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Two Heads Better Than One in New Antibiotic Method

An antibiotic that binds to a well-established target in a novel and unexpected way could be the inspiration for designing new, more potent antibacterial drugs.

"A completely new way to beat bacteria is an exciting find at a time when resistance to existing antibiotics is growing," said Profe... Read More

State considers naming official microbe

The public is getting its chance to sound off on whether Wisconsin should name an official microbe.

A state Assembly committee scheduled a public hearing for Thursday on a bill that would name the microbe that converts milk into cheese as Wisconsin's official microbe .

Wisconsin would beco... Read More

Stop Whining About Antibiotic Abuse: We can win our battle against bacteria. Here's how.

Ever felt personally responsible for drug-resistant diseases? It's no wonder. Virtually everyone—permissive doctors, nagging patients, hospital administrators, government bureaucrats, and snotty kids—has been blamed for the problem. It's true: Bacteria are conquering our antibiotics much faster ... Read More

After Delays, Vaccine to Counter Bad Beef Tested

Jason Timmerman coaxed a balky calf into a chute on his feedlot one recent afternoon and jabbed a needle into its neck. He was injecting the animal with a new vaccine to make it immune to a dangerous form of the E. coli bacteria.

The calf and thousands of others are part of a large-scale test... Read More

Soda fountain machines could make you sick,

"Drinking a beverage from a restaurant's soda fountain machine could make you sick, claims a research team at Hollins University.

Water, Coke, Pepsi and these soda's diet versions, when dispensed through fountain machines, contained bacteria that have the potential to cause gastrointestinal i... Read More

The WHO says swine flu pandemic is milder than expected, may be nearing peak

The outbreak of pandemic H1N1 influenza appears to be waning in the United States and Canada and may be nearing a peak in the rest of the world, but it is impossible to predict what will happen with influenza viruses, the World Health Organization said today. "It's too early to say whether activ... Read More

Stopping MRSA before it becomes virulent now possible

Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that is responsible for many hard-to-treat infections. MRSA bacteria are by definition any strain of S. aureas resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, such as methicillin and dicloxacillin.

Most scientists believe that staph infe... Read More

Exophiala jeanselmei

Conidia and secondary budding of Exophiala jeanselmei. LCB stain Read More

China protects pandas from possible H1N1 pandemic

Cats can get the H1N1 virus. So can dogs, ferrets and (obviously) pigs. But what about endangered species like giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)?

China isn't waiting around for an answer. Last week, the panda section of the Shaanxi Wild Animal Rescue and Research Center was closed to visi... Read More

Computer model reveals where food pathogens grow

An outbreak of food-related illness, such as E. coli-tainted spinach, often leaves food safety experts scratching their heads over the source of the contamination.

Thanks to a new computer model developed by researchers at the University of Florida, Wageningen University and the University of... Read More

Newly Explored Bacteria Reveal Some Huge RNA Surprises

Yale University researchers have found very large RNA structures within previously unstudied bacteria that appear crucial to basic biological functions such as helping viruses infect cells or allowing genes to "jump" to different parts of the chromosome.

These exceptionally large RNA molecule... Read More

Jekyll-and-Hyde factor makes marine bacteria cause 'coral bleaching'

Scientists are reporting the first identification of substances involved in the Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation that changes harmless marine bacteria into killers that cause "coral bleaching."

Researcher Dan Bearden and colleagues note that bleaching already has destroyed up to 30 percent of t... Read More

Entomophthora coronata in tissue

Entomophthora coronata in tissue. Hyphae Splendore-Hoeppli effect. H&E stain. Oil immersion Read More

'Ich' Discovery Could Yield New Ways to Treat Devastating Freshwater Fish Parasite

Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine have made an "unexpected" dual discovery that could open new avenues for treating Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or "Ich," a devastating single-celled protozoan parasite that commonly attacks freshwater fish.

With the ai... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 30



A continuación: las bacterias y las esponjas marinas, tempeh en el salón de clases, fagos al rescate y microbios volcánicos.


Las bacterias y las esponjas marinas


Russ... Read More

13 New Stem Cell Lines Open to Research

The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that it had approved 13 new human embryonic stem cell lines for use by federally financed researchers, with another 96 lines under review.

The action followed President Obama’s decision in March to expand the number of such cell lines beyond th... Read More

Food Safety 101 (MWV33)

Whether you are making lunch for work, school or a summer picnic, knowing what food to pack and how to prepare it can be the difference between enjoying your day or going home sick. From recent peanut butter and pistachio nut recalls to E. coli outbreaks associated with hamburger patties, peo... Read More

Symbiosis: Bacterial Gut Symbionts Are Tightly Linked With the Evolution of Herbivory in Ants

Multiple independent associations between rhizobiales and herbivorous ants provides strong evidence that symbiotic bacteria have facilitated the evolution of nectar and exudate-feeding life histories in ants and their radiation into otherwise inhospitable rainforest canopy habitats, providing a ... Read More

Nasa: compelling evidence of life on Mars

(editor's note - this is an update to a story we featured at http://www.microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=2038)

A research team at Johnson Space Centre in Houston has been re-examining a meteorite that hit Antarctica 13,000 years ago, and found the most compelling... Read More

WHO's New Guidelines on HIV Care Call for Earlier Treatment

The World Health Organization is now advising health care professionals to start patients with HIV on antiretroviral drugs earlier in the course of their infection, as part of new agency guidelines announced Monday.

The new recommendations will likely result in more patients worldwide obtaini... Read More

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