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Sewage raises West Nile virus risk

Sewage that overflows into urban creeks and streams during periods of heavy rain can promote the spread of West Nile Virus, an Emory study finds.

The analysis of six years of data showed that people living near creeks with sewage overflows in lower-income neighborhoods of Southeast Atlanta ha... Read More

Publication of XMRV papers should not be blocked

The findings by the NIH and FDA that XMRV is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome has been accepted for publication by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Release of the article has been blocked by PNAS due to work carried out by the US Centers for Disease Control and... Read More

Of Ancient Curses, Microbes, and the ASM

It is our pleasure to begin an annual tradition of hosting a few reflections from the incoming president of the ASM.

by Bonnie L. Bassler

On July 1, as I start my term as ASM President, I am reminded of three ominous curses of dubious ancient origin:

1. May you live in interesting ti... Read More

CDC issues new guidelines on detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections

Today the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new and important guidelines on the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB).

In these landmark guidelines, CDC advises that Interferon Gamma Release A... Read More

Researchers Identify What Makes MRSA Lethal

Scientists studying the so-called "superbug" MRSA have identified one of the components responsible for making it so deadly.

Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin that is relatively harmless unless it gets into the bloodstream, where it can cause blood poisoni... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 15

In this show, I report on three exciting stories: how viral invasions might've shaped human evolution, how bacteria are good for the immune system, and using viruses for medicine. Plus, biofuels special extravaganza!

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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 55

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A continuacion: Algo se está pegando a sus dientes, El secuestro de los receptores nucleares, El papel de los microbios en los arrecifes coralinos sanos.


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MTS53 - Bonnie Bassler - The Bacterial Wiretap

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Will Oil-Eating Bacteria Plague the Gulf?

As though the Gulf Coast states don't have enough to worry about with crude oil spewing into the water at an estimated rate of 5,000 barrels a day, they soon may also have to worry about bacterial plumes. A microbe called Vibrio parahaemolyticus, common in warm coastal waters like the Gulf, thr... Read More

2-Billion-Year-Old Fossils May Be Earliest Known Multicellular Life

A newly discovered group of 2.1-billion-year-old fossil organisms may be the earliest known example of complex life on Earth. They could help scientists understand not just when higher life forms evolved, but why.

The fossils — flat discs almost 5 inches across, with scalloped edges and radia... Read More

The Application of Standards to the NIH Roadmap Human Microbiome Project

Barbara Methe, Professor in the Departments of Human Genome Medicine and Microbial and Environmental Genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), gives an overview of the Human Microbiome Project at the 9th Genomic Standards Consortium Workshop held at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockv... Read More

Intelligence Averages Linked To Regional Infectious Disease Burden

Over the years, people have put forth a lot of theories to explain why intelligence differs, from person to person and even around the world. Health, wealth, schooling, nutrition, and even climate have all come up. Now, researchers at the University of New Mexico suggest that parasites might pla... Read More

The E.P.A. on Dispersants: Cure Is Not Worse Than the Disease

Initial tests of Corexit, the oil dispersant that BP is using in the Gulf of Mexico, and of competing products finds that the dispersants range from “practically nontoxic’’ to “slightly toxic,’’ the Environmental Protection Agency says.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon,... Read More

Stem-cell therapy may provide new approach to fight infection

A new study shows that treatment with mesenchymal stem cells can triple survival rates in mice with sepsis, a deadly condition that can occur when an infection spreads throughout the body. The treatment reduced the damaging effects of inflammation and increased the body's ability to clear the in... Read More

Lack of sufficient iron may be a significant factor in controlling massive algae blooms

Lack of sufficient iron may be a significant factor in controlling massive blooms of Emiliania huxleyi, a globally important species of marine algae or phytoplankton, according to research led by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

Emiliania huxleyi is a spec... Read More

High Resolution Melting Analysis - Beyond the SNP

Real-time qPCR using SYBR Green and melting curve analysis to verify specific product amplification has become a standard laboratory technique for rapid, high throughput gene quantification. An extension of this melting curve method – High Resolution melting analysis (HRMA)– is now doing the sa... Read More

How Silica Spin Column DNA and RNA Preps Work

We give a lot of troubleshooting help on DNA and RNA isolation on Bitesize Bio because almost everything we do in molecular biology requires DNA or RNA at the very first step. These days, most labs use commercial kits, which employ spin columns, for the isolation of nucleic acids. The spin colu... Read More

How clean are 3D movie glasses?

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Many of the top grossing movies these days are in 3D. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute wanted to know just how clean those 3D glasses might be.

"Here at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we just tested seven pairs of 3D glasses. We sent ... Read More

Deaths in the family cause bacteria to flee

Indiana University Bloomington biologists report in an upcoming issue of Molecular Microbiology that exposure to the extracellular DNA (eDNA) released by dying neighbors stops the sticky holdfasts of living Caulobacter from adhering to surfaces, preventing cells from joining bacterial biofilms. ... Read More

Listening to Bacteria - Bonnie Bassler

As Princeton microbiologist Bonnie Bassler assumes the presidency of the American Society of Microbiology, Natalie Angier of Smithsonian Magazine has written up a lengthy biographical piece on Bassler's career as a scientist and her focus on bacterial communication.

Here's a snippet from the ... Read More
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