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Flu season comes early; most are swine variety

Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states — nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said Friday.

The highest concentration of flu cases is in the Southeast and a few other states, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control a... Read More

Global warming and how the spread of a rare algae species may benefit coral reefs

"A rare opportunity has allowed a team of biologists to evaluate corals and the essential, photosynthetic algae that live inside their cells before, during, and after a period in 2005 when global warming caused sea-surface temperatures in the Caribbean Ocean to rise.

The team, led by Penn Sta... Read More

Wolbachia and the evolution of butterflies

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have traced the evolution of a species of tropical butterfly, infected with a bacterium that kills males, by comparing current butterfly populations with more than 200 museum specimens.

The bacteria, called Wolbachia, are a parasitic microbe and are k... Read More

Microbe Metabolism Harnessed To Produce Fuel

NSF-supported researchers use synthetic biology technology to engineer the next generation of biofuels.

Jay Keasling, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, is leading a team of scientists in an effort to manipulate the chemistry within bacteria so they... Read More

MTS35 - Michael Cunliffe - The Ocean's Living Skin



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File Under 'Cool Art Department' - Glass Microbiology

UK Artist Luke Jerram has created a series of glass sculptures of microbes, including E. coli and the Smallpox virus. In fact, a colored image of an earlier HIV sculpture he made that was taken by photographer David Sayer won an award from the Institute of Medical Imaging in 2007. Several works ... Read More

NIAID launches H1N1 influenza vaccine trials for pregnant women

The first trial testing a candidate 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in pregnant women is launching this week, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced today.

"Women are at higher risk of developing severe illness if th... Read More

Pandemic H1N1 can infect cells deep in the lungs, say researchers from the Imperial College London

Pandemic swine flu can infect cells deeper in the lungs than seasonal flu can, according to a new study published today in Nature Biotechnology. The researchers, from Imperial College London, say this may explain why people infected with the pandemic strain of swine-origin H1N1 influenza are mor... Read More

Where in the body does bacteria go? Use bioluminescence

By attaching light-emitting genes to infectious bacteria in an experimental system, researchers at University College, Cork, Ireland, have been able to track where in the body the bacteria go – giving an insight into the path of the infection process leading to the development of more targeted t... Read More

ExxonMobil plans to spend $600 million to engineer 'superior' algae

"The production of biofuels from algae gained new prominence this summer when ExxonMobil announced that it will invest up to $600 million in the technology. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) formed a research and development alliance in July to explore the production of biofuels from ... Read More

Coxsackievirus in Infants May Persist Long-term in the Central Nervous System

A new study suggests that coxsackievirus, a significant human pathogen that commonly infects the central nervous system of newborns, may persist in the body as a low-level, long-term infection causing ongoing inflammatory lesions. This discovery disputes previous beliefs that while acute, coxsac... Read More

Can Gene Expression Profiling make it Possible to Predict Deadly Infections in Cattle?

A new study suggests that gene expression profiling may allow researchers to track the progression of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and ultimately predict their infectious status. The researchers from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Surrey, United Ki... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 19



La transferencia horizontal de genes


Las bacterias pueden adquirir nuevos genes a través de un proceso conocido como “transferencia horizontal de genes”. Las células pueden c... Read More

Aspergillus spp.

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New genomic model defines microbes by diet

'The model we describe is useful in studying whole marine microbial communities, or metagenomes, to better understand how communities in specific locations are evolving,' said senior author Rick Cavicchioli of the University of New South Wales. 'In essence, by analysing and comparing the strateg... Read More

Peter Palese on H1N1/Influenza, Porcine and Otherwise

Peter Palese, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Mt. Sinai, explains H1N1/swine flu, the natural herd immunity that all humans share against it, and the reasons why the elderly stand at a lesser risk of contracting the virus.
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Saliva-brewed Beer

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales' founder Sam Calagione has commercially produced several unique beers over the years, including the Midas Touch, created from sediment found on drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas in Turkey, and Chateau Jiahu, inspired by trace ingredients from a 9,000-year-... Read More

Not-so-stupid microbe tricks

Did you hear the one about the microbes that send out electricity through their hair? Or the one about the germs that actually clean up toxic algae-ridden water? How about the bacteria that build up artificial bones or manufacture medicine?

They may sound as outlandish as the stupid pet trick... Read More

Disease-causing Escherichia Coli: 'I Will Survive'

Strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that cause food poisoning have been shown to have marked differences in the numbers of genes they carry compared to laboratory strains of E. coli. Some of these genes may enable them to survive stresses such as those caused by modern food processing technique... Read More

Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

The Lost Orphan Mine below the Grand Canyon hasn't produced uranium since the 1960s, but radioactive residue still contaminates the area. Cleaning the region takes an expensive process that is only done in extreme cases, but Judy Wall, a biochemistry professor at the University of Missouri Colle... Read More

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