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Microbial Awards Season in Biology 350!

I like to encourage my students to explore the intersection between art and microbiology. Science + art = awesome! In any event, in this blog post, I describe two microbial art competitions in my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. I think my micronauts did some remarkable w... Read More

Predicting the spread of the Zika virus

A new tool by Japan-based researchers predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries. Read More

Flaviviruses unexpectedly shut off host translation

It was a peer review request that got Alessia Ruggieri and her group at University of Heidelberg to look more closely at how Dengue virus manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.

In a previous study, Ruggieri showed that Hepatitis C virus infection induced... Read More

Progress Towards Protection from Highly Lethal Ebola, Marburg Viruses

Washington, DC – July 12, 2016 – Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. However, the recent Ebola epidemic spread to several African countries, and caused 11,000 deaths. That epidemic underscored the need to develop v... Read More

There’s a breast microbiome, and it’s different in women with breast cancer

In one of the most recent studies involving the microbiiome, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have identified significant differences in the breast bacteria of women with and without breast cancer.

The paper, published in the journal Scientific Reports, reveals that inside the breast is a com... Read More

The Counterintuitive Way That Microbes Survive in Antarctica

A newly discovered microbe is changing the way scientists think about microbes in cold climates. Marinomonas primoryensis was found in Ace Lake, Antarctica, having attached itself to ice via antifreeze proteins. After a few experiments, scientists believe that M. primoryensis attaches to ice b... Read More

Outbreak of H7N2 Flu in Cats

Many mBiosphere readers will know that the influenza A virus infects multiple species, and this ability to infect birds, humans, and other mammals such as pigs is one of the ways virions can exchange genetic information, leading to new viruses able to cause major outbreaks. However, few mBiosphe... Read More

Nature World News: Antarctic Sea Ice Houses Bacteria Capable of Coverting Mercury to Neurotoxin

Scientists have confirmed that the bacteria Nitrospina is present in Antarctic Sea Ice. Nitrospina has "the genetic ability to convert mercury to a potent neurotoxin known as methylmercury". If ingested, this neurotoxin can cause developmental and physical problems for fetuses, babies, and young... Read More

Register for NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop

Organized by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop aims to foster discussions centered on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Metagenomic and single-cell sequence data have provi... Read More

10 Things You Need to Know about mSphereDirect

mSphereDirect is an exciting new pathway to publish your research! This groundbreaking new submission path puts you in control of getting your original research reviewed and published as soon as possible. We’ve prepared the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your manuscript s... Read More

How to be a successful food borne pathogen: step 1, grow on food

Food microbiology is an important issue we cover on this blog, because food safety is vital to prevent foodborne illness. The use of technologies like whole-genome sequencing help identify and pinpoint the source of microbial contaminants, but how do microbes become contaminants in the first pla... Read More

Leaf Flora

Bacillus mycoides and other bacteria growing from a leaf placed on nutrient agar after 3 days incubation.
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Genes Found in H. pylori that Influence Biofilm Formation

Washington, DC – July 18, 2016 - Most bacteria cannot survive in the acidic environment of the human stomach, but Helicobacter pylori, a major cause of ulcers, thrives under such circumstances. Now research has shown that one of that bacterium’s regulatory proteins that helps it adapt to these s... Read More

Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body’s armor

Scientists have discovered how a unique bacterial enzyme can blunt the body’s key weapons in its fight against infection.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Newcastle University in the U.K. are investigating how infectious microbes can survive attacks by the bod... Read More

Antibiotics, not dirty hospitals, the main cause of C. difficile epidemic Share

Restricting the use of a common antibiotic was more important than a high profile 'deep clean' of hospitals in massively reducing UK antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases, a major new study has found.

The study concluded that overuse of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin led... Read More

Method suitability in microbiology: understanding complex cGMP guidelines

Particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, microbiological method development and, specifically, method suitability is often overlooked or left until the end of a project. However, it is important to give both method suitability and development due consideration as it can be a complicated proc... Read More

The cities of the future could be built by microbes

Today in Phys.org, Martyn Dade-Robertson explores the possibility of using microbes to produce natural cement. This process, called biomineralisation, was discovered deep under water off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos.
Future implications for biomineralisation include self-healing ... Read More

California bill would require reporting of 'superbug' infections, deaths

A California state senator introduced a bill on Monday that would mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths and require doctors to record the infections on death certificates when they are a cause of death.

The legislation also aims to establish the nation’s most compreh... Read More

Researchers reveal the secret code language of bacteria

Antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria is a growing global challenge. Danish researchers have now discovered that bacteria use a code language to avoid being controlled. Understanding this code language will be paramount to developing new antibiotics in the future.

Pathogenic bacteria –... Read More

Microbiomes in far-flung places: characterizing the arctic Inuit gut microbiome

The hamlet of Resolute Bay is a tiny Arctic village in the Nunavut territory of Canada with a population that hovers at or below 300. Over hundreds of perhaps even thousands of years, the traditional Inuit diet in Resolute Bay and elsewhere has been dictated by the Arctic environment. The diet i... Read More
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