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Stop Action Videos, Animation, and Bdellovibrio

My wife, who is a mathematician and artist, made a stop motion video using Play-Doh that represents the life cycle of the bacterial predator, Bdellovibrio. This brings together interesting microbes, animation, and thoughts about what students might do to understand processes in microbiology! Read More

This Image Could Lead to Better Antibiotics

This may look like a tangle of squiggly lines, but you’re actually looking at a molecular machine called a ribosome. Its job is to translate DNA sequences into proteins, the workhorse compounds that sustain you and all living things.

The image is also a milestone. It’s the first time the atom... Read More

Survey Shows Increase in Resistance to Drug Therapies Among Bovine Respiratory Disease Cases

A survey of records of bovine respiratory disease cases at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory showed that drug resistance in one of the primary pathogens that cause BRD, Mannheimia haemolytica, increased over a three-year period.

“We have been seeing an increase in the number o... Read More

Scientists view ‘protein origami’ to help understand, prevent certain diseases

Scientists using sophisticated imaging techniques have observed a molecular protein folding process that may help medical researchers understand and treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s and cancer.

The study, reported this month in the journal Cell, verifies a process that scienti... Read More

Climate Change May Radically Transform Desert Bacteria

Climate change may transform the community of microbes that forms the crucial top layer of soil, known as a biocrust, in deserts throughout the United States, new research suggests.

The study, published today (June 27) in the journal Science, found that one type of bacteria dominates in warm ... Read More

Antimicrobial affect of acidophil actimyces isolated from Azerbaijan's soil against E.coli

This picture proves antagonistic property of acidophil actinomyces against Escherichia coli. These cultures of actinomyces were isolated from Azerbaijan's soil in 2012 by me. Read More

Salmonella Infection Is a Battle Between Good and Bad Bacteria in the Gut

The blockbuster battles between good and evil are not just on the big screen this summer. A new study that examined food poisoning infection as-it-happens in mice revealed harmful bacteria, such as a common type of Salmonella, takes over beneficial bacteria within the gut amid previously unseen ... Read More

Study ranks social contacts by job and social group in bid to fight infectious diseases

In the light of Novel Corona Virus, concerns over H7N9 Influenza in S.E. Asia, and more familiar infections such as measles and seasonal influenza, it is as important as ever to be able to predict and understand how infections transmit through the UK population.

Researchers at the University ... Read More

Influenza infection increases likelihood of bacterial pneumonia 100-fold, U-Michigan-led study finds

It's been known for more than two centuries that pneumonia cases increase during flu epidemics.

But population-level epidemiological studies looking at seasonal patterns of influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia incidence have revealed either a modest association or have failed to identify any ... Read More

Cell Biologist to Begin Work on Discovering Structure of Malaria Parasite Genome

Malaria is one of the most important infectious diseases in the developing world, with the absence of a vaccine and the development of parasite resistance to commonly used antimalarial drugs complicating efforts to fight the deadly disease.

The parasite that causes malaria is Plasmodium, whic... Read More

Toward broad-spectrum antiviral drugs for common cold and other infections

Scientists are reporting progress in the search for the first broad-spectrum drugs to combat human rhinoviruses (HRVs), which cause humanity’s most common infectious diseases. Their study on these potential drugs for infections that include the common cold appears in the journal ACS Medicinal Ch... Read More

Link shown between Crohn’s disease and intestinal virus

A new study reveals that all children with Crohn’s disease that were examined had a commonly occurring virus – an enterovirus – in their intestines. This link has previously not been shown for this chronic inflammatory intestinal disorder. The findings are being published today in the latest iss... Read More

Fear of Komodo dragon bacteria wrapped in myth

A team led by a University of Queensland researcher has proven that the fearsome Komodo dragon is a victim of bad press.

It has long been believed that Komodo dragon bites were fatal because of toxic bacteria in the reptiles' mouths.

But ground-breaking research by The University of Queens... Read More

Kill Mosquito Larvae with Purchased Bacteria

West Nile virus monitoring programs started detecting this year’s first batch of disease-carrying mosquitoes and infected birds earlier this month in Illinois, California, Tennessee and other states. Forecasting how many people may catch the disease presents a challenge for officials, according ... Read More

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

This negatively-stained transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed ultrastructural morphology of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was formerly known as novel coronavirus.
(MERS-CoV) was identified in 2012 as the cause of respiratory illness in people. Inve... Read More

The Fungus that Reduced Humanity to The Last of Us

Pop culture is again in the quickly decaying grasp of a shambling horde. For how many times zombies have appeared, they rarely have a real scientific reason to. Sometimes it’s a supernatural cause as in Dawn of the Dead. Other times it’s a generic “zombie virus” as in The Walking Dead (though at... Read More

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone although for millions of men and women, the problem stems from something more than just bed head. Hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia continues to be one of the most frustrating and difficult conditions to endure and can be even tougher to ... Read More

Resourceful Microbes Reign in World’s Oceans

A research team led by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has discovered that marine microbes are adapted to very narrow and specialized niches in their environment. This may explain why so few of these microbes—usually less than 1%—can be grown for study in the laboratory. By utilizing new g... Read More

Deadly piglet virus spreads to nearly 200 U.S. farm sites

A swine virus deadly to young pigs, and never before seen in North America, has spiked to 199 sites in 13 states - nearly double the number of farms and other locations from earlier this month.

Iowa, the largest U.S. hog producer, has the most sites testing positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarr... Read More

Gut Bacteria Allows Insect Pest to Foil Farmers

Here is a lesson that we’re going to be taught again and again in the coming years: Most animals are not just animals. They’re also collections of microbes. If you really want to understand the animal, you’re also have to understand the world of microbes inside them. In other words, zoology is e... Read More

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