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First evidence that GM mosquitoes reduce disease

Releasing genetically modified mosquitoes appears to have helped reduce cases of dengue in a town in Brazil. The news comes as the US is considering whether to approve the use of the same mosquitoes.

The trial involved Aedes mosquitoes that had been modified to kill off wild mosquitoes of the... Read More

Tracking how bacteria threaten newborns

For years, researchers have struggled to get a handle on Group B streptococcus (GBS), in the hopes of improving neonatal outcomes. GBS are a bacteria commonly found in the vagina, rectum, and urinary tract of women. In healthy women, the bacteria are commensal, simply living without causing dise... Read More

Rare fungus product reduces resistance to antibiotics

A team from the Vetmeduni Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna succeeded for the first time in extracting the rare compound cPM from a filamentous fungus, applying a special method. Using this substance leads to increased susceptibility of a resistant pathogen... Read More

Researchers Identify New Strategy for Decreasing Neonatal Mortality

Researchers have discovered how the bacteria Group B streptococcus (GBS) avoids detection by the immune system during pregnancy. The findings, reported in the journal mBio, could lead to the development of new drugs and strategies for treating GBS infection, which is a leading cause of neonatal ... Read More

Mold contaminant on yogurt

Mold culture growing on top of a home made yogurt culture. Yogurt was made using whole milk and incubated for 8 hrs at a ~30 degree's C then refrigerated. This culture had been in the refrigerator for over 2 weeks, well past expiration for home made yogurt. The green mold had spore formation ... Read More

Cross-respiration Between Oral Bacteria Leads to Worse Infections

Washington, D.C.—June 28, 2016—Researchers determined that two bacterial species commonly found in the human mouth and in abscesses, cooperate to make the pathogenic bacterium, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, more infectious. Key to the cooperation is that the harmless partner provides th... Read More

Gut bacteria imbalance increases diabetes risk

Currently, scientists think the major contributors to insulin resistance are excess weight and physical inactivity, yet ground-breaking new research by an EU funded European-Chinese team of investigators called MetaHit have discovered that specific imbalances in the gut bacteria can cause insuli... Read More

First known case of female-to-male Zika transmission announced

The first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. Up until now, it was thought that the only likely route of sexual transmission was male-to-female or male-to-male.

The surpris... Read More

New Resistance Gene Found in "High Risk" Multidrug-Resistant Pathogen

Washington, DC – July 11, 2016 – A team of Italian investigators has discovered a new variant of an emerging antibiotic resistance mechanism. The new variant, dubbed mcr-1.2, confers resistance to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens. The researc... Read More

Unknown Environmental Swab from Handrail

Out door wood railing was swabbed onto TSA and grown for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C, then allowed to grow at room temperature for 72 hrs the held at refrigerated temperature for a month. This is a close up of some of the organisms that grew. One was a white circular fungal colony with hyphae, the o... Read More

Fungal contaminant on BEA

Fungal contaminant seen on Bile Esculin Agar (BEA) after several months at refrigerated temperatures. The fungus was circular at the edges with mounding in the center and blackening of the media indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More

TWiP 113: Flying pigs

The TWiP ternion solve the case of the Man from Mexico, and discuss a transgenic toxoplasma vaccine for chickens using Eimeria tenella.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Table Top Color

Swab taken from the lab table top and incubated on TSA for 48 hrs, left at room temperature for 72 hrs then held at refrigerated temperature for a month. Pictured is a colorful mucoid orange yeast (possible rhodotorula) slowly overtaking several other colonies (yellow is a presumable yeast as we... Read More

Unusual contaminant morphology

Unknown contaminant seen growing on Brain Heart Infusion (BHI) agar plate after several months at refrigerated temperatures, The organism grew at the edge of the agar plate interface, was smooth and circular, cream/beige mat at the base which mounded up, the edges or center of the colony had fi... Read More

Bleeding Fungus

Air Collection Data:
Collection Date and Time- February 8, 2016
Weather Conditions and Temperature- 44% relative humidity and 10℃
Collection Location: In the courtyard behind the Savitt Medical Science Building at the University of Nevada, Reno with the collection device facing northeast
Sa... Read More

Lichen Fruiting Bodies

Lichen (Xanthoria spp) Fruiting bodies, disc like structures, seen on the shady side of tree in Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More

Floor swab organism/Swarming

Floor swab was done for a science project. One of the organisms seen was mucoid, opaque in color and had finger like projections (swarming) after growth on TSA at 37 degree's C for 48 hrs. Read More

SECRETS IN THE SANDSTONE OF CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

After seeing living microbial mats forming stromatolites in Yellowstone in Part One, now we go back in time to the Jurassic period - hunting for microbial fossils in the desert of Utah. It's Part Two of the National Park anniversary series, live on the ASM blog! #NPS100 Read More

Serratia marcescens/

Serratia marcescensgrown on TSA for 48 hrs. at 37 degree's C then held at room temp for 24 hrs. Serratia marcescens is circular, mucoid and has a red to oragne pigment due to the production of prodigiosin. Usually the red coloration dose best at reduced temperatures so after initial grown at ... Read More

BacterioFiles 260 - Endoriftia Evacuate Expired Employers

This episode: Bacteria in hydrothermal vents that feed their host tubeworms evacuate when their hosts perish!


(9 MB, 9.8 minutes)


Show notes: 
Journal Paper:

Klose J, Polz MF, Wagner M, Schimak MP, Gollner S, Bright M. 2... Read More

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