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Medical Myths with Michael G. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Did you ever have a question where you thought microbes were at fault but weren't certain... A group of faculty from Wando High School from Mount Pleasant South Carolina recently visited the laboratory of Dr. Michael Schmidt, a professor of Microbiology at the Medical University of South Caroli... Read More

Best books of 2010: A breezy tale of smallpox

From the New Scientist CultureLab:

This year I was chairman of the judges of the Wellcome Trust prize for books with a medical theme. We awarded the prize to Rebecca Skloot's excellent The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown). But also on our shortlist was Angel of Death by Gareth Willia... Read More

MTS63 - Jeff Gralnick - I Sing the Microbe Electric

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Teleconference--CLSI 2011 Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Update

Teleconference from CLSI and APHL. Each January, CLSI updates standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing. It is important for clinical laboratories to incorporate the new recommendations into routine practice to optimize detection and reporting of antimicrobial resistance. In January 201... Read More

Teleconference--The Basics: Using CLSI Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Standards (588-600-11)

This teleconference will focus on navigating through the newest CLSI antimicrobial susceptibility testing documents M02, M07, and M100. Strategies for optimally using these documents and incorporating recommendations into routine laboratory protocols will be discussed.

At the conclusion of th... Read More

TWiP 20 Letters

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TWiP 20 - The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

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Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.


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Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

This 2005 scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym, MRSA; Magnified 2381x.

Recently recognized outbreaks, or clusters of MRSA in community settings have been associated with strains... Read More

Staph’s Trail Points to Human Susceptibilities

Scientists have finally found an answer to one of the great mysteries about the most deadly bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus — why it attacks primarily humans and not animals. And they now have an idea of why some humans are particularly susceptible to these bacteria that kill 100,000 Americans a... Read More

Cancer cells dupe the body's immune system

Cancers may be wounds that never heal, suggest the first live images of tumours forming.

It seems individual cancer cells send out the same distress signals as wounds, tricking immune cells into helping them grow into tumours. The finding suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs could help to co... Read More

Hydrogen Production Comes Naturally to Ocean Microbe

A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker -- it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.

The single-celled cyanobacteriumCyanothece 51142 can make hydrogen in air, Hima... Read More

Report: Transplant may have cured man of AIDS

A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man living in Berlin of infection with the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use.

The man, who is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a... Read More

Last-ditch method at fighting intestinal superbug

A superbug named C-diff is on the rise, a germ that so ravages some people's intestines that repeated tries of the strongest, most expensive antibiotic can't conquer their disabling diarrhea.

Now a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment: Using good bacteria to f... Read More

Champion Hydrogen-Producing Microbe

Inside a small cabinet the size of a dorm refrigerator in one of Himadri B. Pakrasi's labs, a blue-green soup percolates in thick glass bottles under the cool light of red, blue and green LEDS. This isn't just any soup, however. It is a soup of champions.

The soup is colored by a strain of bl... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 142. Measles outbreak and vaccination policy in Spain



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 142 is dedicated to the recent measles outbreak in a child school from Sevilla due to the the ... Read More

Designer cellulosome unites dream team of enzymes to degrade plant materials

A study published in mBio this week reveals a novel system for turning plant materials into biofuels using a designer cellulosome, an enzyme complex that is like the fantasy football team of biological processes.

Consider the similarities: in fantasy football, participants assemble virtual ... Read More

Parasite and Bacterium Illustrate Convergent Evolution: Both Hijack Cells' 'Post Office'

The protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii and the pathogenic bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis exemplify convergent evolution, the development of a similar biological trait in unrelated lineages, according to research presented December 13 at the American Society of Cell Biology's 50th Annual Meeti... Read More

Poisoned Debate Encircles a Microbe Study’s Result

The announcement that NASA experimenters had found a bacterium that seems to be able to subsist on arsenic in place of phosphorus — an element until now deemed essential for life — set off a cascading storm of criticism on the Internet, first about alleged errors and sloppiness in the paper publ... Read More

The day the algae died

The P-T mass extinction may have been instigated by populations of algae dying. According to one group of scientists, this die-off of large numbers of relatively simple life forms caused a crash in the ocean's entire food web.

The mass extinction at the end of the Permian period almost cleare... Read More

Nuthin' fights STI's like cartoon awareness films

A vintage piece of STI (or VD as they were known back then) education, courtesy of our nation's fighting sailors. Personally, I think Count Spirochete is due for a comeback - he's much cooler than this cartoon spirochete I dug up via G-image search.
Props to the good people @ Wired.com for dig... Read More
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