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Companies Claiming MRSA Prevention are in Hot Water with FDA

You might want to rethink buying that bulk-sized hand sanitizer if you’re trying to protect you and your family from Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria (MRSA) and other diseases. FDA is cracking down on over-the-counter (OTC) drug companies that are claiming their products prev... Read More

New Approach to Defeating Flu Shows Promise

New research on mice has shown that pulmonary administration of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) significantly reduces flu symptoms and prevents death after a lethal dose influenza virus. While GM-SCF therapy for humans as a flu prophylaxis or treatment may be years away... Read More

Immunization Week 2011

In 2011, for the first time, countries across the WHO regions of Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific are taking part in simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 198. Día de la OMS (WHO day)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº198: is dedicated to WHO day and the problem of antibiotic resistance. El podcast del Microbio Nº... Read More

TWiV 130: Rhino tracking, wrestling pox, and HCV in the crosshairs

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 130 Letters

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I know it has nothing to do with viruses and would be a better question for FiB (if he did questions :) But I figure you guys would at least have some idea and know who to ask if you needed to. I've been curious for a while about the techniques used in... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 37 - Single-cells Scrub Strontium

This episode: Algae may help clean up radioactive waste!


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New study adds to concerns about animal-to-human resistance to antibiotics

Yet another study has found stuff you don't want to eat in stuff that you eat.

On April 15, scientists reported that the meat bought at supermarkets is often contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics used to fight human disease.

The study, published... Read More

Mystery illness may be tied to Playboy Mansion's famed grotto

The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in the Playboy Mansion's grotto, the famed artificial cave that houses a whirlpool spa.

The bacteria, legionella pneumophila, are a suspect in the illnesses among attendees of a DomainFest fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los A... Read More

Retroviruses and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disorder of unknown etiology. The disease involves degeneration of motor neurons, leading to paralysis, respiratory failure, and death within five years. A viral etiology for ALS has been ... Read More

Investigators Identify Strategies to Block Quorum Sensing in Pathogenic Bacteria

Researchers report on new discoveries relating to the mechanisms of bacterial quorum sensing, a communication strategy used by many bacteria including pathogenic species to control and coordinate collective behavior and the expression of virulence factors. Their work also led them to identifying... Read More

School Band Instruments are Teeming with Bacteria and Fungi

laying a musical instrument is great for kids' developing brains — think it's sheer coincidence that Tiger Mom placed so much emphasis on piano practice? — but a new study shows it could be bad for their health.

In the latest installment of truly gross academic research, the journal General D... Read More

New Approach To Defeating Flu Shows Promise

New research on mice has shown that pulmonary administration of granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) significantly reduces flu symptoms and prevents death after a lethal dose influenza virus. While GM-SCF therapy for humans as a flu prophylaxis or treatment may be years away... Read More

Learning to tolerate our microbial self

The human gut is filled with 100 trillion symbiotic bacteria—ten times more microbial cells than our own cells—representing close to one thousand different species. "And yet, if you were to eat a piece of chicken with just a few Salmonella, your immune system would mount a potent inflammatory re... Read More

Bacteria interrupted: Disabling coordinated behavior and virulence gene expression

New research reveals a strategy for disrupting the ability of bacteria to communicate and coordinate the expression of virulence factors. The study, published by Cell Press in the April 22nd issue of the journal Molecular Cell, may lead to the development of new antibacterial therapeutics.

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Salmonella utilize multiple modes of infection

Scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig, Germany have discovered a new, hitherto unknown mechanism of Salmonella invasion into gut cells: In this entry mode, the bacteria exploit the muscle power of cells to be pulled into the host cell cytoplasm. Thus, ... Read More

FDA Warns 4 Companies Over Drug-Resistant Bacteria Claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued four warning letters to companies selling over-the-counter products that claim to prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, or MRSA, infections. The companies that received FDA warnings are Tec Laboratories, JD Nelson and Associat... Read More

How TRIM5 Fights HIV: Scientists Discover Mechanism of Protein That Makes Certain Monkeys Resistant

Thanks to a certain protein, certain monkeys are resistant to HIV. Known as TRIM5, the protein prevents the HI virus from multiplying once it has entered the cell. Researchers from the universities of Geneva and Zurich have now discovered the protein's mechanism, as they report in Nature. This a... Read More

Acinetobacter baumannii

This SEM depicts a couple of clusters of aerobic Gram-negative, non-motile Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria as seen under a magnification of 12,739x.

Members of the genus Acinetobacter are nonmotile rods, 1-1.5µm in diameter, and 1.5-2.5µm in length, becoming spherical in shape while in their... Read More

Emerging Diseases - The Importance of Early Warning and Surveillance Systems (MWV48)

In episode 48 of MicrobeWorld Video, filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 18, 2011, Dr. Stan Maloy talks with Read More

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