That is the amount of money the U.S. spent over a 10-year period from 2004 through 2013 promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the most comprehensive independent study conducted to date of the effort, the... Read More
Though both gingivitis and periodontitis are diseases of the gums, the related ailments are not simply different severities of the same disease, finds a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Researchers confirmed this by investigating the bacterial composition of the sup... Read More
Today in Phys.org, Martyn Dade-Robertson explores the possibility of using microbes to produce natural cement. This process, called biomineralisation, was discovered deep under water off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos.
Future implications for biomineralisation include self-healing ... Read More
Every day, more than 18 million pairs of hands are touching those surfaces in New York’s subway system, the largest in the nation.
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Boston’s T, the United States' fourth busiest mass transit system, sees 569,200 passengers on any given workday. Since each of those people has a... Read More
I'm a graduate student working in mycoplasmology and I must say I've been overjoyed to hear the past few episodes mention our tiny friends!
Elio's mention of their unique mechanism of moving ("Gliding Motility") made... Read More
Scientists have confirmed that the bacteria Nitrospina is present in Antarctic Sea Ice. Nitrospina has "the genetic ability to convert mercury to a potent neurotoxin known as methylmercury". If ingested, this neurotoxin can cause developmental and physical problems for fetuses, babies, and young... Read More
Researchers as the University of Massachusetts are working with Geobacter by manipulating their genetic material. This manipulation makes the bacteria produce filaments of tryptophan, increasing the electrical conductivity of the bacteria by 2,000 times.
The uses for these nanowires could be... Read More
Insight into the biology of rhinovirus C from cryo-electron microscopy, and a novel antibiotic from a commensal bacterium that grows in the human nose, from the doctors of TWiM.
Robots help sort patient samples, test clinical specimens, and analyze the results. Now a study shows that robots, in the form of drones, can help move our samples from place to place, with little effect on the analytical outcome.
Drone transport made a news splash when Amazon proposed using ... Read More
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, scientists believe the nose is engaging in "microbial warfare". Scientists in Germany have identified that Staphylococcus lugdunensis, found in the nose, excretes a compound they named lugdunin. This compound prevents S. aureus from growing. S. aureus ca... Read More
No matter the niche field a scientist pursues, there is one aspect of almost all career paths that scientists have in common: teaching. Whether lecturing a quorum of undergraduates about bacterial genetics, mentoring a research fellow as they learn the lab protocols, or presenting an invited lec... Read More
Mosquito saliva, which is injected into the host as a mosquito probes for a blood vessel, contains a collection of chemicals which include anticoagulants to prevent blood clotting, vasodilators to keep blood vessels wide, and anesthetics to prevent us from sensing the mosquito. Saliva also conta... Read More
A newly discovered microbe is changing the way scientists think about microbes in cold climates. Marinomonas primoryensis was found in Ace Lake, Antarctica, having attached itself to ice via antifreeze proteins. After a few experiments, scientists believe that M. primoryensis attaches to ice b... Read More
The microbes that reside in mice are making it difficult to replicate scientific studies. Despite many researchers best efforts to standardize the environment and conditions that their mice live in, replication isn't always possible. While "cagemates" tend to have the same microbes in their gut,... Read More
A scientist from Columbia University is programming bacteria to "flicker, pulsate, shimmer, flow, and do the wave in a rainbow of neon color". In this video, petri dishes of these glowing bacteria are choreographed to Party Rock Anthem. However, this creative intersection of science and art does... Read More
The Zika epidemic could be over in three years – but by then up to 93.4 million people may have been infected, including 1.65 million women of childbearing age, and tens of thousands of babies could be affected. But even if the epidemic fizzles out, this could be a temporary relief: a decade lat... Read More
Using novel computational and biochemical approaches, scientists have accurately designed and built from scratch 10 large protein icosahedra -- polyhedra with 20 faces -- similar to viral capsids that carry viral DNA. The designed structures are made of two different engineered proteins, present... Read More
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Transmission of Zika virus (ZIKV) was first detected in Colombia in September 2015. As of April 2016, Colombia had reported over 65,000 cases of Zika virus disease (ZVD). We analysed daily surveillance data of ZVD cases reported to the health authorities of San Andres and Girardot, Colombia, bet... Read More