Shortly after I wrote about my years of experience with HeLa cells, I was contacted by author Rebecca Skloot. One of her many questions was how I knew that I had produced 800 billion HeLa cells in my laboratory over 26 years. I learned that she was writing a book about Henrietta Lacks, whose tum... Read More
They are the best of beings; they are the worst of beings. They are animals; they are plants. They are saviors; they are killers. They are predators; they are parasites. They are, in short, dinoflagellates — a large, diverse and eccentric group of (usually) single-celled organisms that are as ce... Read More
Circumcision, which substantially lowers HIV risk in men, also dramatically changes the bacterial communities of the penis, according to a study led by scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Johns Hopkins University and published Jan. 6 in the scientific journal P... Read More
China, saddled with the world's second largest tuberculosis burden after India, is fighting an uphill battle against drug-resistant forms of the disease which will only drain the country's health budget.
Drug-resistant TB, far more expensive to treat, emerges when patients fail to follow trea... Read More
Japanese researchers said Wednesday they hoped to enlist bacteria in the fight against global warming to transform carbon dioxide buried under the seabed into natural gas.
The researchers at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology aim to activate bacteria found naturally in e... Read More
Terrible and swift as anthrax appears to its victims, the deadly toxin takes its time breaking into their cells. The entry of anthrax toxin into its cellular target is part of a carefully-planned, two-pronged attack, scientists have found. Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research ... Read More
The U.S. government filed a lawsuit to shut down a New Jersey cheese company where inspectors found insanitary conditions and bacteria that cause a disease that can be fatal to humans.
Quesos Mi Pueblito LLC, based in Passaic, was sued by the Justice Department on behalf of the Food and Drug ... Read More
A German-owned company that prepares food for major airlines says it has cleaned up its Denver kitchen after federal inspectors found live and dead roaches and listeria bacteria at the facility.
The Food and Drug Administration warned the company, LSG Sky Chefs, that it could be barred from s... Read More
The theory that chronic fatigue syndrome could be caused by a virus that jumped from mice to people has been dealt a blow by a British study that has found no evidence of the virus in people diagnosed with CFS.
Scientists are also warning people with the condition of the dangers of dosing the... Read More
Evolution is a virus’s secret weapon. The virus can rapidly slip on new disguises to evade our immune systems, and it can become resistant to antiviral drugs.
But some scientists are turning the virus’s secret weapon against it. They hope to cure infections by forcing viruses to evolve their ... Read More
Blastomyces dermatitidis in pus from a dressing. Two characteristic budding cells are present. Note broad base building Read More
The emergence and wide spread of a new clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in food animals is a worrisome development that should be watched closely, one of the strain's lead researchers has warned in a medical journal.
Writing in Clinical Microbiology and Infection, D... Read More
(ed. note - I thought you might enjoy seeing how locals feel about the use of the microbial resources of national parks)
Yellowstone Park’s most extraordinary wild creatures are microscopic. These single-cell residents of hot pools and geyser basins have adapted to live at high temperatures, ... Read More
A new bivalent poliovirus vaccine, consisting of infectious, attenuated type 1 and type 3 strains, has been deployed in Afghanistan. The use of this vaccine was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication, the global technical advisory body of the Global Polio Eradication ... Read More
A rich microbial environment in infancy protects against asthma ,  and infections precipitate asthma exacerbations . We compared the airway microbiota at three levels in adult patients with asthma, the related condition of COPD, and controls. We also studied bronchial lav... Read More
Antimicrobial peptides play an important role in host defense against pathogens. Recently, phenol-soluble modulins (PSMs) from Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) were shown to interact with lipid membranes, form complexes, and exert antimicrobial activity. Based on the abundance and inn... Read More
Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, Queen's University researchers have discovered.
A new study led by infectious diseases expert Dr. Dick Zoutman says the chance of acquiring serious infections like C. difficile (Clo... Read More
Neisseria meningitidis, the meningococcus, is a bacterium that can cause diseases with high fatality rates, and there has therefore been considerable concern that, like other bacteria, it might become resistant to antibiotics. But now a study from örebro University and örebro University Hospital... Read More