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Parasites help brine shrimp cope with arsenic habitat contamination

Artemia (the scientific name of the small crustacean that is also commonly known as 'sea monkey') is famous for being able to live in extreme environments and has become a model organism used to test the toxicity of chemicals in water. In addition, Artemia can produce dormant eggs, known as cyst... Read More

State laws boost flu vaccination rates in health care workers

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2016 - State laws mandating influenza immunization for people who work in health care increase their vaccination rates, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Read More

Penn study reveals how fish control microbes through their gills

Oriol Sunyer, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, has described fish as "an open gut swimming." Their mucosal surfaces -- their skin, digestive tract and gills -- are in constant contact with water, including any pathogens that that water may contain. Read More

How Forest Loss Is Leading To a Rise in Human Disease

In Borneo, an island shared by Indonesia and Malaysia, some of the world’s oldest tropical forests are being cut down and replaced with oil palm plantations at a breakneck pace. Wiping forests high in biodiversity off the land for monoculture plantations causes numerous environmental problems, f... Read More

Anti-bacterial fabric holds promise for fighting superbug

Antibiotics have proven to be a valuable weapon in the fight against infectious bacteria. However, due to the excess use of antibiotics in conventional treatments, overtime antibiotics have become less effective. Read More

Electron microscopy captures snapshot of structure coronaviruses use to enter cells

High-resolution cryo-electron microscopy and supercomputing have now made it possible to analyze in detail the infection mechanisms of coronaviruses. These viruses are notorious for attacking the respiratory tract of humans and animals. Read More

Newly discovered HIV genome modification may put a twist on vaccine and drug design

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that HIV infection of human immune cells triggers a massive increase in methylation, a chemical modification, to both human and viral RNA, aiding replication of the virus. The study, published February 22, 2016... Read More

3-D protein map offers new malaria vaccine hope

A three-dimensional 'map' of a critical protein that malaria parasites use to invade human red blood cells could lead to a vaccine countering the most widespread species of the parasite. Read More

Acid-fast bacilli

Acid-fast bacilli in auramine rhodamine stain. Read More

First-in-man trial of MERS vaccine begins at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) began vaccinations today in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immune response of a vaccine candidate to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Read More

Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity

New research demonstrates how climate change and the immune reaction of the infected individual can affect the long-term and seasonal dynamics of parasite infections. The study, led by Penn State University scientists, assessed the infection dynamics of two species of soil-transmitted parasites ... Read More

Immune response to flu vaccine linked to recipients' ethnic background

BOSTON -- How well a flu shot protects you from the virus can depend on your ethnic background and other inherited factors, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. Read More

Kisses for your Valentine

Serratia marcencens and Corynebacterium xerosis on TSA make for a great valentine for any microbiologist! Read More

Happy Valentine's Day

Scientists need a sweetheart too! Use Kocuria rhizophila, Serratia marcescens, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on TSA to show your Valentine how much you care. Read More

8th grader petri dishes - seeking help to identify colonies

I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More

From Serratia with Love

Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine's Day with this composition of Serratia marcescens on LB plates. The strain produces a brick-red pigment called prodigiosin and the different shades were produced by a combination of pigment mutants and incubation temperatures. Read More

Tick genome reveals secrets of a successful bloodsucker

With tenacity befitting their subject, an international team of nearly 100 researchers toiled for a decade and overcame tough technical challenges to decipher the genome of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Read More

Contamination medley

It was time for a fridge clean-out! On a BHI plate with X-gal, this colorful assortment of fungi and bacteria had probably been growing for months... Read More

Tick tock -- sequencing the tick genome could help defuse the Lyme disease time bomb

The deer tick transmits Lyme disease and other diseases, which cause thousands of human and animal deaths annually. With about 10,000 new patients each year, occurrences of Lyme disease in Switzerland are amongst the highest in Europe, representing a substantial healthcare cost and threatening S... Read More

What is lurking in your bread and beer?

There are countless examples of plant, animal and bacterial viruses that cause severe symptoms of disease, sometimes with considerable socio-economic consequences. Viruses of fungi, otherwise known as ‘mycoviruses’, infect many medically and commercially important fungi, including the brewers an... Read More
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