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Brian writes:

Hi, Vincent and Dick,

Love your podcast, and did not drink from the streams in Switzerland, because of the cows at all altitudes, even though your Giardia-cast only came up upon my return. Read More

As Cheesemaking Blooms, So Can Listeria

Listeria can pose special challenges for artisan cheesemakers. Many make their cheese right on the farm, where the bad bacteria are right outside the cheese room door. And small producers often lack the safety training and resources available at bigger companies.

For example, Sharon McCool g... Read More

Busy Microbial World Discovered in Deepest Ocean Crust Ever Explored

The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and "fixing" or storing carbon.

The research, just published in the journal PLoS One, showed that ... Read More

E coli infection linked to kidney, heart problems

People who contract gastroenteritis by drinking E-coli infested water are at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney problems and heart disease in later life, says a study.

The findings underline the importance of ensuring safe food and water supply and the need for regular m... Read More

In Fending Off Diseases, Plants and Animals Are Much the Same, Research Shows

Contrary to long-held beliefs, plants and animals have developed remarkably similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions. This holds promise for the future treatment of infectious diseases in humans.

It may have been 1 billion years since plants and animals branched apart on the evolu... Read More

USA Science and Engineering Festival - Part 1 (MWV42)


On October 23 2010, MicrobeWorld attended the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In part 1 of this two-part video, Read More

People shunning influenza vaccine due to swine flu 'myths' it has been warned

Government experts are urging those eligible for the vaccine to have it otherwise they will remain vulnerable to flu this winter.

Uptake rates so far this season have shown that fewer people are having the jab than last year.

At the end of October, 48 per cent of over 65s had so far accept... Read More

Symposium on the Microbiome - the Good, the Bad & the Beautiful

Full day symposium, free to the public, held at Mountcastle Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University. Speakers include Drs. Brendan Cormack, Tom Cebula, Craig Townsend, Cindy Sears, Ying Zhang (all from JHU), Jacques Ravel, Claire Fraser-Liggett, Jim Kaper (IGS & UMSOM), Barak Cohen (Wash U), Dave... Read More

Experts Find Bacteria That Help Pests Change Color

Scientists in Japan and France have identified a bacterium which appears to turn red plant lice green, enabling them to evade predators and thrive on crops.

The discovery has important implications for pest control as these lice, or aphids, are among the most destructive insects in temperate ... Read More

Bacteria use 'toxic darts' to disable each other, scientists say

In nature, it's a dog-eat-dog world, even in the realm of bacteria. Competing bacteria use "toxic darts" to disable each other, according to a new study by UC Santa Barbara biologists. Their research is published in the journal Nature.

"The discovery of toxic darts could eventually lead to ne... Read More

Symptomatic Relief for Colds Better Than Antibiotics, APUA Says

An antibiotic is a modern medical treasure with the unique ability to stop infections caused by bacteria. However, the effectiveness of antibiotics is being threatened by their unnecessary over-use for viral (non-bacterial) infections. More than $1.1 billion are spent annually on unnecessary ant... Read More

FDA panel backs first new lupus drug in 50 years

Federal health experts on Tuesday voted in favor of the first new drug to treat Lupus in over 50 years, setting aside concerns that the experimental therapy does not work in some key patient groups, including African-Americans.

The recommendation from a panel of Food and Drug Administration a... Read More

"El podcast del Microbio" Nº 123 y Nº124.

The Nº 123 and 124 of "El podcast del microbio" are dedicated to the experiment designed to test the Scroedinger theory of quantum superposition but with a virus. En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 123 y 124 está dedicado al diseño experimental para probar la superposición cuántica en estructuras t... Read More

Structure of Lassa Virus Protein Reveals Viral Thievery

Scientists at Emory University and the University of St. Andrews have solved the structure of a key protein from Lassa virus, which is endemic to West Africa and can cause a deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The structure reveals how the virus evades its host's immune system, and how it hijacks infec... Read More

Hong Kong confirms first human bird flu case since 2003

Hong Kong scrambled Thursday to contain any outbreak of bird flu but vied to reassure the public after the teeming city recorded its first human case of the illness since 2003.

The government raised its avian influenza alert level to "serious", meaning there is a "high risk" of people contrac... Read More

Mathematical method helps predict dominant seasonal flu strain

Rice University scientists have found a way to predict rapidly whether a new strain of the influenza virus should be included in the annual seasonal flu vaccine. While it sometimes takes new flu strains up to three years to become dominant worldwide, the new method can predict whether they will ... Read More

Using E. coli to crowd source cancer fighting nanobots

Maria Gregori and Ignacio Llatser at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, envision a future in which nanobots in the body sense tumour cells and release anticancer drugs to fight them. But one machine can't defeat a tumour single-handedly; it needs some way of telling the... Read More

Statins may activate the bacterial killing properties of white blood cells

Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. A new explanation for these findings has been discovered b... Read More

Statins boost bacteria-killing cells

Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. A new explanation for these findings has been discovered b... Read More

Italian scientists make progress against kiwifruit vine canker

Italian researchers who have been battling kiwifruit vine canker for years say they are making significant progress in developing a careful strategy for curbing the Pseudomonas syringe pv. actinidiae (PSA) bacteria now hitting vines on orchards throughout New Zealand.

The researchers used cop... Read More
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