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Salmonella Infection Mitigates Asthma

Researchers from Germany have identified the mechanism by which Salmonella infections can reduce the incidence of asthma in mice. The research, which appears ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity, opens up new avenues of research that could lead to treatments.

Incidence of alle... Read More

Gene prevents buildup of misfolded cell proteins

Much like how a snowplow is needed to clear streets of heavy snow, cells employ a set of genes to clear away misfolded proteins, to prevent them from accumulating and destroying the cell.

For the first time, Cornell researchers have demonstrated how a gene called SEL1L plays a critical role i... Read More

Plant scientists unravel a molecular switch to stimulate leaf growth

Mechanisms that determine the size of plants have fascinated plant scientists of all times, however they are far from understood. An international research team led by plant scientists from VIB and Ghent University report an important breakthrough in the scientific journal The Plant Cell. They i... Read More

Pig-killing PEDv virus moves into Canada

Canada has discovered its first two cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has already killed more than 1 million pigs in the United States, government and industry officials said on Thursday.

The Ontario government is investigating a hog farm in the province's Middlesex C... Read More

Two Less

Two people who mattered to me and to many other people have died recently. I wish to honor their memory by sharing a glimpse of them with you.

Manny Suter

Manny died on January 8, 2014, one month shy of his 96th birthday. A member of a distinguished Swiss family, he earned his MD in Basel ... Read More

My Global Video Challenge by Dr Charles J ELIKWU, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

This is in celebration of the Global Handwashing Day, 2013. To God be Glory
Theme: The Power is Your Hand
Organized by the Infection Control Committee, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria Read More

Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals, but bioengineers at UC Berkeley saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathog... Read More

Main intestinal disease bacteria to be sequenced

The University of Liverpool is to decipher the genomes of the UK’s main bacterial cause of food poisoning which results in over 21,000 hospital admissions and 100 deaths each year. Using the latest whole genome sequencing technologies available at the University’s Centre for Genomic Research, sc... Read More

Beyond genetics: Why do genetically identical bacteria behave differently?

We are more than just our genes, and it’s no different for bacteria. Genetically identical bacteria behave in dramatically different ways. This phenomenon has been seen in factors such as growth rate, metabolism and resistance to antibiotics.

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Microbiology at Home - ASM global video challenge

A microbiologist and mother of three young children shows how her fascination for microbiology impacts her family. Read More

Microbes are going to save the world | Bonnie Bassler (video)

Should we only consider bacteria as harmful to our bodies?

Bonnie Bassler is a molecular biologist who has made a stunning discovery: bacteria 'talk' to each other using chemical signals that enable them to act as a unit, mount attacks and coordinate defence. This phenomenon of bacterial com... Read More

TWiM #71: Colon cancer’s little shop of horrors

Vincent, Michael, and Michele explain how the gut microbiome modulates colon tumorigenesis, and regulation of intestinal macrophage function by the microbial metabolite butyrate. 


Hosts: Vin... Read More

TWiM 71 Letters

Zachary writes:


How long does it take to become a microbiologist?


Tim writes:


I'd never heard of magnetotactic bacteria before and thought perhaps you guys might find this interesting. Not sure if you've mentioned these on TWIM before,... Read More

Longer Screening Intervals Possible With HPV-Based Tests

A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden finds that testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) allows for longer time between screening tests when compared to cytology-based testing. The study is published in the scientific journal British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Cervical screening progra... Read More

New Infection Control Recommendations Could Make White Coats Obsolete

In a move to reduce health care associated infections, certain attire for health care professionals, including the traditional white coat, could become a thing of the past.

"White coats, neckties, and wrist watches can become contaminated and may potentially serve as vehicles to carry germs f... Read More

Dispersal Patterns Key to Invasive Species' Success

In 1859 an Australian farmer named Thomas Austin released 24 grey rabbits from Europe into the wild because it “could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.”

By the end of the century, the rabbits had begun to overrun native ecosystems, reaching ... Read More

Hospital Water Taps Contaminated With Bacteria

New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients. The study was published in the February iss... Read More

Decoded DNA Could Help Fight Parasitic Hookworms

Going barefoot in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America contributes to hookworm infections, which afflict an estimated 700 million of the world’s poor. The parasitic worm lives in the soil and enters the body through the feet. By feeding on victims’ blood, the worms cause anemia and, in child... Read More

This Tiny Sensor Spots Salmonella In Minutes, Not Days

A new biosensor quickly detects salmonella in food and can be easily customized to detect other types of bacteria—or even different strains for the same bacterium.

The process appears to easily outperform tests that are now standard in the food industry, according to researchers at Rice Unive... Read More

Micropredators dictate occurrence of deadly amphibian disease (press release)

An international team of researchers has made important progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen. In some regions, the deadly impact of the pathogen appears to be hampered by small predators, naturally occurring in freshwater bodies. These micropredator... Read More
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