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Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

How would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.

It’s the kind of ba... Read More

Massive Gene Loss Linked to Pathogen's Stealthy Plant-Dependent Lifestyle

An international team of scientists, which includes researchers from Virginia Tech, has cracked the genetic code of a plant pathogen that causes downy mildew disease. Downy mildews are a widespread class of destructive diseases that cause major losses to crops as diverse as maize, grapes, and le... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº137. Microbiology and Art. "The Sick Child"



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 137 is about the relationship between art and microbiology taking as example Edvard Munch's pic... Read More

H1N1 flu returns to Britain, 10 dead

The H1N1 swine flu virus which swept the globe last year has returned to Britain with 10 people dying in the last six weeks, health officials said Saturday.

Britain's Health Protection Agency said the 10 deaths had occurred in adults all under the age of 65, most of whom had underlying health... Read More

Similarities between DNA repair systems of bacteria, humans greater than thought

A new study has revealed that there are greater similarities between the DNA repair systems of bacteria and humans than previously thought.

The University of Bristol researchers have discovered how a network of repair proteins enables bacteria to prioritise the repair of the most heavily used... Read More

Scientists skeptical about organism said to survive on arsenic

Last week, amid much fanfare, scientists reported they had found an organism that — unlike all previously observed life on Earth — was able to do without phosphorus and use the normally deadly element arsenic in its place.

This week, skeptical scientists expressed serious concerns about the d... Read More

Just in time for National Influenza Vaccination Week -- a flu-shot gift card

With all the hubbub over tax breaks and unemployment, it's interesting that flu shots turned up on the president's radar this week. President Obama signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

As this proclamation says: "Last year, as the world prepared fo... Read More

Fungus out! The frog resistance is here

Frogs across Australia and the US may be recovering from a fungal disease that has devastated populations around the world.

"It's happening across a number of species," says Michael Mahony at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, who completed a 20-year study of frogs along the Grea... Read More

Doctors Urge Cholera Vaccine For Haiti, Neighbors

Leading public health officials and researchers are calling for a crash vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti and neighboring countries.

A vaccine is needed, they say, to control what researchers say is a more lethal strain of cholera circulating widely in Haiti and starting to affect... Read More

Watch in horror as a fungus invades the beer plant

A parasitic fungus called Blumeria graminis (green) colonises the insides of the living epidermal cells of a barley plant Hordeum vulgare (outlined in yellow) in this epifluorescence microscopy image by Pietro Spanu of Imperial College London.

Blumeria is a type of powdery mildew - fungal dis... Read More

Researchers Make "Baby Borg" Bacteria Hive Computer

Star Trek:The Next Generation may have been prescient when they dreamed up the Borg -- living organisms that had been transformed into a hive computer mind. Indeed, many biology and genetics researchers today are hoping to transform bacteria into drones, forming a biological supercomputer of th... Read More

Sequencing Machine Aided in Cholera Project

Nothing like a public health crisis to put a new technology through its paces.

Scientists on Thursday said they used new technology to rapidly sequence the genome of the cholera bacterium that has killed more than 2,000 people in Haiti and sickened nearly 100,000.

The analysis confirmed on... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 136. UNAIDS last report



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 136 talks about the last UNAIDS report . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 136 comenta el último inf... Read More

Man finds extreme healing eating parasitic worms

One day in 2004, a 29-year-old man with a terrible stomach problem stepped off a plane from the United States in Thailand. He wasn't there for the sights, or the food, or the beaches. He had traveled thousands of miles for worms -- parasitic worms whose eggs he intended to swallow by the thousan... Read More

Pandemic influenza vaccine was too late in 2009

Influenza researcher Peter Palese visited yesterday and spoke about “Pandemic influenza: Past and Future”. A key part of his talk was a review of his efforts to produce a universal influenza vaccine which protects against all strains. He used the following graph to make the point that when influ... Read More

Scientists Trace Origin of Recent Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

The strain of cholera currently sweeping through post-earthquake Haiti originated in South Asia, conclude scientists who did a rapid genetic analysis of bacteria collected from Haitian patients. The finding supports the notion that the cholera bacteria fueling the outbreak arrived on the island ... Read More

Genomic view of humand and their microbes

Claire Fraser-Liggett's presentation to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's annual meeting titled "The Role of Microbial Communities in Health and Disease", with particular emphasis on microbes in the GI tract. Read More

The Human Microbiome Project & DACC

Dr. Owen White of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine describes how the Data Analysis & Coordination Center supports the Human Microbiome Project, working with sequencing data from microbiology researchers. (info about HMP-DACC is at http://www.hmp... Read More

Microbiological Resilience

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Life-Saving in the Bacterial World: How Campylobacter Rely on Pseudomonas to Infect Humans

The bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is a major cause of food poisoning in humans. It is normally transmitted from contaminated chicken meat, as it is frequently found in the intestines of chickens, where it apparently does not result in any symptoms. Campylobacter jejuni is well adapted to life i... Read More
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