For decades a deadly fungus has been slaughtering amphibians around the world, driving many to the brink of extinction or even beyond.
But now one frog’s recovery shows that, with a little luck and habitat preservation, some amphibians may be able to evolve resistance to the fungus.
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A team of scientists has created a genetic map of all possible receptors the human immune system might generate—also known as the immunome.
The project involved a mind-boggling data set.
“If we were on a treasure hunt, where the cure to many illnesses is the buried treasure, then we’ve jus... Read More
A team of Chinese investigators has discovered a gene for resistance to β-lactamase antibiotics, in the pathogenic marine bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The β-lactamase gene, blaVEB-2, has never before been found in V. parahaemolyticus, and in fact, has been found almost exclusively in non-... Read More
Exciting new research in the medical journal MBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, offers hope for sufferers of the debilitating illness known as Crohn’s Disease.
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that involves inflammation of the lining of the bowels and th... Read More
The 2016 MacArthur awards have just been announced. Among the handful of scientists are two microbiologists, Dianne Newman and Victoria Orphan, both at Cal Tech and both geomicrobiologists. We rejoice. Both are extraordinary scientists with an unusually broad range of interests.
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A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future.
A new approach to the live fl... Read More
Scientists have tried to alter the human gut microbiota to improve health by introducing beneficial probiotic bacteria. Yet commercially available probiotics do not establish themselves in the gut. A study published September 29 in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that it is possible to alter the mi... Read More
Cranial neural crest cells--which give rise to the bones and cartilage of the skull--are vulnerable to Zika virus, report Stanford University School of Medicine researchers September 29 in Cell Host & Microbe. The discovery, made by infecting in vitro cultures of human cells, offers a potential ... Read More
The gut microbiome has stolen the show when it comes to the recent explosion of research on the bacteria that thrive within us. But bacteria also live in a woman's breast tissue—and the mix of those microbes may have an equally important effect on health, according to a new study in Applied and ... Read More
Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist and ASM member, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for his discoveries on how cells recycle their content, a process known as autophagy.
In a series of experiments in the early 1990s, Dr. Ohsumi used baker’s yeast to ide... Read More
In a very interesting development, a latest study has debunked the belief that it was safe to eat food fallen on the floor if picked up within “five seconds”.
Professor Donald W Schaffner, a food microbiologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said a two-year study he led concluded that no ... Read More
A specific strain of the fungus, Fusarium oxysporum, circulates in the water distribution systems of five French hospitals, in two widely separated cities. This microbe is potentially a life-threatening risk to immunocompromised patients. The research is published September 23, 2016 in Applied a... Read More
It is not unexpected that the contemplation of bacteria and archaea should focus so much on the nature and importance of their cell envelopes. Here, after all, is the interface between the cell's interior and the outside world. It is also what a host perceives early on when becoming infected.... Read More
This episode: Insect gut microbes can be engineered to act as birth control, population control, or disease control for bugs!
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Jeremy joins the TWiVeroids to tell the amazing story of how the function of the HIV-1 protein called Nef was discovered and found to promote infection by excluding the host protein SERINC from virus particles.
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Bacillus anthracis had been studied by multiple countries as a potential biological weapon because of the stability of its spores and its ability to cause acute pulmonary disease. While offensive anthrax weapons development programs were halted in the United States and United Kingdom in the ... Read More
A new blog written by undergraduate students from the School of Genetics and Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin features Vincent Racaniello, PhD, host of This Week in Virology.
"Most students studying science at university will inevitably become familiar with the names and works of a wide r... Read More
This episode: Killing pathogens by attaching magnetotactic bacteria to them and then raising the heat with magnetic fields!
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