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Highlights from a scientific conference, observed via Twitter - #asmgm

Science blogger Cesar Sanchez of the site Twisted Bacteria (twistedbacteria.blogspot.com) reviews the American Society for Microbiology's use of social media during their general meeting and also highlights several tweets coming from attendees:

"Lots of conferences and meetings on science-rel... Read More

Phialophora richardsiae

Magnified 1125X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by the dematiaceous (pigmented) filamentous fungus, Phialophora richardsiae.

Note the septate hyphae from which sprout the short conidiophores, and still further distally one can see the flask-shap... Read More

How to Store Water Filters for Microbial DNA Analysis

Microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico have surely been impacted by the oil disaster over the last couple of weeks. Labs are now beginning to assess the damage done by collecting water onto filter membranes and shipping the filters back to their labs for DNA analysis.

A frequent question... Read More

Next in Forensics: Bacterial 'Fingerprints'

While its widespread application in law enforcement is still years away, scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder have developed a technique that can match the “personal” bacteria on an individual’s hands and fingers with bacteria deposited on computer keyboards and mice. Once perfecte... Read More

Extreme spring points to life on Mars

Researchers at McGill's department of natural resources, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North. Dr. Lyle Why... Read More

Vanderbilt researchers want survivors of 1918 flu to help fight future bug

Nashvillians who lived during the 1918 flu virus could save lives if the world were hit with a similar deadly pandemic.

The 1918 virus, known as the Spanish influenza, claimed at least 50 million lives worldwide and wiped out 5 percent of the U.S. population. More than 13,000 Tennesseans died... Read More

Scientists find that an ancient viral invasion shaped the human genome

Scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), a biomedical research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and their colleagues from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Princeton Uni... Read More

Small Things: First Responders to Oil Spills

Microbes are certainly being exposed to oil in the Gulf—both on the surface and at depth—and they are the first responders. Although many microbiologists naturally are interested in the identities of the oil degrading bacteria, this is of less relevance than the chemical changes the mixed microb... Read More

Researchers use X-ray diffraction microscope to reveal 3-D internal structure of whole cell

Three-dimensional imaging is dramatically expanding the ability of researchers to examine biological specimens, enabling a peek into their internal structures. And recent advances in X-ray diffraction methods have helped extend the limit of this approach.

While significant progress has been ... Read More

Discovery Could Aid Development of Elusive Bovine Mastitis Vaccine

Researchers have discovered components of the bovine mastitis-causing bacterium, Streptococcus uberis that play a key role in the disease. This discovery could lead the way to finally developing a vaccine for this endemic disease, which costs UK farmers alone nearly £200M per year, requires the ... Read More

Tick bacteria evade the immune system by variation in surface proteins

Erik Georg Granquist's thesis examines infections caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum in lambs. This bacterium is the cause of the disease tick-borne fever in ruminants and granulocytic anaplasmosis in humans. The bacterium is transmitted by ticks and is the indirect cause of consi... Read More

Bacteria Split Signals Cell Fate

Some species of bacteria perform an amazing reproductive feat. When the single-celled organism splits in two, the daughter cell - the swarmer - inherits a propeller to swim freely. The mother cell builds a stalk to cling to surfaces.

Univ. of Washington (UW) researchers and their colleague at... Read More

Do they have an app for hand sanitizer? Demo iPads at city Apple stores are crawling with bacteria

It's enough to make a techie iGag.

Some of the sleek new iPads users play with at city Apple stores are laced with potentially dangerous bacteria or are just plain dirty, a Daily News investigation revealed.

Of four iPads that were swabbed in two stores last month and then tested in a lab,... Read More

Tobacco used to quickly make lower-cost vaccines

An award-winning venture by a University of California - Davis student team could turn a public health pariah into a potential hero, using tobacco plants to develop vaccines in weeks instead of months.

The team, Inserogen, won the $15,000 grand prize at the Big Bang business plan competition ... Read More

Structure of Immune Molecule That Counteracts HIV Strains Determined

In findings that contribute to efforts to design an AIDS vaccine, a team led by Scripps Research Institute scientists has determined the structure of an immune system antibody molecule that effectively acts against most strains of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS.
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TWiV 85: Hepatitis C virus with Professor Michael Gale

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On episode #85 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Michael Gale discuss the origin, pathogenesis, prevention, of hepatitis C virus, and how it evades innate immune responses.


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Architect creates a bio brick

The bricks that we see today are most commonly made out of clay, but soon in the near future we may be able to see buildings made out of bacteria and waste products. Ginger Krieg Dosier wants to do just that. She's an assistant architecture professor at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) w... Read More

Seth Berkley: HIV and flu - the vaccine strategy

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More

Dr. Kiki's Science Hour with Stan Maloy - The Bugs Among Us

Synthetic life, oil eating bacteria, and news from the annual American Society of Microbiologists General Meeting in San Diego.

Guest: Dr. Stanley Maloy, associate director of the Center for Microbial Sciences and Dean of the College of Science at San Diego State University

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Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers

European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified Friday with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommenda... Read More

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