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Parasite Causes Zombie Ants To Die In An Ideal Spot

A study in the September issue of The American Naturalist describes new details about a fungal parasite that coerces ants into dying in just the right spot—one that is ideal for the fungus to grow and reproduce. The study, led David P. Hughes of Harvard University, shows just how precisely the f... Read More

Can monolaurin crack the shell of flu virus and keep it from replicating

A recent article in The Examiner, an online and print paper from the DC area, asks if monolaurin, a food supplement extracted from lauric acid in coconut oil (that you can buy online or in a health food store) can keep the H1N1 flu virus as well as herpes simplex (facial herpes virus) from repr... Read More

Candida albicans

Lactophenol cotton blue wet preparation of scraping from oral lesion, showing pseudohyphae of Candida albicans Read More

Performance enhancing bug! Ulcer-causing bacterium alters resistance of mucus barrier for a smooth swim!

A team of researchers from Boston University, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently made a discovery that changes a long held paradigm about how bacteria move through soft gels. They showed that the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, that causes human stomach ... Read More

Biology By the Numbers

Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog has brought to our attention a new internet resource called Bionumbers. "It enables you to find in a minute (or less) any common biological... Read More

Personal protective equipment and influenza

The Institute of Medicine has been asked to make recommendations about how to protect healthcare workers against swine-origin H1N1 influenza. They have been hearing presentations concerning the effectiveness of facemasks in preventing respiratory infections. Read More

Put Your Hands Together and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

CDC-TV has a hand washing video out that highlights the importance of this practice for the prevention of infectious disease.






















Description: Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or we... Read More

Antibodies To Strep Throat Bacteria Linked To Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Mice

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing comm... Read More

Fungus Could Be Kudzu Killer

It’s been called the “vine that ate the south.” Kudzu grows so fast it can completely cover a cabin in the woods in a couple of days. The invasive plant takes over another 150,000 acres every year. Which costs another $6 million to control.

But plant pathologists with the U.S. Department of A... Read More

MTS33 - Abigail Salyers - The Art of Teaching Science



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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 15



Arroz termodinámico
El metano, gas causante del efecto invernadero, es producido en gran parte en los arrozales. Las responsables son unas bacterias presentes en estos cultivos,... Read More

Candida albicans

Autoflourescence of Candida albicans in blood culture Read More

BP Ponies Up $10M For Algae Biofuels in Martek Deal

BP is ponying up $10 million for a partnership with Martek Biosciences to study the use of algae to convert sugar into biodiesel. BP isn’t the only oil major — or government agency — to show an interest in the prospect of commercially viable algal-based fuels. Just last month ExxonMobil committe... Read More

Children's OCD may be related to Strep infection

A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health's Center for Infection and Immunity indicates that pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing comm... Read More

Unlocking the secret of magnetic microbes

The smallest organisms to use a biological compass are magnetotactic bacteria, however mysteries remain about exactly how these bacteria create their cellular magnets. In a study published online in Genome Research, scientists have used genome sequencing to unlock new secrets about these magneti... Read More

Who's fault is scientific illiteracy?

Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, has authored a post on Cool Green Science, "the conservation blog of The Nature Conservancy," that looks at the current state of scientific illiteracy in the wake of Chris Mooney's new book "Unscientific America."

Interestingly, Karevi... Read More

Astrobiology: Life in Space with Daniel P. Glavin

"Daniel P. Glavin, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, says the possibility of extraterrestrial life in our solar system is not limited to Mars; other "habitable" worlds might exist including the icy Moons of Jupiter and Saturn, known as Europa and Enceladus. The challenge f... Read More

Don't Forget the Bacterial Threat

An opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal written by Dr. Mitchell J. Schwaber,director of the National Center for Infection Control of the Israel Ministry of Health and Dr. Yehuda Carmeli, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Tel Aviv Medical Center,... Read More

Anthrax Bacteria Conspire With Viruses To Stay Alive

The brute force of Bacillus anthracis, the ancient scourge that causes anthrax, can sweep through and overpower a two-ton animal in under 72 hours. But when it isn't busy claiming livestock and humans throughout the world -- up to 100,000 annually -- it resides ominously in the soil as a spore w... Read More

Candida albicans

Pseudohyphae of Candida albicans in brain. PAS stain (250X) Read More

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