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Rodent of the Week: Preventing HIV infection

Rodent_of_the_week A study in mice raises the possibility of preventing HIV transmission in humans. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that administering antiretroviral drugs to mice prior to HIV exposure protected against intravenous and rectal transmission of t... Read More

Massive salami recall linked to salmonella outbreak

Amidst concerns of a salmonella contamination, 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami and variety packs made by Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island company have been voluntarily recalled.

The state health division tracking the cases reported a total of 184 related cases from July last year unti... Read More

TWiV 67: Wasting deer and the Hulk rabbit

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On episode #67 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Marc Pelletier talk about chronic wasting disease of deer caused by prions, blocking the semen-derived enhancer of HIV infecti... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 4

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: using slime molds to design networks, bacteria working together to reduce environmental damage, a stomach germ that helps prevent tuberculosis, and bacterial colonies that flash in synchrony.


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German Scientists Develop Fast-Acting Germ Killer

A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses and other germs could help stop the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, German scientists said on Wednesday.

Researchers from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin said they had developed a fast-acting, practical f... Read More

Blinking Bacteria Could Lead to Body-Controlled, Time-Released Drugs

(note - this is a follow-up to a story/video found at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2545)

What do a bunch of fluorescent, blinking bacteria mean for your health? Surprisingly enough, it's good news. According to PopSci, a new discovery made by scien... Read More

Brazil developing microbe to clean mining effluent

A Brazilian scientist is developing a method of purifying contaminated waste water that accumulates at mining sites by using a genetically modified bacteria that can absorb heavy metals.

Ronaldo Biondo, from the University of Sao Paulo, is developing the technology for the country's largest m... Read More

Microbe's poison linked to fish kills

A microbe linked to toxic algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay emits a poison to protect itself and to stun its equally tiny prey, Maryland scientists said.

Knowing the hunting habits of Karlodinium veneficum could help reduce fish kills, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, said... Read More

Koch’s postulates in the 21st century

For thousands of years, epidemics of contagious diseases were believed to be caused by the wrath of the gods, configuration of stars, or miasma. The association of specific microorganisms with disease came about as a consequence of the work of the German physician Robert Koch. He formulated a se... Read More

Membrane-Coat Proteins: Bacteria Have Them Too

Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago. Scientists at the European Molecular Biolog... Read More

Pregnant woman's gingivitis caused baby to be stillborn, scientists say

Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows.

Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small. But for the first time ... Read More

Ancient Organism Fights MRSA

Scientists studying an ancient metazoan organism discover antimicrobial peptide active against MRSA. Read More

Can Hookworms Help Humans?

Conditions with an immunological basis, such as multiple sclerosis, might be ameliorated by means of the helminth parasites that cause chronic ill-health in the tropics Read More

Downfall of the Dinosaurs

Microscopic parasites rather than Mesozoic-era predators might explain some otherwise puzzling damage being detected in dinosaur fossils. Read More

60 of the World's most memorable research papers

The Royal Society, founded in London in 1660 and one of the world's oldest scientific institutions, is marking the start of its 350th year by putting 60 of its most memorable research papers online. Several of these documents include papers by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and even Antoni... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 10

As we near the end of Microbe Theater, we get to see what our animated friends look like in real life.

By the way, in this episode they refer to "Tadayasu" several times. Tadayasu is the main, human character in the original Japanese anime story "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture" that ... Read More

Micro eGuide Video - Aseptic Techniques: Pipette Transfers

The Micro eGuide presents Aseptic Techniques: Pipette Transfers. Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei hyphae

Exophiala jeanselmei hyphae in walls of 'cyst'. Phaeohyphomycosis Read More

A note for the next pandemic: Face masks might be the way to go after all

Wear the face mask? Don't wear the face mask? The question may seem moot now -- what with a decline in H1N1 cases and pharmacies now publicly trumpeting the availability of vaccine against the influenza strain -- but a few months back, it was anything but academic.

Researchers at the Universi... Read More

Double Trouble: Bacterial Super-Infection After the Flu

Current research suggests that the flu may predispose to secondary bacterial infections, which account for a significant proportion of mortality during flu pandemics.

A common complication of flu infection is a secondary "super-infection" by bacteria, which greatly increases the morbidity and... Read More

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