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New genomic model defines microbes by diet

'The model we describe is useful in studying whole marine microbial communities, or metagenomes, to better understand how communities in specific locations are evolving,' said senior author Rick Cavicchioli of the University of New South Wales. 'In essence, by analysing and comparing the strateg... Read More

Peter Palese on H1N1/Influenza, Porcine and Otherwise

Peter Palese, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Mt. Sinai, explains H1N1/swine flu, the natural herd immunity that all humans share against it, and the reasons why the elderly stand at a lesser risk of contracting the virus.
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Saliva-brewed Beer

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales' founder Sam Calagione has commercially produced several unique beers over the years, including the Midas Touch, created from sediment found on drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas in Turkey, and Chateau Jiahu, inspired by trace ingredients from a 9,000-year-... Read More

Not-so-stupid microbe tricks

Did you hear the one about the microbes that send out electricity through their hair? Or the one about the germs that actually clean up toxic algae-ridden water? How about the bacteria that build up artificial bones or manufacture medicine?

They may sound as outlandish as the stupid pet trick... Read More

Disease-causing Escherichia Coli: 'I Will Survive'

Strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that cause food poisoning have been shown to have marked differences in the numbers of genes they carry compared to laboratory strains of E. coli. Some of these genes may enable them to survive stresses such as those caused by modern food processing technique... Read More

Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn't produced uranium since the 1960s, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases, but Judy Wall, a biochemistry professor at the University of Missouri Colle... Read More

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Absidia corymbifera

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Could Salmonella Bacteria Kill Tumors?

Scientists from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research are researching how salmonella kill tumours. Salmonella are regarded as bad guys. Hardly a summer passes without severe salmonella infections via raw egg dishes or chicken that find their way into the media. But salmonella not only harm us ... Read More

Paul Ehrlich's Magic Bullets

AJ Cann from the Microbiology Bytes blog recommends an article in Wired on Paul Ehrlich's magic bullets. Read More

Mighty Microbes and Waste Clean Up

At the Society for General Microbiology's meeting in Edinburgh, the Scientific American is reporting on two interesting examples of researchers using microbes for bioremediation.

The first one is a mixed ecosystem of particular bacteria that can survive—and clean up—one of the most lethal ma... Read More

Puerto Rico considers island-wide fumigation plan to avoid spread of dengue fever

Senator Luis Daniel Muniz asked today [28 Aug 2009] of the newly appointed secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo Gonzalez, that he promote a massive fumigation plan for the entire island to avoid the spread of dengue [virus transmission].

Muniz's demand comes after seeing the most re... Read More

Wheat streak mosaic virus on the increase in North Dakota this fall

The North Dakota State University Diagnostic Lab and field scouts are reporting an increase in wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) this year.

This disease has been reported statewide in winter and spring wheat, plus durum. The levels of severity range from slight to severe. There are three possi... Read More

Eastern equine encephalitis confirmed in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia's first-ever confirmed case of a rare mosquito-borne disease called Eastern equine encephalitis that is fatal to most horses is spreading concern among health officials who worry that the virus is somehow moving beyond its normal stamping grounds.

EEE is a noncontagious viru... Read More

New York State rolls out HIV "widget" to emergency rooms

A computer application, or widget, developed by a team of doctors from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan with financing from the state’s AIDS Institute will be distributed to more than 200 emergency departments in New York state this week.

Since time is of the essence in treating someone wh... Read More

Preparing for a Stressful Flu Season

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times has prepared some questions and answers about the upcoming flu season for parents with young children.

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Harnessing Bacteria to Make Protein Production Factories

"By adapting a single protein on the surface of the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus, researchers at the University of British Columbia have turned it into a protein production factory, making useful proteins that can act as vaccines and drugs. Dr. John Smit presented the findings at the Society... Read More

Infections may lead to faster memory loss for people with Alzheimer's disease

"Getting a cold, stomach bug or other infection may lead to increased memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to research published in the September 8, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study found that people who ... Read More

Designing Probiotics to Ambush Gut Pathogens

"Researchers in Australia are developing diversionary tactics to fool disease-causing bacteria in the gut. Many bacteria, including those responsible for major gut infections, such as cholera, produce toxins that damage human tissues when they bind to complex sugar receptors displayed on the sur... Read More

DOE Awards $21 Million to Five Projects for Biomass Processing

"DOE announced on August 31 that it will award up to $21 million to five projects for handling and delivering high-tonnage biomass feedstocks to producers of cellulosic biofuels. The awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to ... Read More

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