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Some foodborne bacteria target the heart

Bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes can cause mild food-poisoning symptoms in healthy individuals, but some strains have an enhanced ability to invade the heart, a new study finds.

The ability to infect the heart, possibly causing serious heart disease, may be due to particular proteins on... Read More

Where antibiotic resistant superbugs come from: biology explained at a "3d grade reading level"

Implante writes, "I'm a TA for a first year med school class and made this module on how antibiotics have driven the development of the MRSA 'superbug' that you hear about in the news. Nothing like making a module for medical students at a 3rd grade reading level. Enjoy!"

And enjoy I did! I h... Read More

Few Students Show Proficiency in Science, Tests Show

On the most recent nationwide science test, about a third of fourth graders and a fifth of high school seniors scored at or above the proficiency level, according to results released Tuesday.

Only one or two students out of every 100 displayed the level of mastery that the federal panel gover... Read More

Researchers Warn of Tularemia in Texas Feral Hogs

After finding evidence in feral hogs of the bacteria that causes tularemia, researchers at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University are warning hunters and ranchers to use caution when handling wild game.

Steve Presley, a zoonotic disease researcher at ... Read More

Animal Farms May Produce Superbugs

Superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, long known to create life-threatening infections in hospital patients, could also be originating from animal farms where antibiotics are used to promote growth, potentially threatening human health, new research suggests.

It's not the pigs causing ... Read More

Household bugs - a risk to human health?

Ludek Zurek and collaborators from Kansas and North Carolina State Universities isolated bacteria from farm pig feces and compared them to the bacteria present in the intestines of the house flies and German cockroaches caught on those farms.

They subjected the bacteria to a range of differe... Read More

New Method Attacks Bacterial Infections on Contact Lenses

Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a new method to fight bacterial infections associated with contact lenses. The method may also have applications for bacterial infections associated with severe burns and cystic fibrosis... Read More

Research shows how pathogenic bacteria hide inside host cells

A new study into Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium which is responsible for severe chronic infections worldwide, reveals how bacteria have developed a strategy of hiding within host cells to escape the immune system as well as many antibacterial treatments. The research, published by EMBO Mol... Read More

When a baby gets a vaccine, who reaps the benefits?

Babies in this country and in Europe are given several immunizations during the first two years of life, and one vaccine that has made a big dent in infant mortality rates is PCV7 – the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. A study coming out in mBio this week shows that the vaccine cuts down... Read More

The Future of Algae Fuels Is … When?

A new study from the Rand Corporation, the global policy think tank based in Santa Monica, Calif., and formed more than 60 years ago to advise the American government on military issues, suggests that Department of Defense is wasting its time exploring alternative fuels.

It raised particular ... Read More

How T cells recognize the bad guys

T cells are the immune system’s guard dogs, attacking pathogens while leaving the body’s own cells alone. Now researchers have mapped the process that T cells use to tell friend from foe.

The process resembles how a person at a party might recognize someone they don’t know well by using that ... Read More

Twitter in Bioinformatics

This is a good demo on how to use the Twitter client TweetDeck to monitor real time information about bioinformatics (or any field for that matter). Read More

Antigen Switching in Malaria - A Classroom Activity

High school students and their teachers participate in a simple activity to demonstrate the interaction between the var antigens malaria parasites display and the patient's immune system. Read More

Bacteria taken to 'doomsday' vault

A WA scientist is flying to the world's "doomsday'' bunker in the Arctic with precious cargo in his luggage - tiny bacteria able to extract nitrogen from air.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, is a coalmine converted into a giant freezer designed to store... Read More

Bad Project (Lady Gaga spoof)

Here's a funny video for anyone who's ever been caught in a bad, seemingly interminable research project... Read More

FDA announces new plan for fighting antimicrobial resistance - effects on pets

Today the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) through their Center for Veterinary medicine announced a comprehensive National Antimicrobial Monitoring System (NARMS) Strategic Plan. Antibiotic resistance among enteric bacteria (those that live in the intestinal tract) has been a major concern for... Read More

Infection rates on the increase

Reported cases of infections such as E.coli have increased by more than a third in the last year, new figures reveal.

There were 4,427 reported blood infections caused by E.coli and other less well-known bacteria such as K pneumoniae and Paeruginosa in 2009, up from 3,207 the previous year.
... Read More

National Academy of Sciences Honors Microbiologists for Major Scientific Contributions

Three members of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) are among the 13 scientists that will be honored by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) with awards recognizing extraordinary scientific achievement in the field of microbiology:

1. Bonnie L. Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Ins... Read More

Some Like it Hot

A guest post on Small Things Considered by S. Marvin Friedman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of CUNY, New York City, reviews the various mechanisms thermophiles and hyperthermophiles may use to proliferate at extreme temperatures. Friedman wonders whether ... Read More

The genius of bacteria

IQ scores are used to assess the intelligence of human beings. Now Tel Aviv University has developed a “Social-IQ score” for bacteria ― and it may lead to new antibiotics and powerful bacteria-based “green” pesticides for the agricultural industry.

An international team led by Prof. Eshel Ben... Read More
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