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This Klebsiella pneumonia was isolated from a sputum sample. Read More

Bacterial melanin can replace Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in arthritis treatments

Melanin produced by a marine bacteria Bacillus spp. has shown shown to have good anti-inflammatory activity. The pigment had shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes cycloxygenase, lipooxygenase, myeloperoxide,NO synthase in vitro at a concentration which was non-cytotoxic..This will be a breakthro... Read More

Molecular homing beacon redirects human antibodies to fight pathogenic bacteria

With the threat of multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens growing, new ideas to treat infections are sorely needed. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report preliminary success testing an entirely nove... Read More

Are we exposed to antibiotic resistance in coastal waters? (video)

PhD student Anne Leonard talks through her latest research paper, which shows that people who take part in coastal water sports could be at risk of exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
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BacterioFiles 214 - Cable-Chlorophyte Coop Conducts Current

This episode: Cable bacteria and algae set up electric grid in sediments!


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TWiV 336: Brought to you by the letters H, N, P, and Eye

 Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler


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The TWiVsters explore mutations in the interferon pathway associated with severe influenza in a child... Read More

Discovery of the Sixth DNA base?

Scientist has described the possible existence of sixth DNA base, the methyl-adenine (mA) this week.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a polymer of nucleotides, which encodes every genetic information of living existence. The entire genetic information are stored within DNA as the form of millio... Read More

Designer viruses for killing tumor cells

A major goal of viral oncotherapy – the use of viruses to destroy tumors – is to design viruses that kill tumor cells but not normal cells. Two adenoviruses provide perfect examples of how this specificity can be achieved.

Adenovirus CG0070, designed to treat bladder cancer, and adenovirus O... Read More

Freshman Biology Creative Projects

I am a big believer that different pedagogical approaches can "reach" different students. In most of my classes, I give students an optional assignment: come up with a creative project that explores some aspect of class. This takes several steps. First, I make the students come up with an ide... Read More

Persisters - Small step towards Antibiotic resistance

Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacterium known to produce a natural antibiotic violacein which has other additional properties as well.
Here I was testing the MIC for a range of antibiotics and found a amazing result wherein i could clearly see "persisters" which will at a later s... Read More

Malaria parasite's essential doorway into red blood cells illuminated

Researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute have identified a protein on the surface of human red blood cells that serves as an essential entry point for invasion by the malaria parasite. The presence of this protein, called CD55, was found to be critical to... Read More

Liberia conducts first polio, measles immunizations since Ebola outbreak.

Monrovia, 8 May 2015 – A week-long campaign to vaccinate more than 600,000 children against polio and measles kicks off today in Liberia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the ... Read More

TWiM #103: The battle for iron

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 103 Letters

Bailey writes:


Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!


I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More

Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More

DISEASES LOOM LARGE FOR TROPICAL CORALS

As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks. Read More

Ebola experience is a wake-up call for the WHO

"The WHO, largely unchanged since its creation, is ill-equipped to deal with the disease threats that this new world creates...the recent Ebola outbreak is a case in point. Even the WHO's director-general, Margaret Chan, said her organisation was "overwhelmed" and admitted that a crisis on that ... Read More

Ocean currents disturb methane-eating bacteria

Bacteria that feed on methane can control its concentration once it is released from the ocean floor. This can potentially stop the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. But ocean currents can easily disturb dinner, according to new study in Nature Geoscience.

There is a large, and rel... Read More

Ethics in Science - JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester (video)

JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together.

In this third episode of th... Read More

Loyola shows oral spores of harmless C. difficile prevents repeat infection

In what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team led by Dale Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Administration (VA) research physician and professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, ha... Read More
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