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Ancient teeth reveal origin of the Justinian plague

The DNA of bubonic plague bacteria, blamed for Europe's great plague of 1348, has turned up in victims of a plague that shook the Roman world in AD 541
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Deadly MERS virus could hold the key to its own cure

The virus causing Middle East respiratory syndrome emerged in 2012. It does not spread readily between people, but there are fears it could cause a pandemic if it ever starts. It has killed 76 of the 178 people known to have caught it so far, and there is no specific treatment. Shibo Jiang at Fu... Read More

Sinovac Files Clinical Trial Application with CFDA for its Proprietary Vaccine against Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus

BEIJING, Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sinovac Biotech Ltd. SVA +1.79% , a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, announced today that it has submitted a Clinical Trial Application(CTA) with the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) to commence human clinical trials for it... Read More

H7N9 bird flu resurges in China ahead of Lunar New Year

In recent weeks, China has seen a spike in H7N9 cases and experts are worried that infections will gather pace as the country celebrates the Lunar New Year this week - a peak time for travel and for poultry sales. In January alone, 19 deaths and 96 human cases have been reported, according to fi... Read More

Protecting against Hendra virus

It was discovered in 1994 as a virus 'hosted' by fruit bats and lethal to horses and humans. Watch our profile of the Hendra virus, a zoonotic disease that has claimed the lives of seven people. Read More

Researchers open door to new HIV therapy

BERKELEY — People infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can stave off the symptoms of AIDS thanks to drug cocktails that mainly target three enzymes produced by the virus, but resistant strains pop up periodically that threaten to thwart these drug combos. Researchers at the Unive... Read More

Psychobiotics: How gut bacteria mess with your mind

Gut bugs can change the way our brains work, offering new ways to relieve problems like stress, anxiety and depression, say two leading professors

We acquire our intestinal microbes immediately after birth, and live in an important symbiotic relationship with them. There are far more bacteria... Read More

Want to Get the Flu? Catching the Influenza Virus Infection On Purpose

Most people try to avoid catching the flu by taking precautions such as washing their hands often, avoiding people who are already sick, or getting a flu shot.
However, scientist are giving volunteers the flu on purpose by squirting the virus up their nose, all in the name of science.
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Epsilon toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis, research finds

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a central nervous system disease that often leads to paralysis and vision problems, affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide and has no cure. Though no one knows what triggers MS, researchers have long suspected that a combination of genetic and environmental f... Read More

Source of Justian Plague Sequenced?

In a fascinating story that was presented on NPR by Nell Greenfieldboyce we learn that the source of the Justian Plague (541-543AD) was recently identified by sequencing blood extracted from the dental pulp of the teeth associated with two skeletons recovered from Munich. For many years it was... Read More

Gut Bacteria in Preemies Altered by Hospital Stay, Study Finds

Gut bacteria in premature infants don't come from their mothers, but from microbes in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU), a new study finds. Babies typically get their gut bacteria from their mothers during childbirth. Premature infants, however, receive antibiotics during their first week ... Read More

Could the Right Germs Make You Live Forever?

It's an age-old search: the secret to eternal youth. For centuries, the dream of a single factor that may increase our lifespan has been at the forefront of many legends, excursions, and of course, advertising campaigns. But while this search has been fruitless for the majority of us, there is h... Read More

Dr. Roy Curtiss, Biodesign Institute, "Turning a Foe into a Friend"

This video submission for the ASM Global Video Challenge highlights the impact of Salmonella-based vaccines on human health. Read More

Bacterial Cytological Profiling Global Video Challenge

Bacteria have evolved resistance to every known class of antibiotic, creating an urgent need for methods to identify new antibiotics that work by different mechanisms. We have developed a new approach to antibiotic discovery that provides a short cut for identifying antibacterial molecules and ... Read More

Indigo V Expeditions - Ocean Health Monitoring

Though tiny, marine microbes are one hundred times more abundant in the ocean than there are stars in the galaxy. They play critical roles in converting carbon dioxide to organic matter and in regulating nutrient cycling, Without healthy functioning microbial communities, we would not have any a... Read More

Gut Ecosystem Restoration via Fecal Transplantation

Relapsing clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a disease that patients face after being medicated with antibiotics that damage their microbiota. A recent and effective treatment to eradicate this condition is known as “fecal material transplant” (FMT), where a healthy human will donate a sam... Read More

IDRI: Using Microbiology to Defeat TB

Dr. Tanya Parish and her TB Disco Team at IDRI use microbiology to develop new drugs for TB and improve the health of the world! Read More

ASM Video 1: Great Basin Mold Project

This video was made by the students in Introduction to Microbiology Lab, MICR 276L, University of Nevada, Reno. This is the first semester for a new undergraduate major in Microbiology at UNR. As a class project, students began to survey the desert Great Basin environment to identify the endem... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 152 - Scientists Subjugate Circadian Cycles

This episode: Circadian rhythms in bacteria are amazingly simple, and now scientists have figured out how to modify their effects to help produce useful chemicals!


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TPTest_A Novel Diagnostic Tool For Typhoid and Paratyphoid fever

A reliable and early diagnosis for Enteric fever like typhoid and paratyphoid fever is essential for early treatment and saving millions. Thats why TPTest is important to us. Read More
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