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Should the MRR Vaccine be Compulsory?

A very interesting blog post over on the Nature Network by editor Henry Gee that's sparking lots of comments and debate.

"The Man is now so worried about the decline in take-up of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine that some clinicians are suggesting they be made compulsory – that no chi... Read More

Saving Frogs from Fungus: How a Probiotic Skin bacterium May Help

Research presented by Reid Harris, Department of Biology, James Madison University, at the American Society for Microbiology's General Meeting in Philadelphia provides hope for the world's declining frog population.

"Many amphibian species in relatively pristine habitats are experiencing dram... Read More

Extremophile Hunter Searches for 'Impossible' Life

This is from NSF's Science Nation videocast program.

The search is on for extremophiles, living things that thrive where life would seem to be impossible -- from the glaciers of the Alaskan arctic, to the ice sheets of Antarctica, that may provide insights about life elsewhere in cosmos. Read More

Hydrogen peroxide marshals immune system

From Harvard Medical School:

Using the zebrafish as an animal model, researchers have discovered that the body uses hydrogen peroxide to sound the alarm when a tissue has been injured. As a direct result of this hydrogen-peroxide red alert, white blood cells come to the aid of the wounded sit... Read More

Survey says health workers will abandon posts in a pandemic

This is not good news!

"Healthcare workers will desert their posts in droves in a pandemic, unless the safety and psychological issues they face are addressed. So say surveys of doctors, nurses and other staff, such as lab techs, secretaries and porters, from around the world.

The worst p... Read More

One Step Closer to Understanding Fish Health in Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers

Exposure to estrogen reduces production of immune-related proteins in fish. This suggests that certain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, may make fish more susceptible to disease.

The research may provide new clues for why intersex fish, fish kills and fish lesions often occur togethe... Read More

Advanced Warfare: Researchers Examine "Invading" Bacteria In DNA

This comes out of Texas A&M:

"Researchers at Texas A&M University’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered how certain types of bacteria integrate the DNA that they have captured from invading enemies into their own genetic makeup to increase their chances of surviv... Read More

ASM Honors Joseph DeRisi

The 2009 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Eli Lilly and Company Research Award is being presented to Joseph L. DeRisi, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. This award ... Read More

An E.coli strain makes textiles, car parts, and pharmaceuticals.

The endless possibilities of genetically engineering microbes never cease to amaze me.

"A company called Genomatica, based in San Diego, says that it can make the key ingredient in spandex from sugar, and do so at a cost that competes with current chemical processes, which use fossil fuels. ... Read More

Acid fast colony (triple stain) in blood culture of a patient with untreated pulminary tuberculosis

Acid fast colony (triple stain) in blood culture of a patient with untreated pulminary tuberculosis Read More

When Hosts Go Extinct, What Happens To Their Parasites?

Hands wring and teeth gnash over the loss of endangered species like the panda or the polar bear. But what happens to the parasites hosted by endangered species? And although most people would side with the panda over the parasite, which group should we worry about more?

n a new paper publish... Read More

Newly Discovered Reactions From An Old Drug May Lead To New Antibiotics

A mineral found at health food stores could be the key to developing a new line of antibiotics for bacteria that commonly cause diarrhea, tooth decay and, in some severe cases, death.

The trace mineral selenium is found in a number of proteins in both bacterial cells and human cells called se... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 5

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Indirect Transmission Can Trigger Influenza Outbreaks In Birds

New data on the persistence of avian influenza viruses in the environment has allowed a team of University of Georgia researchers to create the first model that takes into account both direct and indirect transmission of the viruses among birds. The model, which is detailed in the early online e... Read More

Germs: Protect Yourself Against Bacteria, Viruses and Infection

Germs live everywhere. You can find germs in the air, on food, plants and animals, in the soil, in the water, and on just about every other surface — including your own body.

Most germs won't harm you. Your immune system protects you against a multitude of infectious agents. However, some ger... Read More

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Specific F.A. staining of pleomorphic organisms in sputum of patient with tuberculosis

Specific F.A. staining of pleomorphic organisms in sputum of patient with tuberculosis Read More

fluorescent antibody staining of wall deficient mycobacterium tuberculosis var. hominis

fluorescent antibody staining of wall deficient mycobacterium tuberculosis var. hominis Read More

Aseptic Technique

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AJ Cann from the MicrobiologyBytes blog posts this video of the aseptic technique. Read More

Magnetic beads help clear the blood of pathogens

This is a novel idea.

"Biologist Donald E. Ingber of Harvard Medical School, his postdoctoral fellow Chong Wing Yung and their colleagues have devised a way to filter pathogens from the blood of septic patients using micron-size magnetic beads. In their model system, beads coated with an anti... Read More

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