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Another human case of bird flu surfaces

Another human case of avian influenza has been detected in the Kamalapur area of the capital, two days after a 13-month-old girl was found carrying the H5N1 virus in the same locality.

The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) discovered the fresh case while mopping u... Read More

Science, love of beer merge in trio's pub pursuit

A microbiologist, a medical student and a brewmaster walk into an old warehouse.

No punch line — what comes next is anybody's guess - but a good glass of beer is definitely one outcome.

The microbiologist, Mike Mallozzi, spends his days researching nasty bacteria as a postdoctoral research... Read More

New Study Predicts Cholera Epidemic in Haiti Will Far Exceed UN Projections

A new study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard Medical School predicts that the cholera epidemic in Haiti this year will be far worse than United Nations' projections, which had estimated 400,000 cases of the diarrheal disease over the course of the epide... Read More

Laser untangles membrane measurements

A new laser technique that can measure interactions between proteins tangled in a cell’s membrane is expected to help in the discovery of new drugs. About 30 percent of the 7,000 proteins in a human cell reside in its membrane, initiating 60 to 70 percent of the signals that control the operatio... Read More

Newer antimalarials more effective than quinine against severe malaria

Quinine should no longer be the drug of choice for treating severe malaria, according to an updated systematic review by Cochrane researchers. It is now evident that the antimalarial drug artesunate, which is derived from herbs used in Chinese medicine, is more effective at preventing death in p... Read More

Maquipucuna Cloud Forest in Ecuador Yields New Species of Yeast

In a unique collaboration between scientists from the UK, Ecuador and Réunion, a new species of yeast has been discovered growing on the fruit of an unidentified and innocuous bramble collected from the biodiversity-rich Maquipucuna cloud forest nature reserve, near Quito, in Ecuador.

"We are... Read More

Bacillus subtilis plays a game of “Telephone"

Without the benefit of sex to help them ensure their genetic legacy, bacteria employ horizontal gene transfer to move genes from one cell to another. One way to get this done between cells in contact with one another is using integrative and conjugative elements (ICEs), DNA segments that normall... Read More

Maquipucuna Cloud Forest in Ecuador Yields New Species of Yeast

In a unique collaboration between scientists from the UK, Ecuador and Réunion, a new species of yeast has been discovered growing on the fruit of an unidentified and innocuous bramble collected from the biodiversity-rich Maquipucuna cloud forest nature reserve, near Quito, in Ecuador.

The sci... Read More

Research Unlocking the Mysteries Surrounding Lyme Disease

Researchers recently developed novel diagnostic tools able to distinguish between the various strains of bacteria responsible for causing Lyme disease. For more than a decade, only one strain of B. burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria) had been sequenced (mapped), and although that helped research efforts... Read More

Venter's Double Whoops

Shortly after Craig Venter team's announced its creation of a self-replicating synthetic genome — in which famous quotes were encoded, including James Joyce's famed: "To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life," and Richard Feynman's utterance on understanding — Venter re... Read More

Potentially Pathogenic Microbes Growing on at Least Half of All Orthodontic Retainers, Study Suggests

Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. Dr Jonathan Pratten and colleagues looked at the types of microbes which live on retainers.

This study, which found potentially pathogenic microbes gro... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 173. Pollos transgénicos contra la gripe (transgenic chicken against flu)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº173 deals with the recent Science paper by Jon Lyall et al. about the creation of transgenic chi... Read More

Why Study Slime Molds? Ask a Scientist. (video)

University of Arkansas biologists have taken two grants one from the Partnership to Enhance Experience in Taxonomy program of the National Science Foundation and the other from the Planetary Biodiversity Initiative program and changed what the world knows about slime molds. Read More

Targeting an Achilles' Heel of Plasmodium

The huge health problem of malaria is exacerbated by the alarming ability of this protozoan to rapidly develop resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. Thus, new antimalarials are desperately needed to bring this deadly disease under control.

In order to identify new drug targets, Istvan and co... Read More

Used Woodwind and Brass Musical Instruments Harbor Harmful Bacteria and Fungi, Study Suggests

Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can help nourish, cultivate, and increase intelligence in children, but playing a used instrument also can pose a potentially dangerous health risk.

Used woodwind and brass instruments were found to be heavily contaminated with a variety of... Read More

How the Slime Mold Gets Organized

The so-called cellular slime mold, a unicellular organism that may transition into a multicellular organism under stress, has just been found to have a tissue structure that was previously thought to exist only in more sophisticated animals. What's more, two proteins that are needed by the slime... Read More

Fatal diseases pass from wolf to dog to human in remote B.C. communities

Diseases, some of which can be lethal, are being passed between dogs, wolves and people in remote B.C communities where there is a dearth of veterinary care, a new study has found.

Researchers found that dogs that are often allowed to run free and come into contact with wolves and bears have ... Read More

All wrapped up: Researcher's graphene cloak protects bacteria

Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Kansas State University, and his research team are wrapping bacteria with graphene to address current challenges with imaging bacteria under electron microscopes. Berry's method creates a carbon cloak that protects the bacteria, allowin... Read More

Friendly bacteria fight the flu

Microbes trigger immune response that suppresses infections. Helpful bacteria don't just aid digestion; they also fend off the flu, according to a report published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. A research team led by Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale Univers... Read More

Toxoplasmosis: The Strain Explains Severity of Infection

Providing clues into why the severity of a common parasitic infection can vary greatly from person to person, a new Johns Hopkins study shows that each one of three strains of the cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma gondii sets off a unique reaction in the nerve cells it invades. Past research suggest... Read More
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