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Microbes To The Rescue: The fate of spilled oil in the Gulf rests with the hydrocarbon-digesting microorganisms colonizing underwater plumes

The environmental impact of millions of gallons of oil still in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon incident may depend on microscopic helpers: Bacteria that consume oil and other hydrocarbons and could break down the spilled crude, making it disappear, as highlighted in the current is... Read More

Nanomovies: Ultrafast Electron Microscopy

The movies don't have nearly as much interpersonal drama as Avatar, but in these ones the actors are nanoscopic, directed by the laws of physics operating at the nanoscale. They were filmed using a new kind of electron microscopy.

The electron microscope has long been a workhorse for examinin... Read More

Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we're going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it's going to get nasty

The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations... Read More

'New' Human Adenovirus May Not Make for Good Vaccines, After All

In recent years, scientists have studied the possibility of using engineered human adenoviruses as vaccines against diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. In this approach, adenoviruses, which commonly cause respiratory-tract infections, are rendered relatively harmless before they are... Read More

TWiP 14 Letters

Sarah writes:

To my favourite scientists,

I am a high school student from Serbia and microbiology is my passion; I plan on going to university and studying it. I wanted to tell you both how much I enjoy the TWIP podcast! I especially enjoyed the one about tapeworms.... Read More

TWiP 14: Leishmania

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Vincent and Dickson consider the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Leishmania.

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Paracoccidioides brasiliensis tissue

Paracoccidioides brasiliensis tissue or parasitic form grown in vitro at 37 C Read More

Fish-gut clue to human immunity

Researchers have identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses.

It plays a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of hu... Read More

New superbugs spreading from South Asia: study

Plastic surgery patients have carried a new class of superbugs resistant to almost all antibiotics from South Asia to Britain and they could spread worldwide, researchers reported Wednesday.

Many hospital infections that were already difficult to treat have become even more impervious to drug... Read More

Bacteria from Hot Springs Reveal Clues to Evolution of Early Life and to Unlock Biofuels' Potential

Bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study publishing next week in PLoS Biology. It may also be the key to 21st century biofuel production.

Biochemists Alan Lambowitz and Georg Mohr began in... Read More

Measuring MRSA in vitro

Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infections have a fatality risk of 30% to 40%; a narrow window of time is available to administer antibiotic therapy. The MicroPhage MRSA/MSSA Blood Culture Test from MicroPhage, Inc., Longmont, Colo., is the first in vitro diagnostic for direct identification ... Read More

Eye disease diagnosed online, automatically

Early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy (DR) is vital to preserving the eye sight of a diabetes patient; however, less than half of the diabetes patients in the United States are screened due to cost or limited access to medical specialists. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Th... Read More

Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Decline In Hospitals

There's good news for a change about a bad bug called MRSA.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus isn't fazed by many common antibiotics. Each year infections with the germ sicken more than 90,000 Americans and kill 19,000.

But the rates of MRSA infections in hospitals have come down... Read More

Plasmodium falciparum

Plasmodium falciparum ring form trophozoites (fatal case) (1000X) Read More

Glow-in-the-dark shrimp safe to eat

So, you decide that the best way to use those still-glowing coals is to throw on those fresh shrimp that just never made it to the grill. You peel, devein and sprinkle them with salt, and then head back outside to stir the coals. Your frugal spouse flips off the kitchen light. You re-enter the d... Read More

A One-Two Punch for Multi-Drug Resistant TB?

One in ten of the 2 billion people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis will fall ill with tuberculosis in their lifetime, so finding effective drugs to treat TB and preventing the emergence of drug resistance are public health priorities of the highest order. Treating TB requires a combina... Read More

More seniors on Medicare use antibiotics: study

More seniors used antibiotics after enrolling in Medicare Part D, the program that helps pay for prescription drugs, in a new study of about 35,000 people.

The results are promising for conditions like pneumonia, which is sometimes deadly in the elderly but can be effectively treated with ant... Read More

Clues to Gut Immunity Evolution: Research Reveals Similarities Between Fish and Humans

A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses. It was discovered to play a predominant ro... Read More

Popping Cells Surprise Living Circuits Creators

Under the microscope, the bacteria start dividing normally, two cells become four and then eight and so on. But then individual cells begin "popping," like circus balloons being struck by darts.

This phenomenon, which surprised the Duke University bioengineers who captured it on video, turns ... Read More

Treatments: Drug Schedule Improves Survival Rate of Those With AIDS and Tuberculosis

People who are near death from a combination of tuberculosis and AIDS are more likely to survive if they get immediate TB treatment, followed two weeks later by antiretroviral drugs for AIDS, doctors are reporting.

Several AIDS specialists said the research, supported by the French and Americ... Read More
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