Natural genetic variation in a protective antiviral enzyme holds promise for new therapies.
Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the c... Read More
Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus now have a much more encompassing view, thanks to the first complete structure of one of the flu virus’ key machines. Knowing the structure allows researchers to finally understand how the machine works as a whole, a... Read More
City dwellers across the U.S. might agree on one common enemy: bedbugs. But hey, not to worry, right? "Bedbugs are not known to spread diseases, but bites can be very itchy and irritating." Or so says the New York City Department of Health. But that assertion may not be true. Because a new study... Read More
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»I enjoyed the article on your blog 'Six Questions About CRISPRs' by Merry Youle. I am an ex-lambdologist, having quit phage lambda in the early 70s and moved to GM-plants. There is one thing about CRISPR that I do not understand: Why did lambdologists not find CRISPR?... Read More
A pink-pigmented strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is shown in the picture. This was photographed in University of Colorado Hospital's clinical lab by the microbiology department. The organism is shown on Mueller-Hinton agar for Kirby-Bauer sensitivity testing.
The pigment pyorubin is responsi... Read More
UK bioscience funders BBSRC and scientists from Oxford Brookes University teamed-up to run Giant Germs – an event tailored specifically to the blind and visually impaired. The day allowed visitors to discover the microscopic world of microbes for the very first time thanks to 3D printing technol... Read More
Slime production by Staphylococcus epidermidis on Congo Red agar; demonstrated by black colored colonies. Slime production is one of the most important virulence factors produced by Coagulase negative Staphylococci.
The colonies of slime non-producing strains remain pink to red.
Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). This disease – which is caused by the JC virus – is most frequently found in people with suppressed immune systems and, until now, scientists have had no effect... Read More
New technology can detect bacterial invaders with unprecedented speed, sensitivity.
A new bloodstream infection test created by UC Irvine researchers can speed up diagnosis times with unprecedented accuracy, allowing physicians to treat patients with potentially deadly ailments more promptly... Read More
Scientists have now explained the mysteriously sudden appearance of a disease that has decimated sea stars on the North American Pacific Coast.
In a paper published Monday, November 17, 2014 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University microbiologist Ian ... Read More
New Study Exposes How ZMapp Therapy Attacks Virus and Suggests Strategies to Improve It.
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified weak spots on the surface of Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to se... Read More
The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that ... Read More
Antibiotic resistance is increasing worldwide, and represents a dramatic threat for public health. Antibiotics are a common and universal good, a treasure that we must urgently protect. It is a duty for each citizen of the world. We intend to ask the UNESCO to include the antibiotics in the list... Read More
A webcast from ECDC with recent data on antibiotic use and bacterial resistance. enjoy Read More
Museum biological collections are the records of life on Earth and as such, they are frequently used to investigate serious environmental issues. When public health officials were concerned about the levels of mercury in fish and birds, for example, scientists studied museum specimens to assess ... Read More
This episode: Bacterial nanowires are made of the cells' outer membranes!
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Researchers say that a new device that yanks Ebola virus from the blood may have saved an infected doctor’s life.
Battling a virus is all about timing, and Ebola is no exception. Our immune systems are capable of destroying Ebola, but once in the body, the virus multiplies furiously, spreadin... Read More
If it was a snake, it would have bitten us.
The secret to stopping a deadly stomach virus may be sitting right there in our guts, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science. Or more specifically, the treatment is in our microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that inconspicuously hang... Read More
First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal Microbiome. A ten-second French kiss can spread 80 million bacteria between mouths.
Study author Remco Kort, a professor and scientist at Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific R... Read More
Authorities found the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands, the same highly contagious strain as found this month in Germany and which has prompted massive poultry culls in Asia.
Dutch authorities on Sunday said they had found the H5N8 strain of bird flu at a p... Read More