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TWiV 129 Letters

Bryce writes:


I enjoyed your discussion of the Molecular Therapy paper in this week’s TWiV. My lab (and others) have worked on using virus particles as scaffolds to increase the immunogenicity of various targets for quite some time. One thing that wanted to point out ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº194. Algas para limpiar un desastre (Algae for nuclear clean-up)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº194 is about the recent observation that the algae Closterium moniliferum could remove strontium... Read More

Maybe the virus just wanted up-close & personal w/ their favorite teams?

After all, one of the NBA's hallmarks these days is to create an experience by which "every fan" can enjoy the game - glad to see the Norovirus is getting in on the act . . . Read More

Bacteria, protozoa, and algae from a wild stream

Under a moderately-high magnification of 2500X, this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an untreated water specimen extracted from a wild stream mainly used to control flooding during inclement weather, revealed the presence of unidentified organisms, which included bacter... Read More

Study examines new treatment for recurrent urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections are common in women, costing an estimated $2.5 billion per year to treat in 2000 in the United States alone. These infections frequently recur, affecting 2 to 3 percent of all women. A depletion of vaginal lactobacilli, a type of bacteria, is associated with urinary trac... Read More

Duke Human Vaccine Institute Signs Research Agreement To Develop Pandemic Virus Vaccines

The Duke Human Vaccine Institute has announced a collaboration and strategic agreement with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics to enable the rapid development of a vaccine and accelerate preparedness in case of a pandemic virus threat such as pandemic influenza. The team, composed of Duke and Nov... Read More

Multi-Drug-Resistant Staph Found In Nearly 1 In 4 Samples Of Meat And Poultry: US Nationwide Study

Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates, according to a nationwide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Nearly half of t... Read More

El Podcast del microbio Nº 193 Con un poco de azúcar (A spoonful of sugar)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº193 describes the mBio 2010 paper by Huang et al. about the use of β-Glucan Particles to stimulat... Read More

Filtering out pesticides with E. coli

Genetically modified bacteria could be used in air filters to extract pesticide vapors from polluted air thanks to work by researchers in China published this month in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.

The bacteria Escherichia coli is perhaps best known as a bacterium t... Read More

Dietary yeast extracts tested as alternative to antibiotics in poultry

Microbiologist Gerry Huff with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fayetteville, Ark., and her colleagues have been studying the effects of yeast extract as an immune stimulant and alternative to antibiotics in conventional turkeys. Non-pharmaceutical remedies and preventatives are par... Read More

Amerithrax double-take: Did the FBI finger the wrong person?

"It had been the most expensive, and arguably the toughest, case in FBI history ... but the facts showed that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the person responsible for killing five people and sickening 17 others in those frightening weeks after 9/11. It was Ivins, they were now certa... Read More

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, MRSA

Recently recognized outbreaks, or clusters of MRSA in community settings have been associated with strains that have some unique microbiologic and genetic properties, compared with the traditional hospital-based MRSA strains, which suggests some biologic properties, e.g., virulence factors like ... Read More

Challenges In Stemming The Spread Of Resistant Bacteria In Intensive Care

A new research study of the effect of a commonly used strategy to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital intensive care units (ICU) shows that the strategy had no significant effect. That's the surprising finding of a multisite study led by Mayo Clinic investigators. The ... Read More

Toad Brains Brimming With Powerful Germ-Fighters

Frog and toad skins already are renowned as cornucopias of hundreds of germ-fighting substances. Now a new report in ACS's Journal of Proteome Research reveals that the toad brains also may contain an abundance of antibacterial and antiviral substances that could inspire a new generation of medi... Read More

MRSA found on Orthodontic Retainers

A recent study has revealed some of the bacteria found on orthodontic retainers, worn after orthodontic treatment is completed, can be associated with the hospital superbug MRSA, a condition which can lead to blood poisoning.

The research, carried out by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in L... Read More

Antarctic lake hides bizarre ecosystem

In the eerie bluish-purple depths of an Antarctic lake, scientists have discovered otherworldly mounds that tell tales of the planet’s early days.

Bacteria slowly built the mounds, known as stromatolites, layer by layer on the lake bottom. The lumps, which look like oversized traffic cones, r... Read More

Q&A: Medicinal microbiota

The human microbiota -- the communities of commensal bacteria that live in our gut, mouth, and on our skin -- have recently been hailed as a forgotten organ, and praised for the positive impact they have on our health. Recent research has suggested that the 1014 or so organisms, representing mor... Read More

The press concludes that arboviruses can be sexually transmitted

What would you conclude if you read the following headlines: Man sexually transmits insect-borne disease to wife (Fox News); Zika virus: First insect borne STD? (HuffPo); Scientist gives insect-borne disease to wife during sex (New York Magazine), and A scientist contracts a mosquito-borne virus... Read More

Phormidium with Sytox Green

Cyanobacteria (Phormidium) with the vital stain Sytox Green. These cells are dead (green). White arrow shows other bacteria living in association with the cyanobacteria. Read More

Antibiotic Resistance Can Be Reversed By Honey

Manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate.

Professor Rose Cooper from the University of W... Read More
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