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Prehistoric Human Brain Found Pickled in Bog

A human skull dated to about 2,684 years ago with an "exceptionally preserved" human brain still inside of it was recently discovered in a waterlogged U.K. pit, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science study. Laser imaging, chemical analysis and other examinations revealed that the b... Read More

Science video game designed to teach middle school students about bacteria and viruses.

“You Make Me Sick!” a science learning video game, recently won a $50,000 grand prize in the 2010 National National Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Video Game Challenge. The game is co-developed by assistant professor of special education Matthew Marino and Filament Games in Mad... Read More

How to train your microbe: metatranscriptomics as a care and feeding guide

If you work in microbiology, you know the statistics: as many as 99% of bacterial species have yet to succumb to science’s best efforts to cultivate them. In mBio this week, a new approach to cultivating these reluctant microbes reads the metatranscriptome – the RNA a community of bacteria makes... Read More

Drug to fight C-diff clears big hurdle

An FDA advisory panel gave its unanimous recommendation for a new antibiotic to treat Clostridium difficile- associated diarrhea, commonly known as C. diff.

The drug is fidaxomicin, which will be sold under the name Dificid.

It is an oral antibiotic that targets the intestines, with very l... Read More

Aston University's Microbiology Roadshow

This is a two day microbiology course for Year 9/10 school children to introduce them to microorganisms and their role in health and disease. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read More

Lifesaving antibiotics face doubtful future

To head off a health care disaster, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has developed a plan to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant "super bugs" and is rolling out the multi-pronged plan today, on World Health Day 2011.

Infections are becoming increasingly resistant to existing a... Read More

Researchers find superbug gene in New Delhi water

A deadly superbug was found in about a quarter of water samples taken from drinking supplies and puddles on the streets of New Delhi, according to a new study. Experts say it's the latest proof that the new drug-resistant bacteria, known as NDM-1, named for New Delhi, is widely circulating in th... Read More

Vaccine could cure cat allergies, study suggests

Sniffly-nosed kitten-lovers rejoice: A new vaccine could soon banish allergies to cats. The vaccine isn't ready for prime time yet, but a new study finds that the shots are safe, researchers reported March 31 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. They're also effective at reducing a... Read More

Strep Infections Can Turn Deadly, Trigger Toxic Shock

Infection with some strains of strep turn deadly when a protein found on their surface triggers a widespread inflammatory reaction. In a report published April 7 in the journal Nature, researchers describe the precise architecture of a superstructure formed when the bacterial protein called M1 ... Read More

World Health Day – 7 April 2011 Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

Antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem but one that is becoming more dangerous; urgent and consolidated efforts are needed to avoid regressing to the pre-antibiotic era.

For World Health Day 2011, WHO is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resis... Read More

Algae biodiversity cleans streams

The more species a habitat holds, the faster pollutants are removed from the water. The first study to rigorously show how biodiversity improves water quality is published today in Nature1. It offers proof that biodiversity helps ecosystems to withstand pressures such as pollution. Read More

Researchers find link between common dietary fat, intestinal microbes and heart disease

A new pathway has been discovered that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora with an increased risk of heart disease, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published in the latest issue of Nature.

The study shows that people who eat a diet containing a common nutrient found i... Read More

TWiM #4: Cantaloupes and Salmonella gastroenteritis

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TWiM 4 Letters

Aric writes:


I just stumbled upon your podcasts last week and wanted to say that I enjoy them all (TWiV, TWiP, and TWiM). While listening to episode one of TWiM I began to think about the significance of finding human DNA in a bacterial genome. While this discover... Read More

Mussel adhesive inspires tough coating for living cells

Inspired by Mother Nature, scientists are reporting development of a protective coating with the potential to enable living cells to survive in a dormant condition for long periods despite intense heat, dryness and other hostile conditions.

In a report in Journal of the American Chemical Soc... Read More

Beer, bugs, DNA linked to stomach cancer

Swilling at least three beers a day over several years can increase a person’s risk of stomach cancer if combined with two other unseen risk factors, researchers have found. But oddly, wine and liquor didn’t show the same danger level for this malignancy, the team reported April 4 at a meeting o... Read More

The life and times of a vaccine pioneer

Baruch (Barry) Blumberg, the inventor of the world's first successful anticancer vaccine, has died aged 86. His lifelong quest to fight the hepatitis B virus earned him a Nobel prize and the resulting vaccine prevented tens of millions of deaths from hepatitis and liver cancer.

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Microbe Responsible for Methane from Landfills Identified

Researchers have long known that landfills produce methane, but had a hard time figuring out why -- since landfills do not start out as a friendly environment for the organisms that produce methane. New research from North Carolina State University shows that one species of microbe is paving the... Read More

Common bacteria at root of Adler's sudden passing

If there is one thing Dr. P.J. Brennan wants his medical students to take away from his class, it's a healthy respect for Staphylococcus aureus, a common strain of bacteria found on skin and in the nose.

It can cause a range of infections, from pimples to endocarditis. The latter is the same ... Read More

Cell Culture in Three-dimensional Environments

At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), researchers of the DFG Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) succeeded in specifically cultivating cells on three-dimensional structures. The fascinating thing is that the cells are offered small "holds" in the micrometer range on the scaffold, to... Read More
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