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New Palm-Sized Microarray Technique Grows 1,200 Individual Cultures of Microbes

A new palm-sized microarray that holds 1,200 individual cultures of fungi or bacteria could enable faster, more efficient drug discovery, according to a study published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Scientists at the University of Texas at ... Read More

Scientists one step closer to preventing bacterial infections of implanted medical devices

Ground-breaking research by Australian scientists has revealed new insights into how life-threatening bacteria colonise medical devices that are implanted in the human body.

The break throughs could help tackle antibiotic resistant infections that develop in groups of microorganisms where cel... Read More

Targeted Viral Therapy Destroys Breast Cancer Stem Cells in Preclinical Experiments

A promising new treatment for breast cancer being developed at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) has been shown in cell culture and in animal models to selectively kill cancer stem cells at the original tumor site and in dist... Read More

The Microbes We're Made Of (video)

The human body hosts more than ten thousand different kinds of microbes. Most of these bacteria aren't harmful - in fact, many of them actually aid the immune system. From the Smithsonian Channel.

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Study of Insect Bacteria Reveals Genetic Secrets of Symbiosis

Mealybugs only eat plant sap, but sap doesn't contain all the essential amino acids the insects need to survive. Luckily, the bugs have a symbiotic relationship with two species of bacteria -- one living inside the other in a situation unique to known biology -- to manufacture the nutrients sap ... Read More

Bacteria Sent Into Space Behave in Mysterious Ways

Colonies of bacteria grown aboard space shuttle Atlantis behaved in ways never before observed on Earth, according to a new NASA-funded study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Recent findings provide important evidence of spaceflight’s effect on the behavior of bacterial commun... Read More

Powerful Gene-Editing Tool Appears to Cause Off-Target Mutations in Human Cells

In the past year a group of synthetic proteins called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases (RGNs) have generated great excitement in the scientific community as gene-editing tools. Exploiting a method that some bacteria use to combat viruses and other pathogens, CRISPR-Cas RGNs can cut through DNA st... Read More

Discovery offers hope against deadly cat virus

What makes a harmless virus turn lethal? For the deadliest infectious disease in cats, Cornell scientists now know.

After gathering the world’s largest sample collection for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), they uncovered the holy grail of a 30-year quest for the mutation that turns it fa... Read More

BacterioFiles Special Edition - ASM2013 General Meeting Day 4

Here's my summary of the fourth and final day of ASM2013, with a special surprise guest appearance at the end!




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Platelets help kill bacteria, too

The clotting of blood, crucial to wound healing, is carried out by cell fragments called platelets. This is the most established function of platelets, but studies in recent years have begun to hint that platelets may have other important roles in our immune system — like fighting infection.

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Vibativ For Bacterial Pneumonia Approved By FDA

Vibativ (telavancin) has been approved by the FDA to treat HABP/VABP (hospital-acquired ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia) caused by Staphylococcus aureus. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) added that telavancin should only be used when other treatments are not appropriate.

Telav... Read More

Good' bacteria can battle 'bad' bacteria in eye infections

Scientists have found a novel way to attack the drug resistant bacteria that cause eye infections resulting in blindness.

The study led by Daniel Kadouri, an assistant professor of oral biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey had three major components.

The first... Read More

TWiV 238: Lost in translation



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National Parks Raise Guard Against Virus

David Breskin was in line for the breakfast buffet at the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park this week when he noticed something unusual: hotel employees in gloves were handing out plates and serving eggs and French toast.

When Mr. Breskin asked what was going on, an employee said,... Read More

CDC prepares for potential outbreak of deadly MERS virus

As the deadly MERS virus continues to infect people throughout the Middle East and Europe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to prepare for the disease’s potential spread to the United States.
Currently, the U.S. has had no confirmed cases of the MERS virus, a respi... Read More

New bacteria phylum discovered in hospital sink

Most of the life on Earth comes in the form of small, single-celled organisms. But even though we knew there was incredible diversity at the microbial level, these cells all look pretty similar under a microscope. For many of the bacterial species we've identified, the key step has been growing ... Read More

Bacteria found living within other bacteria living within insects

The same process that led to the evolution of complex life may be happening all over again in insects, according to a new study in the journal Cell.

About 900 million years ago, the Earth was covered in vast oceans containing giant mats of bacteria. Single-celled organisms with little more th... Read More

Earth 'Surrounded By Bacteria Bubble'

Planet Earth is surrounded by a bubble of live bacteria scientists have found.

According to a report by Popular Science the colonies of bacteria live at about 33,000 feet - roughly the cruising height of a passenger jet.

But while it might sound strange, it appears the phenomenon is a cruc... Read More

A Solution for a San Diego Cove’s Constant Odor: Bacteria

Depending upon whom you ask, the smell that has plagued La Jolla Cove has been “putrid,” “noxious” or “like the East River used to smell,” for quite a while. Nose-pinching is commonplace.


But now, the stench of bird guano emanating from the cliffs in the seaside neighborhood has become, off... Read More

Hepatitis A virus infections associated with berry and pomegranate mix

An outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections in eight US states has been attributed to consumption of Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix purchased from Costco markets. Since March 2013, 118 individuals have acquired the infection and 80% report having... Read More

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