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TWiV 92: Live at ASV in Bozeman

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Vincent, Rich, Karla, and Marilyn recorded TWiV at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology in Bozeman, where they discussed plant viruses and how they make plants resistant to adverse co... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 2 - Friendly Phages

This episode: Possibly friendly viruses in our intestines!

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Those drum circles are fun, except for the (remote) anthrax factor

In describing a case of gastrointestinal anthrax linked to a drumming event in New Hampshire last December, federal health officials said the anthrax risk related to such events is very low and that the patient may have had an unusual susceptibility to the disease.

The report from the Centers... Read More

CDC Confirms Danger in Airborne Fungal Infection

With 60 cases of Cryptococcus gattii infection reported through July 1 in the northwestern U.S., the fungus has become enough of a danger that clinicians should be alert for it, according to the CDC.

A report and accompanying editorial in the July 23 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report call... Read More

Nanotech Coating Produces Electricity From Sewage

Oregon State University engineers have applied new coatings on anodes of microbial electrochemical cells, which heightens their electricity production by 20 times, and is another step closer to producing electricity from sewage.

The graphite anodes were coated with palladium at one point in ... Read More

HIV Researchers Now Using the 'C' Word

For years, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) researchers have shied away from the whole notion of a cure, largely because evidence showed the virus can persist even under intensive treatment.

But now, they are -- tentatively -- expressing a renewed interest in the idea.

That interest is ... Read More

The virus and the virion

The illustration at left depicts a virion – the infectious particle that is designed for transmission of the nucleic acid genome among hosts or host cells. A virion is not the same as a virus. I define virus as a distinct biological entity with five distinct characteristics. Others believe that ... Read More

'Friendly bacteria' in pregnancy may prevent eczema in childhood

Mothers who drink milk containing 'friendly bacteria' (probiotics) while pregnant and breastfeeding may reduce their child's risk of developing eczema, reports a new study. And if their child does develop eczema, it may be less severe.

What do we know already?

Probiotics are tiny organisms... Read More

Dengue vaccine push grows as fever hits closer to home

The push for a vaccine against the potentially serious dengue fever gained urgency on Thursday as health officials in Miami Beach and Ocala reported the first suspected cases there.

With an apparent 5 percent of Key West residents now infected via mosquitoes, which are abundant throughout Sou... Read More

Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis in patient from South Africa. This patient and the one from Uganda were the second and third African patients recognized, and general acceptance of blastomycosis as an African mycosis dates from these diagnoses Read More

Hijacked Supplies for Pathogens: Legionnaire’s Disease Bacteria Tap Into the Material Transport in Immune Cells

Legionnaire's disease bacteria tap into the material transport in immune cells. When it infects the lungs, the Legionnaire's bacterium Legionella pneumophila causes acute pneumonia. The pathogen's modus operandi is particularly ingenious: it infiltrates deliberately into cells of the human immun... Read More

Handwashing Dance

Employees and physicians of the Detroit Medical Center sing and dance to remind everyone that hand sanitization is key to controlling infection and keeping everyone healthier! Read More

Dangerous Fungus Now Endemic in Pacific Northwest: CDC

Cryptococcus gattii -- an airborne fungus that can cause life-threatening illness -- is an emerging infection in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Click here to find out more!

While C. gattii infections are rare -- only 60 cases have been reported since 2004 -- they... Read More

Ex-player sues Browns over staph infection

Former Cleveland Browns centre LeCharles Bentley sued the team on Thursday over a career-ending staph infection he says he contracted at the team's training facility.

Bentley's attorney, Shannon Polk, said the lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court seeks at least $25,000 US in da... Read More

The influenza A(H5N1) epidemic at 6 and a half years: 500 notified human cases and more to come

Since November 2003, the epidemic intelligence team at the French Institut de Veille Sanitaire [InVS] has been gathering data on influenza A(H5N1) circulation in poultry and on human cases worldwide. As Indonesia notifies the world's 500th case to the World
Health... Read More

Audio interview by Microbe magazine Current Topics and Features editor Jeff Fox with Douglas Theobald of Brandeis University.

Microbe magazine Current Topics and Features Editor Jeff Fox talks with Douglas Theobald of Brandeis University about Theobald's work testing the he notion of a universal common ancestry (UCA) for all species.
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New bacteria purify alumina

New species of bacteria have been discovered which can break down sodium oxalate impurities produced during the refining of bauxite into alumina.

Oxalate affects the quality of the final product. At present, refiners can either remove the oxalate and store it, which is expensive, or burn it o... Read More

Scientists discover how deadly fungal microbes enter host cells

A research team led by scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has discovered a fundamental entry mechanism that allows dangerous fungal microbes to infect plants and cause disease. The discovery paves the way for the development of new intervention strategies ... Read More

Monitoring influenza activity in Europe with Google Flu Trends: comparison with the findings of sentinel physician networks

The number of Internet searches has recently been used by Google to estimate the influenza incidence in the United States. We examined the correlation between the Google Flu Trends tool and sentinel networks estimates in several European countries during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic and ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 58

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A continuacion: El maravilloso mundo de los microbios de las cuevas, clonación para obtener alimentos de calidad, el esfuerzo de cizalla y el bacteriófago, y un cóctel que mata virus.

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