As anyone who suffers from recurrent cold sores knows, herpes is a master escapist. This family of viruses – including strains that cause lesions on the genitals, infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever) and, in some cases, blindness and birth defects – is able to wriggle free of the body's de... Read More
This episode: Phages hang out in mucus to ambush bacteria!
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A nasty fungal infection that can spread to the lungs or brain and cause lifetime symptoms is on the rise in the Southwestern U.S., federal health officials reported on Thursday. Cases of Valley Fever, known medically as coccidioidomycosis, have increased nearly 10-fold between 1998 and 2011, th... Read More
For every one of our own cells, our bodies play host to 10 other microbial cells: bacteria, fungus, viruses and other microscopic creatures that scientists are still working to discover and understand. In other words, we're outnumbered by these 100 trillion or so microbes -- many of them strange... Read More
Around the world, private collectors and businesses maintain beautiful fish tanks stocked with colorful corals, speedy little cichlids and stately angelfish. But a hidden danger lurks: many fish that wind up in aquariums carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could pose a threat not just to a ... Read More
El podcast del microbio Nº 361 summarize the article writen by Marks LR, Reddinger RM and Hakansson AP and published in mBio about the high levels of genetic recombination in Streptococcus pneumoniae ... Read More
Early life exposure to normal bacteria of the GI tract (gut microbes) protects against autoimmune disease in mice, according to research published on-line in the journal Science. The study may also have uncovered reasons why females are at greater risk of autoimmune diseases such as multiple scl... Read More
There was a time not that long ago when it was easy to tell the difference between viruses and the rest of life. Most obviously, viruses were tiny and genetically simple. The influenza virus, for example, measures about 100 nanometers across, and has just 13 genes.
Those two standards, it’s n... Read More
A groundbreaking study from a well-renowned team of Danish researchers could bring unprecedented relief for sufferers of chronic back pain.
According to the study, which appeared in the European Spine Journal, as much as 40 percent of chronic lower back pain is caused by bacteria. Treating th... Read More
This episode: Swarming predatory bacteria may be communicating through tubes!
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You know you share genes with your biological parents and kids, but what about microbes? A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs.
The study shows how the people and pets you live with affect the microscopic bacteria, fungi and othe... Read More
Scientists are targeting disease-causing bacteria present on cows’ skin as an attempt to prevent them from contaminating beef meat, and from posing a threat to consumers’ health.
If you can't kill them, trap them. Such is the fate that scientists are reserving to pathogenic bacteria, such as ... Read More
The health of most of the planet’s population is rapidly coming to resemble that of the United States, where death in childhood is rare, too much food is a bigger problem than too little, and life is long and often darkened by disability.
High blood pressure is now the leading “risk factor” f... Read More
From anxiety medication to birth control, pain killers, nutrient supplements and blood thinners, the remains of what we put into our bodies pass through the other end, off to the waste control centers that need to deal with our mess. Getting pharmaceutical leftovers out of the water so that it c... Read More
Viruses closely related to the new coronavirus that emerged last year in the Middle East have been discovered in specimens from a number of species of bats found widely throughout Europe and beyond, a new study shows.
The work suggests bats common to Europe, Russia, parts of Asia and Africa a... Read More
A third member of a family in the UK has been infected with a new respiratory illness similar to the deadly Sars virus, officials say.
It strengthens evidence that the virus can spread between people, however experts say the risk to the general population remains small.
Of the 12 people co... Read More
The names of the 2013 Balzan Prizewinners were proclaimed in Milan in a public announcement:
ANDRÉ VAUCHEZ (France), Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, for Medieval History
MANUEL CASTELLS (Spain), University of Southern California (USA), for Sociology
ALAIN ASPECT (France), École Polytec... Read More
High-octane biofuels — produced with the aid of newly created lines of engineered bacteria — may be in the near future thanks to new research from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
Th... Read More
A new study by NYU School of Medicine researchers reveals that an especially virulent strain of the gut bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) isn't implicated in the overall death rate of the U.S. population, and may even protect against stroke and some cancers. The findings, based a nationw... Read More