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Microbial hydrogen: circumventing the Calvin cycle gives better yields

Microbially-produced biofuels are big business – even Google is getting in on the act http://goo.gl/20DXU. Because biofuels have such great potential for widespread use and profit, incremental advancements that eke out a few more milliliters of fuel from a process have the potential to have a bi... Read More

Small code change, big effect: Using synthetic biology to precisely label proteins

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have developed a new method which enables researchers to label any protein of their choice with any of a wide variety of previously available compounds, in living cells, by introducing a single reactive artifi... Read More

New research suggests wild birds may play a role in the spread of bird flu

Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1.

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Chinese Academy of Sciences used satellites, outbreak data and gen... Read More

Stress affects balance of bacteria in gut

Stress can change the balance of bacteria that naturally live in the gut, which may explain why the stressed have less immunity, U.S. researchers say.

Lead researcher Michael Bailey of the Ohio State University said exposure to stress led to changes in composition, diversity and number of gut... Read More

Superbug makes way to L.A. area

A deadly bacteria thought to be resistant to all known remedies has made its way to Los Angeles County medical facilities, officials said this week, adding urgency to the dire need for more powerful antibiotics.

Dr. Dawn Terashita, an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County Department of P... Read More

Virophage, the virus eater

A second virophage has been identified. The name does not signify a virus that infects another virus – it means virus eater.
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El podcast del microbio Nº177 "Osmosis Jones" y la regla de los 5 segundos (Osmosis Jones and the 5 seconds rule)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº178 is about the %-seconds rule depicted in the animated motion picture "Osmosis Jones". El podca... Read More

Big size multitouch display turned into a microscope

The multitouch microscope integrates two Finnish innovations and brings new dimensions into teaching and research.

Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) have in collaboration with the Finnish company Multitouch Ltd created a hand and finger gesture controlled micr... Read More

MRSA infection shown to be seasonal

A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found a significant increase in the occurrence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the summer and autumn months. The increase was more pronounced in the pediatric population than in adults. The study is now published onli... Read More

Neutron analysis yields insight into bacteria for solar energy

Structural studies of some of nature's most efficient light-harvesting systems are lighting the way for new generations of biologically inspired solar cell devices. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used small-angle n... Read More

Bacteria-inspired solar cell devices come closer to reality

Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are studying nature's most efficient light-harvesting systems that could pave way for a new generation of biologically inspired solar cell devices.

The team used small-angle ne... Read More

We must act on living conditions in the fight against tuberculosis

24 March 2011 – To mark World TB Day, ARCHIVE urges government, private and third sector authorities to pay greater attention to housing/living conditions as an important measure in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).

Peter Williams, Founder and Executive Director of ARCHIVE, says: “Decent l... Read More

Food Court Trays Have As Much Bacteria As Gas Station Toilet

First we find out about shopping carts with fecal bacateria, now more thrilling bacteria-related news.

Turns out, maybe the food court isn’t the best place to stop for lunch with your kids after a long day of shopping at the mall. So, before you dump that container of fries on your child’s t... Read More

TWiM #3: Anthrax, genomics, and the FBI inquiry

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TWiM 3 Letters

Hubert writes:

Hello Professor,


I'm a Belgian student in veterinary medicine (I hope my English isn't too bad), and I'm very interested in microbiology. I have a few questions about the last episode of TWiM (and quite a lot about episodes of TWiV, but I'm still i... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 34 - Social Slime’s Sorus Storage

3This episode: Slime molds farm their own bacterial food!


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500 million Chinese infected with tuberculosis

The number of infectious tuberculosis patients in China has exceeded 5 million and that of Chinese infected with the tuberculosis bacteria has topped 500 million, accounting for 45 percent of the country's total population, according to the results of the "Fifth National Tuberculosis Epidemiolog... Read More

Regulating the infective phase of Legionella bacterial lifecycle

New research by UCD researchers led by Conway Fellow, Brendan Loftus gives an insight into the infective cycle of the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease and Pontiac fever. In collaboration with scientists at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, the team analysed all the genes exp... Read More

Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreak Highlights How Infections Spread

Investigation suggests preventive steps passengers and crew can take. Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States and is estimated to cause nearly 21 million cases annually. It is highly transmissible through person-to-person contact and contaminated food, water... Read More

The Unsolved Anthrax Murder Mystery

The US public health system has serious vulnerabilities, and one major problem is identifying and responding to public health crimes. The investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks is a case in point. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published its report on the scientific methodo... Read More
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