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Bioengineering synthetic microorganisms with a programmable shelf life

"Synthetic biology has already delivered engineered organisms that can churn out a malaria drug, cook up an ideal biofuel or act as biosensors, but questions remain about how such organisms can be eliminated from the environment after they have performed their task.

A team of US biotechnologi... Read More

New FDA Rules on E.coli contamination and bottled water

From December 1, all manufacturers must test source water for the germs each week as is currently required for finished bottled water products. If tests prove positive for E. coli, companies must explain in writing how they eliminated the bacteria and retest samples before use.

According to a... Read More

Can geography trump other factors that influence the makeup of genes an organism hosts?

This is an interesting story from RedOrbit on how geographic factors influence the genes of the acid loving extremophile Sulfolobus islandicus.

Sulfolobus islandicus, a microbe that can live in boiling acid, is offering up its secrets to researchers hardy enough to capture it from the volcani... Read More

Mycobacterium smegmatis colonies on lowenstein-jensen media (2x)

Mycobacterium smegmatis colonies on lowenstein-jensen media (2x) Read More

Antibiotic Multi-resistance: Why Bacteria Are So Effective

In an article published in Science, teams from the Institut Pasteurand the University of Limoges, associated with the CNRS and Inserm, decipher for the first time the molecular mechanism that enables bacteria to acquire multi-resistance to antibiotics, and that even allows them to adapt this res... Read More

Portable Device Can Detect Viruses In Minutes

Imagine being able to detect in just a few minutes whether someone is infected with a virus. This has now become a reality, thanks to a new ultra-sensitive detector that has been developed by Ostendum, a spin-off company of the University of Twente.

The company has just completed the first pr... Read More

The Grand Challenge of Biology

I was at a tech meeting hosted by Amazon Web Services to see how I may use some of their cloud computing services for this site. One segment of the presentation was devoted to customers who use AWS for their sites or work. The slide you see in this image comes from Michael Schatz, Researcher at ... Read More

Stinky Tofu

I am a sucker for all microbe-related food items. I have never had stinky tofu before. Apparently, it is made by marinating the tofu in a brine of fermented vegetables. Here's a description of it from Wierd Asia News:

"From a distance, it is said that rotting garbage is as close as one can co... Read More

Arthritis Drug Might Prove Effective In Fighting The Flu, Study Suggests

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that an approved drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis reduces severe illness and death in mice exposed to the Influenza A virus. Their findings suggest that tempering the response of the body's immune system to influenza i... Read More

This Week in Virology - Live in Philly (MWV29)

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Viruses Are Sneakier Than We Thought

Viruses are molecular marauders, plundering cells for the resources they need to multiply. Of central importance for viruses is the ability to commandeer cellular gene expression machinery. Several human herpesviruses put the breaks on normal cellular gene expression to divert the associated enz... Read More

Bacteria have built-in thermometer

German scientists say they have discovered how bacteria measure temperature and thereby control rates of infection.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Technical University say they've show, for the first time, bacteria of the Yersin... Read More

Bromocresol fermentation tubes (escherichia coli). note acid (yellow) and gas (bubble)

Bromocresol fermentation tubes (escherichia coli). note acid (yellow) and gas (bubble) Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 4

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Bacterias de 32,000 años


En túneles de hielo en Alaska, se han encontrado bacterias preservadas allí hace 32,000 años. Posiblemente, estas bacter... Read More

Lactose fermenter (escherichia coli) on Russell's double sugar agar

Lactose fermenter (escherichia coli) on Russell's double sugar agar Read More

TWiV 33: Live in Philly

Vincent, Alan, Dick, and Raul Andino recorded TWiV live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, where they discussed increased arterial blood pressure caused by cytomegalovirus infection, restriction of influenza replication at low temperature by the avian viral glycoproteins, first isola... Read More

mixed escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus smear gram stain (1000x)

mixed escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus smear gram stain (1000x) Read More

escheria coli bacteriophage plaque count. four dilution plates (10x)

escheria coli bacteriophage plaque count. four dilution plates (10x) Read More

Escheria coli in spinal fluid - gram stain

Escheria coli in spinal fluid - gram stain Read More

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w)

photograph of carcass of swine showing lesions of swine erysipelas (b&w) Read More
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