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One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment

New Haven, Conn. -- Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. Read More

Drug Resistant Microbes were Found in African Wildlife

BOC Sciences-Drug resistance has always been one of the issues that scientists work hard to find ways out for better diseases treatment, as it hinders many drugs that were developed with much effort from taking effect in the body. And till now, there is little known about the formation of antibi... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

A new virus in liver cancer

More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Desc... Read More

In very ill, probiotics don't prevent 'superbugs' from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More

TSRI & Janssen study makes major advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine

LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More

HIV testing among older adults is declining, despite CDC recommendation

Researchers led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health examined HIV testing trends among adults ages 50 through 64 both before and after 2006, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that most doctors automatically screen all patients for HIV regardless of whe... Read More

HIV particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do

Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus's direct effect on the host's immune cells, but rather through the cells' lethal influence on one another. Read More

Five minutes basic lab training

This basic lab-training image was captured from the wall sticker of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Read More

Oysters harbor, transmit human norovirus: Avoid raw ones

Washington DC - August 28, 2015 - Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "More than 80 percent of... Read More

One small step

As a microbiologist I wanted a keepsake footprint for my 3-month old daughter with a "personal touch"; while she was napping, I gently placed her foot on a horse blood agar plate. This just may be her first step into a future career in science, if not microbiology. Read More

Cell to Cell

Bacteria were 'painted' on agar and sealed in epoxy. Work by Maria Penil in the Berkmen lab Read More

BacterioFiles 227 - Microbe Menaces Meningitis

This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!


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Fly ash converting bactria

In coal based thermal power plant residue fly ash is a major problem it creates pollution of air and soil. Few part of it can be consumed as raw material of cement. It contains SiO2, Al2O3, mainly . Is there any Bactria which can convert it chemically . Read More

Microbe Medley

Have you ever wondered what kinds of microbes live on the surface of your lips? Only a small fraction of our friendly microflora can be cultured, but this colorful assortment was collected when an LB agar plate was kissed and then allowed to incubate on the benchtop for several days. The colonie... Read More

Infection with multiple HIV-1 variants leads to poorer clinical outcomes

HIV-1 infection with multiple founder variants points to poorer clinical outcomes than infection with a single variant, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Medicine. Read More

Serratia in liquid culture

This is a picture of Serratia marcescens cultures grown overnight in LB at 25 degrees C. The one on the left shows the dark pink pigment that is produced by wild type strains. The ones in the middle and on the right are pigment mutants of S. marcescens created by transposon mutagenesis. Read More

Portraits of Microbiologists Using Luminous Bacteria as "Paint."

My wife Jennifer Quinn​ hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson​ and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More

MWV 97 - TWiV #352 Science Art with Michele Banks

Video version of This Week in Microbiology episode 352. Show host Vincent Racaniello goes to Washington, D.C., to visit artist Michele Banks and discusses science-themed art, science communication and her career path as an artist. 


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Interesting morphology on finger tip

Close up of an unwashed finger, print done by a student. The student later informed me that part of his job in the morning was feeding chickens on the farm. Read More
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