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Zika-linked birth defects more extensive than previously thought, UCLA-led research finds

New UCLA-led research finds that Zika-linked abnormalities that occur in human fetuses are more extensive — and severe — than previously thought, with 46 percent of 125 pregnancies among Zika-infected women resulting in birth defects in newborns or ending in fetal death.

The study, published ... Read More

13th International Conference and Exhibition on Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology

Conference Series LLC is a renowned organization that organizes highly notable international conferences throughout the globe. Currently we are bringing forth “13th International Conference and Exhibition on Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology” (NanoPharma 2017) scheduled to be held during July 24-25... Read More

Comammox Nitrospira is the dominant bacterium in a drinking water production system

For the last century, nitrification was assumed to be a two-step process executed by two different functional groups, ammonia oxidizing prokaryotes and nitrite oxidizing bacteria. Recently, it was discovered the capability of a single microorganism (belonging to the Nitrospira genus) to carry ou... Read More

A 'tropical' parasitic disease emerges in the Canadian Arctic

Montreal, April 28, 2016 - An outbreak of an intestinal parasite common in the tropics, known as Cryptosporidium, has been identified for the first time in the Arctic. The discovery was made in Nunavik, Quebec, by a team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC... Read More

Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

Another folk medicine remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can pr... Read More

Structure and genome of Zika virus

Group: Group IV ((+) ssRNA)
Family: Flaviviridae
Genus: Flavivirus
Species: Zika virus

Structure of Zika Virus
•The virion is approximately 40 nm in diameter with surface projections that measure roughly 5-10 nm.
•Nucleocapsid is 25-30 nm in diameter surrounded by a host-membrane derive... Read More

Inheritable bacterium controls Aedes mosquitoes' ability to transmit Zika

Aedes mosquitoes carrying the bacterium Wolbachia--found inside the cells of 60 percent of all insect species--are drastically less able to transmit Zika virus, say researchers at Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) in a study published May 4 in Cell Host & Microbe. Read More

Biohazard Bin Swab

Colonies from a swab of the lid of a biohazard waste bin from one of my students in the Microbiology lab at Miami-Dade College, Wolfson in Miami, FL. Streaked on Nutrient Agar and incubated at 30 degrees Celcius for 72 hours.

Elena M. Cortizas, M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology
MDC W... Read More

False impressions in predatory publishing

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it can also be the easiest way to make a buck. That’s the primary motivation for camouflaging within an already-established brand: Sunbucks, McDowell’s, and Mountain Lightening all rely on brand recognition – of a brand that isn’t their own. W... Read More

Vials of Zika virus

Like many other virologists we have also begun to work on Zika virus, to apply our expertise and knowledge to this emerging pathogen. Here is a photo of some of the vials of Zika virus that we have recently obtained. Shown are the MR766 and DAK AR 41542 strains and plasma from a Zika virus infec... Read More

Is it safe to go into the ocean? Standardizing molecular methods for water safety surveillance

Have you ever gone to the beach, ready for a day of sun and sand, only to find a warning sign? One of the most common reasons beaches close is due to the presence of coliform bacteria. These indicator bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, are used as markers for fecal waste, since their presence c... Read More

MdlM119: Las secuencias CRISPR: Su descubrimiento y sus futuras aplicaciones

El sistema CRISPR, su descubrimiento y posibles applicaciones:  En el episodio de hoy contamos con la presencia del Dr. Francisco Mojica de la Universidad de Alicante. 


Aprovechamos una visita suya a la Universidad de Puerto Rico para poder compartir la trayectoria de uno de... Read More

Happy New Year 2017

This is our way to wish a Happy New Year to all the Microbiologists community!
The numbers were made as follows:
2: E. coli, MacConkey Agar plate incubated at 37 C, 20h.
0,1: MRSA on blood Agar plate, incubated at 37 C + 5%CO2.
7: M. fortuitum on Chocolate Agar plate, incubated at 37 C + 5%... Read More

Multivalent vaccines may help prevent future outbreaks

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) hopes to prevent future outbreaks by generating, testing, and storing vaccines before outbreaks occur. How do you design a vaccine before a prevailing serotype is determined? Read More

Ban on triclosan shows need for new chemicals to demonstrate efficacy and safety

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, ... Read More

Cross-respiration breathes life into a periodontal pathogen

Microbiome research has revealed that there are good guy and bad guy bacteria living together in complex communities on our skin, in our mouths, throughout our guts and pretty much everywhere in between. But what do you call a good guy bacterium that is aiding and abetting a disease culprit?

... Read More

Discovery of new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in hunters bitten by gorillas in Gabon

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have identified two new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in two hunters who were bitten by gorillas in Gabon. These findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, support the notion that gorillas represent a major source of infectiou... Read More

New study finds that vaccinating mothers against flu can protect newborns

Each year, influenza causes between 250,000 and half a million deaths around the world. Pregnant women and young infants have a higher risk of complications related to influenza; these complications can easily lead to death. The problem is particularly severe in the developing world, where acces... Read More

The Zika Effect

Having worked on viruses for over 40 years, I know a fair number of people in the field, and I am amazed at how many of them have started to work on Zika virus. What exactly is attracting virologists to this emerging virus?

There are probably many reasons why Zika virus would be of interest t... Read More

For the First Time, Researchers Identify the Secret Genetic Weapon of Clostridium difficile

Washington, DC – August 16, 2016 – A trio of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston, have identified the location of the genes that control production of toxins that harm people infected by Clostridium difficile bacteria. The gene locus, ... Read More
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