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Revealed: how bacteria drill into our cells and kill them

A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial ‘nanodrills’ assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells’ outer membranes. The rese... Read More

Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Harmlessly Dissolve

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal. The si... Read More

Sophisticated HIV Diagnostics Adapted for Remote Areas

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a low-cost, elec... Read More

Pirate viruses caught in their own trap?

In order to infect a host cell and proliferate, some viruses, such as the hepatitis C virus, infiltrate the ribosomes, the molecular machines that assemble the proteins present in each of our cells. Viral proteins are thus produced to the detriment of cellular proteins. A group of scientists in ... Read More

Echinococcus granulosus

This is a picture of Echinococcus granulosus from an infected liver specimen recently received in our laboratory. It is pictured in a saline wet mount at 40X magnification. The picture shows an evaginated scolex from an immature worm with hooklets.

The adult worm of Echinococcus granulosus l... Read More

World AIDS Day: The History of a Virus in 7 Stories

Dec. 1 has been World AIDS Day since 1988 — but though the awareness and activism around the diseases has changed drastically during the years between then and now.

To see just how much our understanding and attitudes have evolved, take a look back at TIME’s coverage of AIDS through these sev... Read More

New antimicrobial edible films increase lifespan of cheese

New coatings to apply to soft cheese have been developed by researchers. These coatings are totally edible and have an antimicrobial capacity, which increases the lifespan of the cheese. These films incorporate oregano and rosemary essential oils as antimicrobial agents, and chitosan, a by-produ... Read More

Seeking answers from a mysterious parasite

Newly tenured biologist Jeroen Saeij wants to know what makes Toxoplasma gondii so unpredictable.

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite often spread by cats. Most people who are infected in Europe or North America show no symptoms at all, and only a few suffer from encephalitis or ocular tox... Read More

Genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes sequenced

Nora Besansky, O’Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University’s Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of scientists in sequencing the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world.

Anopheles mosq... Read More

Is the Blood of Ebola Survivors an Effective Treatment?

When the World Health Organization recently named blood transfusions from Ebola survivors as its priority experimental therapy for the disease ravaging west Africa there was only one major problem: no data indicating that such transfusions work. Blood plasma from survivors contains antibodies th... Read More

Terminal Proteins: Endless Possibilities

Although it is far from unanimous, the great majority of phages studied so far package their genomes for intercellular space travel as linear chromosomes. Why linear rather than circular? Packaging convenience, for one thing. Many phages, including all of the tailed phages, package their chromos... Read More

BacterioFiles 193 - Milk Modifies Monkey Microbes

This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!


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TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?

 


Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.


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Microbial Edu-Tainment Board Game In the News: Microvores: A Game of Parasites

Microvores: A Game of Parasites is a microbial themed educational strategy game that has been funded on Kickstarter.com and has made the main-stream news! Read More

Funny Red Gram Negative bacterium on Macconkey agar

On the Macconkey agar grow Gram Negative bacteria. In this image a funny red bacterium grow on the top other bacteria.
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TWiM #92: Flying bioflims

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 92 Letters

Dave writes:


Laurene Mascola's distinctive voice and laugh has won my heart this month. I found that when TWiM came up for the third time in my playlist the last couple weeks, I kept listening just for a fix. She should be a star.


I'm glad you had a good reaso... Read More

Antibacterial Gene Transfer Across the Tree of Life

Though horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is widespread, genes and taxa experience biased rates of transferability. Curiously, independent transmission of homologous DNA to archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, and viruses is extremely rare and often defies ecological and functional explanations. Here, we ... Read More

How vultures evolved to live on rotting, feces-covered meat (and what we can learn from them)

Have you thanked a vulture today? It turns out that they're getting rid of an awful lot of dangerous bacteria for us. According to new research published Tuesday in Nature Communications, the vulture has a gut designed to kill off the bacteria that thrive on the carrion they crave. When they cho... Read More

Acremonium kiliense

Acremonium kiliense form scraping nail isolated in Messina Policlinic, Laboratory of Mycology . Read More
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