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Gender-Specific Gene Expression Features in the Blood Fluke Parasite Schistosoma japonicum

Schistosoma japonicum is one of the remarkable Platyhelminths that are endemic in China and Southeast Asian countries. The parasite is dioecious and can reside inside the host for many years. Rapid reproduction by producing large number of eggs and count-react host anti-parasite responses are th... Read More

WHO Sounds Alarm on Drug Resistant Germs

As the World Health Organization prepares to mark World Health Day April 7, the U.N. agency is urging stepped-up international efforts to address the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are posing increasingly serious public health threats, especially in hospitals. Here is our first... Read More

Outsmarting Dengue Fever by Vaccinating Mosquitoes

Just after sunrise in early January, a delivery van trundled along a suburban street in Queensland, Australia. Inside were tubs filled with a type of mosquito that carries dengue fever, the flulike illness that annually sickens 50 million to 100 million people worldwide. Workers inside the van s... Read More

First Clinical Trial Results for Yellow Fever Vaccine

Xcellerex, Inc., a leader in rapid deployment, single-use biomanufacturing solutions, today announced positive results of a Phase I clinical trial of its investigational vaccine against yellow fever virus, XRX-001. In the study, the vaccine was well tolerated and induced neutralizing antibodies ... Read More

Alabama infections likely caused by faulty sterilizing

A failed sterilization process likely caused bacterial infections in 19 Alabama patients who received contaminated intravenous nourishment, a health official said on Thursday.

But officials still don't know whether the deaths of nine of those patients resulted from the outbreak of Serratia ma... Read More

Instant Evolution in Whiteflies: Just Add Bacteria

In a case of rapid evolution, bacteria have been found to give whiteflies – crop-damaging insects of global importance – an edge over their uninfected peers, new research from the UA suggests.

In just six years, bacteria in the genus Rickettsia spread through a population of the sweet potato ... Read More

April 2011 Microbe feature article--Marine Microorganisms, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Global Climate Change

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

Scripps Research scientists find E. coli enzyme must move to function

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

Dr. Kiki's Science Hour 89: Bacteria, Viruses And Parasites, Oh My! (video)

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

Thermophiles lurking in your basement

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

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
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