A compound found in soybeans can be used in new treatments to inhibit the deadly HIV infection, scientists claim. Read More
Need another reason NOT to use Meth? Methamphetamine can make a user susceptible to cryptococcosis, according to a study in mBio this week. Using mice as a model for humans, researchers found that injected methamphetamine (METH) significantly enhanced colonization of the lungs by Cryptococcus ne... Read More
By studying how a virus that infects most people at some point in their lives packages its genetic material during infection, an international collaboration of researchers has made discoveries that help scientists better understand virus-host interactions and may open new avenues for therapies.
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Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. Brains of deceased dementia patients were found to contain signs of Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bug responsible for unhealthy gums. Scientists believe when the bacteria reach the brain they trigger an im... Read More
Officially called a fecal microbiota transplantation, or FMT, the procedure involves the insertion of a small, diluted sample of stool from a donor into the colon of a recipient. (Clearly disgusting.) The swap imports a healthy community of bacteria, the intestinal microbiota, into the system of... Read More
A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.
Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital fo... Read More
Research led by scientists at the University of Dundee has uncovered the workings of a 'bacterial raincoat' that helps to protect bacteria from the changing environment in which they live.
Many bacteria grow in large communities called biofilms, where the cells work together and produce a sti... Read More
David Bhella, Ph.D., MRC Centre for Virus Research, accepts the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Recorded live March 25, 2013 in Manchester, UK, at the Manchester C... Read More
New biological insecticides have emerged in recent years which make use of so-called "entomopathogenic" viruses that are harmful to insects, in particular the baculovirus. To identify the virus in this family that will most effectively control the Guatemalan potato moth, the French-Ecuadorian re... Read More
In contrast to air, the ocean represents a benign environment for most living organisms: With the exception of some harsh marine environments, the means of physicochemical properties are generally not far off the optimum of most species and their fluctuations are moderate, rarely exceeding biolo... Read More
Members of the bacterial phylum Planctomycetes (click here and here) inhabit a wide variety of environments throughout the world. What makes them special is that in the mind of some investigators they possess a mix of eukaryotic and prokaryotic structural attributes. Now that is something pretty... Read More
Transfer of antibiotic resistance genes among gram negative bacteria in sewage and lake water and easy access of these
bacteria to the community are major environmental and public health concern. The aim of this study was to determine transfer of the
antimicrobial resistance genes from resista... Read More
Purple bacteria contain pigments that allow them to use sunlight as their source of energy, hence their color. Small as they are, these microbes can teach us a lot about life on Earth, because they have been around longer than most other organisms on the planet. University of Miami (UM) physicis... Read More
Although seldom fatal, persistent infection by chikungunya virus (CHIKV) afflicts patients with joint pain lasting months or even years. This insect-borne virus has received relatively little scientific attention in the 50 years since its initial description in African patients, but researchers ... Read More
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Professor Geoff McCaughan, head of the Liver Immunobiology Program at Sydney's Centenary Research Institute, says preliminary results of a newly developed oral treatment regime for liver transplant patients with Hepatitis C were showing promising results.
"We are starting to see some dramatic... Read More
Scientists have proposed adding copper nano-particles into food packaging materials on this basis that this could help prevent a variety of foodborne diseases.
It has been known for centuries that copper has antimicrobial properties. For example, it was observed in Roman times that water cont... Read More
In order to isolate, study and efficiently treat a bacterial outbreak, it is vital to be able to grow, store and identify the particular strains of bacteria that cause the disease. While this can be a fairly simple task in a well stocked laboratory, it’s a lot harder to achieve out in the field,... Read More
In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, condoms may help good bacteria in the vagina flourish, a new study from China shows.
Sexually active women in the study who used condoms had larger colonies of beneficial microbes in their vaginas ... Read More