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Life as we don't know it ... on Earth?

NASA's secret is finally out: Researchers say they've forced microbes from a gnarly California lake to become arsenic-gobbling aliens. It may not be as thrilling as discovering life on Titan, but the claim is so radical that some chemists aren't yet ready to believe it.

If the claim holds up,... Read More

New Findings Detail How a Virus Prepares to Infect Cells

Researchers have learned the atomic-scale arrangement of proteins in a structure that enables a virus to invade and fuse with host cells, showing precisely how the structure morphs with changing acidity to initiate infection.

Findings from a team at Purdue University showed the protein struct... Read More

Do our bodies' bacteria play matchmaker?

Could the bacteria that we carry in our bodies decide who we marry? According to a new study from Tel Aviv University, the answer lies in the gut of a small fruit fly.

Prof. Eugene Rosenberg, Prof. Daniel Segel and doctoral student Gil Sharon of Tel Aviv University's Department of Molecular M... Read More

Close Encounters of the Media Kind

Over the last two days, bloggers at a few of the country’s top news outlets have engaged in wild and wholly unsubstantiated speculation about the discovery of alien life.

The runaway blogging stems from a cryptic press release issued by NASA on Monday, which said that the agency would be hold... Read More

Feeling queasy? Rotavirus punches holes in organelles

Stomach flu season is upon us, and if you or your kids have suffered through a bout of what doctors call “viral gastroenteritis”, rotavirus may well be the culprit: it is the leading cause of the illness in children. One of the virus’ secrets of success lies in how it handles calcium, namely, r... Read More

For the Good of the Gut: Can Parasitic Worms Treat Autoimmune Diseases?

In 2007, parasite immunologist P'ng Loke sat down for lunch at a University of California, San Francisco, cafeteria with an inquisitive man who had called him earlier that week. Their chosen topic of conversation would deprive many people of an appetite, but the scientist and his guest shared an... Read More

Surveying bacteria in the atmosphere

An article by Vanessa Schipani in The Scientist (1 December 2010) points to research indicating that the atmosphere may harbor a microbial diversity comparable to soils, but is vastly less studied. Plans are underway to survey the atmosphere in all states and in various habitats: urban, agricult... Read More

Gram-negative Haemophilus influenzae bacteria

This photograph depicts the colonial morphology displayed by Gram-negative Haemophilus influenzae bacteria, which was grown on a medium of chocolate agar, for a 24 hour time period, at a temperature of 37°C.

Invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenza type-b can affect many organ systems... Read More

Preterm Infants May Need a Boost to Protect Against Invasitve Pneumococcal Disease

A new study suggests that preterm infants may not be fully protected against invasitve pneumococcal disease under the current United Kingdom immunization schedule.

The findings are reported in the November issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.

The study, conducted by resear... Read More

Influenza: What's the point of making good, safe vaccines if people won't accept them?

That H1N1 pandemic....no, it didn't lead to bodies piled high in the streets. But the point is, it could have -- pandemics sometimes do. And were we prepared? No, we were not.

That's the bottom line of a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine right before Thanksgiving wh... Read More

Malaysia tests vaccine as dengue fever deaths rise

Malaysia is testing a dengue fever vaccine as deaths from the mosquito-borne disease rise.

Director General of Health Ismail Merican says clinical trials that started midyear involved 300 volunteers. Further trials starting this month are expected to end by the middle of next year.

Malaysi... Read More

Excuse me, Sir. There's a Moss-animal in my Lake

In the world of biology, there is plant, there is animal, and there is plant-animal. Specifically, moss-animals, the bryozoans.

I mention this because someone in Virginia recently had a run-in with these creatures that was startling enough to result in a press release. And when a bryozoan gen... Read More

Cholera deaths rise to 1,751

Haiti's cholera epidemic has killed at least 1,751 people since it emerged in mid-October, according to figures released by the health ministry yesterday.

A total of 77,208 people have been infected by the disease and 34,248 have been hospitalized since the outbreak, officials said.

The ha... Read More

Use of human papilloma virus vaccine again at the center of college controversy

The controversial vaccination for the most common sexually transmitted virus, human papilloma virus (HPV) — which has been available for girls' use since 2006 — is once again becoming contentious as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) debates whether it should recommend that boy... Read More

Nasa raises hopes of finding extra-terrestrials with discovery of 'alien' bacteria that survives in arsenic

Nasa scientists are set to announce that bacteria have been discovered that can survive in arsenic, an element previously thought too toxic to support life, it can be revealed.

In a press conference scheduled for tomorrow evening, researchers will unveil the discovery of the incredible microb... Read More

Bacterial manganese stromatolites formed in the darkness of caves

A paper in "Geology" describe for the first time the occurrence of extensive Mn oxide stromatolites formed in the deep interior of a cave (El Soplao, Cantabria, Spain). The stromatolites are of decimeter thickness and kilometer extent and show features extremely similar to typical CaCO3 stromato... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 20 - Archaea Advanced Apart

This episode: Our archaeal ancestors may have been more important to us than bacterial!


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El podcast del Microbio Nº134. NDM-1 resistance reported in Spain



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 134 talks about the report of NDM-1 resistance in Spain . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 134 habl... Read More

Dengue/DHF update 2010

In this update:
Cases in various countries: Philippines (Negros Oriental), Taiwan, Thailand (Phuket), Indonesia (West Nusa Tenggara, India (Delhi), India (Andhra Pradesh), Pakistan (Punjab), Pakistan (Sindh), Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil (Goiania), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Venezuela

- Philippi... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº133. Bacterial colours in insects



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 133 resumes the article published in Science about the change of colour in aphids due to a bact... Read More
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