Every disease has a history. Some of that history is written in books, and some is written in our DNA.
The earliest records of meningitis — an infection of the membranes that line the brain — reach back to 1685. The British physician Thomas Willis described fevered patients, some of whom suff... Read More
An important study conducted in part at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may lead to new, more effective vaccines and medicines by revealing detailed information about how a flu antibody binds to a wide variety of flu viruses.
The flu virus infects millions of p... Read More
The test would quickly diagnose patients in remote locations where disease spread has been rampant.
Rutgers researcher David Alland, working with the California biotechnology company Cepheid, has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid tes... Read More
The gut bacteria of a plastic-eating worm could help to break down the plastic waste clogging up landfills, according to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology.
Plastic remains in the environment for years without breaking down, contributing significantly to litter and landf... Read More
NASA's Curiosity rover team reported on Tuesday surprising spikes in methane gas, raising the possibility of microbial alien life on the red planet. On Earth, most methane, better known as natural gas, is released by microbes that belch out the gas as they digest food. The rover mission scientis... Read More
Yeast cells can sometimes reverse the protein misfolding and clumping associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, according to new research from the University of Arizona.
The new finding contradicts the idea that once prion proteins have changed into the shape that aggregates, the change i... Read More
A variety of Bacteria, Archaea, and mobile genetic elements replicate their DNA as a linear chromosome using terminal proteins (TPs) to prime DNA synthesis, thus solving their end replication problem. As described in an earlier post, phage φ29 uses its TPs to also organize the sites of DNA repli... Read More
UC Davis researchers are getting a new look at the workings of HIV and other viruses thanks to new techniques in electron microscopy developed on campus. Read More
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered exactly how the malaria parasite is developing resistance towards the most important front-line drugs used to treat the disease.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne parasite which affects over 60 million people worldwide and in se... Read More
Oil reservoirs are scattered deep inside the Earth like far-flung islands in the ocean, so their inhabitants might be expected to be very different, but a new study led by Dartmouth College and University of Oslo researchers shows these underground microbes are social creatures that have exchang... Read More
For practically our whole history of cooking and eating, we've gotten our spices and most flavors (not to mention all of the other basic nutrients that keep us alive) straight from plants.
But researchers and biotech companies are starting to produce some of these nutrients and flavors — espe... Read More
Imagine that scientists wanted to take Ebola virus and see if it could ever become airborne by deliberately causing mutations in the lab and then searching through those new viruses to see if any spread easily through the air.
Would that be OK?
The question was posed by David Relman, a mic... Read More
"The Holy Scriptures teach us that the realization of this wonderful plan covers all that is around us, and that came out of the thought and the heart of God," Pope Francis said, as quoted by Italian news site Resapubblica. The Pope added that "heaven is open to all creatures..."
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Parkinson’s disease sufferers have a different microbiota in their intestines than their healthy counterparts, according to a study. Researchers are now trying to determine what the connection between intestinal microbes and Parkinson’s disease is.
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A new IVF technique, developed by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at the University of Newcastle, could prevent mitochondrial disease being passed from mother to child, enabling families to have healthy genetically related children.
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Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range.
From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendag... Read More
From November 2010: http://subtledesigner.blogspot.com/
So this year we really tried hard to geek out with the Christmas tree decorations (not that we haven’t done this before). We went with a 'microscopic universe' theme complete with DNA garland (made from pipe cleaners), micro-organism o... Read More
This is the of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UT Health Science Center Houston. It features commonly found in research laboratories supplies and equipment. Read More
A major new class of antibodies that can make the four different types of dengue virus (DENV) non-infectious has been discovered by a group of international researchers, including from the University of Melbourne.
The discovery could lead to the development of better vaccines and laboratory t... Read More
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: microbes are everywhere, and everywhere important. As regular readers will know, I’ve recently become obsessed with cultivating our microbial companions to make delicious foods. But you don’t have to have to constantly minding jars of kraut or jugs of m... Read More