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Viruses Teach Researchers How to Protect Corn from Fungal Infection

Smut fungi are agents of disease responsible for significant crop losses worldwide. Principal investigator Dr. Thomas Smith and research associate member Dr. Dilip Shah at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center collaborated on a project to develop a variety of corn that is highly resistant to ... Read More

Registration deadline approaching for 11th Genomic Standards Consortium Mtg at Wellcome Trust

The 11th meeting of the Genomic Standards Consortium will be meeting at the Wellcome Trust to discuss the usability of important 'omics data.
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An outbreak of measles is ongoing in Geneva, Switzerland, since January 2011, in the context of a measles epidemic in neighbouring Rhône-Alpes, France. A total of 41 confirmed cases have been reported, the majority among young adults, many unaware of their non-immune status. There is no large cl... Read More

Wild Bird Migration across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: A Transmission Route for Highly Pathogenic H5N1

Qinghai Lake in central China has been at the center of debate on whether wild birds play a role in circulation of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1. In 2005, an unprecedented epizootic at Qinghai Lake killed more than 6000 migratory birds including over 3000 bar-headed geese (Anser i... Read More

Phosphorylation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Ser/Thr Phosphatase by PknA and PknB

This study establishes the novel mechanisms for regulation of mycobacterial Ser/Thr phosphatase. The results indicate that STPKs and PstP may regulate the signaling through mutually dependent mechanisms. Consequently, PstP phosphorylation may play a critical role in regulating its own activity. ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 82

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Americans Want Better Bacteria Protection In Hospitals

There's a 1-in-10 chance that the next time you go to the hospital for surgery, you may get an infection -- and it could be deadly. Those findings are contained in a new survey sponsored by The Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) and Kaiser Permanente.

The report shows many Americans want hosp... Read More

Marine Microbes (video)

Marine microbes play an important role in all marine environments. AIMS is investigating the functions they provide in tropical marine ecosystems and what benefits and insights they might offer and what role they play in helping reefs to adapt to threats such as climate change. Read More

Synthetic Biology: Novel Kind of Fluorescent Protein Developed

Proteins are the most important functional biomolecules in nature with numerous applications in life science research, biotechnology and medicine. So how can they be modified in the most effective way to attain certain desired properties? In the past, the modifications were usually carried out e... Read More

Do gut bacteria worsen malnourishment?

A study transplanting gut bacteria from human twins into mice could help to explain why some malnourished children develop kwashiorkor — a condition that triggers swelling in the belly, fatigue and vulnerability to disease. Researchers hope the work will point the way to better emergency rations... Read More

11th Genomic Standards Consortium Mtg

The Wellcome Trust will be hosting the next meeting of the Genomic Standards Consortium on April 4 - 6 2011, covering the value of standardized and consistent metadata, functional annotation standards and other topics, which will be held near Cambridge in the UK. For info, please visit www.welco... Read More

March 2011 Microbe now online

The March 2011 issue of Microbe magazine is now online—

Feature articles
Bacterial Vectors for Delivering Gene and Anticancer Therapies
by C. Grillot-Courvalin, Sylvie Goussard, and Patrice Courvalin
Engineered bacteria deliver genes or proteins into specific cells to treat tumors
or gen... Read More

New Instrument for Analyzing Viruses: Sensitive 'PING' Device

Scientists in Israel and California have developed an instrument for rapidly analyzing molecular interactions that take place viruses and the cells they infect. By helping to identify interactions between proteins made by viruses like HIV and hepatitis and proteins made by the human cells these ... Read More

Researchers identify new biomarker for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease

Neena Singh, MD, PhD and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have identified the first disease-specific biomarker for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), a universally fatal, degenerative brain disease for which there is no cure. sCJD is one of the causes of d... Read More

Drug Use Increasingly Associated With Microbial Infections

Illicit drug users are at increased risk of being exposed to microbial pathogens and are more susceptible to serious infections, say physicians writing in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. The review, which aims to improve the microbiological diagnosis of drug use-related infections, assesses... Read More

Found: H1N1 Swine Flu Mutation That Could Spread More Easily

It would take just a small change in DNA to create a mutation of the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" virus that could spread more easily, concluded US scientists in a recent PLoS ONE paper where they also showed that their method could be used to monitor the evolution of H1N1, particularly that part of it... Read More

Salmonella could be used to fight cancer

Scientists are using salmonella - the bacteria commonly transmitted through food that sickens people - to fight cancers of the gut.

They believe salmonella may be a valuable tool in the fight against cancer in organs surrounding the gut - such as the liver, spleen, and colon - since that's wh... Read More

Curbing cholesterol may fight infections: study

Lowering cholesterol levels could help the body's immune system fight infections, British scientists said on Tuesday.

A study in mice by researchers at the University of Edinburgh found a direct link between the workings of the immune system and cholesterol levels.

"What we have discovered... Read More

Drug-resistant bacteria: To humans from farms via food

You have to love a scientific commentary that starts this in-your-face:

“Show us the science that use of antibiotics in animal production is causing this antibiotic resistance,” Dave Warner of the National Pork Council told the Washington Post back in June 2010, responding to a Food and D... Read More

TWiM #2: The plague, microbial virulence, and the gut microbiome

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