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Beans' Defenses Mean Bacteria Get Evolutionary Helping Hand

Bean plants' natural defences against bacterial infections could be unwittingly driving the evolution of more highly pathogenic bacteria, according to new research published September 10 in Current Biology.

The study sheds new light on how bacterial pathogens evolve and adapt to stresses from... Read More

Eradicating dormant TB bacteria

Researchers have found a pair of compounds that kill dormant tuberculosis bacteria in monkey and lab-grown human cells, according to a study to be published on Thursday. The discovery could lead to new drugs that disable the microbe, which lies inactive in approximately two-thirds of the world's... Read More

Biotech Tries to Shrug Off Setbacks

This New York Times article examines the shortage of funding for biotechnology and life sciences companies as traditional major investors pull back. Even as the industry experiences a surge in new funding this quarter, overall investment remains at mid-1990's levels. The state of the industry, h... Read More

How HIV Cripples Immune Cells

In order to be able to ward off disease pathogens, immune cells must be mobile and be able to establish contact with each other. The working group around Professor Dr. Oliver Fackler in the Virology Department of the Hygiene Institute of the Heidelberg University Hospital has discovered a mechan... Read More

Nanoparticle Treatment For Burns Curbs Infection, Reduces Inflammation

Treating second-degree burns with a nanoemulsion lotion sharply curbs bacterial growth and reduces inflammation that otherwise can jeopardize recovery, University of Michigan scientists have shown in initial laboratory studies.

U-M burn surgeon Mark R. Hemmila, M.D., reports at the Interscien... Read More

New airline air filtration system promises to eliminate 99.9% of airborne pathogens

A new airline air filtration system promises to eliminate 99.9% of airborne pathogens in the passenger cabin.

"The aerospace giant BAE Systems has joined forces with Quest International, a small company based in Cheadle, near Manchester, to develop a machine that destroys up to 99.9 per cent ... Read More

Doctors warn online antibiotic purchases are a growing problem

"Think you need antibiotics to fight that cough or cold? Numerous Web sites are willing to sell them to you without a doctor's prescription — a loophole, researchers say, that could undermine efforts to curb the problem of bacteria that shrug off powerful antibiotics.

In a simple Internet sea... Read More

Ileostomy patients harbor different gut microbes

UPI reports that researchers from the University of California-Davis and Georgetown University Medical Center studied bacterial DNA in patients with an ileostomy -- an opening into their small bowel -- and patients with closed ileostomies.

The research team found in ileostomy patients, the gu... Read More

Genomic Analyses Could Lead to “Field Guide to Microbes”

The swell of enthusiasm for analyzing microbial genomes continues, with keen interest in doing more and more genomes in smaller analytic formats at lower costs. Even while greater numbers of microbiologists jump into this fray, some continue to fret over what to make of these expanding findings,... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 20

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Estaremos bebiendo agua demasiado limpia?


Algunos científicos creen que los niveles de limpieza de las fuentes de agua han disminuido nuestra exposición a algunos ... Read More

'Make your own ethanol' refineries hit US market

"Dallas-based Allard Research and Development LLC has unveiled mini ethanol refineries for small businesses and farms capable of producing 100, 200, 500 or 1,000 gallons of ethanol per day, depending on the model.

"The fully automated versions include 15in touch-screen LCD monitors and iPhon... Read More

NZ company converts waste gases from steel mills into biofuel

New Zealand biofuel company LanzaTech says it has developed a microbe that can convert waste gases from steel mills into high-octane ethanol.

LanzaTech claims to be the first company to work with steel mills to develop a waste gas-to-ethanol process capable of capturing the carbon monoxide th... Read More

Clinical trial of antiretroviral-based HIV prevention strategies for women now under way

A new, large-scale clinical trial is examining whether antiretroviral medications normally used to treat HIV infection can also prevent HIV infection in women when applied as a vaginal gel or taken as oral tablets once daily.

The study, called Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epi... Read More

Novel antibiotic stops traveler's diarrhea with once-daily dosing

The novel antibiotic prulifloxacin effectively stopped traveler's diarrhea with once-daily dosing in the second phase III trial of the drug, researchers reported here.

A three-day course of the experimental fluoroquinolone reduced the duration of diarrhea compared with placebo (P Read More

FDA approves vaccines for H1N1

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 "swine" flu virus this afternoon. It is expected to be available in a month at about 90,000 locations nationwide, the Associated Press reported.

"We will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Kathle... Read More

How to make chicha beer with real spit!

This is the story of how to brew chicha beer with a saliva starter as told by the Dogfish Head brewer. Read More

Greenland microbe revived after 120,000 years

A tiny bacterium has been coaxed back to life after spending 120,000 years buried three kilometres deep in the Greenland ice sheet.

Officially named Herminiimonas glaciei, the bug consists of rods just 0.9 micrometres long and 0.4 micrometres in diameter, about 10 to 50 times smaller than the... Read More

Ethanol plants using hops to eliminate bacteria

An increasing number of ethanol companies are using hops to fight off nasty bacteria that can harm ethanol plant operations, according to Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minn. Though antibiotics work well they have become a public relations problem as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sa... Read More

Study involving 21 Spanish hospitals states 50% of swine flu, ICU patients had no previous health problems

A Spanish study of ICU patients with H1N1, the largest ever conducted in Europe on influenza cases requiring intensive care, presented on the website of the medical journal ‘Critical Care,’ contradicts one of the messages on influenza A released by Spain's Ministry of Health and Department of He... Read More

Tasmania sparrow die-off and the possible connection with human salmonella infections

There is mounting concern about whether humans have caught a strain of salmonella discovered in Tasmania's sparrow population which is experiencing a notable decline.

"Four cases of the salmonella in humans this year has Australian investigators wondering if there may be a link between a wide... Read More

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