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Yogurt Found to Reduce Children's Infections

Parents who want to reduce the number of coughs, stomach aches and infections in their children may want to reach for the probiotic yogurt, according to the results of a new study. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center enrolled more than 600 children, ages 3-6, in a study to see ... Read More

Fighting bacteria with bacteria – common nose germ provides new weapon against superbugs

Our bodies are under siege, constantly fighting back assaults from disease-causing bacteria. But we are also home to many harmless bacterial species that are share our bodies to no ill effects. Now, it seems that these ‘commensals’ could be our hidden allies against their harmful cousins. In one... Read More

El podcast del Microbio 110 y 111: La estirpe de Caín

The Nº 110 and 111 of "El podcast del microbio" describes the fratricide behaviour of Streptococcus pneumoniae and the role of Lyt C autolysisn. En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 110 y 111 se habla del comportamiento fratricida de Streptococcus pneumoniae y el papel de la autolisina Lyt C.

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Faux fighters - researchers replicate artificial antibodies, diseases dismayed

Proof that to be truly innovative, one must never accept the status quo. The idea that this process could be made easier/faster/cheaper - simply by reversing the steps involved & embracing, rather than resisting it's randomness - must have been a classic "eureka!" moment for the scientists invo... Read More

TWiP 10 letters

Beki writes:
I am a second year graduate student, and the lab that I joined works on Leishmania and Trypanosomes. I originally discovered TWiP via TWiV (where my true interests are - but that is a long story; Matt Frieman came and gave a seminar and gave a small plug fo... Read More

TWiP 10: Plasmodium life cycle

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Vincent and Dickson trace the life cycle of Plasmodium in a mosquito and in a human host.


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XMRV in human respiratory tract

An important question about the retrovirus XMRV, which has been implicated in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, is where the virus replicates in humans. Such information would provide clues about how infection might be transmitted. To date the virus has been detected in malignant pro... Read More

New Clues to Stubborn Urinary Tract Infections

Hong Kong researchers have found that antibiotic resistance to E. coli is found in both humans and animals, signifying that these resistant bacteria may be transmitted from animals to humans.

The research is published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

The study shows the genes that c... Read More

Viruses Found in Untreated East Tennessee Drinking Water

Do you know what is in your drinking water? A study by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor may have you thinking twice the next time you fill up that glass of tap water.

Larry McKay, an earth and planetary sciences professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, sampled eight commu... Read More

MTS50 - R. Ford Denison - Darwin on the Farm

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Corroding Ports: Bacteria can't be allowed to slow Great Lakes revival

The dramatic reduction of pollution in the Great Lakes over the past few decades has resulted in a resurgence of fish and aquatic plants. Though the lakes continue to be threatened by runoff and discharges from farms, dumps and industrial sites, they remain a much more welcome environment where ... Read More

Life in the Third Realm

It’s that time of the month again. Yes: it’s time for Life-form of the Month. In case you’ve forgotten, this coming Saturday is International Day for Biological Diversity, a day of celebrations and parties to appreciate the other occupants of the planet. So if you do nothing else this weekend, d... Read More

Overuse of antibiotics spurs vicious cycle

Patients whose doctors over-prescribe antibiotics may develop drug resistance that lasts up to a year, putting them and the population at risk when more serious treatment is needed, scientists said on Wednesday. The more antibiotics are prescribed for coughs and flu-like illnesses, or urine infe... Read More

mBio Releases Inaugural Issue

There’s no place like home. Just like Dorothy, today mBio will click its heels and end up right where it started, but with a whole new look (and in Technicolor!). The journal has launched its official website AND its inaugural issue at the familiar old URL it has had all along: http://mbio.asm... Read More

Hunt for genetic causes of diseases narrows targets

The falling cost of genome sequencing has kicked off a new phase in the search for the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases such as asthma, diabetes and autism....
Published in Nature May 18th
from the Biology of Genomes meeting in Cold Spring Harbor
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A Conversation With Jeffrey L. Bada: A Marine Chemist Studies How Life Began

Jeffrey L. Bada, 67, is the distinguished professor of marine chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He studies how life began. We spoke for an hour during the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Diego last winter and again this month by tel... Read More

Did the End of Smallpox Vaccination Cause the Explosive Spread of HIV?

Vaccinia immunization, as given to prevent the spread of smallpox, produces a five-fold reduction in HIV replication in the laboratory. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Immunology suggest that the end of smallpox vaccination in the mid-20th century may have caused a loss of pro... Read More

Surprising Infection Inducing Mechanism Found in Bacteria

A study appearing in Nature, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barbé from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes causing infections. The researchers describe an unprecedented ev... Read More

Bacterial Growths May Offer Clues About Earth's Past

By linking the odd geometry of bacterial growths to photosynthesis, researchers may have a new way to study Earth’s oldest fossils.

About 85 percent of the history of life on Earth has been solely microbial, meaning that single-celled organisms ruled the planet for billions of years before mo... Read More

New 'Tree of Life' Established for One of the Largest Groups of Bacteria

A new "tree of life" has been constructed by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech for the gamma-proteobacteria, a large group of medically and scientifically important bacteria that includes Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, and other disease-causin... Read More

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