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Airborne Environmental Isolate

Media is poured in bulk in our lab for classroom use. Although contamination is low we do see airborne contamination especially durning the rainy season. This is an unknown airborne environmental isolate on Mueller-Hinton agar exhibiting a single circular colony. White hyphal growth can be see... Read More

Why a bacterium got its curve — and why biologists should know

Drawing from his engineering background, Princeton University researcher Alexandre Persat had a notion as to why the bacteria Caulobacter crescentus are curved — a hunch that now could lead to a new way of studying the evolution of bacteria, according to research published in the journal Nature ... Read More

UEA researchers discover Achilles’ heel in antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in the race to solve antibiotic resistance.

New research published today in the journal Nature reveals an Achilles’ heel in the defensive barrier which surrounds drug-resistant bacterial cells.

The findings pave the way f... Read More

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

Genomes provide clues for treating leukemia, endometrial cancers

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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

Deadly Human Pathogen Cryptococcus Fully Sequenced

DURHAM, NC - Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival. These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why pathogens like Cryptococcus neoformans -- a fungus responsible for a million cases of pneumonia and... Read More

Second American infected with Ebola

A second American aid worker in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola, according to the Christian humanitarian group she works for.

Nancy Writebol is employed by Serving in Mission, or SIM, in Liberia and was helping the joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse team that is treating Ebola patients in Monr... Read More

Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified

Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.

The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By inducing immun... 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 - 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

‘Wormy’ Pills Might Fend Off Autoimmune Diseases

Scientists have identified peptides from parasitic hookworms that can calm the body’s immune response and perhaps pave the way to treat autoimmune diseases.

Experts believe the peptide molecules could help explain why worm infections can effectively treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ... 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

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

Progress in the fight against harmful fungi

A group of researchers at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories has created one of the three world's largest gene libraries for the Candida glabrata yeast, which is harmful to humans. Molecular analysis of the Candida glabrata fungus mutations led to the discovery of 28 new genes that are partly respon... 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

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

Killer Silk: Making Silk Fibers That Kill Anthrax and Other Microbes in Minutes

A simple, inexpensive dip-and-dry treatment can convert ordinary silk into a fabric that kills disease-causing bacteria -- even the armor-coated spores of microbes like anthrax -- in minutes, scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. They describe a range of pot... 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

ASM GM 2012 - The Role of Non-Food Animals in the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance


On the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and animals, the first thing that comes to mind is livestock and other farm-based ani... Read More

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