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Strategic Self-Sabotage? MRSA Inhibits Its Own Growth

Scientists at the University of Western Ontario have uncovered a bacterial mystery. Against all logic, the most predominant strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in North American produces an enzyme that degrades skin secretions into compounds that are toxic to itself. Th... Read More

TWiM 87 Letters

Varun writes:


Greetings TWiM Profz,


As a perso... Read More

Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials.

"EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement... Read More

BacterioFiles 183 - Simplex-Sick Stem Cell Salve

This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells!


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Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Scientists cleaning out an old laboratory on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., last week came across a startling discovery: vials labeled "variola" — in other words, smallpox.

Under international convention, there are supposed to be only two stashes of this deadly vir... Read More

TWiP 73 letters

Robin writes:


Liquids


Liquids are capable of forming a gas-liquid interface: maintenance of the surface requires adequate pressure in the gas. Adequate in this instance means a gas pressure greater than the vaporisation pressure in the liquid. The gas pressure... Read More

Pitt-Developed Vaccine Proves Effective Against Deadly Middle East Virus

A vaccine developed by an international team of scientists led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine successfully protects mice against a contagious and deadly virus spreading across the Middle East. The vaccine is a promising candidate for immunizing camels, thought to be the sourc... Read More

ASM GM 2014 - This Week in Virology #286: Boston TWiV Party

The American Society for Microbiology hosted a live podcast of This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello with co-host Alan Dove that includes guests Paul Duprex, Director of Cell and Tissue Imaging Core, Boston University, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), and Ju... Read More

D- Zone Test for phenotypic detection of Inducible clindamycin Resistance

A positive D test indicates that the presence of macrolide-inducible resistance to clindamycin produced by an inducible methylase enzyme that alters the common ribosomal binding site for macrolides, clindamycin and the group B streptogrammins (quinupristin). This cross-resistance, called the ML... Read More

Scientists Call for Investigation of Mysterious Cloud-like Collections in Cells

About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don’t know what they do — even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the life of a c... Read More

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

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ASM GM 2012 - Microbial Analysis of Environmental Surfaces in Hotel Rooms

A survey of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms.  Participants will discuss the results of this survey, the first step in to objectively ass... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº248. ¿Y si todavía está ahí? (What if it's still there?)



























"El podcast del microbio" Nº 248 deals with the findings of the “suspected” smallpox scab fragments in the Virginia Historical S... Read More

ASM GM 2012 - One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment


The he... Read More

ASM GM 2012 - Microbial Colonization and the Host: Do the Colonists Reshape the Landscape?


Traditionally, colonization of a host has been described in terms of a microbial community that does not affect the host, but recen... Read More

ICAAC 2012 - Seasonal Flu Vaccine and Pandemic Flu Severity

Seasonal flu vaccines are targeted for strains of the influenza virus that public health officials believe will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. While the vaccine primes the ... Read More

Recruiting bacteria to be technology innovation partners

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineer... Read More

ASM GM 2012 - When Good Bugs Go Bad: Microbiome Dynamics and Disease

The human microbiome consists of thousands of viral and microbial species which inhabit the human body and have co-evolved with us to protect against pathogens, regulate organ function and supply nutrients and other factors essential for health.  When these members fall out of balance, i... Read More

ASM GM 2012 - The Latest News from the Human Microbiome Project


The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been a 5-year endeavor to produce community resources to support the field of human microbiome... Read More

ASM GM 2012 - Antibiotic Exposure, The Microbiome and Obesity

 


A number of variables can cause signficant changes in the human microbiome early in life including birth method and antib... Read More

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