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Gadget tracks day in the life of flu

When it comes to infectious disease, who and how many get inoculated isn’t as important as knowing how people interact with each other—whether they’re vaccinated or not.

In order to follow and better understand how viruses spread through real-life social networks, a group of researchers used ... Read More

A Blast of Cold Plasma Kills Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Cold plasma torches could be a new way to treat drug-resistant infections and heal wounds more quickly, according to new research. The plasma interferes with microbial DNA without harming human tissue, scientists say.

A 10-minute treatment with a low-temperature plasma jet killed about 90 per... Read More

U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology

The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology.

In a report being issued Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues says that at prese... Read More

Drug-Resistant Genes Spread among Bacteria

In the fight to stay alive, many bacteria, such as MRSA, have developed resistance to commonly used antibiotics. But other bacteria are using a more insidious type of resistance: that imbued by transferable genes, which can spread among commonly circulating strains.

One of these genetic eleme... Read More

Medical Myths with Michael G. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Did you ever have a question where you thought microbes were at fault but weren't certain... A group of faculty from Wando High School from Mount Pleasant South Carolina recently visited the laboratory of Dr. Michael Schmidt, a professor of Microbiology at the Medical University of South Caroli... Read More

Best books of 2010: A breezy tale of smallpox

From the New Scientist CultureLab:

This year I was chairman of the judges of the Wellcome Trust prize for books with a medical theme. We awarded the prize to Rebecca Skloot's excellent The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown). But also on our shortlist was Angel of Death by Gareth Willia... Read More

MTS63 - Jeff Gralnick - I Sing the Microbe Electric

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Teleconference--CLSI 2011 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Update

Teleconference from CLSI and APHL. Each January, CLSI updates standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing. It is important for clinical laboratories to incorporate the new recommendations into routine practice to optimize detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance. In January 201... Read More

Teleconference--The Basics: Using CLSI Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Standards (588-600-11)

This teleconference will focus on navigating through the newest CLSI antimicrobial susceptibility testing documents M02, M07, and M100. Strategies for optimally using these documents and incorporating recommendations into routine laboratory protocols will be discussed.

At the conclusion of th... Read More

TWiP 20 Letters

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TWiP 20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.

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Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym, MRSA; Magnified 2381x.

Recently recognized outbreaks, or clusters of MRSA in community settings have been associated with strains... Read More

Staph’s Trail Points to Human Susceptibilities

Scientists have finally found an answer to one of the great mysteries about the most deadly bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus — why it attacks primarily humans and not animals. And they now have an idea of why some humans are particularly susceptible to these bacteria that kill 100,000 Americans a... Read More

Cancer cells dupe the body's immune system

Cancers may be wounds that never heal, suggest the first live images of tumours forming.

It seems individual cancer cells send out the same distress signals as wounds, tricking immune cells into helping them grow into tumours. The finding suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs could help to co... Read More

Hydrogen Production Comes Naturally to Ocean Microbe

A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker -- it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.

The single-celled cyanobacteriumCyanothece 51142 can make hydrogen in air, Hima... Read More

Report: Transplant may have cured man of AIDS

A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man living in Berlin of infection with the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use.

The man, who is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a... Read More

Last-ditch method at fighting intestinal superbug

A superbug named C-diff is on the rise, a germ that so ravages some people's intestines that repeated tries of the strongest, most expensive antibiotic can't conquer their disabling diarrhea.

Now a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment: Using good bacteria to f... Read More

Champion Hydrogen-Producing Microbe

Inside a small cabinet the size of a dorm refrigerator in one of Himadri B. Pakrasi's labs, a blue-green soup percolates in thick glass bottles under the cool light of red, blue and green LEDS. This isn't just any soup, however. It is a soup of champions.

The soup is colored by a strain of bl... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 142. Measles outbreak and vaccination policy in Spain

El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 142 is dedicated to the recent measles outbreak in a child school from Sevilla due to the the ... Read More

Designer cellulosome unites dream team of enzymes to degrade plant materials

A study published in mBio this week reveals a novel system for turning plant materials into biofuels using a designer cellulosome, an enzyme complex that is like the fantasy football team of biological processes.

Consider the similarities: in fantasy football, participants assemble virtual ... Read More
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