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Typhoid toxin increases host survival and promotes asymptomatic infection

Genotoxins damage the genetic material in cells and can cause mutations and cancer. Some bacteria code for and produce genotoxins. A study published on April 7th in PLOS Pathogens reports the surprising finding that one of them, typhoid toxin, actually increases survival of the infected host and... Read More

NIH launches large clinical trials of antibody-based HIV prevention

Enrollment has begun in the first of two multinational clinical trials of an intravenously delivered investigational antibody for preventing HIV infection. Known as the AMP Studies, for antibody-mediated prevention, the trials will test whether giving people an investigational anti-HIV antibody ... Read More

Canadian innovation for killing mosquito eggs could help Zika fight

Toronto, Canada - With Canadian Government funding, a team of innovators from Canada and Mexico have successfully tested a low cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying the eggs of the mosquito genus that spreads dengue, and likely spreading the Zika virus. Read More

Bacterial colonies in a clear liquid medium

These are the bacterial colonies growing in clear liquid nitrogen free medium (no agar added) incubated at 28 C for 7 days. These bacteria were isolated from the Badlands of South Dakota. This is my work from Dr. Volker Brozel's lab at South Dakota State University. - Bibha Dahal Read More

New mouse model to aid testing of Zika vaccine, therapeutics

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has established a mouse model for testing of vaccines and therapeutics to battle Zika virus. Read More

Trophoblasts resistant to Zika/Zika in the mouse

Two unrelated studies on the Zika virus--one ruling out a theory for how Zika may be passing through the human placenta and another on using mouse models to trace Zika pathogenesis--appear April 5 in Cell Host & Microbe. Read More

More Agar Art 2016 Entries!

Have you started plating your dishes? Here are more 2016 entries from ASM’s Shorty Award-nominated Agar Art contest. Show us your creative streaking. Contest closes in 5 shorts weeks! For entry rules visit: www.microbeworld.org/art

Entries pictured from left to right: White Westie and The Fi... Read More

Going All #MicroWarhol

I simply couldn't help myself. I snapped a photograph of a soup can surrounded by plus "Giant Microbes" (giantmicrobes.com) and gave it the Andy Warhol treatment via https://bighugelabs.com/popart.php.

Voila! Microbial Pop Art! Read More

Promising new method inhibits TB-causing bacteria

Scientists at the The University of Queensland and the University of California San Francisco have found a new way to inhibit the growth of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Read More

Your viruses could reveal your travel history, and more

The genomes of two distinct strains of the virus that causes the common lip cold sore, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), have been identified within an individual person -- an achievement that could be useful to forensic scientists for tracing a person's history. The research also opens the d... Read More

Labyrinthulids

Labyrinthulids or commonly known as Slime nets are group of protists of the Class Labyrinthulomycota. These organisms form tube-like structures or filaments (forming a complex net) that serve as tracks where cells glide. They are commonly isolated from seagrass and fallen senescent mangrove lea... Read More

Why neural stem cells may be vulnerable to Zika infection

Zika's hypothesized attraction to human neural stem cells may come from its ability to hijack a protein found on the surface of these cells, using it as an entryway to infection. In Cell Stem Cell on March 30, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco show that the AXL surface r... Read More

Structure of Zika virus determined

A near-atomic level map of Zika virus shows its structure to be largely similar to that of dengue virus and other flaviviruses, but with a notable difference in one key surface protein, report scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the Nat... Read More

RESURRECTED DRUG MAY OFFER A WAY TO FIGHT ZIKA, EBOLA

Viruses have proven to be wily foes. Attempts to fend off viruses that cause the common cold or flu have failed, and new viral outbreaks such as dengue, Ebola, or Zika continue to elude drugs.

Given these challenges, scientists are tackling the problem from a different angle. The want to boos... Read More

An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at that time would have included the dinosaurs. Read More

A nasal mystery

I have had chronic nasal congestion for my whole life. Sometimes it is worse, sometimes it is better, but it is never completely gone. I have seen ENT specialists and have only ever been told that it must be allergies. I have never believed this, and so I have finally taken matters into my own h... Read More

Vials of Zika virus

Like many other virologists we have also begun to work on Zika virus, to apply our expertise and knowledge to this emerging pathogen. Here is a photo of some of the vials of Zika virus that we have recently obtained. Shown are the MR766 and DAK AR 41542 strains and plasma from a Zika virus infec... Read More

Zika virus plaque assay

Several weeks ago we perfected a plaque assay for Zika virus, based on our existing assays for enteroviruses. Shown is a photograph of two plates stained with crystal virolet with clearly delineated plaques. The cells are Vero and the Zika virus strain is MR766, an African isolate. Anyone intere... Read More

Air sample near our school gym

This is the air sample from the area nearby our school gym collected using Burkard portable for agar plate. Sample was collected in environmental and occupational health class of public health student at Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan. Sampler was operate at 20 liters/min with MEA pla... Read More

People with rage disorder twice as likely to have latent toxoplasmosis parasite infection

Individuals with a psychiatric disorder involving recurrent bouts of extreme, impulsive anger--road rage, for example--are more than twice as likely to have been exposed to a common parasite than healthy individuals with no psychiatric diagnosis. Read More
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