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Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Made Easier with PANGEA

Next generation sequencing is a powerful method increasing in popularity for use in metagenomic and transcriptomic analysis in environmental microbiology. Compared to Sanger sequencing, next generation allows for sequencing of the complete genomic content of a sample without the need to make clo... Read More

Methane eating microbes multiply in Gulf oil spill

The number of naturally occurring microbes that eat methane grew surprisingly fast inside a plume spreading from BP's ruptured oil well, an oceanographer who was one of the first to detect the plumes said Tuesday.

Samantha Joye, a marine sciences professor at the University of Georgia at Athe... Read More

Early Exposure to Milk Protein from Cows Increases Allergy Resistance Later in Life, Study Finds

Many doctors suggest that whole cow's milk be avoided in the early months of an infant's feeding. Lactation specialists go even further, counseling "mother's milk only" until baby starts eating solid food. But new research from Tel Aviv University says that mothers who feed their babies cow's mi... Read More

Q fever requires 18 months or more to treat, researchers find

At least 18 months of treatment are required to cure an infection of the heart lining or valves resulting from Q fever, and an additional six months will most likely be required if the patient has a prosthetic valve, researchers reported Wednesday. The findings have relevance because of the cur... Read More

Antibiotics in livestock affect humans, USDA testifies

There is a clear link between the use of antibiotics in livestock and drug resistance in humans, President Barack Obama's administration says, a position sharply at odds with agribusiness interests.

The Agriculture Department "believes that it is likely that the use of antimicrobials in anima... Read More

TWiP 13 Letters

Kevin writes:

I was googling the internet after listening to TWiP 9 where there was a mention of the tongue parasitic isopod. From the looks of this published paper, that is the real deal. http://www.idosi.org/wjfms/wjfms1(2)09/10.pdf


I will never eat sushi again.<... Read More

TWiP 13: Toxoplasmosis

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of the obligate intracellular protozoan Toxoplasma gondii with a consideration of the clinical consequences of infection and pathogenesis.


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Reovirus infection of farmed salmon

Global fish farming may be the solution to the impending collapse of the commercial fishing industry, but penned fish are susceptible to infectious diseases. Infection with salmon infectious anemia virus, an orthomyxovirus, lead Wal-Mart to stop buying farmed salmon from Chile, the world’s secon... Read More

Report: Waterborne Diseases Cost $500 Million a Year

Waterborne illnesses are far from eradicated, and they're more than just a case of diarrhea. Americans shell out an estimated $500 million in health care costs to treat the conditions each year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a study presente... Read More

MTS54 - Carl Bergstrom - The Mathematics of Microbes

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The gut's 'friendly' viruses revealed

In the latest exploration into the universe of organisms inhabiting our bodies, microbiologists have discovered new viral genes in faeces. They find that the composition of virus populations inhabiting the tail ends of healthy intestines (as represented in our stools) is unique to each individua... Read More

Got one nasty sucker here folks . . .

Seen here via immunohistochemical staining of a gastric biopsy is the Heliobacter Pylori bacteria, or H. Pylori if you're in a hurry.
Able to survive the intensely acidic environment that is the human stomach, H. Pylori actually gets downright comfortable there. The bacterium has flagella and... Read More

Can you kill bacteria in the microwave?

If I take a piece of pizza that's been sitting on the table awhile and microwave it for one minute, would that kill bacteria and decrease the chance of food poisoning? -- David Chattin-McNichols

First, can bacteria really just land on your food while it's sitting on the table? Second, what's... Read More

Sewage Overflow Promotes Spread of West Nile Virus

Sewage that overflows into urban creeks and streams during periods of heavy rain can promote the spread of West Nile virus, a study led by Emory University finds.

The analysis of six years of data showed that people living near creeks with sewage overflows in lower-income neighborhoods of Sou... Read More

Arctic Genes Make Vaccines That Can't Stand Heat

Some bacteria have adapted to super cold environments for millions of years. And scientists have isolated some of the essential genes that allow bacteria to tolerate their harsh living conditions—because these same genes might help in the creation of new vaccines. The investigators published the... Read More

More than 1,000 exposed to dengue in Florida: CDC

Five percent of the population of Key West, Florida -- more than 1,000 people -- have been infected at some point with the dengue virus, government researchers reported on Tuesday.

Most probably did not even know it, but the findings show the sometimes deadly infection is making its way north... Read More

MRSA Occurrences Higher in Firehouses Than General-Public Buildings, Study Finds

A University of Arizona study found high levels of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in Tucson Fire Department stations, said Kelly Reynolds, associate professor of environmental health sciences at the university’s Zuckerman College of Public Health. MRSA is a potential... Read More

Hospital infection deaths caused by ignorance and neglect, survey finds

Deadly yet easily preventable bloodstream infections continue to plague American hospitals because facility administrators fail to commit resources and attention to the problem, according to a survey of medical professionals released Monday.

An estimated 80,000 patients per year develop cathe... Read More

'Cold gene' shows promise in protecting against dangerous bacteria

Creating vaccines against some of the most dangerous bacterial pathogens might be as simple as giving them a cold — or at least a cold gene.

By replacing a single gene in pathogenic bacteria with a gene from bacteria that live in the arctic, scientists report that they have developed a modifi... Read More

Go! Fight! Win! Are bacterial cheerleaders making your ears hurt?

Ear infections: almost every kid has suffered through them at least once, making otitis media the most common reason for pediatric visits and new antibiotic prescriptions in children. But those little bottles of sweet pink antibiotics don’t always clear up ear infections. Bacteria often form m... Read More
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