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Bacteria in the Gut May Influence Brain Development

A team of scientists from around the globe have found that gut bacteria may influence mammalian brain development and adult behavior. The study is published in the scientific journal PNAS, and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the... Read More

Controversy Erupts in French Classrooms over Permitting Teens to Genetically Modify Bacteria

A row has broken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to create transgenic Escherichia coli bacteria in the classroom.

Practical experiments in which students learn how to use plasmids to alter the DNA of the bacteria have been under way for 17 and 18-year-olds in... Read More

Certain types of gut bacteria linked to fatty liver

A new study has suggested that the abundance or scarcity of certain types of bacteria in the gut may also help predict susceptibility to non-alcoholic fatty liver.

In a metagenomic analysis of the microbial communities living in the intestinal tracts of 15 female patients participating in a s... Read More

Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio

On Monday, in a Manhattan town house that once belonged to polio’s most famous victim, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Gates made an appeal for one more big push to wipe out world polio.

Although that battle began in 1985 and Mr. Gates started making regular donations to it only in 2005, he has ... Read More

New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease

You know the probiotics in your peach yogurt are healthful, but now it appears they may also be a powerful treatment for disease.

A genetically tweaked version of a common probiotic found in yogurt and cheese appears to be an effective therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's d... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº158: "El Tercer Hombre" en el siglo XXI. ("The Third Man" in XXI Century). 2º Part



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 158 : Second part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of ... Read More

In need of companionship? Look no further than about the middle of your abdomen

Really, this just takes the cake for the ultimate DIY science - culturing bacteria from your own belly button & seeing what pops up - fascinating! Read More

Frederick Hayden on influenza antivirals

Frederick Hayden, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, U.K., has focused on the use of antiviral agents to prevent and treat respiratory viral infections. I discussed the use of antiviral drugs to treat influenza with Dr. Hayden during ICAAC Boston 2010... Read More

Decoding Pneumonia's Defenses

Researchers seuquence more than 200 strains of streptococcus pneumoniae and reveal ways that the mircobe evades attempts to defeat it. Findings show how the microbe swaps chunks of DNA with other strains, allowing it to evolve defenses against antibiotics and vaccines. Emily Singer of MIT Techn... Read More

A virology course at Columbia University

My virology course at Columbia University, Biology W3310, has begun. This course, which I taught for the first time in 2009, is aimed at advanced undergraduates and will be taught at the Morningside Campus of Columbia University. Read on to learn how to access all the course materials, including... Read More

Milk of Life: Dairy Cows Inoculated against Sepsis Could Help Malnourished Children

Most people would probably prefer if traces of dairy cows' vaccinations don't show up in their milk, but one research team is looking into deliberately adding antibodies to milk as a way to help malnourished children in developing countries.

Seven years ago Alan Cross, a professor at the Univ... Read More

Bug to spider: I will control your offspring's sex

Famed for their ruthless reproductive strategies, female spiders are in fact mere puppets in the hands of a parasitic bug that kills off their embryonic sons.

Wolbachia bacteria infect up to two-thirds of insect species. They are transmitted through eggs, and so need their host to have as man... Read More

Student Research Shows Diversity of Bacterial Viruses

Jillian Walton entered the College of William & Mary intent on becoming a history major. Now on the verge of graduation, she is reading up on interdisciplinary molecular biology graduate programs and talking about the scientific paper she’s authored with students from around the country.

Walt... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº157: "El Tercer Hombre" en el siglo XXI. ("The Third Man" in XXI Century). 1º Part



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 157 : First part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of t... Read More

With Sleight of DNA, Pneumonia Bacterium Dodges Vaccines

Researchers from seven countries have collaborated to analyze how a single strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria has morphed over 30 years and spread across the world, in an attempt to overcome the development of antibiotics and vaccines.

The research is the first detailed genetic pict... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 28 - Gross Glowing Grubs

This episode: Bacteria keep birds from eating the larvae they parasitize!


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TWiV 118: The virus always rings twice

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

TWiV 118 Letters

Jenny writes:


Hi TWiVers,


I'm currently listening to episode 84-Gators go viral and I'm so excited to hear you talk about my virus, EHV1, even if it was only briefly and I decided it was finally time to write you guys a letter.


I am a PhD student in Me... Read More

Bill Gates, Abu Dhabi prince pledge vaccine funds

Bill Gates' foundation and Abu Dhabi's crown prince are donating $50 million each to vaccinate children in Afghanistan and Pakistan against polio and other diseases.

Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation say two-thirds of the funds will go toward a pair ... Read More

Gene 'Relocation' Key to Most Evolutionary Change in Bacteria

In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria.

The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly contradict the wid... Read More
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