In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria for digesting sushi; a giant virus that replicates itself, with help; microbes living in Mars-like lakes; and using viruses to generate hydrogen.
Food-borne illnesses are proving to be stubborn -- unsurprisingly so, perhaps -- but that's not to say there aren't some small bright spots in the latest report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, the federal government had especially hoped to reduce incidence o... Read More
MIT Grad Student Danielle Zurovcik (above) designed this hand-powered suction device to speed up wound healing. It costs $3 and it works.
Nobody knows precisely why it works, but doctors have known for decades that the healing process for open wounds can be greatly speeded up by applying nega... Read More
Antibodies are immune molecules that have a key role in protecting against infection with influenza virus. The target of the protective antibodies is the influenza protein HA, which varies so dramatically among influenza viruses that it is used to classify them into subtypes (H1-H16). It is thou... Read More
Biology II Unit 5: Microbiology Lecture 1: Bacteria & Viruses After viewing this video lecture on bacteria and viruses, you should be able to: - List common characteristics of bacteria. - List common characteristics of viruses. - Compare and contrast bacteria and viruses. - Evaluate the ecol... Read More
Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. said that 72% of hepatitis C patients receiving its experimental drug in combination with the current standard of care or SOC achieved undetectable levels of virus at week eight compared to 38% of patients receiving placebo plus SOC.
The results were derived from ... Read More
The flu may move its victims -- to stay in bed, to resolve to get a flu shot next year, to curse the (probably young and sniffly) family member who gave it to them -- but it also moves, in a way, itself. From west to east, to be exact.
Researchers have known that flu season traditionally occ... Read More
ETH-Zurich researcher Valentin Queloz describes the species of fungus responsible for the ash dieback recently observed in Switzerland as a "familiar stranger." However, researchers still don't know why a harmless leaf colonizer could turn into an aggressive pathogen.
The uncanny phenomenon ... Read More
A common virus that causes wheezing and pneumonia claims the lives of up to two hundred thousand children worldwide each year, a study has found.
The research, conducted by the University of Edinburgh, also showed that about 3.4 million children require hospital treatment for severe lung infe... Read More
A natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk -- lauric acid -- shines as a possible new acne treatment thanks to a bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
The student developed a "smart delivery system" -- published in the journ... Read More
Brace yourself - you are about to enter the mBiosphere...
mBio's new blog, "mBiosphere", is now live and ready to burn some information onto your impressionable mind. mBio's Social Media Editor, Dr. Merry Buckley, interviews mBio staff, editors, and authors to get the stories behind the develop... Read More
Fantastic stuff! An oxygen-free environment, this lake is packed with life more adapted to Saturn's Titan than our blue planet. Furthermore, the idea that some of these micro-organisms create water by digesting the hydrocarbons they lives their lives in - maybe we can hire them to clean up Pri... Read More
Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered defines the term "ontology" and why its destined to become part of every biologist’s vocabulary. Read More
On Saturday, April 17 I will be attending the DC Science Writers Association's Professional Development Day. If you are in the DC area you may want to consider attending. Here are the details:
LOCATION: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC
8:30-9:00... Read More
A video from the DOE JGI '09 User Meeting on March 27, 2009 featuring Craig Venter's keynote talk "Reading and Writing the Genetic Code."
Rita Colwell, recipient of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize, delivers the closing keynote at the 5th Annual DOE JGI User Meeting on March 26, 2010. The main focus of her talk is on cholera. Read More
Photograph of hematoma-like swelling off the caruncle of turkeys infected with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Please submit your microscopy and culture images to MicrobeWorld. Upload them with the 'Image' box checked. Read More
Bacterial populations found in household dust may determine whether or not a child living in that home develops asthma according to research published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read More
Scientists have developed a new strategy for treating tuberculosis using dry powder aerosols that could be delivered with an inhaler. Read More
Bacteria in the mouths of pregnant women can contribute to pre-term birth according to researchs from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights. The findings are published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. Read More