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New research venture between Liverpool and Saudi Arabia aims to advance global response to infectious diseases

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (KSA MoH), the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) have launched a new venture to significantly increase the global ability to control major infectious diseases such as malaria and dengu... Read More

Feds Want Meat To Pass Contamination Tests Before Shipping

Would it surprise you to learn that meat can be shipped out to stores before processors know whether it's contaminated with bacteria?

Well, that has been the case. And it's a problem. Foodborne illnesses make 48 million people sick every year, according to the government.

Processors have b... Read More

Pneumococcus: Nature’s Tiniest Cheat

To a pathogenic microbe, the human body is a foreboding environment filled with bacteriocidal immune cells ready to seek out and destroy foreign invaders. When a leukocyte detects the presence of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) present on the surface of pathogenic bacteria, it rel... Read More

Wanted: Adventurous microbes for mission to Mars (video)

Scientists seek reliable, self-sufficient bacteria and algae to provide astronauts with oxygen and food on two-year round-trip to Mars.

Ability to recycle human waste desirable.

{mp4remote}http://cdn.theguardian.tv/bc/281851582/281851582_781808196001_110208MicroOrganisms-16x9.mp4{/mp4remo... Read More

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Hadar Infections Associated with Turkey Burgers

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Hadar infections. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained throu... Read More

Researchers Link Herpes To Alzheimer's Disease

Laboratories at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Brown University, and House Ear Institute (HEI) have developed a new technique to observe herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) infections growing inside cells. HSV1, the cause of the common cold sore, persists in a latent form inside nerve cells.... Read More

Treating Wounds With a Rubber Stamp?

Using an advanced form of a rubber stamp, researchers have developed a way to adhere an ultra-thin antibacterial coating to a wound.

The active ingredient, silver, "has been used to prevent and treat infections for ages," says first author Ankit Agarwal, a postdoctoral fellow in chemical and... Read More

Two new studies seek to validate the results of retracted 2004 paperon parasite-to-host gene transfer

The microparasite that causes Chagas disease really can integrate bits of its genetic material into its host's genome, where it can then be inherited by the host's offspring, according to two studies published in PLoS ONE and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLoS NTD). Read More

Genetically Modified Cows Produce Milk Akin To Human Milk

In a potential new step for genetically modified food, babies could someday drink human-like milk derived from herds of genetically modified dairy cows, which scientists say could supplement breast milk and replace baby formula.

Scientists have created 300 cows that produce milk with some of ... Read More

Chilean Antarctic survey finds dramatic variety of organisms adapted to unusual conditions.

You might not expect bacteria living in Antarctic ice to be well suited to life in a boiling kettle, but that is what Chilean scientists discovered during an expedition last year. The researchers have turned up more than 200 new species of microorganisms adapted to living in extreme environments... Read More

Salamander Has Algae Living Inside Its Cells

In a symbiotic union more complete than any previously found in vertebrates, the common spotted salamander lives with algae inside its cells.

Such a degree of cross-species fusion was long thought to exist only among invertebrates, whose immune systems are not primed to destroy invaders. But ... Read More

Shelled walnut products recalled over fears of E.coli contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc. of St. Laurent, Que. are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products because they may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

The recall involves raw, shelled walnuts, imported f... Read More

Antimicrobial copper - video demonstration

Professor William Keevil, microbiological researcher and Head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton, oversees an experiment in which a small amount of liquid containing between 1 -- 10 million bacteria (MSRA culture) is placed on both a copper coupon and a stainless steel co... Read More

DR Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against One Of Its Leading Causes Of Child Death

In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today stepped up its immunization programme by including vaccines to combat pneumonia. Initially the expanded programme will be in two of the 11 provinces. Pneumonia ... Read More

'Last Resort' Antibiotics Use on the Rise, Study Suggests

A large, multi-year study of antibiotic use in Veterans Health Administration's acute care facilities demonstrates dramatically increased use of carbapenems, a powerful class of antibiotics, over the last five years.

These drugs are often considered the last treatment option for severe infec... Read More

A Breakthrough for MRSA Treatment

Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology discovered a nanomedicine breakthrough in which new types of polymers were shown to physically detect and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infectious diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kn... Read More

ASM Live 2011

Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe magazine, interview researchers on selected topics of interest from the 111th ASM General Meeting in ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº186. Día de la Tuberculosis (World Tuberculosis Day)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº186 was aired on March 24th, the World Tuberculosis Day. El podcast del microbio Nº 186 se dedicó... Read More

TWiV 127: Viruses are no joke

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 127 Letters

David writes:


Dear Twiv Folks


I teach an intro biology course on viruses at Vassar College. We do our introductory biology a little bit differently; each class has a theme through which we explore the fundamental principles of biology. Mine is on viruses and t... Read More

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