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NBC's Today Show Segment on Germs in Your Kitchen

The staff of NBC's Today Show gets their kitchen swabbed by Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU, and John Oxford, chair of the Hygiene Council. The results? Well, you'll just have to watch.

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Back to school means flu shots - possibly four of them

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the CDC is advising kids should receive 4 back to school flu shots this year, two for seasonal influenza and two for H1N1/swine flu. "Most everyone else should expect three shots."

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The Role of Mutation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Development

Researchers studying the role of mutation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the development of biofilms claim the process is similar to "mutation selection that occurs during neoplastic progression and tumor development, and may help to explain why structural and genetic heterogeneity are characteris... Read More

Whooping cough predicted to double in 20 years, new vaccination strategies will be needed

A new paper in PLoS recommends two vaccination strategies to better prevent whooping cough.

"In the absence of adolescent or adult vaccination, pertussis incidence among adults is predicted to more than double in 20 years. Implementing an adult program in addition to childhood and adolescent... Read More

Microsporum canis macroconidium

Microsporum canis macroconidium. Unstained interference phase. (1000X) Read More

Goat penis bacteria adds to food safety scare

Ho Chi Minh City destroyed nearly 1.5 tons of goat penis contaminated with bacteria Wednesday in the latest chapter of Vietnam’s food safety saga, which has seen putrid pork and rotten beef flood local markets. Read More

10 Steps You Can Take: Actions for Novel H1N1 Influenza Planning and Response for Medical Offices and Outpatient Facilities

New from the CDC:

It is critical to assure that medical offices and other outpatient facilities (e.g., outpatient/ambulatory clinics, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, physical therapy/rehabilitation offices or clinics) that provide routine, episodic, and/or chronic healthcare ... Read More

Mycobacteria Make Spores?

Guest blogger for Small Things Considered Peter Setlow, Professor of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, has an eye-opening post about a recent paper, Read More

It's the Blob! Miles of Mysterious Goo Floating by Alaska Coastline

This is a strange story here. Apparently, miles and miles of a biological substance has been spotted in the Chukchi Sea, the swath of ocean between Siberia and Alaska. Environmental experts at first thought it may be an oil spill, but on closer examination they believe it's alive.

From the An... Read More

Is Dirt the New Prozac?

A recent study, "Identification of an immune-responsive mesolimbocortical serotonergic system: potential role in regulation of emotional behavior," suggests that treatment with a specific soil bacterium, Mycobacte... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 11

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Cómo se debe cocinar el pavo para el día de acción de gracias
Muchas personas lavan el pavo en el fregadero antes de cocinarlo. Sin embargo, esto no siempre es una bu... Read More

MTS31 - Frances Arnold - Engineering Microbes

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Microcosm Week: How E. coli Sees The Future

Carl Zimmer blogs about his new book, Microcosm and this week focuses on E. coli and genetics. Read More

Kary Mullis' Next-gen Cure for Killer Infection

A very promising cure against infection. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis discusses this break-through antibiotic mechanism. Read More

Obama Picks Francis Collins as NIH Director

President Obama yesterday nominated Francis S. Collins, a physician and scientist who helped guide the Human Genome Project to completion, to be the next director of the National Institutes of Health.

Collins, 59, developed an important technique for identifying genes and went on to identify ... Read More

New Target For Tailored Antibiotics Discovered

Researchers at the Technische Universität München have identified a metabolic step that could be a good weak point for new antibiotics to target. Just as Luke Skywalker targeted the exhaust-vent on the Death Star, antibiotics could disrupt this specific process and kill the microorganism. Read More

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: An Update on New Vaccine Recommendations (ASM Teleconference, Wednesday, July 15, 1pm)

Consider tomorrow’s teleconference (An Update on New Vaccine Recommendations) being held by the American Society for Microbiology and those scheduled over this summer to keep you current about developments in your field and to remain competitive in your industry. The personal knowledge and skil... Read More

Microsporum canis macroconidia

Microsporum canis macroconidia. Interference phase microscopt (400X) Read More

FDA Wants to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein.

"The FDA also believes that the use of medications for prevention and control sh... Read More

Technique improves bacteria identification

German researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research have developed a method of identifying bacteria by scanning their DNA for short, repetitive segments. Each type of bacteria has unique segments that repeat. This method allows identification using just a fraction of the DNA analys... Read More

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