While many microbiologists have discovered a wide range of extremophiles (bacteria that thrive in environments not suitable for most life), most of these microbes do not take well to unaccustomed surroundings. However, according to livescience.com, one bacterium, Methanosarcina barkeri, is note... Read More
Meet Methanosarcina barkeri... according to this article in Astrobiology Magazine (and they should know), it is the ultimate survivor microbe. Because it is so tough, and because it breathes methane, researchers are eyeing it a possible extraterrestrial bacteria and possibly responsible for the ... Read More
Luv N’ Care Ltd. of Monroe, La., is initiating a nationwide recall of gel-filled teethers with the brand names “Nuby,” “Cottontails” and “Playschool,” because the liquid inside the gel-filled teethers has been found to contain Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in the gel.
Alth... Read More
Scientists and microbe hunters along San Francisco Bay have teamed up to explore the microbial diversity of a small area they have named 'The Weep'. 'If the world can be seen in a grain of sand, as poet William Blake wrote, just imagine the inner life of a ditch. A crowd of microbe hunters had... Read More
Microsporum gypseum microconidia. Unstained interference phase microscope. (1000X) Read More
"The Amazon rain forest may be the largest reservoir of soil microbes on Earth, yet researchers acknowledge that many of these organisms are almost unknown to science, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Klaus Nüsslein. What is clear, he adds, is that the area is unde... Read More
Malaria is one of humankind's greatest killers, yet despite the best efforts of scientists, an effective vaccine is still not available to prevent it. A new book from ASM Press, The Elusive Malaria Vaccine: Miracle or Mirage? tells the story of the search for a still unrealized vaccine.
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Here's a poster presentation by Luke Johnson from Canada's Carleton University on "Cleaning Office Environments of Microbial Contaminants," or how to best clean up an office space after a biothreat incident such as anthrax. Johnson was this year's recipient of the American Industrial Hygiene As... Read More
Larry Evans, president of Western Montana Mycological Association, along with fellow mycologist, Gary Lincoff, introduce film audiences to the weird world of mycology in the new documentary "Know Your Mushrooms." With a psychedelic soundtrack produced by The Flaming Lips, director Ron Mann's doc... Read More
An article about scientists' use of Twitter appears on BioOne's website. Of particular interest is how evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen approaches this communications technology:
One scientist who is exploring Twitter's potential utility for his work is evolutionary biologist Jonathan Ei... Read More
Bact to school time is on the horizon and I am sure many teachers, educators and professors are looking for supplemental course material or new ideas.
A quick search on the web resulted in this comprehensive Microbiology curriculum for K-12 that was presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of th... Read More
From Food Production Daily - The Codex Alimentarius Commission has moved quickly to clarify a newly ratified standard on permitted levels of listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat (RTE) food after being challenged by the UK’s Chilled Food Association (CFA).
On Monday, the Food and Agricu... Read More
Use of probiotics after a gastric bypass can help obese patients lose weight at a faster pace and avoid vitamin-B deficiency, according to the latest study. Probiotics are the so-called 'good' bacteria found in yoghurt as well as in over-the-counter dietary supplements that help in digestion of... Read More
Properly deprived of oxygen, scientists have induced bacteria into forming a soliton, a wave of moving bacteria that behave like a particle.
Bacteria know that they are too small to make an impact individually. So they wait, they multiply, and then they engage in behaviors that are only succe... Read More
If microorganisms are required to produce stromatolites, then is the presence of stromatolites on other planets also evidence of microorganisms there?
'Stromatolites are dome- or column-like sedimentary rock structures that are formed in shallow water, layer by layer, over long periods of ge... Read More
The staff of NBC's Today Show gets their kitchen swabbed by Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU, and John Oxford, chair of the Hygiene Council. The results? Well, you'll just have to watch.Read More
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the CDC is advising kids should receive 4 back to school flu shots this year, two for seasonal influenza and two for H1N1/swine flu. "Most everyone else should expect three shots."
Researchers studying the role of mutation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the development of biofilms claim the process is similar to "mutation selection that occurs during neoplastic progression and tumor development, and may help to explain why structural and genetic heterogeneity are characteris... Read More
A new paper in PLoS recommends two vaccination strategies to better prevent whooping cough.
"In the absence of adolescent or adult vaccination, pertussis incidence among adults is predicted to more than double in 20 years. Implementing an adult program in addition to childhood and adolescent... Read More