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Round up of the 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

Click the source link above for a report that outlines selected highlights of presentations that took place at the 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) [1], held between 11 and 14 July 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, United States (US). The... Read More

Painting With Penicillin: Alexander Fleming's Germ Art

In addition to working as a scientist, and well before his discovery of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming painted. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is that he also painted in another medium, living organisms. Fleming painted ballerin... Read More

Bees, rats and people bear similar behaviour

True story. Bill across the street from me keeps honeybee hives. Recently, Bill's next-door neighbour saw a swarm in her back yard. Frightened, she ran indoors. (Once a hive gets to a certain size, some bees will depart with a new queen.) As the swarm weaved along the street from tree to tree, a... Read More

Spider silk from bacteria

Escherichia coli bacteria have been genetically engineered to produce artificial spider dragline silk, which is five times stronger than steel and has multiple potential applications.

Sang Yup Lee at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led the research to find a via... Read More

Swimming Holes Outdo Toilet Bowls in Bacteria Count

Swimming in the rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay after a hard rain could be as hazardous to your health as hopping into an unflushed toilet.

That was a key finding of a water quality experiment conducted this month by reporters at the University of Maryland working for News21, a national c... Read More

Shuttle keeps cells from going cannibal

Researchers have described a previously unknown biological mechanism in cells that prevents them from consuming themselves for fuel.

The mechanism involves the fuel used by cells under normal conditions and relies on an ongoing transfer of calcium between two cell components via an ion channe... Read More

Mechanism affecting Salmonella virulence, drug susceptibility discovered

Scientists have uncovered the mechanism behind Salmonella's virulence and its susceptibility to antibiotics.

Although the mechanism had not been recognized before, the scientists were intrigued to find evidence of a similar mechanism in all five kingdoms of life - animals, plants, fungi, pro... Read More

USDA Requests Nominations for Microbiological Committee

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the agency is now accepting nominations for new members for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

FSIS is seeking nominations for two-year terms from individual... Read More

Some trees 'farm' bacteria to help supply nutrients

Some trees growing in nutrient-poor forest soil may get what they need by cultivating specific root microbes to create compounds they require. These microbes are exceptionally efficient at turning inorganic minerals into nutrients that the trees can use. Researchers from France report their find... Read More

HPV Found in Head and Neck Cancers

A virus known to cause cervical cancer in women is increasingly being identified in head and neck cancers, leading to suspicion that the route of infection may be oral sex.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is often associated with genital warts and cervical cancer, but the virus can cause numero... Read More

Genome Surprise: Guinea Pigs Have Ebola!

The ebola virus is one of the nastiest pathogens known to man. It corrodes blood vessels and stops clotting, leaving most of its human victims bleeding to death through their pores. And guinea pigs — along with opossums, wallabies and insect-eating bats — have it in their genes.

A genomic hun... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 59

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A continuacion: Desinfección de aguas contaminadas con energía solar, Microbios del suelo y productos farmacéuticos, Afloramientos de algas tóxicas, y Proteínas y perejil.


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Astronaut wears same pair of bacteria-killing underwear for a month straight

I wouldn't recommend anyone wear the same pair of underwear for a full month without washing them; the results would not be pretty. But a new type of nanotechnology-infused underwear that are quick-drying and odor-absorbing? Well, if they're good enough for astronauts, they should be good enough... Read More

Curing Cholera Will Soon Become Possible

A group of investigators at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) recently managed a significant breakthrough in their studies of the dangerous bacteria Vibrio cholerae. The bacterium is the agent that causes the terrible infectious disease known as cholera, but the team believes that this ... Read More

Researcher discovers existing drugs can potentially target TB's ability to spread

Often causing no symptoms in carriers of the disease, worldwide tuberculosis (TB) infects eight to ten million people every year, kills two million, and it is highly contagious as it is spread through coughing and sneezing. "It's a global health disaster waiting to happen, even here in Canada, b... Read More

Vaccine scares may do more harm than previously believed to a population's 'herd immunity'

Public immunization efforts may be much more sensitive than previously realized to small changes in the perceived costs or risks of vaccination, scientists at Harvard University report this week. In some cases, the spread of vaccine avoidance via social networks can make the difference between a... Read More

Signaling and quorum sensing video

Andrew Dopheide has created an animation that illustrates signaling and quorum sensing.

"A solitary bacterium cannot form a biofilm by itself - it must wait until a group of bacteria has gathered. With no fingers to count on, how do bacteria know when there are enough others nearby? Bacteria ... Read More

Super Scientist

This video by YouTube user Monty4200 documents the work of Oklahoma State University microbiologist Marianna Patrauchan and how it inspired his song "Super Scientist." Read More

An Interview with Moselio Schaechter, Editor-in-Chief of 'The Encyclopedia of Microbiology'

A discussion with Professor Moselio Schaechter, Distinguished Professor, emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, about his book the Encyclopedia of Microbiology.

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Progress and Promise in HIV/AIDS

Antiretroviral therapy provides life-saving medicine to HIV-infected people but it is not a cure. Long-term exposure to the drugs and the virus itself shorten a person's life, even if they don't develop AIDS. Two HIV/AIDS Disease Teams led by scientists at UCLA and the City of Hope are focused o... Read More
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