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Pandemic H1N1 can infect cells deep in the lungs, say researchers from the Imperial College London

Pandemic swine flu can infect cells deeper in the lungs than seasonal flu can, according to a new study published today in Nature Biotechnology. The researchers, from Imperial College London, say this may explain why people infected with the pandemic strain of swine-origin H1N1 influenza are mor... Read More

Where in the body does bacteria go? Use bioluminescence

By attaching light-emitting genes to infectious bacteria in an experimental system, researchers at University College, Cork, Ireland, have been able to track where in the body the bacteria go – giving an insight into the path of the infection process leading to the development of more targeted t... Read More

ExxonMobil plans to spend $600 million to engineer 'superior' algae

"The production of biofuels from algae gained new prominence this summer when ExxonMobil announced that it will invest up to $600 million in the technology. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) formed a research and development alliance in July to explore the production of biofuels from ... Read More

Coxsackievirus in Infants May Persist Long-term in the Central Nervous System

A new study suggests that coxsackievirus, a significant human pathogen that commonly infects the central nervous system of newborns, may persist in the body as a low-level, long-term infection causing ongoing inflammatory lesions. This discovery disputes previous beliefs that while acute, coxsac... Read More

Can Gene Expression Profiling make it Possible to Predict Deadly Infections in Cattle?

A new study suggests that gene expression profiling may allow researchers to track the progression of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and ultimately predict their infectious status. The researchers from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Surrey, United Ki... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 19

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La transferencia horizontal de genes


Las bacterias pueden adquirir nuevos genes a través de un proceso conocido como “transferencia horizontal de genes”. Las célul... Read More

Aspergillus spp.

(Eurodium) Sexual phase of Aspergillus spp. Asci and ascospores Read More

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

Absidia corymbifera in a transplantable 'tumor' of the mouse Read More

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

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