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Bacteria make thrift a habit

In these lean times, smart consumers refuse to pay a lot for throwaway items, but will shell out a little more for products that can be used again and again. The same is true of bacteria and other microbes, researchers at the University of Michigan have learned.

These organisms 'spend' more o... Read More

Toward Safer Foods for Human Consumption With Anthrax Protection

An antibacterial enzyme found in human tears and other body fluids could be applied to certain foods for protection against intentional contamination with anthrax, scientists reported in Boston, Massachusetts on August 26 at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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ICAAC 2010 Live

The Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) is the annual infectious diseases meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.  This webpage will broadcast the daily press conferences for the 50th ICAAC being held September 12-15, 2010 at the Boston Conven... Read More

UF discovers house flies carrying five new illness-causing bacteria

Everyone knows that house flies aren’t welcome around food.

But University of Florida scientists have discovered five new reasons why.

Researchers with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have documented five more bacteria species carried by house flies, and all of them cause ... Read More

Interview with Kim Lewis of Northeastern University

Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine interviews Kim Lewis of Northeastern University--
Missing siderophores may account for why microbiologists can culture only about 1% of the microorganisms that they collect from diverse environments, according to Kim Lewis of Northeastern University and his collabor... Read More

Whooping cough outbreak could be worst in 50 years

An outbreak of whooping cough in California could be the worst in 50 years, the state's Department of Public Health said last week.

The disease, caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, is spread via coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious. On average, one infected person can sprea... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 63

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A continuacion: El empleo de antibióticos en el ganado, bacterias espirales y los microbios y su medioambiente.

El empleo de antibióticos en el ganado

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Ants found to use multiple antibiotics as weed killers

Scientists at the University of East Anglia, have shown that fungus-farming ants are using multiple antibiotics as weed killers to maintain their fungus gardens.

Research led by Dr Matt Hutchings and published in the journal BMC Biology shows that ants use the antibiotics to inhibit the growt... Read More

Researchers have developed a new bioreactor that can enhance algae growth

Syracuse University’s Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, professor and chair of biomedical and chemical engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, and SU chemical engineering Ph.D. student Satvik Wani have discovered a method to make algae grow faster by manipulating light... Read More

Waiting for the Right Moment: Bacterial Pathogens Delay Their Entry Into Cells

Pathogens make themselves feel at home in the human body, invading cells and living off the plentiful amenities on offer. However, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, together with colleagues at Harvard University, reveal an opposite strategy used to ensure inf... Read More

More efficient biofuels from better yeast

Engineers believe a new strain of yeast with increased alcohol tolerance is the first step toward more efficient and economical production of biofuels.

Biofuels are produced through microbial fermentation of biomass crops, which yield the alcohol-based fuels ethanol and iso-butanol if yeast i... Read More

Hand-held detector aims to diagnose disease

Family doctors could instantly detect a raft of diseases – from breast cancer to MRSA – using a cheap hand-held device being developed by the UK-based R&D company Cambridge Consultants.

The CliniHub, now in its early stages of development in partnership with XenBio Fluidics of San Diego, Cali... Read More

Staying Negative: How an Unexpected Antiretroviral Result Is Reshaping the Battle Against AIDS

When the first positive results of a research trial for an antiretroviral-based vaginal microbicide gel were announced at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna this July, it marked a significant thinning of the line between HIV treatment and prevention. The same agents that had been design... Read More

Banana Plantain Fibers Could Treat Crohn's Disease, Research Suggests

Crohn's is a condition that affects one in 800 people in the UK and causes chronic intestinal inflammation, leading to pain, bleeding and diarrhoea. Researchers are working with biotechnology company, Provexis, to test a new plantain based food product that could treat patients with the disease.... Read More

How to make a P. aeruginosa infection: New maps of lipopolysaccharide-making enzymes

For immune compromised individuals, like those living with AIDS, cancer, and burn wounds, and for cystic fibrosis patients, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can cause serious or even fatal infections. Why is it so devastating? One of the essential elements of P. aeruginosa’s virulence is a slick coating... Read More

Oil-Eating Microbes and the BP Spill on NPR 10 AM EST

A new study suggests mother nature might be cleaning up the BP spill faster than expected. Researchers found several species of oil-eating bacteria thriving in the submerged plume, but uncertainty remains over the threat to marine life. The guests will include Ron Atlas, past president of the Am... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 9 - Breastmilk Builds Babies' Bifidus

This episode: Breastmilk nourishes bacterial allies too!



























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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 9 - Breastmilk Builds Babies' Bifidus

 

This episode: Breastmilk nourishes bacterial allies too!


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Nanobiotechnology-Manipulated Light Particles Used to Accelerate Algae Growth

Scientists and engineers seek to meet three goals in the production of biofuels from non-edible sources such as microalgae: efficiency, economical production and ecological sustainability. Syracuse University's Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, professor and chair of biomedical and chemical engineering ... Read More

Submit a session proposal for 9th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting

The 2011 ASM Biodefense Meeting (http://www.asmbiodefense.org/) at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on Feb 6-9, 2011, will focus on basic and applied research, policy issues, and education related to biodefense and emerging infectious diseases.

Meeting participants represent a blend... Read More
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