Gopal writes:

Hello, TWiV-ers,

I am a science journalist based in India and have, over time, become addicted to TWiV. I enjoy the jokes and puns that come along, making TWiV a nice way to to broaden my knowledge and keep up to date. (Oh - and I also faithfully... Read More

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.

That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill com... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 161: Matando bacterias con plasma frío (Killing bacteria by cold plasma)

El podcast del Microbio Nº 161 resumes the recent article by Ermolaeva et al. about the use of "cold plasma" to kill bacter... Read More

India brings hope to stalled fight against polio

It's 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the nearest paved road, untouched by electricity, running water, sanitation and even the barest of health care. Life is so bleak that nearly all adult men leave to search for menial work for their families' survival.

Here, deep in the floodplains of the Kosi... Read More

ASM at the AAAS Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Staff members Garth, Lindsay and Jim at the American Society for Microbiology booth at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, D.C.

If you happen to be at the meeting today, please stop by and introduce yourself. Read More
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