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Submit a Nomination Today for the 2011 PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health

Now is the time to help colleagues who are performing outstanding public health work in the Americas receive the recognition they deserve. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health at www.pahef.org/awards.

Deadline: May 1... Read More

Artificial intestine helps fight bad gut bacteria

Cornell professor John March is attempting to transform bacteria in our gut into disease-fighting machines. Now, thanks to two members of his research team, he has a powerful new tool to help him do so: an artificial intestine.

The 3-D hydrogel scaffolds developed by graduate student Jiajie Y... Read More

Mystery Lifts in Plague Death

An undiagnosed genetic disease appears to have been the critical factor in the 2009 death of a University of Chicago researcher from plague, investigators have concluded.

The 60-year-old man, Malcolm Casadaban, PhD, had been working with an attenuated strain of Yersinia pestis, the plague bac... Read More

Transgenic Fungi May Be Able to Combat Malaria and Other Bug-Borne Diseases

New findings by a University of Maryland-led team of scientists indicate that a genetically engineered fungus carrying genes for a human anti-malarial antibody or a scorpion anti-malarial toxin could be a highly effective, specific and environmentally friendly tool for combating malaria, at a ti... Read More

Moss: The Breakfast of Champions

It's not just carbon dioxide that feeds a forest. Trees also depend on nitrogen to grow. And the best buffet of nitrogen comes from moss-loving bacteria. But to get a really nutritious growth of bacteria going, the moss needs to age.

Bacteria, called cyanobacteria, that grow on centuries-old ... Read More

Researcher's Death from Plague Prompts CDC Warning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding laboratory workers to be diligent about wearing protective gear, after it found that an Illinois researcher died in 2009 from exposure to plague-causing bacteria.

The 60-year-old researcher, a university employee, had been working wi... Read More

Researchers Describe the Pump That Bacteria Use to Resist Antibiotics

A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has identified and described two parts of the three-part system that pumps toxins from bacteria and allows them to resist antibiotics. The discoveries are published in the Feb. 24 issue of the journal Nature.

Th... Read More

Bacteria on Farms May Protect Against Asthma

New research lends support to the idea that exposure to a wide range of microbes explains why farm kids have lower asthma rates than city kids.

School-aged children in the studies who lived on farms were about 30% to 50% less likely to have asthma than non-farm children who lived nearby.

F... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 81

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Nuestro invitado para el episodio de esta semana en la Radio El Mundo de los Microbios es el Dr. Paul Ba... Read More

"The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown" (.PDF article)

Here's a not-so-savory news flash: There are more bacterial cells living in our bodies than human cells. Researchers are learning how the balance of these bugs affects our health, but reaping the benefits of bacteria is not quite as simple as eating probiotic yogurt. That's the gist of "The Good... Read More

Scientists to Sequence DNA of Cystic Fibrosis Superbug

The bacterium, called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, is the most common cause of persistent and fatal lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Scientists at Liverpool identified a particularly virulent strain of the bacteria that is transmissible between patients. The Liverpool Epidemic Strain (LES... Read More

The Dangers of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Childhood inoculations protect us against deadly infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough and polio. But they are also the source of near constant conflict — most recently in the Feb. 22 Supreme Court decision which ruled in favor of a vaccine manufacturer over the family of a disabled g... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 162: Pienso, luego tengo bacterias. (I think, so I have got bacteria)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 162 is dedicated to the article by Heijtz et al. on the role of gut microbiota in brain developm... Read More

Organic Vs. Conventional Farming: No Clear Answers from Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Counts

The population and diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in agricultural soils varies more according to what crop was previously farmed than with whether those soils are organically or conventionally farmed, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental... Read More

Nanoparticles could help deliver better vaccines

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a new type of nanoparticle, one that soon help deliver vaccines for infections such as malaria and HIV.

The particles (in red) consist of concentric fatty spheres capable of carrying synthetic versions of vaccine proteins. T... Read More

TWiM #1: Neisseria LINEs up

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Pollution With Antibiotics Leads to Resistant Bacteria, Scientists Find

Many of the substances in our most common medicines are manufactured in India. Some of these factories release huge quantities of drugs to the environment. Swedish scientists now show that bacteria in polluted rivers become resistant to a range of antibiotics. International experts fear that thi... Read More

Desperately Seeking Staphylococci

When a mysterious infectious disease breaks out, microbiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention need a fast, reliable way to identify and characterize the culprit. Now, researchers there and at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method for speedy identifi... Read More

New water filter: Nanomembranes can keep bacteria out

Water filters on the market today can’t always stop bacteria from passing through. The problem is a structural one. It’s hard to get the pore sizes to align properly, leaving room for the pathogens to slip right on through.

But researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a method ... Read More

UCD Microbiology: Streaking

How to streak an agar plate. A how-to video produced by University College Dublin for National Digital Learning Resources, a service designed to support greater collaboration in developing and sharing of digital teaching resources and associated teaching experience across all subject disciplines... Read More
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