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These Microbes Are Hard To Gobble

For this upcoming Turkey Day, try to avoid the fowl taste that one would get from pecking away at these prokaryotes (Chromobacterium violaceum, Serratia marcescens, and Staphylococcus epidermidis). Some birdbrains may mistakenly consume these potentially harmful microorganisms.

At the risk of... Read More

Tracking how bacteria threaten newborns

For years, researchers have struggled to get a handle on Group B streptococcus (GBS), in the hopes of improving neonatal outcomes. GBS are a bacteria commonly found in the vagina, rectum, and urinary tract of women. In healthy women, the bacteria are commensal, simply living without causing dise... Read More

Bacterial communities of the female genital tract impact HIV infection risk

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard has found that the most common bacterial community in the genital tract of healthy South African women is associated with a more than four-fold increase in the risk of acquiring HI... Read More

Sleeping parasite has own internal clock

A team of researchers from iMM Lisboa led by Luísa Figueiredo and in collaboration with Joe Takahashi's group from Southwestern University has shown for the first time that the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, has its own internal clock, which allows it to antecipa... Read More

Pseudomonas aeruginosa – the molecular tools of a bacterial survivor

The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa can thrive in environments as different as the moist, warm tissue in our lungs, and the dry, nutrient-deprived surface of an office wall. Such adaptability makes it problematic in healthcare – where it causes infections in cases of cystic fibrosis, cancer, HIV... Read More

TWiV 436: Virology above Cayuga's waters

At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Vincent speaks with Susan, Colin, and Gary about the work of their laboratories on parvoviruses, influenza viruses, and coronaviruses that infect dogs, cats, horses and other mammals.


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UMMS scientists offer first look at how our cells can 'swallow up and quarantine' Zika

WORCESTER, MA - Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies, interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3), can dramatically reduce the ability of Zika vi... Read More

Happy International Womens Day!

flower - 1x tetracycline, 5x rifampicin
tree - A. niger
blossom leaves- Penicillium notatum
inscription - Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Aleksandra Djurić, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade Read More

Virus steals black widow poison gene to help it attack

For the first time a virus that targets bacteria has been found to have genes lifted from non-bacterial cells – those of the black widow spider. Read More

Microbiomes more in flux in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.

While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More

Spooky new fungal disease on southern golf courses unmasked

A turfgrass disease that looked like an ink spill on many southern golf courses has been identified and all but blotted out, according to a plant pathologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

...the researchers found the pathogen was a new species of fungal disease, which they na... Read More

Commonly Cited Stat of 10 Bacteria for Every 1 Human Cell Is Wrong

In a new paper, researchers debunk the common myth that in the human microbiome, bacteria outnumber human cells 10-to-1. By examining the colon, the researchers estimate that the total number of bacteria in the human microbiome is 38 trillion (for the average 70-kg man). For comparison, the auth... Read More

How Designers and Scientists Are Using Bees to Map NYC’s Microbes

A project out of the MIT Media Lab called Holobiont Urbaniash is using bees to make a microbial map of New York City. The project is made up of designers, engineers, and biologists who placed containers underneath beehives in Brooklyn and Queens. These containers collect the microbes that bees c... Read More

TED Talk: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

Dr. Lisa Dyson is developing a way to sustainable produce agriculture using technology developed in the 1960's for space travel. Using carbon dioxide, hydrogen from water, and microbes called hydrogenotrophs, the "closed loop" carbon cycle can create carbon-rich crops. This technology has the po... Read More

What makes Francisella such a bad actor?

Scientists are gaining an insider's look behind the notorious infectivity of Francisella tularensis. This bacterium is an equal opportunity pathogen. It causes the disease tularemia in humans, rabbits and rodents, among others.

Also called rabbit fever, the disease doesn't seem to spread from... Read More

TWiV 437: Kathy's new spindle virus

The TWiVsters reveal new giant viruses that argue against a fourth domain of life, and discovery of viruses in the oceanic basement.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Let it Glow! People "painting" with luminous bacteria onto plates #luxart

Painting with glowing bacteria. What better way to get students anyone excited about microorganisms? Dr. Mark O. Martin, a self-proclaimed “Microbial Supremacist” uses glowing bacteria to entice students to explore the mysteries of microbiology. Now fellow microbiology educators at ASMCUE creat... Read More

Scientists discover new method to restore function of white blood cells in septic patients

New research findings published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggest that treating the white blood cells of sepsis patients with antibodies that block programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death ligand (PD-L1) molecules may restore their function and ultimately their ability... Read More

Scientists triple known types of viruses in world's oceans

The world's oceans teem with scientific mystery, unknowns that could prove to be tools that will one day protect the planet from global warming.

An international research team now reports they've tripled the known types of viruses living in waters around the globe and have a better idea what ... Read More

Is the Plague Still Alive in Musty 14th-Century Tomes?

Q. Are people who work with books and manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries at risk from disease-causing bacteria or viruses from that time?

A. Almost certainly not, because of how diseases spread and how long most microbes can survive on dry surfaces.

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