In September 2016, the FDA published an article barring consumers from purchasing and using certain antibacterial soaps. The article described the scientific evidence supporting disuse of antibacterial products, including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes. We now know that... Read More
At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Robert Heinzen about the work of his laboratory on Q fever and its causative microbe, Coxiella burneti.
This episode: Polymer-coated bacteria make really good vaccines!
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Jou... Read More
Pictured are tow lichen's living on a wooden rail after heavy rains in the Santa Cruz hills. The branching lichen (Cladonia spp) is growing up through the flat lichen (Parmelia spp). Lichens are a fungus and algae or cyanobacteria, or both, that live and function as one organism in a symbiotic... Read More
Lichen ( possible Parmelia spp) seen growing on a wooden fence rail after weeks of heavy flooding rains in the hills of Santa Cruz, Ca. Read More
Vincent meets with members of team ZEST at the University of Wisconsin Madison to discuss their macaque model for Zika virus pathogenesis.
The American Society for Microbiology recently initiated an author-directed route of publication for its journal mSphere, called mSphereDirect. This new publishing route allows authors to choose their reviewers ahead of submission, changing the dynamic between authors and their reviewers. Author... Read More
Interesting research on multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria and the proteins they use to evade drugs and the immune system. Read More
Happy Valentine's day!
Love is scientifically proven! Look to this microscope picture I took of my heart-shaped HaCaT cell in love with Staphylococcus aureus !
Even our microscopic cells need love.. and so we do! Read More
A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change.
Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called micro... Read More
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.
While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More
A new study about the overwhelming importance of “superspreaders” in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of the people infected were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.
The issue ... Read More
Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous ill... Read More
February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which recognizes “the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” The United Nations (UN) General Assembly only recently established an annual international day in December 2015 to promote gender equality, ... Read More
In this post from my education/microbiology blog, I share some "luminous art" related to Valentines' Day. Read More
Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
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The TWiVsters explain how superspreader bacteriophages release intact DNA from infected cells, and the role of astrocytes in protecting the cerebellum from virus infection.
This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Colony was yellow with rhizoid raised growth with a mat appearance. Image taken using transmitted light shooting through the agar to see the un... Read More