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Oversize Sculptures Offer a Close Look at Bacteria and Viruses

This 41-inch-long sculpture of the Escherichia coli bacterium is part of British artist Luke Jerram’s “Glass Microbiology” series of portraits. Other organisms he has vitrified include HIV, SARS and swine flu.

To create each one, Jerram used images from an electron microscope and had guidance... Read More

Screening and Treating Girls Doesn’t Reduce Prevalence of Chlamydia in Teens

Frequent testing and treatment of infection does not reduce the prevalence of chlamydia in urban teenage girls, according to a long term study by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers published in the January 1, 2010 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Despite the fact th... Read More

Pet Frogs Linked to U.S. Salmonella Outbreak Among Children

A salmonella outbreak in 31 states was linked to pet frogs, U.S. health officials said, suggesting that public-health efforts to educate children about the proper handling of reptiles should be expanded to amphibians.

Nearly two-thirds of the 85 people infected with the Typhimurium strain of ... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 3

Learn all about yeast in this fun minute-long animation featuring Aspergillus awamori, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus sojae and Aspergillus niger. Read More

What came first in the origin of life? A study contradicts the 'metabolism first' hypothesis

A research published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences rejects the theory that the origin of life stems from a system of self-catalytic molecules capable of experiencing Darwinian evolution without the need of RNA or DNA and their replication. The research, which was carried out wit... Read More

New test for "barber pole" worms

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Georgia have developed an improved, more efficient method to test for Haemonchus contortus, or "barber pole" worms, a parasitic species that is very pathogenic to sheep, goats and llamas causing. hundreds of millions of dollars in loss... Read More

TWiP 4 letters

Rich writes:


Here is a composite of 384 electron microscope photographs, combined into one image so that you can zoom and pan:



http://gigapan.org/gigapans/27625/ Read More

TWiP 3 letters

Björn writes: (first letter to TWiP)


Hi Dick and Vincent,



My name is Björn. I am a biochemist and PhD student working on trypanosomes here in Germany. I am a long time listener of your twiv podcast and just listened to the first  Read More

Platypus Technologies Wins $2.2M DoD Contract for Nano Sensing Tech

Platypus Technologies has been awarded a $2.2 million federal contract from the US Department of Defense to further develop molecular sensing technology, the company said this week.

The one-year contract with the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center in Maryland expands on work completed ea... Read More

Flu vaccine doesn't work in arthritis patients treated with rituximab

Arthritis patients being treated with the drug rituximab should be given flu vaccinations immediately before treatment begins or several months later, but not in the first two months after treatment, Dutch researchers have found. The vaccine is not dangerous when given after treatment with the d... Read More

Conidiophores of Exophiala jeanselmei

Conidiophores of Exophiala jeanselmei, LCB stain Read More

Papillomavirus silences innate immune response

In the 1980s, Harald zur Hausen and his co-workers discovered that specific types of human papillomavirus (HPV) cause cervical cancer. Scientists soon found out how these pathogens cause cells to degenerate. It is known today that the main culprits are viral proteins E6 and E7. Both proteins swi... Read More

H1N1 Virus Spreads Easily by Plane

Scientists already know that smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, seasonal influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can be transmitted during commercial flights. Now, in the first study to predict the number of H1N1 flu infections that could occur during a flight, UCLA researchers foun... Read More

XMRV not detected in UK chronic fatigue syndrome patients

A new retrovirus, xenotropic murine leukaemia virus-related virus (XMRV), first identified in tumor tissue of individuals with prostate cancer, was subsequently found in 68 of 101 US patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This observation raised the possibility that XMRV is the etiologic ... Read More

3-D bio-printer makes human tissue and organs

Invetech has announced that it has delivered the world's first production model 3D bio-printer to Organovo, developers of the proprietary NovoGen bioprinting technology. Organovo will supply the units to research institutions investigating human tissue repair and organ replacement.

According ... Read More

For this microbe, cousins not particularly welcome

The scientists' report, which appears in a recent issue of Current Biology, also provides further evidence that cooperation in nature is not always a festival of peace and love. Rather, cooperation may be more of a grudging necessity, in which partners continually compete and undermine one anoth... Read More

Giving Cells a Fresh Start

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers and their colleagues have identified an enzyme that can effectively wipe a cell’s developmental slate clean, essentially giving a fresh start. The enzyme, which is thought to help genetically reprogram fertilized eggs as part of normal developme... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 2

In episode 2 of Microbe Theater you get to meet Penicillium chrysogenum, Cladosporium trichoides and Alternaria alternata. Read More

Get ready for China's domination of science

Since its economic reform began in 1978, China has gone from being a poor developing country to the second-largest economy in the world. China has also emerged from isolation to become a political superpower. Its meteoric rise has been one of the most important global changes of recent years: th... Read More

Another Reason to Save Coral? Reefs Are Responsible for Ocean Biodiversity

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth. It might also represent the most prolific cradle for new types of animals on the planet, according to new research published in the January 8 edition of Science.

"In the oceans, new species and genera tend to originate in the tr... Read More

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