This is a picture of the Christmas tree in the University of Colorado Hospital Microbiology Department.
The tree is adorned with homemade culture plate ornaments (one for each staff member) and topped with a stuffed Staphylococcus aureus microbe. Read More
This episode: Modified probiotic bacteria could reduce life-threatening allergies!
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Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.
This episode: When sensing an infection, mice make sure to keep their gut bacteria well-fed. And it pays off!
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A pink-pigmented strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is shown in the picture. This was photographed in University of Colorado Hospital's clinical lab by the microbiology department. The organism is shown on Mueller-Hinton agar for Kirby-Bauer sensitivity testing.
The pigment pyorubin is responsi... Read More
Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms ... Read More
This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts!
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the retrovirus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates creating challenges for researchers. Now, scientists at the University of M... Read More
The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has sickened over 14,000 people and has killed over 5,100. Health workers from around the world are attempting to halt this deadly disease. On November 19th, the American Society for Microbiology featured two of these health workers, Dr. Joseph ... Read More
This episode: Scientists discover what seem to be ultra-small bacteria, possibly smaller than the theoretical minimum size!
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Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... Read More
CHICAGO -- While studying Yersinia pestis, the bacteria responsible for epidemics of plague such as the Black Death, Wyndham Lathem, Ph.D., assistant professor in microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found a single small genetic change that fundamentall... Read More
This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!
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Photograph of 400X magnified image of biogas digestor sample. A strange spiraled type microbe seen (probably like left handed DNA helix). The microbe is shown with an arrow. Has anyone seen such microbial structure? Read More
Daniel: I was fascinated by your answer to the case from TWIP 91 - the life cycle of the southeast Asian worm (I won't even try to spell it.) Re early symptom coughing & wheezing: if the ED did a chest X-ray out of concern about the lungs, would the... Read More