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Acetaminophen provides no benefits against the flu

Some doctors may recommend that patients with the flu take acetaminophen, or paracetemol, to relieve their symptoms; however, a new randomized clinical trial found no benefits to the over-the-counter medication in terms of fighting the influenza virus or reducing patients' temperature or other s... Read More

Advances in antimicrobial peptide applications

Drug-resistant infections are a problem. Does it even need to be said? International campaigns have done their best to raise awareness, but even if all of humanity agreed to be on their best behavior, it seems the best we might do is slow the inevitable spread of already-identified resistance ge... Read More

How to make Blood Agar Plates

Blood agar is universal bacterial growth medium contains mammalian blood (usually sheep or horse), typically at a concentration of 5–10%. It is enriched, differential media used to isolate fastidious organisms and detect hemolytic activity. Read More

How to identify bacteria and fungi by MALDI-TOF

Matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF)
The principle is the bacteria grown on a solid medium and transferred to a steel plate. The sample be shot with a laser and fragments are separated by size / charge. Fragment patterns are a fingerprint that can be used bot... Read More

Young men with detectable HIV more likely to have risky sex

December 7, 2015--Young men who have sex with men and have detectable levels of HIV were more likely to report not using a condom during anal intercourse with a partner not infected with HIV, compared with virologically suppressed young men who have sex with men, according to researchers at Colu... Read More

A new approach to predict evolution of influenza viruses can enhance vaccine efficacy

New results from a study performed at the University of Helsinki suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines. The researchers were able to develop a simple approach for reliable real-time tracking and prediction of vi... Read More

Vaccines work: the book (in Spanish)

En este libro encontrarás información reciente, rigurosa pero en un lenguaje fácil, asequible y cómodo de leer sobre qué son las vacunas y por qué sabemos que son seguras, sus efectos secundarios y cuántas vidas han salvado. Hablaremos de los talibanes y de los movimientos anti-vacunas, su orige... Read More

HGT from two Wolbachia lineages into the same animal genome

Hybrid zones and the consequences of hybridization have contributed greatly to our understanding of evolutionary processes. Hybrid zones also provide valuable insight into the dynamics of symbiosis since each subspecies or species brings its unique microbial symbionts, including germline bacteri... Read More

TWiV 366: Doctorates down under

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Carla Giles, Zoe Dyson, Brianna McLean, and Caitlin O'Brien


In Melbourne, Australia, Vincent speaks with four PhD students about their research projects and what... Read More

TWiP 99: You get your polar bear from your nana

The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Professor Who Went to Brazil, and discuss an amazing case of a tapeworm that turned into a tumor in an AIDS patient.


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TWiP 99 letters

 


Mark writes:


Temperature in Oklahoma is 12 degrees C today and rainy.


My guess is Tunga penetrans which is native to South America. The black point at center of itchy toe lesion is the flea which are legs, spiracles and egg laying aparatus. Fema... Read More

Holiday deer

This holiday deer is a beautiful Christmas gift from our microbiology department. It was drawn with live bacteria: S. marcescens, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. Read More

The Blob, but smaller: Tasmania's slime moulds

Slime moulds, long belittled as 'demon's droppings' and 'snake poo', are everywhere—and they're on the hunt for prey. What are they, though? A plant? An animal? A fungus? Ann Jones gets up close and personal. Read More

1 IN 10 PEOPLE GET SICK FROM FOODBORNE ILLNESS

Every year one of every 10 people worldwide—mostly children and the poor—suffer from some kind of foodborne disease. Read More

Certain herpes viruses can infect human neurons

PHILADELPHIA - For years, researchers have noted a tantalizing link between some neurologic conditions and certain species of the herpes virus. In patients with Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebellar ataxia, among other neuropathies, the cerebrospinal fluid teems with Epstein-Ba... Read More

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )

Who this is for: Healthcare workers, supervisors, and administrators at U.S. hospitals.

What this is for: To protect healthcare workers and other patients at facilities that provide care to a patient with confirmed Ebola or PUI who is clinically unstable or has bleeding, vomiting, or diarrhea... Read More

50 Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for Microbiologists

Need the perfect holiday gift for the microbiologist in your life? We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 50 awesome microbiology related gift ideas. It’s like Oprah’s Favorite Things, only with more bacteria! Check it out and show your microbe-lovers how much you care this holiday season.... Read More

ASM Santa Hat/Happy Holidays

ASM Santa Hat....Bacteria used:
Red portion of hat and letters: Serratia marcescens
White hat trim: Staph saprophyticus
Large TSA plate grown for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C Read More

Holiday Time, smile!

Holiday time......Bacteria/Yeast used:
Hat and letters, Serratia marcescens
Hat trim: Staph epidermidis
Smile: Environmental yeast isolate
Mix of Serratia and Staph for a bit of "snow" Read More

TWiM 116: Chewates and coconuts

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

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