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Sophisticated 'mini-brains' add to evidence of Zika's toll on fetal cortex

Studying a new type of pinhead-size, lab-grown brain made with technology first suggested by three high school students, Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed a key way in which Zika virus causes microcephaly and other damage in fetal brains: by infecting specialized stem cells that build its... Read More

How immunity to RSV develops in childhood but deteriorates in adults

The leading infectious cause of severe respiratory disease in infants, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is also a major cause of respiratory illness in the elderly. Approved vaccines do not yet exist, and despite the development of partial immunity following infection during childhood, individ... Read More

Pandemic E. coli strain H30 cloaks its stealth strategies

The difficulty in subduing the pandemic strain of drug-resistant E. coli, called H30, may go beyond patient vulnerability or antibiotic resistance. This form of the disease-pathogen may have an intrinsic ability to cause persistent, harmful, even deadly infections. Read More

For picture of the day consideration - Thomas O' Malley cat - microorganisms

Dear ASM,
It will be a great pleasure for me and my students if you can post on your Facebook page attached photos of Petri dish with microorganisms isolated during experimental practice for students of Basic Academic Study at the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of ... Read More

Researcher pioneers bacterial infection treatment using novel target: Vesicles

Bacterial infection takes hold in the body when a pathogenic microorganism delivers toxins to healthy cells. One way bacteria accomplish this is by releasing vesicles, which act as tiny envelopes transporting toxins and other virulence factors to host cells. These toxins allow the bacteria to "m... Read More

Endophytic Fungi Isolated from Musa spp.

This endophytic fungi was isolated from a Mussa spp. in Maricao, Puerto Rico, growing in Sabouraud Dextrose Agar. This fungi is actually used in a graduated student investigation. Read More

Zika virus in 3D

On this space-filling image of the Zika virus particle, you can clearly see the five, three, and two-fold axes of symmetry formed by the viral E glycoprotein. Viral glycoproteins, which are embedded in membranes, are typically not ordered in this way - exceptions include flaviviruses and togavir... Read More

Wealth of unsuspected new microbes expands tree of life

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who have discovered more than 1,000 new types of bacteria and Archaea over the past 15 years lurking in Earth's nooks and crannies, have dramatically rejiggered the tree to account for these microscopic new life forms. Read More

SOME FROGS ARE EVOLVING TO SURVIVE A KILLER FUNGUS

As reported in a new study in the the journal Proceedings of Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, scientists have taken a step toward identifying the genetic mechanisms that makes some lowland leopard frogs in Arizona resistant to Batrachochrytrium dendrobatridis (Bd) infections that cause the ... Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print #2

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on finger of a hand print done on a 4th grade class. Organism was a mucoid beige/white color and rose up/mounded in the center. The edges were smooth with slight rhizoid like growth through out. TSA plates incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs, left... Read More

Unknown on palm of hand print

Unknown organism seen on the palm of a hand print. Organism was a light mat yellow color with a mounding/rhizoid growth. Organism grew up (3-D)c forming what looked like a basket. Plate were TSA incubated for 24 hrs at 37 degree's C, then 3 days at room temp and held at refrigerated temperat... Read More

Unknown Organism on handprint

Unknown organism, possible Bacillus spp, seen on finger of a hand print done on a 4th grade class. TSA plates incubated at 37 degree's C for 24 hrs, left at room temp for 3 days then held at refrigerated temperatures. Read More

UC San Diego scientists receive $9.5 million NIH grant to combat antibiotic resistance

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have received a five-year, $9.5-million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an interdisciplinary center to define the systems biology of ... Read More

Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans

A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of Africa by waves of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. As both were species of hominin, it would have been easier for pathogens to jump populations, say researchers. This might ... Read More

PGPR under Biotic & Abiotic

Pseudomonas spp. isolate producing Hydrogen Cyanide under drought stress and is inhibiting Fusarium oxysporium under drought stress condition. Read More

Structure and genome of Zika virus

Group: Group IV ((+) ssRNA)
Family: Flaviviridae
Genus: Flavivirus
Species: Zika virus

Structure of Zika Virus
•The virion is approximately 40 nm in diameter with surface projections that measure roughly 5-10 nm.
•Nucleocapsid is 25-30 nm in diameter surrounded by a host-membrane derive... Read More

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
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