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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 9



Bacteriófagos al rescate
Los bacteriófagos son virus que infectan solamente a las bacterias, las “enferman” y las matan. Son la forma más numerosa de entidades biologicas existen... Read More

Twitter's @JATetro Speaks to Food Safety on CTV (Canada)

I've been following Jason Anthony Tetro, a microbiologist at the University of Ottawa, on Twitter (@JATetro) for quite some time. He's a fountain of microbiological knowledge and always willing to engage followers. As it turns out he's also great on TV. Click the source link above to see Tetro ... Read More

CDC's Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Treatments - An Online Course

An Emergency Use Authorization online course developed by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide public health officials, emergency managers, or Strategic National Stockpile coordinators with an introduction to the Emergency Use Authorization o... Read More

A Canada-wide technology platform for mapping the human interactome coordinated at the IRCM in Montréal

Sequencing the human genome has revolutionized biomedical research. One of the major challenges that scientists throughout the world are facing in the post-genome era is the mapping of the interactome, which can be defined as the complete set of interaction networks underlying the functioning of... Read More

Implant Bacteria, Beware: Researchers Create Nano-sized Assassins

Implants worldwide have cause for celebration! Iron-oxide nanoparticles can clear up a very worrisome aftereffect of implants, prosthetics or any area where a device joins the body. Read More

Ebola Infection Blocked In Cell-culture Experiments

Researchers have found the biochemical paths that the Ebola virus takes to infect cells and are now working on blocking them off. These are hopefully the first steps towards sucessful treatment... Read More

Brown and Brenn stained lung sections of patient from whom Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing intra-alveolar exudation of macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained (500X)

Brown and Brenn stained lung sections of patient from whom Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing intra-alveolar exudation of macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained (500X) Read More

A Breath Mint Made From ... Coffee?

Personally coffee makes me reach for a breath mint, but apparently it can inhibit the growth of 'bad' bacteria that cause smelly breath. Read More

You Knew It Had to Happen - H1N1 Web scams

Last week the FDA issued a warning to websites purportedly marketing fake products that will prevent H1N1 infection. Here are some of the claims:

* A shampoo that claimed to protect against the H1N1 flu virus;
* A dietary supplement that claimed to protect infants and young children ... Read More

Nickel isotope may be microbial methane biomarker

U.S. and British scientists have determined nickel might be a useful isotopic marker to trace the origins of single cell organisms that produce methane.

"Our data suggest significant potential in nickel stable isotopes for identifying and quantifying methanogenesis on the early Earth," said V... Read More

Fire and Ice - A New Source of Energy?

Interesting article from the New Scientist on clathrates (aka "dirty ice") as an energy solution:

"Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the Messoyakha gas field of western Siberia, lies a mystery. Back in 1970, Russian engineers began pumping natural gas from beneath the permafrost and piping it eas... Read More

Simple measures may prevent transmission of H. pylori (stomach ulcer bacterium)

"The stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori is not transmitted through drinking water as previously thought, but rather through vomit and possibly faeces. This is shown in a thesis at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It is therefore possible to prevent the spread o... Read More

Want to be a Microbiology Mentor?

Beginning in 2010, undergraduate students from colleges and universities with limited resources will be offered research experience at research-intensive, resource-rich host institutions under the guidance of members from the American Society for Microbiology. This paper (click "source") explain... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 8



Antimicrobianos de la saliva de la rana


La saliva de la rana contiene sustancias antibacterianas, efectivas incluso contra bacterias que atacan a los seres humanos. Los cientí... Read More

Opening Night of Infectious: Stay Away

Highlights of the opening night of INFECTIOUS: STAY AWAY, 2009 at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. Produced by Mahoo. Music by The Sunday Drive. Read More

H and E Stained lung sections of patient from whom the Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing inter-alveolar exudation of macrophages and poly-morphic leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained

H and E Stained lung sections of patient from whom the Legionella pneumophilia was isolated, showing inter-alveolar exudation of macrophages and poly-morphic leukocytes. Legionella pneumophilia is not stained Read More

Microbes may be answer to invasive mussels

An eco-friendly bacteria that kills invasive mussels will be tested for the first time in Canada at the Decew Falls hydro plant. Ontario Power Generation will monitor the specialized microbe's ability to kill zebra and quagga mussels, which threaten power production at the combined 170-megaw... Read More

Beetle Bacteria Can Break Down Styrofoam

The top prize at this year’s Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) went to a 16-year-old from Taiwan who found a bacterium present in mealworm beetles that is capable of decomposing Expanded Polystyrene (EPS).


With the help of two microbiologists, the student, Tsen... Read More

Swine Flu? No Word of It at Pork Expo

At the World Pork Expo going on this week, the decision to call H1N1 'Swine Flu' is heavily debated and it's effects are felt. With the power of words, do you think that the CDC should have been more explicit in telling people they would not be at risk from pigs? Read More

Dogs May Spread MRSA and Other Health News

An interesting story with some news on MRSA's increased prevalance in children as well as how MRSA infections cn be transferred from animals to people. Read More

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