B. anthracis Colony Characteristics: A. Consistency sticky (tenacious). When teased with loop, colony will stand up like beaten egg white.
During the last 4 billion years, ancient enzymes have adapted from a much hotter, more acidic environment to the cooler global one that exists today.
The enzymes, known as thioredoxin were chemically stable at temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius (58 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than their moder... Read More
For the first time, scientists have made star-shaped, biodegradable polymers that can self-assemble into hollow, nanofiber spheres, and when the spheres are injected with cells into wounds, these spheres biodegrade, but the cells live on to form new tissue.
Developing this nanofiber sphere as... Read More
Formate, the salt of formic acid, is an important product of metabolism in bacteria and in contrast to human metabolism a preliminary stage of the gas carbon dioxide, which is released in the combustion of sugar. Enterobacteriaceae, a large family of bacteria including the intestinal bacterium E... Read More
Australia's medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has today issued precautionary advice to doctors not to give patients a second dose of the vaccine Pneumovax 23 pending completion of an investigation into an increased rate of adverse events in people receiving the vaccine f... Read More
After a week of negotiations continued through Friday night and into Saturday morning, an open-ended working-group meeting of Member States successfully agreed upon a framework to ensure that in a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take ste... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº195 summarize the article by Wierzchos et al published in Geobiology about the microorganisms tha... Read More
I enjoyed your discussion of the Molecular Therapy paper in this week’s TWiV. My lab (and others) have worked on using virus particles as scaffolds to increase the immunogenicity of various targets for quite some time. One thing that wanted to point out ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº194 is about the recent observation that the algae Closterium moniliferum could remove strontium... Read More
After all, one of the NBA's hallmarks these days is to create an experience by which "every fan" can enjoy the game - glad to see the Norovirus is getting in on the act . . . Read More
Under a moderately-high magnification of 2500X, this digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an untreated water specimen extracted from a wild stream mainly used to control flooding during inclement weather, revealed the presence of unidentified organisms, which included bacter... Read More
Urinary tract infections are common in women, costing an estimated $2.5 billion per year to treat in 2000 in the United States alone. These infections frequently recur, affecting 2 to 3 percent of all women. A depletion of vaginal lactobacilli, a type of bacteria, is associated with urinary trac... Read More
The Duke Human Vaccine Institute has announced a collaboration and strategic agreement with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics to enable the rapid development of a vaccine and accelerate preparedness in case of a pandemic virus threat such as pandemic influenza. The team, composed of Duke and Nov... Read More
Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates, according to a nationwide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
Nearly half of t... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº193 describes the mBio 2010 paper by Huang et al. about the use of β-Glucan Particles to stimulat... Read More
Genetically modified bacteria could be used in air filters to extract pesticide vapors from polluted air thanks to work by researchers in China published this month in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.
The bacteria Escherichia coli is perhaps best known as a bacterium t... Read More
Microbiologist Gerry Huff with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fayetteville, Ark., and her colleagues have been studying the effects of yeast extract as an immune stimulant and alternative to antibiotics in conventional turkeys. Non-pharmaceutical remedies and preventatives are par... Read More
"It had been the most expensive, and arguably the toughest, case in FBI history ... but the facts showed that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the person responsible for killing five people and sickening 17 others in those frightening weeks after 9/11. It was Ivins, they were now certa... Read More
Recently recognized outbreaks, or clusters of MRSA in community settings have been associated with strains that have some unique microbiologic and genetic properties, compared with the traditional hospital-based MRSA strains, which suggests some biologic properties, e.g., virulence factors like ... Read More