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Anti-HIV antibody shows promise in first human study

A single infusion of an experimental anti-HIV antibody called 3BNC117 resulted in significantly decreased HIV levels that persisted for as long as 28 days in HIV-infected individuals, according to Phase 1 clinical trial findings published online today in Nature. Read More

Pictures Considered #25. Getting A Ride

From Moselio Shaechter of ASM's Small Things Considered:

"A recent review article deals with the fascinating phenomenon of pathogens exiting from their host cell. Sometimes, one pathogen helps another one in transmission to the next host. In one case, a Candida albicans hypha caught in the ac... Read More

Gene variant and environment can boost severity of respiratory syncytial virus

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that environmental factors, in conjunction with a mutation of the TLR4 gene, may contribute to the severity of RSV-related respiratory illness in children. TLR4 is a gene involved in the innate immune response, and investigator... Read More

How two microbes helped neuroscience

How two unlikely microbes led to the development of one of today's most promising brain research techniques -- optogenetics -- which is being used to study many diseases including schizophrenia and Parkinson's. Read More

Rubella Has Been Eliminated From the Americas, Health Officials Say

Rubella, a disease with terrible consequences for unborn children, has finally been eliminated from the Americas, a scientific panel set up by global health authorities announced Wednesday. Read More

Streptococcus pyogenes

Throat swab of (5) years old child from emergency department for culture and sensitivity clinical summary scarlet fever.

Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A Streptococcus, is a spherical, Gram-positive bacterium.[1] S. pyogenes displays streptococcal group A antigen on its cell wall and typic... Read More

Rising antibiotic shortages raise concerns about patient care

Shortages of key antibiotics, including gold-standard therapies and drugs used to treat highly resistant infections, are on the rise, according to a new study of shortages from 2001 to 2013 published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. The trends raise serious concerns about th... Read More

Salmonella typhi in Blood agar

Isolated colonies of salmonella enterica subsp. Typhi
Image was taken in 2005 for master thesis.
Location: Kathmandu Model Hospital. Read More

1,000 Year Old Remedy May Cure MRSA, Still Faces Market Hurdles

“It is exciting that this team were able to validate an ancient traditional remedy,” said Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist whose Emory University lab studies the antimicrobial properties of plant compounds. “It demonstrates that traditional medicine—which 80 percent of the world still uses—isn’... Read More

Retroviral influence on human embryonic development

About eight percent of human DNA is viral: it consists of retroviral genomes produced by infections that occurred many years ago. These endogenous retroviruses are passed from parent to child in our DNA. Some of these viral genomes are activated for a brief time during human embryogenesis, sugge... Read More

Ethiopia: Society to Advance Microbiological Sciences

The Ethiopian Society for Microbiology (ESM) has pledged that it would put relentless efforts in advancing microbiological sciences through conducting various scientific researches on molecular science and microbiology Read More

UW researcher outlines effectiveness of new Ebola vaccine

The University of Wisconsin researcher who’s worked to develop a vaccine for Ebola said Monday that the vaccine has shown promising results and could even enter the clinical trial phrase in two years. Read More

What does

Does the term “microbiome” have dual meanings, an ecological one (BIOME, as in community) and a genomic one (OME, as in genomics)? An interesting blog post. Read More

IMViC, TSI and Urease test of Salmonella enterica subsp. typhi

The picture was taken for my master thesis in 2005.
Location: Kathmandu Model Hospital, Nepal. Read More

Study of African birds reveals hotbed of malaria parasite diversity

A new study published last week in the journal PLOS ONE explores the scope of malaria parasite diversity in southeast African birds, and provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera. Read More

Trichuris ovis

The eggs of Trichuris species are brownish-yellowish, about 40x70 micrometers, with a barrel-like shape, a thick membrane and typical plugs on both poles.
This photo take from stool sample of goat.

credits: Francesco d'Aleo M.Sc., NHS of Microbiology Read More

isolation of lactobacilli from the digestive tract of Sadine and bring out its probiotic effect, in the mediterranean basin Algeria

The fact of using antibiotics in aquaculture has immersed a multiresistance in pathogenic bacteria. This is why a spare solution had to be found which is the probiotics. So for that, I isolated lactic bacteria (lactobacilles) from the intestine of a pelagic fish (sardina pilchardus) and did a lo... Read More

Stopping HIV in its tracks

Is the end of HIV near? Findings published this week in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy report that a novel, subdermal implant delivering potent antiretroviral (ARV) drugs shows extreme promise in stopping the spread of HIV. Read More

Myths around Chickenpox in the Pakistani Society

This video is presenting some of the most common myths related to "Chickenpox" in the Pakistani society. It's a scene from the daily life showing how people deal with this disease. This video is giving a message to the scientists in particular and society in general why eradication of certain in... Read More

Yeast contaminant

Unknown contaminant, possible Yeast, seen on TSA agar after 3 weeks refrigerated temperatures. The colony appeared mucoid colony with lobate edges, was white in the center of the colony and yellow on the edges. The agar surrounding the colony had what appeared to be a brown coloration, possib... Read More
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