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Staphylococcus aureus has a resistance strategy that thwarts certain antimicrobials

The natural presence of fatty acids in the human body leads to increased resistance of Staphylococcus aureus to a class of antimicrobials that target bacterial fatty acid biosynthesis. This discovery, based on research by INRA scientists in collaboration with with INSERM, Hôpital Cochin APHP, th... Read More

UV light can aid hospitals' fight to wipe out drug-resistant superbugs

A new tool -- a type of ultraviolet light called UVC -- could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

Some hospitals have already begun using UVC machines in addition to standard chemical disinfection to k... Read More

Your next migraine might be thanks to your mouth microbes

When Antonio Gonzalez began doctoral studies in Rob Knight’s laboratory, then at University of Colorado, Boulder, the computer scientist quickly learned about microbes and their connection to human health. He soon found a connection to his wife’s health jumping out of the literature at him.

H... Read More

TWiV 440: I hardly noumeavirus

No problem not being nice to Dickson in this episode, because he's absent for a discussion of a new giant virus that replicates in the cytoplasm yet transiently accesses the nucleus to bootstrap infection.


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Interview with David Baltimore, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews David Baltimore, PhD, California Institute of Technology, about his career and professional experience in the field of virology. Baltimore received a 1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine for work on the interaction betwe... Read More

Unusual contaminant morphology

Unknown contaminant seen growing on Brain Heart Infusion (BHI) agar plate after several months at refrigerated temperatures, The organism grew at the edge of the agar plate interface, was smooth and circular, cream/beige mat at the base which mounded up, the edges or center of the colony had fi... Read More

5% NaCl BHI Media Contminant

Fungal contaminant, probable airborne, seen on BHI media containing 5% NaCl after 2 months at refrigerated temperatures. White hyphal "apron" with no spore formation can be seen at the edges with brown spore formation seen in the center. Read More

1 in 7 people living with HIV in the EU/EEA are not aware of their HIV status

With 29 747 newly reported HIV infections in 2015, the EU/EEA notification rate is similar to recent years with an overall insignificant change from 6.6 per 100 000 population in 2006 to 6.3 in 2015 (adjusted for reporting delay).

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andr... Read More

Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

A non-virulent variant of the deadly Vibrio cholerae O1 strain has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years, with the potential to become virulent through gene transfer with the toxigenic strain introduced by UN peacekeepers, according to research published t... Read More

Social Media Accelerates Science

Scientists report that social media plays far more than a social role in their lives—for many, it is a major way that they communicate about science, solve problems, and even share their work. Together with open-access publishing and data sharing, social media are part of how some science is bei... Read More

ReSeqTB Data Platform now available to public

The Rapid Drug Susceptibility Testing Consortium (RDST), coordinated by the Critical Path Institute (C-Path) through the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative, announces the public launch of the Relational Sequencing TB Data Platform (ReSeqTB). ReSeqTB is a data-sharing platform an... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus IIII

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a beige matt elongated (not circular) colony, rhizoid and raised in the ... Read More

The Sleeping Monsters in your Mouth

The oral cavity is wet, warm and nutrient rich. These characteristics allow microorganisms to flourish -- however they are normally kept in check by the host. Oral diseases like periodontitis are mediated by bacteria. Curiously, it is not a single bacterium that is the cause of disease, but a... Read More

Watch Bacteria Jiggle, Pulse, and Shine to a Party Rock Anthem

A scientist from Columbia University is programming bacteria to "flicker, pulsate, shimmer, flow, and do the wave in a rainbow of neon color". In this video, petri dishes of these glowing bacteria are choreographed to Party Rock Anthem. However, this creative intersection of science and art does... Read More

Microbial polyesterase genes may help sustainable textile biodegradation

Good news for sustainable textiles of the future was announced in a recent Applied and Environmental Microbiology report that described the discovery of microbial polyesterase genes. The study described the discovery and characterization of new enzymes from microbial communities associated with ... Read More

Zika: Number of Australian cases rises to 76 as north Queensland prepares for mosquito breeding season

The number of cases of Zika virus detected in Australia is now up to 76, with seven cases diagnosed this year in Far North Queensland.

The latest figures from the Federal Health Department show travellers arriving from countries such as Fiji, Tonga and Mexico have brought the virus to Austral... Read More

Germs in wastewater often become airborne

Using household wastewater to irrigate food crops in drought-stricken or arid regions isn't the perfect solution. The chemicals and disease-causing germs it might contain could contaminate crops. Viruses that have their origin in the human intestines are often released into the air as fine spray... Read More

First known case of female-to-male Zika transmission announced

The first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has occurred in New York City, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. Up until now, it was thought that the only likely route of sexual transmission was male-to-female or male-to-male.

The surpris... Read More

Researchers Identify New Strategy for Decreasing Neonatal Mortality

Researchers have discovered how the bacteria Group B streptococcus (GBS) avoids detection by the immune system during pregnancy. The findings, reported in the journal mBio, could lead to the development of new drugs and strategies for treating GBS infection, which is a leading cause of neonatal ... Read More

Large Protein Nanocages Could Improve Drug Design and Delivery

Using novel computational and biochemical approaches, scientists have accurately designed and built from scratch 10 large protein icosahedra -- polyhedra with 20 faces -- similar to viral capsids that carry viral DNA. The designed structures are made of two different engineered proteins, present... Read More
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