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Microbes Helped With BP Cleanup (video)

Naturally-occurring bacteria made quick work of tons of methane gas released in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers reported Friday. Science columnist Robert Lee Hotz and University of California Santa Barbara microbiologist David Valentine talk with Kelsey Hubbard about the environment... Read More

Stealthy bacteria hide out to survive

“Through our research, we’re understanding that some bacteria go to ‘sleep,’ and that antibiotics only work on bacteria that are metabolically active,” says Thomas Wood, professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University.

“You need actively growing bacteria to be susceptible to antibio... Read More

New Study Sheds Light on Evolution of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A(H1N1) Virus in Japan

Analysis of mutations of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus by researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center (OSC) has revealed major genetic differences between the virus in its early phase of infection in Japan and in its peak phase. While yielding valuable clues on the genetic origins ... Read More

Bacteria Grow Under 400,000 Times Earth's Gravity

Proving that you don't have to be big to be tough, some microbes can survive gravity more than 400,000 times that felt on Earth, a new study says.

Most humans, by contrast, can tolerate forces equal to about three to five times Earth's surface gravity (g) before losing consciousness.

The e... Read More

Phage hunting students publish in PLoS ONE

Recently a research paper titled "Expanding the Diversity of Mycobacteriophages: Insights into Genome Architecture and Evolution" was published in PLoS ONE, a peer-reviewed online journal published by the Public Library of Science. The authors included 12 Washington University undergraduates who... Read More

Novel microorganism 'Nitrososphaera viennensis' isolated

Microorganisms play an important role in global nutrient cycles. A research team led by Christa Schleper, head of the Department of Genetics in Ecology at the University of Vienna, has isolated the first ammonium oxidizing Archaeon from a soil in Vienna and thus proved its activity. The research... Read More

The Neuroscience of the Gut: the brain is shaped by bacteria in the digestive tract

People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realized. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Procee... Read More

The real story about space bacteria

Of late, space and bacteria have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. First, there was the wanton speculation about aliens that preceded the “arsenic life” controversy (NASA fanned the hype with a poorly described press conference). Then, the Journal of Cosmology made headlines with claim... Read More

Bacteria on the Radio: DNA Could Act as Antenna

Theoretical physicists have proposed an explanation for how bacteria might transmit electromagnetic signals: Chromosomes could act like antennae, with electrons traveling gene circuits to produce species-specific wavelengths.

It’s just a hypothesis, and the notion that bacteria can generate r... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº199. Bichos espaciales (Space Bugs)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº199 conmemorates the 50th aniversary of Yuri Gagarin spaceflight by describing some "microbial si... Read More

TB discovery paves the way for drugs that prevent lung destruction

Scientists have identified a key enzyme responsible for destroying lung tissue in tuberculosis (TB), they report today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Drugs that inhibit this enzyme are already available, meaning that the finding could lead quickly to new treatments.

TB is caused by... Read More

Sneaky Orchids Fake Infection to Fool Flies

An endangered slipper orchid in southwestern China fakes the look and smell of a fungal infection in order to attract one particular pollinator, the flat-footed fly.

Black-brown spots mark the leaves of the orchid, mimicking the diseased look of a plant covered with fungus. The flowers even s... Read More

TEDx San Diego - Dr. Tony Haymet - From Microbes to Medicines and Fuel

Dr. Tony Haymet urges us to cherish our oceans as the source of our future quality of life. He reveals how oceanic molecules and microbiotic cells will provide the foundation for the next wave of medicine, and how algae bio-fuel will provide a valuable carbon-neutral energy resource. Read More

Searching for combinations that work on resistant bacteria: add antidiarrhea drug?

A decades-old antibiotic appears to work better when combined with a common antidiarrheal drug to combat a persistent bug that often afflicts people with cystic fibrosis, a new study indicates.

The synergy between the two drugs was discovered in lab studies by researchers at McMaster Universi... Read More

Companies Claiming MRSA Prevention are in Hot Water with FDA

You might want to rethink buying that bulk-sized hand sanitizer if you’re trying to protect you and your family from Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria (MRSA) and other diseases. FDA is cracking down on over-the-counter (OTC) drug companies that are claiming their products prev... Read More

New Approach to Defeating Flu Shows Promise

New research on mice has shown that pulmonary administration of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) significantly reduces flu symptoms and prevents death after a lethal dose influenza virus. While GM-SCF therapy for humans as a flu prophylaxis or treatment may be years away... Read More

Immunization Week 2011

In 2011, for the first time, countries across the WHO regions of Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific are taking part in simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 198. Día de la OMS (WHO day)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº198: is dedicated to WHO day and the problem of antibiotic resistance. El podcast del Microbio Nº... Read More

TWiV 130: Rhino tracking, wrestling pox, and HCV in the crosshairs

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TWiV 130 Letters

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I know it has nothing to do with viruses and would be a better question for FiB (if he did questions :) But I figure you guys would at least have some idea and know who to ask if you needed to. I've been curious for a while about the techniques used in... Read More

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