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Insect growth regulator wears a second hat: Infection fighter

During an animal's embryonic development, a chemical chain reaction known as Hippo directs organs to grow to just the right size and no larger. Now Johns Hopkins researchers working with laboratory flies report that this signaling pathway also plays a role in revving up the insects' immune syste... Read More

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

DURHAM, N.C. -- Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can't detect. Read More

Harvest your gold from agar plate!

Organism: Micrococcus luteus, media: blood agar, colony: golden color
Micrococcus luteus is a Gram-positive, to Gram-variable, nonmotile, Coccus, saprotrophic bacterium that belongs to the family Micrococcaceae. M. luteus can produce a special pigment that is capable of absorbing wavelengths fr... Read More

Virologists, start your poliovirus destruction!

I have worked on poliovirus for over thirty-six years, first as a posdoctoral fellow with David Baltimore in 1979, and then in my laboratory at Columbia University. The end of that research commences this year with the destruction of my stocks of polioviruses. Read More

TWiM #120: Snakes in trouble

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Elio Schaechter.


Vincent and Elio marvel in the finding that a phage tail-like struc... Read More

Does the Asian citrus psyllid’s bacteria spread citrus greening?

Helpful bacteria that live in the insect that transmits the pathogen associated with citrus greening disease may play a role in the pathogen’s spread.

A new study of the citrus greening bacterium’s effects on its insect vector, the Asian citrus psyllid, reveals multiple changes within the ins... Read More

TWiP 101: Is it round or is it flat?

The doctors TWiP solve the case of the Woman with White Worms, and explore the role of a secreted growth factor from a carcinogenic parasite in wound healing and angiogenesis.


Hosts:  Read More

Meet the young women leading the way in Ethiopia’s TB fight

More than 40,000 women – some as young as 16 – have been recruited to carry out tasks normally only done by doctors and nurses: give childhood vaccinations, provide antenatal care, screen for deadly diseases and supervise their treatment.

In a post-Ebola world, these health-extension workers ... Read More

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A chromosome in every cell: PprA funcitons in chromosome segregation after Deinococcus radiodurans irradiation

Exposure to reactive oxygen species, exposure to ionizing radiation, exposure to UV light – all of these are dangerous because of their potential to alter DNA sequences. Changes in DNA can affect a protein coding sequence, potentially influencing its function, but changes in regulatory regions c... Read More

Resistance to key HIV drug 'concerningly common'

HIV drug resistance to tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug vital to most modern HIV treatment and prevention strategies, is surprisingly and worryingly common according to a large study led by UCL (University College London) and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read More

TWiV 374: Discordance in B

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Purple Mushroom/Fungus, underside

Purple mushroom seen after several day of heavy rain in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree. in Santa Cruz, CA. This mushrrom had been knocked over exposing the underside of the cap. The cap was smooth and almost mucoid, gills were not attached to the stem Read More

HITTING INFECTIONS HARD CAN BE ‘THE WORST THING TO DO’

The standard practice of treating infections with the highest tolerable dose of antibiotic medications may not always be best way of preventing the evolution of drug resistance, a new study suggests. Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! MicrobeArt

We did that on the occasion of Merry Christmas!

Basic medium is MH.
Only Pseudomonas aeurginosa obtained by the incubation.
Other colonies were obtained form indicated mediums below and transferred to MH medium with the help of inoculation loop.

Green - Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Pink - E.c... Read More

Purple Mushroom/Fungus

Purple mushroom seen after several day of heavy rain in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree. in Santa Cruz, CA The cap was smooth and almost mucoid, gills were not attached to the stem Read More

Myxomicota

There is a special micro-environment in Rancocas Woods where there are several kinds of slimes and jelly fungi. There are yellow, purple and white jelly f.; there are black tiny dots -no identified yet, and hard black balls; there are yellow drops and Lindbladia tubulina a slime that looks like... Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #4

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The fungus was yellow/orange two toned color, slimy, and had an undulating appearance. Read More

insect-egg mass slime

Yesterday I was walking in the woods, looking for fungi and slime and my eye caught sight of something yellow on the ground. It looked like insect eggs but I said, "It is impossible, it is winter!" I touched and it came apart. It was made out of many yellow long egg-like units. I left and few mi... Read More

Defining the rate-limiting processes of bacterial cytokinesis

This paper addresses some fundamental unanswered questions in microbiology: is the cytoskeletal cell division ring a major driving force for bacterial cytokinesis as it is for eukaryotes? If so, what is the mechanism? If not, what process is the major driving force?

One key technique that we ... Read More
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