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Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum in intestinal villi of brown house bat. Eptesicus fuscus from house near Clarksburg, MD. GMS stain Read More

New Nature paper on a "Phylogeny driven genomic encyclopedia of bacteria and archaea"

My new paper in Nature (using a Creative Commons license so anyone has access to it) on a "Phylogeny Driven Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea." In this paper we describe our project to fill in the gaps in the tree of life (of bacteria and archaea" with genome sequences and thus corre... Read More

At least 111 million doses of swine flu vaccine now available, CDC says

At least 111 million doses of vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza are now available and least 60 million people have already been immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "The vaccine supply is getting better and better, and surveys are showing that the initial... Read More

Soil studies reveal rise in antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, Newcastle University scientists have found.

Bacterial DNA extracted from soil samples collected between 1940 and 2008 has revealed a rise in background ... Read More

Tuberculosis Strain Thrives on Antibiotic

Scientists have identified a strain of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis that thrives in the presence of rifampin, a front-line drug in the treatment of tuberculosis. The bacterium was identified in a patient in China and is described in a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Scho... Read More

High-sugar diet alters intestinal bacteria, making losing weight more difficult

A report published in the new journal Science Translational Medicine has made an interesting discovery concerning the relationship between sugar intake and the balance of intestinal flora. Researchers have discovered that a diet high in sugar and fat substantially alters the bacterial compositio... Read More

MTS40 - John Wooley - Exploring the Protein Universe

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Bacterial cellulose may help develop artificial blood vessels

In a novel study, researchers from University of Gothenburg, Sweden have found that the cellulose produced by bacteria could be used to develop artificial blood vessels in the future.

They say that bacterial cellulose carries a lower risk of blood clots than the synthetic materials currently ... Read More

Deadly Infection More Common Than Realized

Staphylococcus aureus causes far more serious infections than previously realised, with more than 3,000 Swedes affected every year, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

To date there have been no reliable data on just how common this often dea... Read More

NIH awards institute $18.8 million for major infectious disease study

Researchers from the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology will take aim at several of the world's most dangerous infectious diseases — tuberculosis, malaria and dengue virus — in a five-year, $18.8 million federally funded set of projects seeking to make new inroads toward vaccines agains... Read More

University of Chicago Microbiologists Prepare for Move to New Laboratory

On Dec. 1, 2009, the United States Department of Energy notified the University of Chicago Medical Center that it had full approval to “commence research operations” at the newly constructed Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, operated by the Medical Center to study the organisms that cause infectiou... Read More

Novel Nanotechnology Heals Abscesses Caused by Resistant Staph Bacteria

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed a new approach for treating and healing skin abscesses caused by bacteria resistant to most antibiotics. The study appears in the journal PLoS One.

Abscesses are deep skin infections that often resist anti... Read More

New, Virulent Strain of MRSA Poses Renewed Antibiotic Resistance Concerns

The often feared and sometimes deadly infections caused by MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- are now moving out of hospitals and emerging as an even more virulent strain in community settings and on athletic teams, and raising new concerns about antibiotic resistance.

Rig... Read More

Mystery Solved: Scientists Now Know How Smallpox Kills

A team of researchers working in a high containment laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, have solved a fundamental mystery about smallpox that has puzzled scientists long after the natural disease was eradicated by vaccination.: they know how it kills us. ... Read More

How to Cure 1 Billion People?--Defeat Neglected Tropical Diseases

The poorest people are not only poor. They are also chronically sick, making it harder for them to escape poverty. A new global initiative may break the vicious cycle:

A group of seven tropical diseases, mostly caused by parasitic worms, afflict a billion impoverished people worldwide. They s... Read More

Fungal Footage Fosters Foresight Into Plant, Animal Disease

Mold and mildew may be doomed. Researchers are closer to understanding how these and other fungi grow. "Fungi have a big impact on our dinner plate," said Dr. Brian Shaw, Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist. "We tend to think that getting food on the table is easy. But fungi are major dise... Read More

Smallpox in New York City, 1947

Millions of New Yorkers were immunized against smallpox within a few weeks in April 1947. The stimulus for this mass immunization was the importation of smallpox by a businessman who had acquired the disease during his travels. While we are in the middle of a massive influenza immunization campa... Read More

Histoplasma capsulatum in mitral valve

Histoplasma capsulatum in mitral valve. Yeasts and rare hyphal growth in vivo Read More

Bacteria found to thrive on frontline anti-T.B. drug

The war pitting researchers and clinicians against a growing array of tuberculosis bacteria strains that are resistant to one of more antibiotics has taken a disturbing turn.

U.S. and Chinese researchers reported Monday a strain of bacteria that is not only immune to one of the main drugs in ... Read More

New Filling, Cooling and Storage System May Prevent Bacterial Growth and Prolong Shelf Life of Orange Juice

Researchers in Brazil have estimated the growth timeline of a bacterium that causes orange juice spoilage during shelf life (approximately 6 months) and developed a safe and inexpensive filling, cooling, and storage protocol that inhibits bacterial growth and offers an alternative to other propo... Read More
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