The April 2011 issue of Microbe is now online and includes the feature article
Marine Microorganisms, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Global Climate Change
by Jonathan P. Zehr, Julie Robidart, and Chris Scholin
Global environmental change demands a deeper understanding of how marine micro... Read More
Slight oscillations lasting just milliseconds have a huge impact on an enzyme's function, according to a new study by Scripps Research Institute scientists. Blocking these movements, without changing the enzyme's overall structure or any of its other properties, renders the enzyme defective in c... Read More
With guest Host: Brian Malow - Science Comedian (featured on episode 5 of MicrobeWorld Video: http://bit.ly/gC87Il).
Talking about bacteria, viruses, parasites and science tattoos with featured guest Carl Zimmer - Science Writer and former host of Meet The Scientist (listen to the complete a... Read More
Ever wondered what exotic life forms may be lurking in the dark, hidden corners of your home? Scientists wonder too. Studies have shown that our modern plumbing systems provide sanctuary to a menagerie of microbes. A new pilot project plans to elicit the help of homeowners to catalogue the life ... Read More
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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