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HIV uses the immune system's own tools to suppress it

A Canadian research team at the IRCM in Montreal, led by molecular virologist Eric A. Cohen, PhD, made a significant discovery on how HIV escapes the body's antiviral responses. The team uncovered how an HIV viral protein known as Vpu tricks the immune system by using its own regulatory process ... Read More

Zika virus and microcephaly

Three reports have been published that together make a compelling case that Zika virus is causing microcephaly in Brazil. Read More

Bacterial melanin can replace Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in arthritis treatments

Melanin produced by a marine bacteria Bacillus spp. has shown shown to have good anti-inflammatory activity. The pigment had shown to inhibit inflammatory enzymes cycloxygenase, lipooxygenase, myeloperoxide,NO synthase in vitro at a concentration which was non-cytotoxic..This will be a breakthro... Read More

Breastfeeding May Bring Children with More Risk for Toxic Chemicals

BOC Sciences-It has been long considered that breastfeeding would much better than formula milk in various aspects like the variety of nutrition and etc. However recent research found that breastfeeding may expose children to a series of industrial chemical substances that can pose harm to the i... Read More

HIV patients should be included in early clinical trials of anti-TB drugs

Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Tuberculosis is the number one cause of death in HIV-infected patients in Africa and a leading cause of death in this population worldwide, yet the majority of these patients are excluded from the early stages in the development of new, anti-tuberculosis drugs, accord... Read More

A Candida Fourth of July

Candida species on a Candida CHROMagar plate wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Author: Xiao Hui Lau Read More

Liver damage in hepatitis C patients significantly underestimated, says Henry Ford study

DETROIT - The number of hepatitis C patients suffering from advanced liver damage may be grossly underestimated and underdiagnosed, according to a study led by researchers at Henry Ford Health System and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More

Bacteriophage Treatment Decontaminates Infant Formula

Washington, DC – October 23, 2015 - A phage showed strong anti-microbial activity against a type of food-borne bacterium that often kills infants after infecting them via infant formula. Phages are viruses that infect only bacteria. The research is published October 23 online in Applied and Envi... Read More

Honoring the Memory of Another

The late Edward Leadbetter had a huge impact on my life as an academic, and a microbiologist. In this post, I try to give some appreciation to what he meant to me. Read More

The sting in dengue's tail

In a new Science study, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) scientists have identified how small changes in dengue's viral genome can affect the virus' ability to manipulate human immune defences and spread more efficiently. This research is the first of its kind that examined ... Read More

Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death

CORVALLIS, Ore. - About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer - an ancient strain of the bubonic plague. Read More

Freshman Symbiosis Course and Jack Gilbert!

As my Fall semester approaches, I am reflecting on last Fall. I taught a freshman seminar course revolving around symbioses and parasitism, and was fortunate to have many well known scientists be willing to "virtually visit" my class! Here is my report from last year on the great Jack Gilbert.... Read More

Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" #agarart2015

While not original art, it’s still a fun piece. BBL’s CHROMagar Orientation agar is the canvas for this piece of agar art. Chromogens in the agar release a colored compound when hydrolyzed by specific enzymes allowing certain bacteria to appear different colors on it. The brown color is Proteus... Read More

Zika virus has potential to spread rapidly through Americas

The Zika virus, possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the United States, according to an international team of researchers who track the spread of infectious diseases. Read More

NYU research: Severe liver damage in mid/late-adulthood among PWID with chronic HCV

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a chronic blood-borne viral infection that affects an estimated 160 million people, or 2-3% of the population world-wide. Alarmingly, chronic HCV infection accounts for one-quarter of the cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). If HCV is le... Read More

New Drug for Lung Cancer can Improve the Survival Rate Greatly

BOC Sciences-Scientists have found a drug called nivolumab more effective for non-small cell lung cancer, as it increases the survival time while bring less side effects than the traditional drug used for non-small cell lung cancer. Read More

The American Society for Microbiology Designates the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a “Milestones in Microbiology” Site

Washington, DC –October 8, 2015 – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a Milestones in Microbiology site by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2015, at 3 pm at the Charles Miller Auditorium, B102 Chemi... Read More

Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates

Athens, Ga. - Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases--like whooping cough and measles--according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Read More

Plague infected humans much earlier than previously thought

Plague infections were common in humans 3,300 years earlier than the historical record suggests, reports a study published October 22 in Cell. By sequencing the DNA of tooth samples from Bronze Age individuals from Europe and Asia, the researchers discovered evidence of plague infections roughly... Read More

Compound from Red Wine is Helpful to Slow the Development of Alzheimer

BOC Sciences-Alzheimer is one of the most common diseases among the elderly as aging playing a contributing role in the developing process of it. Recently scientists found a natural compound beneficial to slow down the deterioration and treatment of Alzheimer. At present a phase 2 study is carri... Read More

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