This episode: Some bacteria have been discovered that construct multiple types of magnet in their cells!
In a lead editorial the New York Times argues why the recent research on avian influenza H5N1 should not be published, and why it constitutes a threat to humanity. They get all of the facts wrong, and base their opinions on incorrect science. Among the problems: they flatly state that 600 humans... Read More
You vacuum your house religiously to get rid of all the dust, dirt, and bacteria and make sure your indoor air is up to snuff.
But new research suggests that some vacuum cleaners may actually be making things worse, not better.
Certain vacuum cleaners spit fine dust and bacteria back into ... Read More
Having more types of bacteria on your skin might not sound very desirable, but it could save you from a mosquito bite, according to a study published in PLoS ONE on Dec. 28.
Human skin is host to a wide range of microorganisms, many of which metabolize components in sweat to produce compounds... Read More
A new bio-nanotechnology developed by Taiwanese researchers may soon help detect bacteria in blood samples quickly, without the need for long culture processes.
The new technology can help get much faster and more precise initial test results of infections and reduce the chance of fatalities... Read More
Bacteria and other microbes love living in slimy communities that cling to riverbed rocks and swimming pool walls, contaminate factory equipment and medical implants, and sometimes coat the teeth as plaque. When such microbe gatherings stick to a hard surface, they’re called biofilms. They're al... Read More
This is a short trailer advertising a new science thriller novel loaded with accurate microbiology. I'm the author, so I'm biased, but reviewers have said about PETROPLAGUE "the science is utterly believable" and it's in "the top five on my best of 2011 list". You can read an excerpt for free ... Read More
The appearance of circular, entire, opaque colonies on the surface of a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More
Ira Flatow of Science Friday will host a panel discussion on the issues surrounding a federal advisory board that has urged scientific journals not to publish the research from two labs that have developed an airborne bird flu virus (H5N1). Virologist Vincent Racaniello and Biosecurity expert D.... Read More
The controversial Andrew Wakefield, MBBS, whose now largely discredited research ignited the vaccine-autism furor, has filed a defamation suit in a Texas court against BMJ, its editor, and an investigative journalist over a series of articles published last January.
The articles, by Brian Dee... Read More
For years, medical professionals and the livestock industry have made great efforts not to overuse antibiotics, but drug-resistant microorganisms continue to thrive.
Hua Wang thinks she knows why: Antibiotic usage is just one of the factors causing resistance, she said.
"Antibiotic resista... Read More
The FDA is sending mixed signals: It unveiled new limits this week on one class of livestock antibiotics, two weeks after scrapping a 34-year push to limit two others. All three can promote drug-resistant bacteria, aka superbugs.
If you didn't keep up with the Federal Register over the holida... Read More
U.S. Early Career Scientists: Submit your application by January 10 for the opportunity to collaborate with Australian colleagues!
Managed jointly by the ASM and the Australian Society for Microbiology, the Millis-Colwell Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists will provide a U.S. scient... Read More
Recent reports that two teams of scientists had genetically altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have provoked fear, even outrage, in some quarters.
Biosecurity advisers to the American government, which paid for the research, have urged that full details not be published for... Read More
Of the top 10 most blogged articles in 2011 from the Chronicle of Higher Education, one article is on Johne’s disease, a contagious, chronic and sometimes fatal infection that primarily affects the small intestine of cows, sheep and other ruminants. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium av... Read More