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Virophage, the virus eater

A second virophage has been identified. The name does not signify a virus that infects another virus – it means virus eater.
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El podcast del microbio Nº177 "Osmosis Jones" y la regla de los 5 segundos (Osmosis Jones and the 5 seconds rule)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº178 is about the %-seconds rule depicted in the animated motion picture "Osmosis Jones". El podca... Read More

Big size multitouch display turned into a microscope

The multitouch microscope integrates two Finnish innovations and brings new dimensions into teaching and research.

Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) have in collaboration with the Finnish company Multitouch Ltd created a hand and finger gesture controlled micr... Read More

MRSA infection shown to be seasonal

A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found a significant increase in the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the summer and autumn months. The increase was more pronounced in the pediatric population than in adults. The study is now published onli... Read More

Neutron analysis yields insight into bacteria for solar energy

Structural studies of some of nature's most efficient light-harvesting systems are lighting the way for new generations of biologically inspired solar cell devices. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used small-angle n... Read More

Bacteria-inspired solar cell devices come closer to reality

Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are studying nature's most efficient light-harvesting systems that could pave way for a new generation of biologically inspired solar cell devices.

The team used small-angle ne... Read More

We must act on living conditions in the fight against tuberculosis

24 March 2011 – To mark World TB Day, ARCHIVE urges government, private and third sector authorities to pay greater attention to housing/living conditions as an important measure in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Peter Williams, Founder and Executive Director of ARCHIVE, says: “Decent l... Read More

Food Court Trays Have As Much Bacteria As Gas Station Toilet

First we find out about shopping carts with fecal bacateria, now more thrilling bacteria-related news.

Turns out, maybe the food court isn’t the best place to stop for lunch with your kids after a long day of shopping at the mall. So, before you dump that container of fries on your child’s t... Read More

TWiM #3: Anthrax, genomics, and the FBI inquiry

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TWiM 3 Letters

Hubert writes:

Hello Professor,


I'm a Belgian student in veterinary medicine (I hope my English isn't too bad), and I'm very interested in microbiology. I have a few questions about the last episode of TWiM (and quite a lot about episodes of TWiV, but I'm still i... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 34 - Social Slime’s Sorus Storage

3This episode: Slime molds farm their own bacterial food!


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500 million Chinese infected with tuberculosis

The number of infectious tuberculosis patients in China has exceeded 5 million and that of Chinese infected with the tuberculosis bacteria has topped 500 million, accounting for 45 percent of the country's total population, according to the results of the "Fifth National Tuberculosis Epidemiolog... Read More

Regulating the infective phase of Legionella bacterial lifecycle

New research by UCD researchers led by Conway Fellow, Brendan Loftus gives an insight into the infective cycle of the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease and Pontiac fever. In collaboration with scientists at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, the team analysed all the genes exp... Read More

Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreak Highlights How Infections Spread

Investigation suggests preventive steps passengers and crew can take. Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States and is estimated to cause nearly 21 million cases annually. It is highly transmissible through person-to-person contact and contaminated food, water... Read More

The Unsolved Anthrax Murder Mystery

The US public health system has serious vulnerabilities, and one major problem is identifying and responding to public health crimes. The investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks is a case in point. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published its report on the scientific methodo... Read More

The Killer Within: A Novel Bacterial Suicide Mechanism

The zeta toxins are a family of proteins that are normally present within various pathogenic bacteria and can mysteriously trigger suicide when the cells undergo stress. A team led by Anton Meinhart at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg has now found the mechanism underl... Read More

New online resource on Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine

In this week's PLoS Medicine, and to coincide with World TB Day, Madhukar Pai from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and colleagues introduce the BCG World Atlas, an open access, user friendly website for TB clinicians to discern global BCG vaccination policies and practices and improve the ... Read More

Scientists Grow Personalized Collections of Intestinal Microbes

Each of us carries a unique collection of trillions of friendly microbes in our intestines that helps break down food our bodies otherwise couldn't digest.

This relationship between humans and their microbes is generally a healthy one, but changes to the mix of microbes in the digestive tract... Read More

One Health and the Lessons Learned from the 1999 West Nile Virus Outbreak (MWV46)

In episode 46 of MicrobeWorld Video, filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington, D.C., Dr. Stan Maloy talks with Read More

Myra McClure on XMRV

Myra McClure, Professor in the Division of Infection and Immunity, University College of London, U.K., has focused on retroviruses for much of her research career. I discussed the potential role of the retrovirus XMRV in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome with Dr. McClure during ICAAC ... Read More
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