A particular type of oral bacteria has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study conducted by an international team of researchers.
They believe that the bacterium found in the brain can trigger immune system responses and pathological changes, which could lead to diseases ... Read More
These days we are constantly bombarded by commercial messages urging us to fight germs and rid ourselves of bacteria. But in the right places and amounts, bacteria are actually very valuable to our health and wellness. Under normal circumstances, friendly bacteria found in our digestive system l... Read More
How can something too small to be seen with the naked eye be powerful enough to bring down something like the U.S. Government? It turns out that microbes, mostly invisible, have the extraordinary capacity to affect our lives – through outbreaks of disease and the spread of fear. Twice in hist... Read More
A disease impacting bat colonies in North America has yet to surface in Colorado. However, a new study is giving hope to local wildlife biologists on the look-out for potential outbreaks.
Bats with the white-nose syndrome are prone to immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS), a viru... Read More
Clemson University researchers found that beer pong balls may carry dangerous bacteria, The Associated Press reported.
The balls collected by student researchers from parties over one weekend found salmonella, listeria, E. coli and staph, according to the AP. The study found a high level of b... Read More
National Institute of BioMedical Genomics (NIBMG), an autonomous Institute by the Government of India, located around 50 Kms away from Kolkata, a metropolitan city of India. This institute is known to be the only Institute in India devoted with the researches on “Biomedical Genomics”. Dr. Partha... Read More
Defective viruses, thought for decades to be essentially garbage unrelated to the transmission of normal viruses, now appear able to play an important role in the spread of disease, new research by UCLA life scientists indicates.
Defective viruses have genetic mutations or deletions that eli... Read More
This book briefly describes the basic molecular bacteriology including bacterial
Chromosome, molecular techniques used in bacteriology, quorum sensing, Bacterial signal
transduction, gene transfer among bacteria in the natural environment, mitochondrial DNA,
Index and References……...
ISBN144... Read More
Hi Drs. Despommier and Racaniello,
This week you wondered why the immune-activating receptor for Toxoplasma gondii, TLR11, is present in mice but not in humans. You noted that it looks like there's no selective pressure keeping it around in us an... Read More
Scientists from the University of Sheffield believe they have found life arriving to Earth from space after sending a balloon to the stratosphere.
The team, led by Professor (Hon. Cardiff and Buckingham Universities) Milton Wainwright, from the University’s Department of Molecular Biology and... Read More
Toxoplasma is a common 'cat parasite', and has previously been in the spotlight owing to its observed effect on risk-taking and other human behaviours. To some extent, it has also been associated with mental illness. A study led by researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden now demonstrate... Read More
It's well known how bacteria exposed to antibiotics for long periods will find ways to resist the drugs -- by quickly pumping them out of their cells, for instance, or modifying the compounds so they're no longer toxic.
Now new research has uncovered another possible mechanism of antibiotic "... Read More
A new antibiotic named Epimerox has been developed by scientists at the Rockefellar University and Astex Pharmaceuticals. These scientists have demonstrated that Epimerox effectively killed a wide-range of bacteria including the drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). This antibiotic was develop... Read More
Professors, you've discussed this idea before, but I thought you'd enjoy this nice summary from Nature:
Biologist Daniel Smith crouched in an empty patient room at the new University of Chicago hospital and dragged a white cotton swab across the gleaming tile.
Smith studied the dust-smudged tip before breaking it off into a plastic tube labeled "floor."
"A good sample for us," said Smith, se... Read More