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Biological Basis of 'Bacterial Immune System' Discovered

Bacteria don't have easy lives. In addition to mammalian immune systems that besiege the bugs, they have natural enemies called bacteriophages, viruses that kill half the bacteria on Earth every two days.

Still, bacteria and another class of microorganisms called archaea (first discovered in ... Read More

Could seaweed farming prove a boon for biofuels?

Researchers at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and the Seattle-based Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) have secured $9 million from the Department of Energy to explore seaweed's potential as a feedstock for biobutanol, an advanced biofuel.

Their venture appears to have largely cornered the current mar... Read More

Egypt confirms new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1)

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N1).

The case is a 3 year-old male from Minia Governorate. His symptoms started on 21 November 2009.

He was admitted to hospital on 22 November and his condition is stable. Investigations into th... Read More

WHO suggests swine flu mutations do not warrant cause for alarm

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has informed WHO of a mutation detected in three H1N1 viruses. The viruses were isolated from the first two fatal cases of pandemic influenza in the country and one patient with severe illness.

Norwegian scientists have analysed samples from more than ... Read More

Public Domain Images of the H1N1 Influenza Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has just published a page that offers several public domain images of the H1N1 virus and several 3D graphical representations of seasonal influenza virus. There is also an image of the CDC developed PCR diagnostic test to detect novel H1N1 virus. The images a... Read More

Scientists are poised to redefine underlying conditions in a more profound way based on individual immune response

Attending physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and professors at Harvard Medical School Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, author an op-ed in the New York Times that considers why in the midst of an epidemic some people become severely ill and die while others remain unscathed.
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Knockouts in human cells point to pathogenic targets

Whitehead researchers have developed a new type of genetic screen for human cells to pinpoint specific genes and proteins used by pathogens, according to their paper in Science.

In most human cell cultures genes are present in two copies: one inherited from the father and one from the mother.... Read More

School closures can have a substantial impact on the spread of newly emerging infectious diseases

A survey carried out in eight European countries has shown that closing schools in the event of an infectious disease pandemic could have a significant role in reducing illness transmission.

Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Infectious Diseases compared opportunities for infe... Read More

The Leopard and the Mouse: A Microbiologist's Take

The Small Things Considered blog has a post by Fred Neidhardt, F.G. Novy Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, that looks at two photos snapped by 19-year-old Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Ra... Read More

How to Catch a Cold - A 1951 Walt Disney/Kleenex Production

A rare educational Disney animated short film from 1951 with a character called Common Sense who warns about the dangers of the common cold. Read More

Martian meteorite surrenders new secrets of possible life

Compelling new data that chemical and fossil evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars was carried to Earth in a Martian meteorite is being elevated to a higher plane by the same NASA team which made the initial discovery 13 years ago.

Sources tell Spaceflight Now that the new data are provi... Read More

Farmer Ants Fertilize Their Gardens With Bacteria

(editor's note - this is an update to a story we featured earlier at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=1971)

Thanks to their vast underground fungus farms, leafcutter ants are one of Earth’s most successful species — and one secret of their agricultural... Read More

European Studies Find Unexpected Complexity in Compact Bacterial Genome

A trio of papers in this week's issue of Science are revealing the surprising genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic complexity that can exist in a bacterium with a miniscule genome.

Research groups from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Spain's Centre de Regulacio Genòmica, and elsewhe... Read More

Using Bacteria to Turn Sand Dunes into Architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. Read More

Plasma produces KO cocktail for MRSA

(Editor's note -- this information comes from a press release, but these are interesting treatment developments.)

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and other drug-resistant bacteria could face annihilation as low-temperature plasma prototype devices have been developed to off... Read More

Cells Defend Themselves from Viruses, Bacteria With Armor of Protein Errors

When cells are confronted with an invading virus or bacteria or exposed to an irritating chemical, they protect themselves by going off their DNA recipe and inserting the wrong amino acid into new proteins to defend them against damage, scientists have discovered.

These "regulated errors" com... Read More

Greater Use of Vaccine for Infection Is Urged

There has been a “worrisome spike” in secondary bacterial infections among Americans with swine flu, federal health officials said Wednesday, urging more people at risk to get the underused vaccine that prevents some of those infections.

Bacterial infections are a common and sometimes deadly ... Read More

Expert Answers on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Denise Grady, a science writer for The New York Times, recently explored the link between a recently discovered virus called XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome, in “Is a Virus the Cause of Fatigue Syndrome?” Here, Dr. Nancy G. Klimas, who serves on the board of the International Association for C... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 29



A continuación: vacunas contra la neumonía, el lavado de manos y la gripe estomacal, la salud oral y el embarazo, y la posibilidad de vida en Marte.


Vacunas contra la neumonía


La bact... Read More

Pseudomonas fluorescens

Pseudomonas fluorescens under Woods lamp. Read More

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