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Research Unlocking the Mysteries Surrounding Lyme Disease

Researchers recently developed novel diagnostic tools able to distinguish between the various strains of bacteria responsible for causing Lyme disease. For more than a decade, only one strain of B. burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) had been sequenced (mapped), and although that helped research efforts... Read More

Venter's Double Whoops

Shortly after Craig Venter team's announced its creation of a self-replicating synthetic genome — in which famous quotes were encoded, including James Joyce's famed: "To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life," and Richard Feynman's utterance on understanding — Venter re... Read More

Potentially Pathogenic Microbes Growing on at Least Half of All Orthodontic Retainers, Study Suggests

Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. Dr Jonathan Pratten and colleagues looked at the types of microbes which live on retainers.

This study, which found potentially pathogenic microbes gro... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 173. Pollos transgénicos contra la gripe (transgenic chicken against flu)

El podcast del Microbio Nº173 deals with the recent Science paper by Jon Lyall et al. about the creation of transgenic chi... Read More

Why Study Slime Molds? Ask a Scientist. (video)

University of Arkansas biologists have taken two grants one from the Partnership to Enhance Experience in Taxonomy program of the National Science Foundation and the other from the Planetary Biodiversity Initiative program and changed what the world knows about slime molds. Read More

Targeting an Achilles' Heel of Plasmodium

The huge health problem of malaria is exacerbated by the alarming ability of this protozoan to rapidly develop resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. Thus, new antimalarials are desperately needed to bring this deadly disease under control.

In order to identify new drug targets, Istvan and co... Read More

Used Woodwind and Brass Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria and Fungi, Study Suggests

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.

Used woodwind and brass instruments were found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of... Read More

How the Slime Mold Gets Organized

The so-called cellular slime mold, a unicellular organism that may transition into a multicellular organism under stress, has just been found to have a tissue structure that was previously thought to exist only in more sophisticated animals. What's more, two proteins that are needed by the slime... Read More

Fatal diseases pass from wolf to dog to human in remote B.C. communities

Diseases, some of which can be lethal, are being passed between dogs, wolves and people in remote B.C communities where there is a dearth of veterinary care, a new study has found.

Researchers found that dogs that are often allowed to run free and come into contact with wolves and bears have ... Read More

All wrapped up: Researcher's graphene cloak protects bacteria

Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, and his research team are wrapping bacteria with graphene to address current challenges with imaging bacteria under electron microscopes. Berry's method creates a carbon cloak that protects the bacteria, allowin... Read More

Friendly bacteria fight the flu

Microbes trigger immune response that suppresses infections. Helpful bacteria don't just aid digestion; they also fend off the flu, according to a report published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. A research team led by Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale Univers... Read More

Toxoplasmosis: The Strain Explains Severity of Infection

Providing clues into why the severity of a common parasitic infection can vary greatly from person to person, a new Johns Hopkins study shows that each one of three strains of the cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii sets off a unique reaction in the nerve cells it invades. Past research suggest... Read More

KEGG pathway analysis of 1443 HIV-1/host interactions

There are 1443 host viral interactions in the NCBI database. These were pumped through a KEGG pathway analsis, providing a useful insight into the multiple processes affected by HIV-1 infection. These include life cycle pathways , endocytosis and the like, but also many immune-related pathways a... Read More

CDC: $10 Million Awarded to Help Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding $10 million for new research to five academic medical centers as part of its Prevention Epicenter grant program, which supports efforts to develop and test innovative approaches to reducing infections in health care settings.

"Discover... Read More

Targeted Genome Capture for Endosymbionts

Scientists at Vanderbilt University have found a way to enrich for and sequence genomes of bacteria that are difficult to culture or purify because they live inside hosts with complex microbial communities. The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Genome Biology and Evolution, repo... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº170, 171 y 172. Historia de la Penicilina (History of Penicillin)

El podcast del Microbio Nº 170, 171 and 172 are dedicated to the history of the development of Penicillin as a therapeutic... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 33 - Playing Paramecium Pong

This episode: Video games with live microbes!

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Study provides insight into aging immune systems

Compared with younger adults, the elderly are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from pneumonia. Moreover, vaccines against the disease are less effective in the elderly.

To help understand why, Loyola researchers examined two types of immune system cells, macrophages and B cel... Read More

Roundworm Could Provide New Treatment for Sepsis

Research by the University of Liverpool has found that systemic inflammation caused by sepsis can be suppressed by a protein which occurs naturally in a type of roundworm. Sepsis is a serious inflammatory condition, caused by the body over-reacting to infection. The body becomes overwhelmed by b... Read More

Research may lead to new and improved vaccines

Alum is an adjuvant (immune booster) used in many common vaccines, and Canadian researchers have now discovered how it works. The research by scientists from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine is published in the March 13 online edition of Nature Medicine. The new findings will help... Read More
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