Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified WHO of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features.
Suspected cases have been increasing very quickly, tripling over the last 2 weeks (see previous notif... Read More
BioSentinel--it sounds like Hollywood’s next big sci-fi film. Rather, it's one of NASA’s upcoming missions, with the goal of studying the long-term effects of radiation on human cells. The mission, run by scientist’s at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be the first biological experiment to take... Read More
A dangerous type of bacteria can not only block their own growth, but also the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants.
The discovery might lead to better ways to fight bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.
“This means we can start to think about ... Read More
This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!
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Antimicrobial-producing Streptomyces species, cultured from Antarctic soil.
7 day culture on ISP4 medium. Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.
Citric Acid Fermentation in a flask. @ www.microbiologylover.wordpress.com https://microbiologylover.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/fungal-magic/ Read More
Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions.
The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was is... Read More
Over the past few years, researchers have gotten a much better idea of the importance of the human microbiome--the trillions of bacteria living in and around our bodies. Now we know that these bacteria can make us more obese, change how our brains work, and are unique to individuals. Although a ... Read More
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus.
The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and ... Read More
Investigators found that nearly half of the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. "Our work suggests... Read More
The recent discovery of a novel antibody that works in an unusual way might inspire ideas for designing more effective vaccines. Among the common pathogens that could be targeted are urinary-tract infecting strains of E. coli. Read More
UNSW Australia researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin - a world-first advance that could lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Read More
Tokay geckos harbor bacteria that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, making them a health concern for pet owners, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers.
Tokay geckos, a type of gecko known for the "to-kay" sound it makes, are caught in the wild and often imported in... Read More
Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment.
When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and anti... Read More
Our two square meters of skin act as a defensive barrier against environmental pathogens but is also covered by beneficial commensal bacteria. We live alongside these bacteria without excessive and unnecessary immune responses, which could destroy the skin's function as a barrier and so make us ... Read More