Bacteria that grow in the antennae of wasps help ward off fungal threats by secreting a 'cocktail' of antibiotics explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. Read More
The meaning of the standard fecal coliform test used to monitor water quality has been called into question by a new study that identified sources of Escherichia coli bacteria that might not indicate an environmental hazard. Read More
This episode: Bacteria may help treat viral infection!
Spencer Diamond and Britt Flaherty, PhD students at UCSD, Spencer in the Susan Golden Laboratory and Britt in the James Golden Laboratory, author a post on Small Things Considered about the green potential for cyanobacteria.
"With such famous bacteria as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtili... Read More
The part of bacterial DNA that often carries antibiotic resistance is a master at moving between different types of bacteria and adapting to widely differing bacterial species, shows a study made by a research team at the University of Gothenburg in cooperation with Chalmers University of Techno... Read More
Maryn McKenna—my favorite "Scary Disease Girl" and author of Superbug—will be taking questions during a live chat today at Scientific American's Facebook page. The chat starts at 2:00 Eastern and lasts for a half-hour.
The chat is connected to a new article that Maryn wrote for Scientific Ame... Read More
BirdWhisperer46's YouTube channel, described as "Videos Through A Microscope," has a great collection of HD videos of microbes.
In his most recent video BirdWhisperer46 can't identify what he's captured. Can you identify the microbe(s) in this video?
Please leave a comment here or on his Y... Read More
Scientists say it's probable that they may have documented the first case of a virus contracted by a man who was bitten multiple times by insects and then sexually transmitted to his wife, according to a study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Brian Foy, a biologist with the Universi... Read More
When viruses attack, one molecule more than any other fights back. Interferon triggers the activation of more than 350 genes, and despite the obvious connection, the vast majority have never been tested for antiviral properties. A team of researchers, led by scientists from Rockefeller Universit... Read More
Storing fruits and vegetables in ozone-enriched environments reduces spoilage explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. Dr Ian Singleton explains how ozone treatment could be a safe, effective replacement for pesticides as it leaves no residue... Read More
Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could h... Read More
It seems the Russians are going to penetrate the oldest subglacial lake on Antarctica soon.
El podcast del Microbio Nº188 and 189 describes the famous experiment about prebiotic synthesis of organic compounds and t... Read More
A newly sequenced bacterial genome from a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could contain clues as to how microorganisms produce a highly toxic form of mercury.
Methylmercury, a potent human neurotoxin, appears in the environment when certain naturally occur... Read More
The walnut could be taking an unnecessary public-relations hit by being pegged as the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed one life in Quebec, a leading food-safety expert said Friday.
Food microbiologist Keith Warriner from the University of Guelph said there appear to be so... Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the SpectraShield 9500 N95 surgical respirator, a device that kills 99.99 percent of three different kinds of bacteria when exposed to its outer surface.
The FDA cleared the SpectraShield as a single-use, N95 surgical respirator for use in health... Read More
BioCyc: Microbial Genomes and Cellular Networks
by Peter D. Karp, Ingrid M. Keseler, Tomer Altman, Ron Caspi, Carol A. Fulcher, Pallavi Subhraveti, Anamika Kothari, Markus
Krummenacker, Mario Latendresse, Tom Lee, Suzanne M. Paley, Alexander G. Shearer, and Miles Trupp
The BioCyc system h... Read More
An investigation into microbial contamination that led to blood infections of 19 hospitalized patients in Alabama has found a genetic match between bacteria cultured from a dozen infected patients and water samples from a faucet in a pharmacy that prepared IV nutrition products.
The bacteria ... Read More
One of the first studies of its type has confirmed that a science museum can strongly influence the public's knowledge and attitudes about science and technology, and to a surprising degree can cut across racial, ethnic, educational and economic barriers.
"The holy grail of science museums is... Read More