There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibi... Read More
This episode: Some bacterial DNA sequence seems to integrate into human cells, especially in cancerous tissue!
OHSU researchers, in partnership with scientists from several other institutions, have published two new research papers that signal how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean. In both cases, the researchers were focused on ocean-based mollusks -- ... Read More
This episode: Pathogen's CRISPR-Cas system (for defense against viruses) can be modified to change gene expression in mammals!
Vincent and Ian... Read More
Vincent Racaniello speaks with Professor Harald zur Hausen, recipient of the 2013 Society for General Microbiology Prize Medal for "work that has had a far-reaching impact beyond microbio... Read More
One of the most famous pictures of the Vaadhoo Island comes from a night where dots of light seemed to float to the shore. They made the cost look like it was covered in stars.
At night, it is not uncommon for Bio-luminescent microbes called Phytoplankton to be seen along the coast, though even... Read More
This episode: New giant virus discovered, with a genome larger than that of some eukaryotes!
This episode: Modern hunter-gatherers have very different gut microbes from people from agricultural societies!
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The bug lives harmlessly in the noses of about a third of us. But it can turn rogue, causing skin infections—or worse. Heavy use of antibiotics since the middle of the last century has prompted the evolution of deadly superbug strains. Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support from School of L... Read More
This episode: Slime mold cells carry bacteria with them, some for food and some for chemical warfare!
This episode: With guest host Susan Gardner! We discuss nitrogen-fixing plant-friendly bacteria that help plants grow in copper-contaminated soil, helping to clean it up!
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Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.
The team are the first to observe at a single-molecule level how the genetic material (genome) that... Read More
Scientists have discovered bacteria that eats toxic material and, well, poops pure gold. This microbial magician, named Cupriavidus metallidurans, when placed in a minilab full of gold chloride, a nasty toxin, gobbled up the poison and, in about a week, processed it out as 24-karat nuggets of th... Read More
This episode: Scientists figure out how to improve retroviral targeting in the genome, to make gene therapy safer!
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