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The bioluminescent bacteria

Growth of the gram negative bacteria Vibrio fischeri expressing bioluminescence as a result of the symbiotic interaction with Euprymna scolopes. You can see the plate without shining and glowing in the dark. The Form is the mascot of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras campus. Read More

Bacteria in marine sponges harvest phosphorus for reef community

Significant accumulations of polyphosphate granules have been found in three common sponge species of the Caribbean coral reef, indicating that microorganisms that live on marine sponges are pulling phosphorus out of the water to feed themselves and survive in a deep-water environment where very... Read More

MWV94 - TWiM #99: Careers in Biodefense

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Maria Julia Marinissen, Read More

Ebolavirus will not become a respiratory pathogen

An otherwise balanced review of selected aspects of Ebolavirus transmission falls apart when the authors hypothesize that ‘Ebola viruses have the potential to be respiratory pathogens with primary respiratory spread.’

The idea that Ebolavirus might become transmitted by the respiratory route ... Read More

Unidentified Microbes on SDA

Unidentified soil microbes on SDA plates; most colonies are producing compounds (droplets can be seen on top of the colonies; possibly antibiotic producers). This picture was taken by me, Kaitlynn Fenley. The plate is from the class that I am a teaching assistant for at Louisiana State Universit... Read More

Liberia’s President Urges U.S. to Continue Ebola Aid

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia on Friday urged the United States to maintain its assistance to her country as it continues to fight to recover from the Ebola outbreak, which began about one year ago.

In a meeting at the White House with President Obama, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf asked f... Read More

Pollution is driving force behind growth of nuisance algal scums, study finds

Potentially toxic microbes which pose a threat to our drinking water have undergone a dramatic population explosion over the last 200 years as a result of pollution, research involving experts from The University of Nottingham has found. The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, looke... Read More

Lab-on-paper developed for rapid, inexpensive medical diagnostics

A new paper-based platform has been created for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves embedded in the paper that allow for sequential manipulation of sample fluids and multiple reagents in a controlled manner to per... Read More

Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

The infection, caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, causes nearly 500,000 illnesses in the United States each year and k... Read More

Paper Test Quickly Detects Ebola, Dengue, And Yellow Fever

Researchers in the US have developed a silver nanoparticle-based paper test to simultaneously detect dengue, yellow fever and Ebola. This could provide a cheap and reliable diagnosis for all three diseases, that’s as quick as a home pregnancy test.

The test is made from strips of paper contai... Read More

Energetic immune cells are vital for fighting disease

A good immune system relies on a key ‘energy producing’ protein in immune cells to develop immunity to vaccines and disease, an international team of scientists has found.

The protein, called HuR (human antigen R) is critical for controlling metabolism in B cells, which make antibodies that a... Read More

Microorganisms isolated from rain

Rain plated on Eosine Methylene Blue Agar
Incubation Conditions: 4d at 20°C

This drawing was done in the Pr. Vinatzer lab at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Read More

Enterobacteria deposited with rain

Created by: Caroline L. Monteil, PhD
Isolates: Two strains enterobacteria isolated from rain and mixed together.
Agar: Eosine Methylene Blue Agar
Incubation Conditions: 48 hours at 20°C

This drawing was done in the Pr. Vinatzer lab at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Read More

Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise

Scientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet. Read More

Rust preserves fossils from early Earth

Since life originated on Earth between 3.8 and 3.9 Ga ago, microorganisms have significantly shaped and influenced the chemistry of Earth’s surface and subsurface environments. Reconstructing the evolution of early microbial life depends mainly on finding organic and mineral remnants of microbia... Read More

Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv

Martha Furie stormed into the room and huffily sat down in a chair.

“Well, you know, I’ve been working really hard, studying Lyme disease,” she said, her voice tinged with disdain, to the woman sitting in the next chair. “It’s been a long process. It’s hard to talk about it.”

The other wom... Read More

Caring for People Infected with Ebola: Stories from the Frontlines


Call for Stories
Caring for People Infected with Ebola: Stories from the Frontlines
Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish a collection of personal stories from individuals who have been at the frontlines of healthcare for Ebola patients—whether as healthcare workers, family caregivers,... Read More

Microphotograph of Penicillum corylophilum at 400 magnification

This filamentous fungus was isolated from soil of a petroleum hydrocarbon polluted ship breaking yard. It can degrade some linear petroleum hydrocarbons, like kerosene, diesel and octane. Read More

Ocean acidification slows algae growth in the Southern Ocean

In a recent study, scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), demonstrate for the first time that ocean acidification could have negative impacts on diatoms in the Southern Ocean. In laboratory tests they were able to observe that under chan... Read More

The deadly, new "Bourbon virus" was just discovered in the US

A mysterious illness that seems to have killed a farmer in Kansas has led to the discovery of a new virus last week: the Bourbon virus.

The farmer had been working on his field last spring when he got several tick bites, including one that appeared to be attached to his shoulder. A few days l... Read More
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