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Experimental malaria vaccine offers durable protection against many strains in NIH trial

An investigational malaria vaccine has protected a small number of healthy U.S. adults from infection with a malaria strain different from that contained in the vaccine, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The National Institute of ... Read More

Sleeping parasite has own internal clock

A team of researchers from iMM Lisboa led by Luísa Figueiredo and in collaboration with Joe Takahashi's group from Southwestern University has shown for the first time that the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, has its own internal clock, which allows it to antecipa... Read More

From Polenta to Peptone - The Evolution of Bacterial Growth Media

In the fall of 1918, the Italian chemist and pharmacist Bar­to­lo­meo Bizio studied the common occurrence of po­len­ta (corn meal mush) sometimes taking on a "brilliant red color." The red color was believed by the populace to be blood, and thus a miraculous portent. For many decades, farmers ha... Read More

UTHealth study paves the way for Clostridium difficile treatment in pill form

Frozen and freeze-dried products for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) are nearly as effective as fresh product at treating patients with Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Publi... Read More

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

Scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis lung infections.

Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aer... Read More

TWiV 433: Poops viruses and worms

The lovely TWiV team explore evolution of our fecal virome, and the antiviral RNA interference response in the nematode C. elegans.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Cleveland takes new steps to tackle 'superbugs'

A new entity, Case VA CARES, will combine firepower from both organizations in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Staff will carry out new research, work to modify existing antibiotics, try and discover new ones, and use decoys to trick uncooperative bacteria.

More and more, bacteria a... Read More

Antibiotic Resistance, Soap, and False Advertising

In September 2016, the FDA published an article barring consumers from purchasing and using certain antibacterial soaps. The article described the scientific evidence supporting disuse of antibacterial products, including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes. We now know that... Read More

Microscopy Meets Photography, 200 Years Later

Robert Koch published the first photographs of individual bacteria in 1877, nearly 200 years after Antoni van Leeuwenhoek sent drawings of bacteria in a letter to the Royal Society. Long before cameras were linked with microscopes, generations of microscopists relied on their own eyes, pencil, a... Read More

Risk of Ross River Virus global epidemic

Australia’s Ross River Virus (RRV) could be the next mosquito-borne global epidemic according to a new research study led by the University of Adelaide and The Australian National University.

The virus has been thought to be restricted largely to Australia and Papua New Guinea where it is har... Read More

A variety of Lichens

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the y... Read More

A variety of Lichens II

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the yello... Read More

‘Smart’ bacteria remodel their genes to infect our intestines

Infectious diarrhea, a common disease of children, is responsible for over 2 million infant deaths annually in developing counties alone. A primary cause of this and other devastating conditions is enteropathogenic bacteria, which attack the intestinal tract when contaminated food is consumed.
... Read More

New Device Could Rapidly Detect Zika Virus at Airports

About the size of a tablet, a portable device that could be used in a host of environments like a busy airport or even a remote location in South America, may hold the key to detecting the dreaded Zika virus accurately, rapidly and inexpensively using just a saliva sample. While scientists acro... Read More

New insights on how pathogens escape the immune system

The bacterium Salmonella enterica causes gastroenteritis in humans and is one of the leading causes of food-borne infectious diseases. During the infection, the germ is able to trick the immune system. Researchers led by Nirmal Robinson from the Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research CECAD fou... Read More

Drug lead identified in fight against TB

An international collaboration led by University Professors Richard Payne, from the School of Chemistry, and Warwick Britton, from the Sydney Medical School and the Centenary Institute, has discovered a new compound which could translate into a new drug lead for TB.

The group was drawn to soi... Read More

Why Did Jacques Monod Not Become Ole Maaløe

I was asked recently why Jacques Monod did not followup on his early work on bacterial growth. In­stead, he happily veered in a different direction and went on to become one of the fathers of Mo­le­cu­lar Biology. Together with François Jacob, he proposed the operon model and other key break­thr... Read More

Testing staphylococci for oxacillin resistance - why is it so complicated?

Be honest – do the cases in the lefthand table make you break into hives? It’s not an uncommon response! S. aureus is a sneaky bacterium, throwing susceptibility curve-balls like those to the left on a regular basis. Not to mention the non-aureus staphylococci, which we are now routinely identif... Read More

Learn how to create your own agar art masterpiece

Step inside the creative process with Agar Art 2015 winners Maria Peñil Cobo, Mixed Media Artist, and Mehmet Berkmen, PhD, Staff Scientist at New England Biolabs. During their multi-year collaboration, Maria and Memo have created astonishing works of art using living microbes. Find out how they ... Read More

Shoe Swab Mix

his was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. A variety of colony morphology is seen, rhizoid, mucoid, etc. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More
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