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Sex and the Single Cell: Biologists Take a Fresh Look at 'Asexual' Amoebas

Studying blobby asexual amoebas could absolve biology of its animal bias when it comes to uncovering the mysteries of sex

Much of what we know about sex, or think we know, stems from the animal kingdom. No surprise there—we're animals and the nuances of the genetic tango are easier to study i... Read More

Foot And Mouth Disease May Spread Through Shedding Skin Cells

Skin cells shed from livestock infected with foot and mouth disease could very well spread the disease.

In a new paper appearing in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Michael Dillon proposed that virus-infected skin cells could be a sourc... Read More

Salmonella hits US teaching labs

Wave of infections triggers investigation into biosafety practices.

A spate of lab-associated Salmonella infections has swept across the United States during the past year, prompting public-health officials to examine how closely labs are following infection-prevention protocols.

"The fact... Read More

How microbes take out the trash

The molecular machinery bacteria use to rid themselves of toxic substances including antimicrobial drugs has been studied in detail by a UA-led team of researchers. A better understanding of these mechanisms could lead to new weapons in the fight against pathogens.

Microbes have colonized vi... Read More

Panel concludes UN personnel likely introduced cholera to Haiti #genomics

A blog post from the Microbiology of Built Environments Network discussing UN report on Cholera outbreak in Haiti. Read More

Yes, Virginia, your soap and dispenser are not actually clean #shocking #microBEnet

A blog post from the Microbiology of Built Environments Network discussing new study of microbes in soap dispensers. Read More

Compiling a list of reporters who cover #microbiology stories well; suggestions wanted

I am attempting to compile a list of reporters who do a good job covering microbiology related topics. I have compiled a partial list and am soliciting additional suggestions. Read More

Beneficial Bacteria Help Repair Intestinal Injury by Inducing Reactive Oxygen Species

The gut may need bacteria to provide a little bit of oxidative stress to stay healthy, new research suggests.

Probiotic bacteria promote healing of the intestinal lining in mice by inducing the production of reactive oxygen species, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have show... Read More

The future of a holistic malaria prevention treatment

Despite evidence that housing plays an important role in the eradication of malaria, it is often overlooked.

As World Malaria Day gets closer each year, organizations release an increasing number of reports on the progress achieved and what needs to be done to eliminate the disease. Despite v... Read More

Cameroon: Mosquito-proof Housing As Malaria Transmission Antidote

or several years, bednets and insecticide spraying have served as priority weapons in the fight against malaria transmission across Africa. However, the defiant vampire vectors and malaria parasites in their mad quests for survival have regularly altered tactics, formulating resistance to insec... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 206. Estromatolitos antárticos



























El podcast del Microbio Nº206 is dedicated to the recent discovery of stromatolites in deep of Antartic lake Untersee. El p... Read More

Staphylococcus Aureus Investigational Vaccine Elicits A Positive Immune Response In Phase 1 Study

Inhibitex, Inc. (Nasdaq: INHX), announced today that Pfizer Inc. presented safety and immunogenicity data from a Phase 1 double-blind randomized placebo controlled study in 408 healthy volunteers of a novel three antigen Staphylococcus aureus investigational vaccine (SA3Ag) at the 21st European ... Read More

Bacterium Salmonella enterica regulates virulence according to iron levels found in its surroundings

Salmonella enterica, one of the main causes of gastrointestinal infections, modulates its virulence gene expression, adapting it to each stage of the infection process, depending on the free iron concentration found in the intestinal epithelium of its host. Researchers at Universitat Autònoma de... Read More

Why measles found new life in U.S.

There could be more cases of measles this year in the United States than we've seen in more than a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it's already seen 98 cases in 2011 -- double the average number for an entire year.

Why is this happening?

CBS News Medical Corr... Read More

Sanofi wins U.S. OK for short needle flu vaccine

French drugmaker Sanofi Aventis said on Tuesday it had won U.S. approval to market its Fluzone Intradermal vaccine for adults, allowing for flu injections with a very fine needle.

Sanofi has said that the new vaccine, developed with syringe maker Becton Dickinson, may hurt less than standard ... Read More

Exploring New Ways to Get at Old Bacterial Targets to Combat Resistant Strains

While novel antibiotics are critically needed, some researchers say that there aren’t a whole lot of new bacterial targets to aim at. New antibiotics may mean enhancing old ones to evade bacterial resistance mechanisms.

An article published last year by The New England Journal of Medicine poi... Read More

Beneficial Bacteria Help Repair Intestinal Injury by Inducing Reactive Oxygen Species

The gut may need bacteria to provide a little bit of oxidative stress to stay healthy, new research suggests.

Probiotic bacteria promote healing of the intestinal lining in mice by inducing the production of reactive oxygen species, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have show... Read More

Biologists discover a new class of insect repellent

Imagine an insect repellant that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET – the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants – but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants.

That possibility has been created by the discovery of a new c... Read More

Vanderbilt biologists discover a new class of insect repellent

Imagine an insect repellant that not only is thousands of times more effective than DEET – the active ingredient in most commercial mosquito repellants – but also works against all types of insects, including flies, moths and ants.

That possibility has been created by the discovery of a new c... Read More

Stress related genes in strawberries

Crops growing in the field can face dramatic changes in temperature, lack of water, or increased salt in the soil resulting from irrigation. Under these stressful conditions crops cannot grow well and their ability to produce seed and fruit is decreased. Because plants cannot move they have evol... Read More
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