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"Fool's Gold" from The Deep is Fertilizer for Ocean Life

Similar to humans, the bacteria and tiny plants living in the ocean need iron for energy and growth. But their situation is quite different from ours--for one, they can't turn to natural iron sources like leafy greens or red meat for a pick-me-up.

So, from where does their iron come?

New r... Read More

Zombie ants have fungus on the brain

New research has revealed how infection by a parasitic fungus dramatically changes the behavior of tropical of carpenter ants (species Camponotus leonardi), causing them to become zombie-like and to die at a spot that has optimal reproduction conditions for the fungus. The multinational research... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 205: Streptomyces en las antenas

El podcast del Microbio Nº205 summarize the recent finding by Kroiss et al. of the antibiotic production by symbiotic Strep... Read More

TWiV 132 Letters

Maki writes:

To the hosts of TWiV (I find the fact that you're called "hosts" of a virology-centered show endlessly amusing.):

Having been the weird kid reading Virus Hunters on the playground in elementary school, I've had an intense love for... Read More

TWiV 132: Virology 911

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El podcast del Microbio Nº 204. Mosquitos, virus y algo de sexo

El podcast del Microbio Nº204 is based in the Virology Blog post: "The press concludes that arboviruses can be sexually tra... Read More

Single-Cell Marine Organisms Offer Clues to How Cells Interact With the Environment

From a bucket of seawater, scientists have unlocked information that may lead to deeper understanding of organisms as different as coral reefs and human disease. By analyzing genomes of a tiny, single-celled marine animal, they have demonstrated a possible way to address diverse questions such a... Read More

Bacteria Bite Back After Hospital Installs Innovative Faucets

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is replacing its new high-tech, electric-eye faucets with the old-fashioned kind after discovering that the new hands-free designs actually allowed more contamination from Legionella and other bacteria than the old style.

Although the high-tech ... Read More

Carl Zimmer Explores The Weird Lives Of Viruses (NPR audio story)

In his book A Planet of Viruses, science writer Carl Zimmer catalogs a menagerie of viruses, from the bacteriophages that prey on ocean-dwelling microbes to those which infect humans, such as smallpox, HIV and the papillomaviruses behind cervical cancer and the common wart. Read More

Clemson Study: Beer Pong Transfers High Amounts Of Bacteria

When playing drinking games at a tailgate, bacteria on the beer pong ping-pong ball and scientific research, are probably the last think you'd be thinking about.

But a student research team at Clemson University took the concept to the lab.

They tested hundreds of ping-pong balls from rand... Read More

FDA approves first quick test for MRSA/MSSA bacteria

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the first test able to quickly determine whether Staphylococcus aureus infection bacteria are methicillin resistant, known as MRSA, or methicillin susceptible, known as MSSA, the agency announc

Hospital executives and regulators are working hard to pre... Read More

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UM researchers receive $23.4 million to research AIDS vaccine

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will be able to move forward nearly decades-long work on a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine after receiving their biggest research gift ever — $23.4 million from a consortium led by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The money was awarde... Read More

What’s worse than one strain of Chlamydia trachomatis? A combination of two strains of C. trachomatis

A novel strain of Chlamydia trachomatis is actually a combination of two well-known strains –one of them a harmless symbiont.

Reading about Chlamydia is not for the squeamish. In the U.S. alone, as many as 2.8 million people are afflicted with diseases caused by C. trachomatis every year, co... Read More

Prostate Exam Deaths From Superbugs Spur Cancer-Test Inquiry

Shane Greenstein only vaguely recalls being told that a prostate biopsy he had in June was negative for cancer. That’s because within two days of the exam he was in the hospital with a potentially deadly blood infection.

“It was the worst illness I have ever felt in my life,” said Greenstein,... Read More

A single virus particle, or “virion”, of measles virus

This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or “virion”, of measles virus. The measles virus is a paramyxovirus, of the genus Morbillivirus. It is 100-200 nm in diameter, with a core of single-stranded RNA, and is c... Read More

Suspected Measles Cases In Bucks And Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Suspected cases of measles in Bucks County have triggered an investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health - authorities say Lancaster County may also be linked. Health authorities in Pennsylvania say there is a chance some people may have been exposed to the virus in various locations.... Read More

Aspergillus sp. organisms

Magnified 562X this photomicrograph, stained using an “Aspergillus” conjugate fluorescent antibody (FA) staining technique, revealed the presence of Aspergillus sp. organisms, in a case of aspergillosis.
What is Aspergillus?

Aspergillus is a fungus (or mold) that is very common in the enviro... Read More

Drug-resistance Fears For Deadly Fungal Disease

Deadly human fungal infections caused by certain strains of Aspergillus fungi appear to be developing resistance to current drug treatments at an alarming rate, say scientists.

University of Manchester researchers, working with colleagues in Newark, USA, have developed a new test that can not... Read More

If Bacteria Can Do It...Learning community skills from microbes

One of the greatest joys of being a scientist is continuously having the opportunity to see the world in new ways. At a national laboratory or research university, you’re exposed to many different fields of research, from which you can always glean something useful. My current fascination is lea... Read More
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