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Virus Battery (M13 Bacteriophage)

Those portable electronic gadgets that many of us cant do without are getting more and more high tech. But they still run on old-fashioned batteries. Scientists at the MIT are hoping to change that. Read More

How eggs carry salmonella

The national's largest egg recall -- 550 million eggs shipped to 22 states -- is underway. But many people may not know how eggs carry salmonella.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella enteritidis -- the strain involved in the recent outbreak -- can be on the... Read More

The human genome is composed of viral DNA II: Individual proteins contain multiple viral inserts

Individual proteins, and individual translated exons within these proteins, are composed of multiple internested viral protein fragments. This is illustrated for the translated exons of DISC1 , where the different viral contributions are colour coded for each virus or phage. Read More

Making Proteins on the Cheap

When it comes to building proteins, it’s in a bacterium’s own best interest to use low-cost components. After all, using an energetically expensive amino acid where a cheaper one would suffice gives your more parsimonious competitors an advantage, and prior studies prove that abundant proteins ... Read More

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)

William Dieterle's 1935 film about Louis Pasteur who scientifically disproved the spontaneous generation hypothesis and among many other things greatly influenced the introduction and use of antisepsis in medicine.

You can watch the rest of the parts 2-6 on YouTube. Read More

Could the Answer to Cleaning Up the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Lie in Geometry?

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have received a $60,000 one-year National Science Foundation grant to study how naturally occurring microbes can best be used to eat away remaining crude oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. Their choice of weapon: Geometry.

Fueled by oxygen, nat... Read More

DNA Sequencing Reveals Complex Microbial Quid Pro Quo for Managing Carbon and Waste Streams

DOE JGI researchers report the first metagenome analysis of a microbial community grown in an anaerobic methanogenic (methane producing) bioreactor. The microbial community is syntrophic, i.e., certain organisms live off the byproducts of others. Read More

Norwegians may have an edge against future H1N1 outbreaks

By autumn 2009, almost half of the population of Norway had been vaccinated against the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus. Many had also been infected by the virus during the summer and autumn outbreaks. The majority of those who were vaccinated or were infected are expected to have developed im... Read More

Ancient microbes breathed life into ocean 'deserts'

In a paper published by Nature Geoscience online, Arizona State University researchers Brian Kendall and Ariel Anbar, et al., show that "oxygen oases" in the surface ocean were sites of significant oxygen production long before the breathing gas began to accumulate in the atmosphere. Read More

HIV may hide in the brain

Studies of the spinal fluid of patients given anti-HIV drugs have resulted in new findings suggesting that the brain can act as a hiding place for the HIV virus. Around 10% of patients showed traces of the virus in their spinal fluid but not in their blood – a larger proportion than previously r... Read More

Mice spread plague in prairie dog towns

Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague – a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas.

Plague outbreaks periodically sweep through large prairie dog towns with thousands of inhabitants, killing virtually the entire ... Read More

Michigan State University develops two lines of pest-resistant soybeans

Two lines of pest-resistant soybean painstakingly developed by a Michigan State University scientist promise healthier harvests for growers and a little green for the university too.

“Sparta – the Soybean Aphid Shield” is the new trade name for genetics developed by Dechun Wang. The associate... Read More

Scientist IDs genes that may make biofuel production more economical

A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has taken the first step toward the more efficient and economical production of biofuels by developing a strain of yeast with increased alcohol tolerance.

Biofuels are produced through microbial fermentation of biomass crops, which yield the alcohol... Read More

HIV cure could be all in the 'mix'

Current HIV treatments do not eradicate HIV from host cells but rather inhibit virus replication and delay the onset of AIDS. However, a new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, AIDS Research & Therapy describes an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted ... Read More

Study to Examine New Treatment for West Nile Virus

Neurological and infectious disease experts at Rush University Medical Center are testing a new drug therapy for the treatment of individuals with West Nile fever or suspected central nervous system infection due to the West Nile virus. Rush is the only site in the Midwest enrolling patients int... Read More

Killer T-cells, the fix for organ rejection?

A CONVENIENT type of killer white blood cell could make organ rejection a thing of the past.

The cells suppress the immune response in the livers of mice, without affecting the rest of the immune system. Humans have this type of blood cell, so it might be possible to create immune-tolerant or... Read More

Study says alcohol-based hand rubs can improve business productivity

The placement of alcohol-based hand disinfectants in businesses can reduce illness and absenteeism amongst the work force. A study published in the open access journal, BMC Infectious Diseases, has found that incidences of absenteeism in public administrations due to the common cold, fever and c... Read More

Study Links Chronic Fatigue to Virus Class

When the journal Science published an attention-grabbing study last fall linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a recently discovered retrovirus, many experts remained skeptical — especially after four other studies found no such association.

Now a second research team has reported a link betw... Read More

'Super bug' that's resistant to antibiotics threatens hospital patients

As intravenous antibiotics dripped into his arm, David Carmody seemed to be recovering nicely from a bad bladder infection. But then out of the blue things got worse as he lay in bed at a rehabilitation center: He felt weaker and began suffering uncontrollable diarrhea.

A battery of tests re... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 8 - Uncovering Undiscovered Unguents

This episode: Mining microbes for new compounds!



























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Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More
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