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TWiV 315: Must be something in the water

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.


Hosts: Vincen... Read More

"The Great Plate Count Anomaly" that is no more

For over a century, microbiologists have been using growth media solidified with agar to culture microbes from environmental samples. Individual cells are easily separated on the solid surface, allowing each cell to grow and divide and form a colony of thousands of clones. We can change the nutr... Read More

BacterioFiles 195 - CRISPR/Cas Cuts Cancer Causers

This episode: Bacterial antivirus system could treat chronic herpes virus infections!


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100 Years of Bubonic Plague

People may think of the plague as a disease from centuries past, but more than 1,000 people in the United States have become infected with plague in the last 100 years, according to a new study.

The researchers examined cases of plague in the United States from 1900 to 2012. During that time ... Read More

Imaging Technique Reveals Bacterial Biofilms in Colon Cancer Patients

Since the first “catalog” of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. This week, scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon (the part nearest to ... Read More

The Microbe Mineral Makeover

Scientists review decades of work into bacterial proteins that transform iron and other minerals for energy and growth.

Cleaning up polluted soil and growing crops for biofuels benefit from a deeper understanding of how microbes alter subsurface minerals. Scientists at Pacific Northwest Natio... Read More

Ebola Experts Seek to Expand Testing

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is approaching the one-year mark, with no clear end in sight. At present, fewer than one in five people with Ebola is diagnosed within two days of becoming infectious, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet in the absence of a safe and effective vac... Read More

An Evolutionary Battle Against Bacteria

Every disease has a history. Some of that history is written in books, and some is written in our DNA.

The earliest records of meningitis — an infection of the membranes that line the brain — reach back to 1685. The British physician Thomas Willis described fevered patients, some of whom suff... Read More

Commensal bacteria were critical shapers of early human populations

Using mathematical modeling, researchers at New York and Vanderbilt universities have shown that commensal bacteria that cause problems later in life most likely played a key role in stabilizing early human populations. The finding, published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the Americ... Read More

Underground microbes are social creatures, says a new study

A latest study led by University of Oslo and Dartmouth College researches shows that the underground microbes are actually social creatures and has swap genes for eons. It is expected that because oil reservoirs are spread deep inside the planet like distant islands in the ocean these creatures ... Read More

Waxworm Gut Bacteria Can Degrade Plastic Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: http://www.asianscientist.com/2014/12/in-the-lab/waxworm-gut-bacteria-degrade-plastic/

The gut bacteria of a plastic-eating worm could help to break down the plastic waste clogging up landfills, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology.

Plastic remains in the environment for years without breaking down, contributing significantly to litter and landf... Read More

These Crazy Bacteria-Filled Spacesuits May Be What Let Us Survive On Other Planets

If you want to visit the moons of Jupiter or Saturn someday, you might end up wearing a 3-D-printed spacesuit filled with bacteria. An ordinary spacesuit wouldn't be enough to survive the crushing gravity, toxic air, and wild temperature extremes of interplanetary travel. But living, growing wea... Read More

Oil-dwelling bacteria are social creatures in Earth's deep biosphere

Oil reservoirs are scattered deep inside the Earth like far-flung islands in the ocean, so their inhabitants might be expected to be very different, but a new study led by Dartmouth College and University of Oslo researchers shows these underground microbes are social creatures that have exchang... Read More

Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

"The Holy Scriptures teach us that the realization of this wonderful plan covers all that is around us, and that came out of the thought and the heart of God," Pope Francis said, as quoted by Italian news site Resapubblica. The Pope added that "heaven is open to all creatures..."

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Advances in electron microscopy reveal secrets of HIV and other viruses

UC Davis researchers are getting a new look at the workings of HIV and other viruses thanks to new techniques in electron microscopy developed on campus. Read More

Christmas tree :-)

Most of the strains used belong to the Bacillus genus and the rest are just random colorful petri dish contaminants. :-)

Author: Rositsa Tashkova, Université de Nantes, France Read More

Latest research by NTU discovers reasons for malaria’s drug resistance

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered exactly how the malaria parasite is developing resistance towards the most important front-line drugs used to treat the disease.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne parasite which affects over 60 million people worldwide and in se... Read More

Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Imagine that scientists wanted to take Ebola virus and see if it could ever become airborne by deliberately causing mutations in the lab and then searching through those new viruses to see if any spread easily through the air.

Would that be OK?

The question was posed by David Relman, a mic... Read More

Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range.

From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendag... Read More

Small Things Considered Retrospective, December 2014

As is our custom at this time of year, we go over the material that has appeared in this blog over the last six months. Seems like a lot of stuff, but it’s the result of the work of quite a number of dedicated people, all of whom deserve our gratitude.

Structure and Function

Chromosome Org... Read More
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