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U of T research sheds new light on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighbouring bacteria. Read More

BacterioFiles 239 - Familial Pheromones Fight faecalis

This episode: Gut bacteria kill their drug-resistant pathogenic cousins of the same species via pheromone signaling!

Just to let you know, I'm trying to finish up my dissertation and graduate in the next few months, so after episode 240, I will be putting the show on hold, at least for... Read More

TWiV 364: It's not SARS 2.0

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Online definitions of

People increasingly get medical information online, so it's important for physicians to understand how antibiotic drugs are presented to the curious public. I've collected several definitions of "antibiotic" and "microorganism" to demonstrate how people might easily think colds and flu are treat... Read More

ICE-ing out antibiotic resistance

Recent research published in the Journal of Bacteriology is focused exactly on this question: how do bacteria transfer antibiotic resistance genes? In the current article, Drs. Dominic Poulin-Laprade and Vincent Burrus examine the mechanism of gene transfer in Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that... Read More

Research Ushers in New Era of Boutique Chocolate

Washington, DC – November 20, 2015 - A team of Belgian researchers has shown that the yeasts used to ferment cocoa during chocolate production can modify the aroma of the resulting chocolate. “This makes it possible to create a whole range of boutique chocolates to match everyone’s favorite flav... Read More

Coconut Oil Shows Promise in the Prevention of Deadly Bloodstream Infection

Washington, DC – November 18, 2015 – Coconut oil may be effective at combating infection with Candida albicans, according to a study published November 18th in the American Society for Microbiology’s new open access journal mSphere. The study found that coconut oil consumption reduced gastrointe... Read More

Colds are viral, so don't ask for antibacterials (Batman and Robin meme)

Handy graphic for engaging students in a discussion of antibiotic efficacy. Read More

Hospitals overlook every other person with HIV

A new study reveals that many European hospitals fail to routinely test people who may be at risk of an HIV-infection. If tests were more widely offered in the healthcare system, fewer HIV-patients would go unnoticed, especially in Northern Europe. Read More

Review examines the extent of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from horses

Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents is a significant problem for both human and veterinary medicine, but little research has been done on the prevalence or mechanisms of resistance in horses and other companion animals, and how such resistance might impact human health. Read More

The alien-looking contaminant 2

Description: This is an amazing image of a possible bacterial contaminant on a blood agar. Its structure is very bizarre and almost symmetrical and it has not been identified yet. A researcher at the Blizard Institute (Dr. Lisa Miyashita) had prepared her blood agar plates for future use and had... Read More

The alien-looking contaminant

Description: This is an amazing image of a possible bacterial contaminant on a blood agar. Its structure is very bizarre and almost symmetrical and it has not been identified yet. A researcher at the Blizard Institute (Dr. Lisa Miyashita) had prepared her blood agar plates for future use and had... Read More

Bat SARS-like coronavirus: It’s not SARS 2.0!

A study on the potential of SARS-virus-like bat coronaviruses to cause human disease has reawakened the debate on the risks and benefits of engineering viruses. Let’s go over the science and then see if any of the criticisms have merit. Read More

TWiM #115: Profiling the Poglianos

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano

Vincent visits the laboratories of Kit and J... Read More

Study sheds light on why parasite makes TB infections worse

Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study demonstrated that treating the parasite reduces lung damage seen in mice that also are infected with tuberculosis, thereby eliminating the vulnerability to tube... Read More

Thrombosis during sepsis is a consequence of protective host immune responses

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have, for the first time, identified how Salmonella infections that have spread to our blood and organs can lead to life-threatening thrombosis. Read More

The Secret World of Museums: How the Microbiome Became a Public Exhibit at #AMNH

io9 goes behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and explores how their recent exhibit on the human microbiome entitled "The Secret World Inside You" came to be.

"Immense as the museum is, its stone edifice is no match for the ever-expanding body of sc... Read More

Study finds that Ebola vaccine is safe and stimulates strong immune response

Baltimore, MD, November 17, 2015--A clinical trial of a new Ebola vaccine (ChAd3-EBO-Z) that resulted from an unprecedented global consortium assembled at the behest of the World Health Organization has found that it is well tolerated and stimulates strong immune responses in adults in Mali, Wes... Read More

FDA-approved drug protects mice from Ebola

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,300 lives and starkly revealed the lack of effective options for treating or preventing the disease. Progress has been made on developing vaccines, but there is still a need for antiviral therapies to protect health care workers a... Read More

Controlling the Gut Microbiome to Prevent Bloodstream Infections

In a new NIH-funded study, Dr. Kumamoto and Alice H Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University designed high fat diets containing coconut oil, beef tallow, soybean oil or a standard ... Read More
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