Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don’t. Assembling this tough armor entails multiple steps, some of which are targeted by antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin.
Yet one step in the process has remained a mystery because the molecu... Read More
The TWiV academia discuss induction of diarrhea by the capsid protein of an astrovirus, and association of a fungal RNA virus with white-nose syndrome of North American bats.
The mention of Zika can strike fear in the hearts of pregnant women. With infections increasing around the world, including in the US, researchers are fighting the clock to figure out how the virus can have such horrific effects in some people. Read More
The bacteria that cause the life-threatening disease cholera may initiate infection by coordinating a wave of mass shapeshifting that allows them to more effectively penetrate the intestines of their unwitting victims, according to a study led by Princeton University.
The researchers discover... Read More
Although cases of Zika virus infection appear to be decreasing, the mosquito-borne virus likely will become endemic in the Americas and continue to cause outbreaks and sporadic cases. Given the serious complications of Zika virus infection, particularly in cases of congenital infection, research... Read More
If you are lucky enough to be still alive and working in 2050... How might the clinical microbiology laboratory have changed by that time? Nobody can accurately predict the future, but here are my personal thoughts... Read More
A large clump of Mushrooms seen int the leaf litter after heavy rain Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was beige/tan, smooth and started to invert, gills were not attached to the stem. Read More
In this blog post, I reflect a bit on the ups and downs of 2016, then share some Luxmas themed art. Read More
This episode: Microbes with complementary abilities help each other grow and produce useful stuff from the air!
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Following the recent Zika outbreak in Miami-Dade County, a multidisciplinary team of physicians with the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine published a case study January 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine, describing in detail the nation’s first locally trans... Read More
After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever--a mosquito-borne viral disease--continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. Now, researchers have reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that the mosquitos that carry dengue virus (D... Read More
It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics.... Read More
Agar art using Bacillus sp. and Serratia marcescens on Luria agar. Read More
In what ways might medical laboratories now be perceived as factories? And where does the similarity end? Read more...
The world has a problem: an exploding human population, which will require crop yields to double by 2050 without increasing crop acreage. Solving this problem will necessitate help from some of the smallest members of Earth’s population using a concept that has both George Washington Carver and ... Read More
To find an effective vaccine against malaria it is crucial to test candidate vaccines on larger groups of people than previously thought - according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology. The researchers from Erasmus MC Rotterdam and Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen de... Read More
It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dish.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics. T... Read More
Mosquitos carrying a greater number of malaria-causing parasites may be more likely to cause infection in the people they bite, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens.
More than 100 years have passed since scientists first discovered that infectious mosquitos inject malaria-caus... Read More
Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Harmit Malik, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Harmit is interested in a variety of problems that could all be classified under the genetics of evolutionary conflict. He studies rapidly evolving proteins as a hallmark... Read More