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Ban on triclosan shows need for new chemicals to demonstrate efficacy and safety

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, ... Read More

CRISPR screening identifies potential HIV treatment targets

Investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have used the revolutionary new gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to identify three promising new targets for treatment of HIV infection. In their report receiving advance online publicati... Read More

Track Your Science at Microbe 2017

How can you pinpoint the related presentations and poster sessions among the amazing basic, applied, and clinical microbial science research represented at the conference? The Scientific Tracks at Microbe are designed to help organize the amazing science presented at the meeting. We spoke with t... Read More

How lack of oxygen makes bacteria cause acne and how to stop it

It’s like Jekyll and Hyde. One moment bacteria on the skin are harmless, the next they are causing a full-on spotty break out. Now researchers have discovered exactly why this happens – a breakthrough that could yield new acne treatments, possibly in two years.

Richard Gallo of the University... Read More

Protein that activates immune response harms body's ability to fight HIV

n findings they call counterintuitive, a team of UCLA-led researchers suggests that blocking a protein, which is crucial to initiating the immune response against viral infections, may actually help combat HIV.

Findings from a study in animals appear to demonstrate that temporarily blocking a... Read More

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, study shows

That twice-yearly trip to the dentist could do more than keep teeth and gums healthy: It may decrease the risk of pneumonia by reducing bacteria in the mouth, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2016™.

Bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia include streptococcus, haemophilus, staphylo... Read More

New study finds that vaccinating mothers against flu can protect newborns

Each year, influenza causes between 250,000 and half a million deaths around the world. Pregnant women and young infants have a higher risk of complications related to influenza; these complications can easily lead to death. The problem is particularly severe in the developing world, where acces... Read More

Yum! Digesting ASM Resources for Food Microbiology

Food-related microbiology can be one of the most fun - or least fun - ways to interact with microbes. In the ‘most fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists alike can use microbes to create delicious foods from fermentative processes; in the ‘least fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists... Read More

The inflammatory nature of a bad recycler

Being a bad recycler implies creating more waste because items aren’t being reincorporated into the production chain. Plastic water bottles can be broken down and turned into new plastic bottles, gardening gloves, or fleece – any of which means less oil needs to be harvested and refined to the p... Read More

Smart Microscope Adapts to Changes in Live Specimens

Recent advances in imaging technology have provided unprecedented views of biological events as they unfold in living organisms. Researchers routinely create movies of processes such as cells dividing and differentiating into the neurons, muscle, and skin in a Petri dish or in tiny embryos, such... Read More

Discovery of new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in hunters bitten by gorillas in Gabon

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have identified two new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in two hunters who were bitten by gorillas in Gabon. These findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, support the notion that gorillas represent a major source of infectiou... Read More

Small and extremely resilient—the secrets of black fungi

Highly resistant to stresses, black fungi are real champions among microorganisms. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team in Vienna discovered that the fungi owe their qualities to hitherto unknown proteins and special processes at cellular level.

They are true sur... Read More

Mouse microbes may make scientific studies harder to replicate

The microbes that reside in mice are making it difficult to replicate scientific studies. Despite many researchers best efforts to standardize the environment and conditions that their mice live in, replication isn't always possible. While "cagemates" tend to have the same microbes in their gut,... Read More

Creating a slippery slope on the surface of medical implants

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver or other end organ disease save lives every day. However, bacteria that form infectious biofilms on those devices, called device-associa... Read More

For the First Time, Researchers Identify the Secret Genetic Weapon of Clostridium difficile

Washington, DC – August 16, 2016 – A trio of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston, have identified the location of the genes that control production of toxins that harm people infected by Clostridium difficile bacteria. The gene locus, ... Read More

Bill to provide $1.1 billion Zika funding dies in Senate vote

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a $1.1 billion bill to combat the Zika virus, giving Congress just two weeks to try to reach a new deal before lawmakers leave for a seven-week recess in the midst of mosquito season and a growing public health crisis. Read More

How our immune system targets TB

Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis - it is the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), has infected more than one-third of the human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 million people.

... Read More

Chatting about #MattersMicrobial on the University of Puget Sound podcast

Here is my chance to chat a bit with some University of Puget Sound staff about the depth, breadth, and wonders of the microbial world. It's a podcast! Read More

Zika virus placental infection differs in maternal- and fetal-derived tissues

The World Health Organization downgraded the spread of Zika virus from a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on November 22nd, but Zika virus infection remains an important emerging infection with an incompletely understood infection cycle. The better scientists understand how the v... Read More

ASM hosts Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as part of the Year of Science

“Wikipedia is the first place people go for information about science – and everything else,” says John Tracey, Research Assistant in Education & Outreach at the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation has teamed up with Google to sponsor the Wikipedia Year of Science 2016, an initiative to inc... Read More
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