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Amazing survival of microorganisms (video)

Hear the story of Surveyor 3, the probe sent to the moon 2 years before the moon landing and returned to Earth complete with an extremely enduring life form. Brilliant video from BBC Horizon show 'We Are the Aliens'. Read More

Malaria mosquitoes reveal pathogen defense strategies

In analyzing malaria mosquitoes in sub-Saharan Africa, a Cornell-led team of researchers finds evidence of two very different evolutionary paths in the immune systems of neighboring mosquito groups. Genes in animal immune systems may evolve in one of two main ways in the constant fight against p... Read More

Compound from Chinese Medicine Blocks Biofilm Formation on Medical Implant Materials

A compound that is an active ingredient in plants commonly used in Chinese medicine prevents biofilm formation on polystyrene and polycarbonate surfaces by Staphylococcus aureus. The research suggests that this compound, 1,2,3,4,6-Penta-O-galloyl-beta-D-glucopyranose (PGG) is highly promising fo... Read More

The Enemy Within: A New Pattern of Antibiotic Resistance (preview; Scientific American access needed for full article)

In early summer 2008 Timothy Walsh of Cardiff University in Wales got an e-mail from Christian Giske, an acquaintance who is a physician on the faculty of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. Giske had been treating a 59-year-old man hospitalized that past January in Örebro, a small city about 100 mil... Read More

Study suggests alternative treatment for bacteria in oysters

A joint study by local oyster growers and researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that moving farmed oysters into saltier waters just prior to harvest nearly eliminates the presence of a bacterium that can sicken humans.

The findings—reported by VIMS professors Kim Reece... Read More

Economics and Evolution Help Scientists Identify New Strategy to Control Antibiotic Resistance

A team of scientists from the University of Oxford, U.K. have taken lessons from Adam Smith and Charles Darwin to devise a new strategy that could one day slow, possibly even prevent, the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. In a new research report published in the March 2011 issue of Genetics, t... Read More

SAME12 12th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology will take place in Germany – Rostock/Warnemünde 2011 from August 28th to September 2nd

For the upcoming 12th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology (SAME 12) held in Rostock/Warnemünde (Germany) from August 28th to September 2nd 2011 the registration and abstract submission has now started.

The conference will take place in the “AudiMax” lecture hall on the Campus of the Unive... Read More

Microbes Rule the World - USA Science and Engineering Festival

The blog for the USA Science and Engineering Festival has a post about the importance of microbes and the expanding roles of microbiologists, plus it features two MicrobeWorld videos.

Snippet:

"The average science student knows that microbiology is the study of bacteria and other microor... Read More

Biology's 'dark matter' hints at fourth domain of life

Step far enough back from the tree of life and it begins to look quite simple. At its heart are just three stout branches, representing the three domains of life: bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. But that's too simple, according to a band of biologists who believe we may be on the verge of disc... Read More

Google Ventures Leads Financing of Biofuels Start-Up

Google Ventures has led a $20 million financing round in CoolPlanetBiofuels, a Southern California start-up that is developing mobile refineries to turn wood chips, agriculture waste and other biomass into biofuels.

CoolPlanetBiofuels, an 18-month-old company, has also attracted the attention... Read More

8 Million Disks Of Fecal Bacteria Littering Mass. Beaches

State and local environmental crews have scoured the beaches along the Merrimack River and Atlantic Ocean on the North Shore in search of several hundred thousand sewage treatment disks from a New Hampshire wastewater plant.

The 2-inch diameter white objects, which may contain dangerous bacte... Read More

3M develops microbiology testing tool for drinks

The new testing tool detects four of the most common contaminants in drinks; heterotrophic count, coliform, yeast and mold, and enterobacteriaceae.

3M developed the tool as an alternative to agar petri dishes. The company claims that the traditional approach of manufacturers using their own a... Read More

UT researchers help complete sequencing of brown tide species

Imagine the cool ocean breeze, the sunshine warming your face, the sand between your toes - and a body of brown water infested with harmful algal blooms.

This image of a beach vacation has become more common as brown tides turn into annual occurrences.

Brown tides have been appearing on th... Read More

TWiV 125: TWiV infects FiB

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despo... Read More

TWiV 125 Letters

Todd writes:


Hey Docs!


I'm a computer programmer who listens to podcasts on my long commute. The highest science education that I've had was college Chemistry. As an Electrical Engineer the science classes we took tended to not be biology oriented, so while so... Read More

Scientists find promising new TB vaccine candidate

A team of scientists have discovered a protein secreted by tuberculosis (TB) bacteria that could be a promising candidate for a new vaccine.

The protein could also be used to improve diagnosis of TB.

TB is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), which infects the lungs an... Read More

Canadian museum to receive telltale fossilized microbe collection

The Canadian government will acquire a one-of-a-kind archive of the country’s ecological history thanks to a U.S. scientist who has spent his career collecting thousands of lakebottom samples of fossilized microbes that represent a 50-million-year record of life, death and evolution in ancient C... Read More

Dine or Dash? Genes Help Worm Decide When to Look for New Food

Researchers have identified a genetic circuit that helps worms decide whether to dine or dash. For worms, choosing when to search for a new dinner spot depends on many factors, both internal and external: how hungry they are, for example, how much oxygen is in the air, and how many other worms a... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 176. Avatar Microbes Reloaded



























El podcast del Microbio Nº176 resumes the discovery of bacterial nanotubes made by GP Dubey and S Ben-Yehuda. El podcast d... Read More

Rocks on the menu

Even the sleekest gadget depends on the mucky business of digging stuff out of the ground. Mobile phones and computers use copper for their wiring and rely on cobalt, germanium, lithium, nickel, platinum and tantalum for other components. Electric motors need magnets made of “rare earth” element... Read More
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