In an article in the journal Cell, researchers discussed how they recently identified one mechanism used by mycobacterium tuberculosis to resist the immune system. Apparently TB can remain latent in someone's system for decades, resisting mutagens produced by the macrophage where it lives. Tough... Read More
'Late blight,' which actually appears early in the tomato growing season, is expected to hit hard this year. The fungal infection is actually the same on that destroyed entire potato crops in Ireland during the 1840's, and our cool, wet, cloudy spring is expected to create a particularly nasty o... Read More
An interesting example of how resiliant bacteria can be; a strain of Listeria has taken root at a Williamsburg cheese factory. In 2004 inspectors collected a test sample of bacteria that turns out ot be the same strain as that just collected. Basically, despite disinfection attempts, a strain es... Read More
In local news for MicrobeWorld, Vibrio infections in the Chesapeake Bay area are on the rise and several groups think this is the EPA's fault for not cleaning up the Bay properly. Read More
Apparently humans can transmit the pandemic strain A/H1N1 on to pigs. Early in the scare, we were worried that humans could catch the virus from pigs, but apparently a human-to-pig scenario is far more likely. Does anyone else thing that we owe pigs an apology (Especially Egypt)? Read More
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Here's a quick and fun 12 question science quiz. Click on the "source" link above and see how you stack up against the American public according to a study released by the Pew Research Center.
Once completed you can also view the full report which states amongst other interesting findings th... Read More
"Professor Lewis Wolpert and Dr Rupert Sheldrake, have set up a wager on the predictive value of the genome. Professor Wolpert believes that all biological phenomena can in principle be explained in terms of DNA, proteins and other molecules, together with their interactions. He is convinced tha... Read More
Dr. Paul Keim, famous for identifying the anthrax strain during the anthrax letter attacks back in 2001, is featured in this video about the importance of rapid detection of disease through DNA sequencing.
Dr. Keim was also a guest on Meet The Scientist featured here at MicrobeWorld. Listen ... Read More
Obesity is definitely an epidemic in our society, even around the world. Scientists at The Forsyth Institute have discovered a link between certain oral bacteria and obesity. I can't imagine that it's the entire explanation for overweight people, but there could definitely be some causality. Wha... Read More
An editorial published in Nature 460, 152 (9 July 2009) entitled "How to Stop Blogging" considers how to handle attendees who blog presentations of research for public view and the policy options meeting conveners are exploring.
Despite the title of the editorial, in the body of the piece is ... Read More
"Self-assembling and self-organizing systems are the Holy Grails of nanotechnology, but nature has been producing such systems for millions of years. A team of scientists has taken a unique look at how thousands of bacterial membrane proteins are able to assemble into clusters that direct cell m... Read More
Corn Amylase is a genetically modified crop developed by the Swiss firm Syngenta Seeds that was developed specifically for the production of ethanol. The seed itself has been modified with a heat-resistant protein from deep-sea bacteria to produce a kernel easily converted to ethanol without add... Read More
So the government anticipates a big problem with swine flu as the traditional fall flu season rolls around... Time for a checkup -- for local health officials. Read More
"WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
President Obama said, "The National Institutes of Health stands as a model when it comes to science ... Read More
In a battle against a seed eating fungus, certain chili peppers fight back by dialing up the heat. Learn more about why and how certain chili's are so hot in this video from Sciencentral. Read More
If you have ever wondered what it's like to a microbiologist in Canada then this is the video for you. It's nice to see the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education promoting these employment opportunities. Found on YouTube. Read More
New research from PLoS on novel hantavirus genomes in moles challenges the current thinking that rodents are the originating hosts for the disease.
From the abstract:
The discovery of genetically distinct hantaviruses in shrews (Order Soricomorpha, Family Soricidae) from widely separated ... Read More