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First Ever Antimicrobial Classroom Eliminates 96% of Germs

Classrooms and schools are among the most germ-ridden environments humans interact with. With illness plaguing the building year-round, every appliance is a source of sickness and contamination. In a recent experiment, BioCote, in partner with several product manufacturers, coated one UK classro... Read More

More secondary schooling reduces HIV risk

Boston, MA -- Longer secondary schooling substantially reduces the risk of HIV infection--especially for girls--and could be a very cost-effective way to halt the spread of the virus, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In a study in Botswana, researchers fou... Read More

Scientists identify 'decoy' molecule that could help sharply reduce risk of flu death

Baltimore, June 26 -- The flu virus can be lethal. But what is often just as dangerous is the body's own reaction to the invader. This immune response consists of an inflammatory attack, meant to kill the virus. But if it gets too aggressive, this counterattack can end up harming the body's own ... Read More

What could this colony be ?

Dear Members,

I happen to come across some colonies (I thinks its a bacterium) on some left over yoghurt and was wondering if someone could help me to identify it.

About the colonies.

I had left some yoghurt in the fridge for some days. I noticed that the yoghurt surface has been stain... Read More

Transgenic crops

Is there a change needed in the defining of transgenic crops as unnatural? It looks like cultivated sweet potato possess and expresses T-DNA from Agrobacterium species according to an article published a couple of months ago in PNAS

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/18/5844.abstract
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BacterioFiles 219 - Fungi Facilitate Photosynthetic Fuels

This episode: Fungi can act like sticky nets to help harvest algae for biofuels!


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new way for Pseudomonas aeruginosa identification in water

I wanted to identify the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water but unfortunately I had just cetrimide agar without a filter of 0,45 µm or even pre-sterilized plastic unit . I decided to use zeolite resin to trap any bacteria in water so I took the resin and I disinfected it and I heated i... Read More

Unwashed vs washed hand

Students in the summer STEM program at Cabrillo (these were college age students) were asked to do a handprint of their unwashed hand then of their hand after washing. This is a before and after of what the majority of the plates looked like. Plates were incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C ... Read More

TWiV 343: The silence of the turnips

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Celebrating the SCOTUS ruling in the micro lab

A colorful array of agar plates to represent the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement. The Supreme Court of the United States voted to legalize gay marriage nationwide on Friday, June 26, 2015. These plates had several drops of food coloring mixed in before they were poured. Read More

Love ASM? How about our website? Take our survey and enter for a free registration to #Microbe2016

The American Society for Microbiology is in the process of redesigning their website (www.asm.org) and would love your feedback. By completing the survey you can have a chance to win a free regis... Read More

New study reveals key part of Ebola virus life cycle at higher resolution than ever before

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) reveals a key part of the Ebola virus life cycle at a higher resolution than ever before. The research sheds light on how Ebola virus assembles—and how researchers might stop the often-fatal infection. Read More

Rapid Ebola diagnostic successful in field trial

A new test can accurately diagnose Ebola virus disease within minutes, providing clinicians with crucial information for treating patients and containing outbreaks. Read More

Hunger Games

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This plate contains Streptomyces coelicolor and two Actinomyces recently isolated from the soil. Actinomyces are well known for their production of secondary metabolites, among which antibiotics and anti-tumour agents. This plate shows grey and pink Actinomyces with a very dark br... Read More

Methylobacterium aquaticum strain NO00 the guardian of rice

Methylobacterium aquaticum strain NO00 (KR920749) grown over rice grain. It can produce phytohormones and other beneficial metabolites for the plant. M. aquaticum is a plant growth promoting (PGP) bacteria". Its pink-biofilm, can help with water-stress and protect the plant against pathogens. Read More

Prions in plants

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease of cervids (deer, elk, moose) that is potentially a threat to human health. A role for environmental prion contamination in transmission is supported by the finding that plants can take up prions from the soil and transmit them to animals. Read More

"Self Portrait"

This portrait was designed using the natural pigments found in local environmental microbial isolates to depict a student's image. A senior, working on her year long thesis and in my upper level microbiology elective, created this portrait (which is beautifully accurate) and attached it to her f... Read More

Reenergizing antibiotics in the war against infections

(BOSTON) - Antibiotics are the mainstay in the treatment of bacterial infections, and together with vaccines, have enabled the near eradication of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, at least in developed countries. However, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to an alarming rise in resis... Read More

Multidrug-resistant TB appears less transmissible in households than drug-susceptible TB

Some strains of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) may have a lower fitness (be less capable of spreading) than drug-susceptible tuberculosis bacteria, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Louis Grandjean of Imperial College London, and colleag... Read More

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars #syntheticbiology

It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, her... Read More
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