As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks. Read More
An unknown fungal contaminant growing on Eosin Methylene Blue (EMB) plate. The fungal colony shows a number of interesting features where it takes up or interacts with they dyes in the medium. Some of the colonies illustrate interesting inhibitory effects on adjacent colonies or appear the inf... Read More
Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
Monrovia, 8 May 2015 – A week-long campaign to vaccinate more than 600,000 children against polio and measles kicks off today in Liberia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the ... Read More
the carbohydrate esculin
-Group D Streptococcus sp. will convert esculin into 6,7-dihydroxy-coumarin which reacts with the iron salts to form a black precipitate.
--Non Group D Streptococcus sp. do not produce the black color.
(A) Enteroco... Read More
Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions.
The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was is... Read More
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Background: Dehydrated commercial culture media are hygroscopic and expensive. Cheap, locally
available plant seeds such as cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) ... Read More
Over the past few years, researchers have gotten a much better idea of the importance of the human microbiome--the trillions of bacteria living in and around our bodies. Now we know that these bacteria can make us more obese, change how our brains work, and are unique to individuals. Although a ... Read More
The decision to warn the world of future global disease epidemics like Ebola would be taken out of the hands of the director general of the World Health Organisation under plans formulated by experts at a meeting hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Instead it would be given to a new ... Read More
Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified WHO of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features.
Suspected cases have been increasing very quickly, tripling over the last 2 weeks (see previous notif... Read More
Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment.
When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and anti... Read More
A dangerous type of bacteria can not only block their own growth, but also the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants.
The discovery might lead to better ways to fight bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.
“This means we can start to think about ... Read More
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. There are different explanations for how resistances are transferred. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna found phages in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria. Phages are viruses that exclusively infect b... Read More
A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery from the dangerous diarrheal disease. The report also finds what appear to be consistent differenc... Read More
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. Read More
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus.
The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and ... Read More
BioSentinel--it sounds like Hollywood’s next big sci-fi film. Rather, it's one of NASA’s upcoming missions, with the goal of studying the long-term effects of radiation on human cells. The mission, run by scientist’s at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be the first biological experiment to take... Read More
This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!
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In a new study, researchers demonstrate for the first time how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial “factories” that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably. Read More