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New dental implant with built-in reservoir reduces risk of infections

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) has developed a dental implant that gradually releases drugs from a built-in reservoir. This helps prevent and fight infections.

Our mouth contains many micro-organisms, including bacterial and fungal pathoge... Read More

Do the CDC's Suggested New Quarantine Rules Give Them Too Much Power?

When Kaci Hickox, a Doctors Without Borders nurse, returned to New Jersey from working with Ebola patients in West Africa in 2014, she was surprised by her reception. Instead of a quiet return to her home in Maine after four weeks on the front line of Ebola treatment, she was quarantined by the ... Read More

Yeast Fur?

Candida albicans has the ability to form hyphae. When given space on a YPD agar plate, it can spread to take up that space. This organism was inoculated on the surface in a streak and, after an initial incubation at 30C, was incubated at 25C for three weeks. The appearance of the C. albicans as ... Read More

Why hospital antibiotic management strategies do little to curb resistance

A generation ago, two antibiotic strategies known as cycling and mixing were employed to outwit bacteria. Cycling is like antibiotic crop rotation where certain classes of antibiotics are withdrawn for a period of time. Doctors thought this would combat resistance because bacterial pathogens wou... Read More

Blood test can predict life or death outcome for patients with Ebola virus disease

Scientists have identified a ‘molecular barcode’ in the blood of patients with Ebola virus disease that can predict whether they are likely to survive or die from the viral infection.

A team at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with Public Health England, Boston University and oth... Read More

Happy New Year

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photos of Petri dishes.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics... Read More

How ‘stealth warrior’ bacteria turn a tick’s gut microbes against itself

Before infecting humans, tick-borne bacteria or viruses first have to get past a tick’s defenses to colonize it. How this occurs is not well understood. To investigate, Yale researchers studied a model of the second-most-common tick-borne infection in the United States, human granulocytic anapla... Read More

"Tricky Trichomonas"

"What is the best way to test for Trichomonas vaginalis in a cost effective manner? It's a classic trade-off between money and assay sensitivity." Read More

Bacteria Inagaration

Micrococcus luteus/lylae (hair), Staphylococcus epidermidis (shirt, teeth), and Kocuria rosea (skin) on tryptic soy agar. #agarart Read More

The super Bug from Moldova

It is very sad to watch how these small bodies are each year stronger and resistant to antibiotics. Read More

BacterioFiles 282 - Mycobacteria Make Mice Mellow

This episode: Vaccinating mice with heat-killed soil bacteria reduced their stressed behavior and inflammation!


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Reber SO, Siebler PH, Donner NC, Morton JT, Smith ... Read More

Emerging Pathogen Surveillance with Jonna Mazet, PhD

Jonna Mazet, PhD, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about emerging pathogen surveillance and public health. Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Global Director of the novel viral emergence early warning proje... Read More

TWiV 425: All picornaviruses, all the time

The TWiVaniellos discuss a thermostable poliovirus empty capsid vaccine, and two cell genes that act as a switch between entry and clearance of picornavirus infection.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniel... Read More

Building an Ebola Virus Lab in Sierra Leone with Ian Goodfellow, PhD

Ian Goodfellow, PhD, Cambridge University, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about state of lab capacity in Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Goodfellow made the decision to go to Sierra Leone during the late summer of 2014 after following the media covera... Read More

BacterioFiles 283 - Phages Furnish Photosynthetic Fortifications

This episode: Viruses infecting photosynthetic bacteria could transfer immunity to other viruses between their hosts!


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Innovative Chemical Treatments to Kill Foodborne Pathogens - Michael Doyle, PhD

Michael Doyle, PhD, Regents Professor of Food Microbiology at the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discusses a variety of alternative food preservatives which can prevent unintended contamination of foods by pathogens and spoilage microbes.

ASM’s vir... Read More

Industrial Microbiology Market Expected to Reach US$ 9.4 Bn in 2016, North America Most Profitable Market Globally

The global industrial microbiology market is expected to witness a y-o-y growth of 6.7% in 2016 over 2015 and reach US$ 9.46 Bn in revenues. North America will continue to be the most lucrative market, accounting for over 25% of the market share.

In addition to increase in food consumption, r... Read More

Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armor

Scientists have discovered how a unique bacterial enzyme can blunt the body’s key weapons in its fight against infection.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Newcastle University in the U.K. are investigating how infectious microbes can survive attacks by the bod... Read More

Viruses Overheard Talking to One Another

Viruses may be stealthy invaders, but a study at the Weizmann Institute of Science reveals a new, chatty side of some: For the first time, viruses have been found communicating with one another. This communication – short “posts” left for kin and descendants – helps the viruses reading them to d... Read More

Fungal contaminant

Fungal contaminant seen on TSA after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Green spore formation can be seen with exudate droplets through out. Hyphal growth extended up the side of the dish and onto the lid. Read More
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