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Magic Ingredient In Breast Milk Protects Babies' Intestines

A newly discovered molecule in the milk produced by mom, in the first few days after birth, apparently contains a very powerful ingredient which helps protect the "lining of a newborn's gut which is particularly vulnerable to damage as it has never been exposed to food or drink." Read More

Are you Smarter than a Microbe?

Microbes obviously don't have a brain and therefore are not capable of conscious thought however, "many bacteria and protists exhibit behavior that looks remarkably intelligent." Check out six of the most interesting examples of intelligent behavior demonstrated by microbes as compiled from the ... Read More

Biofuels in Puerto Rico (MWV30)

Puerto Rico is widely known as the "La Isla del Encanto," which translated means "The Island of Enchantment." And while its beaches, tropical rain forest, and biolumescent bays are wonders of nature, the island is not without its problems. From energy needs to economics, Puerto Rico shares ma... Read More

Emerging Diseases - Conversations from Penn State

From malaria to e-coli to newly evolved strains of swine flu, infectious diseases are on the rise worldwide. Peter Hudson, founding director of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State, discusses the dynamics of ... Read More

Researchers estimate 9 million bacterial genes in the human gut

While estimates of the number of genes in the human genome is said to be around 20,000, new research estimates that if you take into account our microbiota there may be as many as 9 million genes in the human gut.

"A new concept is to consider human as a super-organism containing those microb... Read More

PLoS paper on citation impact analysis takes into account social networks

From the abstract - The impact of scientific publications has traditionally been expressed in terms of citation counts. However, scientific activity has moved online over the past decade. To better capture scientific impact in the digital era, a variety of new impact measures has been proposed o... Read More

Dept. of Energy's Joint Genome Institute selects 71 new genomic sequencing projects for 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has selected 71 new genomic sequencing projects for its 2010 Community Sequencing Program (CSP)—a targeted sampling of the planet’s biodiversity—to be characterized for bioenergy, climate, and environmental applications. JGI’s ... Read More

The Direct Costs of Hospital Acquired Infections and The Costs of Prevention

The CDC report on the direct costs of nosocomial infections and costs of prevention. The last report was published in 1992 based.

From the Summary:

This report uses results from the published medical and economic literature to provide a range of estimates for the annual direct hospital co... Read More

Venter Discovers Ancient Bacteria That Can Turn Coal into Methane

Craig Venter, the controversial American scientist who helped decode the human genome, has announced the discovery of ancient bacteria that can turn coal into methane, suggesting they may help to solve the world’s energy crisis.

The bugs, discovered a mile underground by one of Venter’s micro... Read More

Bill to Reduce MRSA Infection Introduced to Congress

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has updated and reintroduced a package of legislation to combat the spread of the infection. The Worker Infection Protection Act would create a new Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard to protect employees who are exposed to drug resi... Read More

New Way to Make Flu Vaccine with an Insect Virus

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the department will pursue advanced development of new way to make influenza vaccine. The work will be done by Protein Sciences Corporation, Inc., of Meriden, Conn., under a new $35 million contract. The contract could be extended up to five y... Read More

What is Koi Herpesvirus?

Koi herpesvirus (KHV) is a highly contagious viral disease that may cause significant morbidity and mortality in common carp (Cyprinus carpio) (Hedrick et al. 2000; OATA 2001). Common carp is raised as a foodfish in many countries and has also been selectively bred for the ornamental fish indust... Read More

TWiV 38: Measles




In episode 38 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello and  Read More

H and E stained lung sections of patient with legionella pneumophila

H and E stained lung sections of patient from whom the legionella pneumophila was isolated stained with CDC's modification of the Dieterle silver impregnation procedure. Note the small, blunt pleomorphic intracellular and extracellular bacilli which stain brown to black against a pale yellow bac... Read More

Simple Measures May Prevent Transmission Of Stomach Ulcer Bacteria

It seems like the low-hanging fruit is always one of the best places to look first... Like handwashing, it's a simple, effective, and cheap way to improve public health.

The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather... Read More

It’s time to retire the prokaryote

Almost certain to spark debate, Norman Pace, in this article from Microbiology Today, argues that prokaryote as a word is outdated and should be eliminated from the microbiologist's vocabulary. He doubts that you even know what the term means and says , "the notion of prokaryote was scientifical... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 9



Bacteriófagos al rescate
Los bacteriófagos son virus que infectan solamente a las bacterias, las “enferman” y las matan. Son la forma más numerosa de entidades biologicas existen... Read More

Twitter's @JATetro Speaks to Food Safety on CTV (Canada)

I've been following Jason Anthony Tetro, a microbiologist at the University of Ottawa, on Twitter (@JATetro) for quite some time. He's a fountain of microbiological knowledge and always willing to engage followers. As it turns out he's also great on TV. Click the source link above to see Tetro ... Read More

CDC's Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Treatments - An Online Course

An Emergency Use Authorization online course developed by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide public health officials, emergency managers, or Strategic National Stockpile coordinators with an introduction to the Emergency Use Authorization o... Read More

A Canada-wide technology platform for mapping the human interactome coordinated at the IRCM in Montréal

Sequencing the human genome has revolutionized biomedical research. One of the major challenges that scientists throughout the world are facing in the post-genome era is the mapping of the interactome, which can be defined as the complete set of interaction networks underlying the functioning of... Read More

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