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Why odds are against a large Zika outbreak in the US

Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale outbreaks unlikely, according t... Read More

ASM Announces Tools to Help Authors and Reviewers Alike

Communication of experimental results via publishing is one of the most important steps of the scientific method; if you don’t share your results, how will knowledge within a field grow? A well-written article contextualizes the author’s data into a broader scientific landscape, which allows rea... Read More

Reconstructing a lichen's molecular architecture

Chemist Pieter Dorrestein’s laboratory group has been developing mass spectrometry methods to look at what molecules are produced by microbes interacting in a petri dish. But recently, the group jumped out of the dish and into the dirt—to analyze a soil-dwelling lichen and discover how the molec... Read More

Summer Travel and the Zika Virus #rio2016

Health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid travel to the more than 45 countries and territories in which the Zika virus is circulating. Infection during pregnancy can lead to birth defects in infants, particularly brain damage and abnormally small heads, called microcephaly.

But wit... Read More

Microbiome: A Cultural Revolution

The Microbiome is enjoying some much deserved attention as people are starting to realize that we are not alone in our body.....and its a good thing! Culture was done using a large TSA plate, Serratia marcescens (red), Staphylococcus epidermidis (white, arms and legs), and an unknown environmen... Read More

Ancient Imaginations of the Microbial World

Long before microscopes were invented, ancient physicians and scholars imagined the existence of microbes.

There is one force that advances even more rapidly than human technology. That force is the imagination. In 1916, Albert Einstein imagined invisible ripples in the fabric of the universe... Read More

Scraping away at the complex microbial communities that cause periodontal disease

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

Why attend ABRCMS? Students discuss their experiences

Students are the focus of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting, held most recently November 9-12, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students make up over half the roughly 4,000 program participants, and many participants belo... Read More

Student-Made #SciArt In My Microbiology Lab

In this blogpost, take a tour of some of the artwork that students in my classes have made. I believe that creative approaches can complement learning! Read More

New tool for combating mosquito-borne disease: insect parasite genes

Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe.

The secret to the over-achieving bacterium’s success is its a... Read More

Gonorrhea May Soon Be Resistant to all Antibiotics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the wily Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria may be developing resistance to the only two antibiotics left that can cure the sexually transmitted disease.
The drugs, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, are used in combination to treat gonorr... Read More

Toward better understanding of fecal microbiota transplants

In recent years, researchers have learned that gut microbiota play a role in a number of human diseases, including Clostridium difficile infection, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and autism spectrum disorder. The revelations have scientists hopeful that fecal microbiota transplan... Read More

E. coli: The ideal transport for next-gen vaccines?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? Read More

Using satellite data to tackle microbial threats to aquaculture

The BBSRC and NERC-funded ShellEye project seeks to help shellfish farmers manage threats from harmful algal blooms and E. coli bacteria. The multi-partner ShellEye project brings together industry, government and scientists and aims to develop a satellite-based forecasting system to help fisher... Read More

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each year. However, because the bacteria are resistant to many different antibiotics, treatment options are limited, and often ineffective.

But until now scientists didn't know how MRSA ... Read More

“Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond” Film Screening and Discussion at National Museum of Natural History, Nov 15, 6:30 PM ET

Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What's behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them? Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond is a harrowing documentary that follows scientists into the world's ... Read More

Earliest Signs Of Animal Life May Be From Microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes existed on Earth as far back as 3.7 billion years ago, a billion years after the planet formed. Animal remains, however, don't appear in the fossil record until 600 million years ago during the Ediacaran period, though there are indirect signs that animal life may... Read More

Molecular Analysis and Expression of bap Gene in Biofilm-Forming Multi-Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Reports of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 2016

Abstract

Background: Acinetobacter baumannii is commonly resistant to nearly all antibiotics due to presence of antibiotic resistance genes and biofilm formation. In this study we determined the presence of certain antibiotic-resistance genes associated with biofilm production and the influen... Read More

Age of the Microzoo

In 3500 BCE, Egyptian rulers built a menagerie of exotic creatures within the ancient capital of Hierakonpolis. Archaeologists have found 112 animal skeletons at this site: the first zoo on Earth. But from this earliest exhibition of the natural world through today’s most famous animal displays,... Read More

Bacteriophages seen as plaques in a plaque assay

My introductory microbiology class were able to isolate bacteriophages from raw sewage water using a conventional plaque assay method using E.coli as host grown in nutrient agar. I personally think this is a good experiment because this is the first time that students get to actually "see" virus... Read More
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