New research has shed light on the origins of a fungal infection which is one of the major causes of death from AIDS-related illnesses. The study, published today in the journal PLoS Pathogens, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the BBSRC, shows how the more virulent forms of Cryptococcus neoforma... Read More
Here is a transcript of TWiM episode #6, "Antibacterial therapy with bacteriophage: Fact or fiction?". Thanks to Steve Stokowski for transcription.
The transcript is also available as a pdf file - click here to download Read More
Professor Dickson Despommier, co-host of TWiV and TWiP, and well known for his ideas about vertical farming, taught parasitology to medical, dental, and nursing students at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons for 38 years. Below are videocasts of the six lectures from the fina... Read More
In this exclusive video report, Michael Smith reviews some of the most important news out of the 2010 ICAAC and IDSA Meetings with a leading expert in the field. Read More
Around 90 percent of the reefs off the coasts of Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, the Maldives and the Seychelles are at risk. If ocean temperatures rise by another 7ºF in the next three decades, as is predicted, 95 percent of the Great Barrier Reef will disappear.
The primary cause of the die-of... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº202 summarize the recent finding that Manuka honey could be use to clear chronically infected wou... Read More
Frustrated by the high relapse rate of traditional addiction treatments, scientists are working on a strategy that recruits the body's own defenses to help addicts kick drug habits.
The new approach uses injected vaccines to block some addictive substances from reaching the brain. If a vaccin... Read More
Scientists believe that the widespread use of antibiotics may be playing a significant role in exacerbating the obesity epidemic.
Growing evidence suggests that oral antibiotic medicines may be affecting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the human intestine which is influencing whether som... Read More
A recent class assignment called for students to take a soil sample. Rather than grab mud from the bank of a nearby river, Emilia climbed down a pitch-black Indiana cave, scraped a sample from the wall and discovered a virus, immortalizing the family name and adding to a growing body of research... Read More
There's a crisis among the world's amphibians -- about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection.
DNA swabbed from the... Read More
This episode: Bacteria may help prevent cavities!
A team of researchers has identified a cellular protein that acts as a receptor for Ebola virus and Marburg virus. Furthermore, the team showed that an antibody, which binds to the receptor protein, is able to block infection by both viruses.
"This is the first receptor identified for Ebola a... Read More
People infected with leprosy in the United States often have the same previously unknown strain of the microbe Mycobacterium leprae that is also carried by armadillos. Though it’s been known for decades that armadillos can harbor leprosy, also called Hansen’s disease, the discovery of the overla... Read More
A disease affecting banana plants has spread to five provinces of Burundi, raising concern among agricultural officials, who fear the disease could hit the country's food security.
Scientists have discovered that drugs used to treat HIV may also one day become lifesaving drugs targeted at parasitic diseases such as leishmaniasis and malaria. According to new research published in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), scientists have identified the target of action for... Read More
People who wash their hands with contaminated soap from bulk-soap-refillable dispensers can increase the number of disease-causing microbes on their hands and may play a role in transmission of bacteria in public settings according to research published in the May issue of the journal Applied an... Read More
Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life.
Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant heal... Read More
Australia's pistachio farmers were expecting a bumper crop this year, but a fungus has decimated the harvest. Curiously, it had infected the nuts only rarely until now. Is a genetic mutation or a spate of bad weather to blame? Click source for more. Read More
In various ways, bacteria are one step ahead to us humans. For example, they dispose of "intelligent" RNA molecules, so-called riboswitches, which help to regulate many of their essential metabolism pathways.
The riboswitches, only discovered a few years ago, are sensors in RNA molecules. A ... Read More
Viruses are notorious for entering cells, taking over their internal machinery, and turning them into virus manufacturing centers. But new research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Peter Cresswell reveals how human cytomegalovirus takes this gambit one step further, turning a prot... Read More