The Curse of Pharaohs that made headline in the 70's and 80's may be microbiology-related in origin. Scientists are starting to believe in the curse --or at least in an explanation for why the series of curse-like coincidences could have happened.
Here’s a recipe for a curse: Take one coffi... Read More
Life without sex?!?! An evolutionary scandal?!?! Science pron?! Do Tell!! (OK, maybe I embellished a bit here, LOL) Sexually reproducing organisms that abandon sexual reproduction are typically doomed to early extinction. This phenomenon, it has been said, is the chief reason that evolutionary b... Read More
A new experimental Ebola vaccine is one step closer to realization, having proven its ability to protect against lethal infections in animal models. The researchers report their findings in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Virology. “Our study demonstrates the potential of the EbolaÄVP30 v... Read More
What technical obstacles currently most curtail the growth of biofuels? What are the prospects for overcoming them in the near future and the longer-term?
Speaking from the perspective of our microbial renewable oil production technology platform and advanced biofuels, the majority of the true ... Read More
The bacteria responsible for chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients use one of the sugars on the germs’ surface to start building a structure that helps the microbes resist efforts to kill them, new research shows. Scientists have determined that the bacterial cell-surface sugar, a polys... Read More
The bacteria responsible for chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients use one of the sugars on the germs' surface to start building a structure that helps the microbes resist efforts to kill them, new research shows.
Scientists have determined that the bacterial cell-surface sugar, a po... Read More
b322-1 clostridium histolyticum on egg yolk agar 5x Read More
b320-1 Clostridium spp. from pet food (1000x) Read More
b324-1 clostridium ramosum, peptostreptococcus spp, peptococcus spp and bacteroides fragilis Read More
Americans burn through 140 billion gallons of gasoline a year. And even if drivers switch to more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, the nation’s fuel needs are expected to increase by a fifth over the next 20 years, thanks to dramatic increases in car and airplane use. Which is why, in addition to... Read More
The ocean tides mirror life itself. Their ebb and flow pay homage to the cyclic nature of the cosmos along even the most secluded seashores. But is life itself also ultimately a fluke of the tides?
If so, life may ultimately owe its origins to our serendipitously large moon. The sun and wind ... Read More
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have uncovered genetic evidence about the evolutionary path that transformed Salmonella enteritidis from an innocuous bacterium into a virulent pathogen. S. enteritidis, like many bacteria, reproduces very quickly--every 20 minutes in optimal condit... Read More
An unusual pattern of avian flu cases in Egypt — almost all are in toddlers, all of whom have survived — has led some flu-tracking Web sites to speculate that dozens of silent cases are circulating there. However some experts like Dr. Robert G. Webster, say “I hope to hell it’s not happening, be... Read More
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has made an emergency appeal for millions of dollars to fight a new polio outbreak across Africa. Despite more than 20 years of eradication efforts, two strains of polio have spread out from northern Nigeria and northern India ... Read More
UK microbiologist Mark Pallen has commissioned a rap version of Darwin's theory of evolution by Baba Brinkman, a former English literature student and Canadian hip hop artist. The idea is that the music can serve as a pedagogical tool for students. There is also a nice video of it on YouTube her... Read More
Take 1 part brewer's yeast, add a gene from a salt marsh plant, grow it with an obscure microbe from a French landfil and viola! Biofuel. Christopher Voigt, a synthetic biologist at UCSF, "and colleagues had assembled the perfect microbial team – A. fermentans converts cellulose into acetate, w... Read More
In just about every major contaminated food scare, Minnesotans become sick by the dozens while few people in Kentucky and other states are counted among the ill. Contaminated peanuts? Forty-two Minnesotans were reported sick compared with three Kentuckians. Jalapeño peppers last year? Thirty-on... Read More