When viruses attack, one molecule more than any other fights back. Interferon triggers the activation of more than 350 genes, and despite the obvious connection, the vast majority have never been tested for antiviral properties. A team of researchers, led by scientists from Rockefeller Universit... Read More
Storing fruits and vegetables in ozone-enriched environments reduces spoilage explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. Dr Ian Singleton explains how ozone treatment could be a safe, effective replacement for pesticides as it leaves no residue... Read More
Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could h... Read More
It seems the Russians are going to penetrate the oldest subglacial lake on Antarctica soon.
El podcast del Microbio Nº188 and 189 describes the famous experiment about prebiotic synthesis of organic compounds and t... Read More
A newly sequenced bacterial genome from a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could contain clues as to how microorganisms produce a highly toxic form of mercury.
Methylmercury, a potent human neurotoxin, appears in the environment when certain naturally occur... Read More
The walnut could be taking an unnecessary public-relations hit by being pegged as the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed one life in Quebec, a leading food-safety expert said Friday.
Food microbiologist Keith Warriner from the University of Guelph said there appear to be so... Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the SpectraShield 9500 N95 surgical respirator, a device that kills 99.99 percent of three different kinds of bacteria when exposed to its outer surface.
The FDA cleared the SpectraShield as a single-use, N95 surgical respirator for use in health... Read More
BioCyc: Microbial Genomes and Cellular Networks
by Peter D. Karp, Ingrid M. Keseler, Tomer Altman, Ron Caspi, Carol A. Fulcher, Pallavi Subhraveti, Anamika Kothari, Markus
Krummenacker, Mario Latendresse, Tom Lee, Suzanne M. Paley, Alexander G. Shearer, and Miles Trupp
The BioCyc system h... Read More
An investigation into microbial contamination that led to blood infections of 19 hospitalized patients in Alabama has found a genetic match between bacteria cultured from a dozen infected patients and water samples from a faucet in a pharmacy that prepared IV nutrition products.
The bacteria ... Read More
One of the first studies of its type has confirmed that a science museum can strongly influence the public's knowledge and attitudes about science and technology, and to a surprising degree can cut across racial, ethnic, educational and economic barriers.
"The holy grail of science museums is... Read More
It seems that our children need to be vaccinated for measles earlier in life. In just the first two months of the year, 13 people in the U.S. contracted measles as a result of international travel, many of them young children according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Al... Read More
Stealthy and patient, tuberculosis is able to lie dormant for decades, waiting for the right time to break out in epidemic proportions.
A study tracing a particular strain back to the fur trade, when French Canadian explorers unwittingly spread it to indigenous peoples is offering clues as to... Read More
Among the millions of tons of nanoparticles manufactured annually, silver nanoparticles are a particular favorite as they work as antibacterial agents in surgical tools, water treatment, wound dressings, and in a variety of other roles. They’ve even been used in the cathodes of batteries.
And... Read More
Endosymbiotic bacteria, which take up residence inside their hosts' bodies, aren't particularly rare in insects; in fact, the majority of insect species likely harbor one or more symbionts. However, scientists don't really know how these microbes become entrenched in new host populations. A case... Read More
A solar eclipse was observed in India on 15(th) January, 2010. It was a total eclipse in some parts of the country, while it was a partial eclipse in other parts. Microorganisms play an important role in various phenomena on the earth. This study was undertaken to know the influence of solar ecl... Read More
Schistosoma japonicum is one of the remarkable Platyhelminths that are endemic in China and Southeast Asian countries. The parasite is dioecious and can reside inside the host for many years. Rapid reproduction by producing large number of eggs and count-react host anti-parasite responses are th... Read More
As the World Health Organization prepares to mark World Health Day April 7, the U.N. agency is urging stepped-up international efforts to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are posing increasingly serious public health threats, especially in hospitals. Here is our first... Read More
Just after sunrise in early January, a delivery van trundled along a suburban street in Queensland, Australia. Inside were tubs filled with a type of mosquito that carries dengue fever, the flulike illness that annually sickens 50 million to 100 million people worldwide. Workers inside the van s... Read More