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This portrait was designed using the natural pigments found in local environmental microbial isolates to depict a student's image. A senior, working on her year long thesis and in my upper level microbiology elective, created this portrait (which is beautifully accurate) and attached it to her f... Read More

Reenergizing antibiotics in the war against infections

(BOSTON) - Antibiotics are the mainstay in the treatment of bacterial infections, and together with vaccines, have enabled the near eradication of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, at least in developed countries. However, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to an alarming rise in resis... Read More

Multidrug-resistant TB appears less transmissible in households than drug-susceptible TB

Some strains of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB) may have a lower fitness (be less capable of spreading) than drug-susceptible tuberculosis bacteria, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by Louis Grandjean of Imperial College London, and colleag... Read More

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars #syntheticbiology

It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, her... Read More

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This is a m endo agar, green part is made with E.coli and the red part was with P.aeruginosa. This was a special gift I made for my lab co worker as part of our celebration of microbiologist week in PR. Read More

TWiM #106: Lawn mower disease

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Michael Schmi... Read More

Study: Whooping cough resurgence due to vaccinated people not knowing they're infectious?

Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. The dramatic resurgence has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning ef... Read More

Shining a stochastic spotlight on Ebola

The 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus disease, the worst since the disease first appeared in 1976, has claimed more than 11,000 lives in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and a handful more in nearby Nigeria and Mali. Read More

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.

When Mark Lyte (Texas Tech U) began his work on the link between microbes and the brain three decades ago, it was dismissed as a curiosity. By contrast, last September, the National Institute of Mental Healt... Read More

Kirby-Bauer Testing: The Gold Standard for AST

Our sensitivity instruments rarely ever go down, but when they do our lab uses Kirby-Bauer testing to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing in our laboratory. This testing involves placing antibiotic-infused discs on a standardized inoculum of bacteria spread in a lawn onto a Mueller Hint... Read More

Study looks at antibiotic choice for treating childhood pneumonia

New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Read More

Researchers successfully target 'Achilles' heel' of MERS virus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. Read More

Microbes After Hours – Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

In 2011, the NIH Clinical Center had a cluster of infections of a pathogen that tops the CDC's list of urgent threats: antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. This bacteria, which can cause bloodstream and other infections, has recently developed resistance to the class of antibiotics kno... Read More

Tuberculosis bacteria hide in the low oxygen niches of bone marrow stem cells

A new study from the Forsyth Institute is helping to shed light on latent tuberculosis and the bacteria's ability to hide in stem cells. Some bone marrow stem cells reside in low oxygen (hypoxia) zones. These specialized zones are secured as immune cells and toxic chemicals cannot reach this zon... Read More

Ebola Vaccine Potential in Turmeric Curcumin

Recent scientific research studies confirm the potential of turmeric curcumin as a vaccine for Ebola virus disease. A review of the studies was published in the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Pathophysiology and Drug Research in February 2015.
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BacterioFiles 218 - Parasitoids Pass Protective Prokaryotes

This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!


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TWiV 342: Public epitope #1

 Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiP 91: Born to deform

 Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.


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TWiP 91 letters

 


Heather writes:


Dear Dr.s R, D & G,


I really hate to criticize learned professors, especially my elders. I suspect I may be being overly - sensitive or perhaps it is a cultural difference. However, the "over-talking" is decreasing the qualit... Read More

Unknown isolate from table swab

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was matte/white through out, a smooth center with rhizoid growth then a feathery/powdery growth on the outer... Read More
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