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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 154 - Improving Integration in Inherited Illness

This episode: Scientists figure out how to improve retroviral targeting in the genome, to make gene therapy safer!


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The Energizer Bacterium

Many bacteria have a trick for surviving a water shortage: They dry up like raisins and turn into spores, protecting their essential genetic code. But moisten a spore and it swells right up again.

Those capabilities give bacterial spores some interesting potential as an energy source, as scie... Read More

Celebrity portraits grown out stars' own bacteria

Well-known faces including Stephen Fry and Carol Vorderman are helping make art out of science by taking part in an experiment to grow portraits using their own bacteria.

The celebrities teamed up with American microbiologist and photographer Zachary Copfer to make the images by contributing ... Read More

Fla. dolphins harbor potentially deadly bacteria

One in every three bottlenose dolphin tested in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Atlantic coast has antibodies to a bacteria that can make them more vulnerable to other deadly infections, according to a new study.

The finding comes as researchers struggle to figure out what has caused a r... Read More

TWiV 271: To bee, or not to bee, that is the infection

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TWiP 66: A nitrile warhead for Chagas disease

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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To my great delight, I just discovered your podcasts twiv, twim and twip.


The first twip I heard, about Strongyloides stercoralis, although informative and interesting, seemed to have several inaccuracies. I w... Read More

The Quest for a Field Guide to the Microbes - a talk by Jonathan Eisen

A talk by Jonathan Eisen for the "Science in the River City" gathering of science teachers. Read More

Top chefs, artisanal food producers, and microbiologists join forces to explore new tastes and textures

Chefs from top-notch restaurants are reaching out to microbiologists, seeking advice that goes beyond traditional food safety or conventional food-processing concerns. With or without professional scientific advice, some chefs and food producers are doing their own microbiological experiments, s... Read More

2014 ICAAC Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Help ASM honor deserving colleagues and young investigators by nominating for the Cubist-ICAAC and ICAAC Young Investigator Awards. The Cubist-ICAAC Award recognizes an outstanding scientist who is active in antimicrobial research, while the ICAAC Young Investigator Awards honor a superb young r... Read More

Dawn attack: how plants anticipate pathogen infection

Like animals, plants are susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. While animals have a wide variety of immune cells and in some cases an interconnected immune system plants must rely on other methods to fight infection. A recent news bulletin from the Howard Hughes Medical Ins... Read More

Microbe vs. Mineral - A Life and Death Struggle in the Desert

Although the bursts of rainbow colors in this photograph are mesmerizing, microbes fight for their lives in the background. Chemist Michael P. Zach of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, snapped this image of a salt sample he collected in a hot, arid valley near Death Valley National Park... Read More

New China bird flu a reminder of mutant virus risk

The death of a woman in China from a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans is a reminder of the ever-present potential pandemic threat from mutating animal viruses, scientists said on Wednesday.

The new strain, called H10N8, has so far infected only two people - a fatal case in a 73... Read More

Bacterial fibers critical to human, avian infection

Escherichia coli – a friendly and ubiquitous bacterial resident in the guts of humans and other animals – may occasionally colonize regions outside the intestines. There, it can have serious consequences for health, some of them lethal.

In a new study conducted in assistant professor Melha M... Read More

Pictures Considered #13. How Many Things Can Be Illustrated In One Picture?

This transmission EM of a thin section of a T2 phage infecting an E. coli cell was produced by Lee Simon in the late 1960’s. It is noteworthy for depicting a remarkably large number of properties of the phage and of the infection process. Can you figure out how many such characteristics are illu... Read More

Appearance of lyme disease rash can help predict how bacteria spreads through body

Lyme disease is often evident by a rash on the skin, but infections do not always produce similar rashes. This can make it difficult to detect the disease early, when antibiotic treatment is most effective. Researchers describe a new mathematical model that captures the interactions between dise... Read More

Scientists create potential vaccine ingredient for childhood respiratory disease (RSV)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have invented a new method for designing artificial proteins, and have used it to make key ingredients for a candidate vaccine against a dangerous virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a significant cause of infant mortality. The virus has ... Read More

When cats bite: One in three patients bitten in hand hospitalized, infections common

Dogs aren’t the only pets who sometimes bite the hands that feed them. Cats do too, and when they strike a hand, can inject bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection. Cat bites to the hand are so dangerous, one in three patients with such wounds had to be hospi... Read More

Beijing smog contains witches' brew of microbes

Metagenomic survey reveals traces of pathogens and allergens in the city’s air. For people racked by the dreaded ‘Beijing cough’, it is all too clear that particles in the city’s thick smogs pose a public-health problem. But much less clear is the impact — or even the identity — of the microbes ... Read More

You'll Want To Wash Your Hands Immediately After Reading This (Infographic)

Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something.

Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected person's sneeze or snot. Some can even stay on a surface for months, given the right conditions. While the ability of these microorganisms to actual... Read More
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