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White hat fungus fights off pathogens

A fungus that already has a good reputation is making a name for itself as a therapeutic agent for human and plant health.
Because they are mycoparasites, Trichoderma virens are able to attack other, less desirable fungi that can harm roots and foliage of plants. Read More

Targeting inside-out phosphatidylserine as a therapeutic strategy for viral diseases

There is a pressing need for antiviral agents that are effective against multiple classes of viruses. Broad specificity might be achieved by targeting phospholipids that are widely expressed on infected host cells or viral envelopes. We reasoned that events occurring during virus replication (fo... Read More

First Scientific Paper about 2001 Anthrax Investigation Published Today

Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at UMSOM and their collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. T... Read More

Scientists skeptical of meteorite alien life claim

NASA and its top scientists are distancing themselves from a space agency researcher who concludes that he found alien bacterial life in meteorites that were collected many decades ago.

Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., claims that he found fossils tha... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 32 - Virus Versus Malignancy Matrix

This episode: Virus + bacterial enzyme = cancer killer!


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Risk of Drug-Resistant Staph Infection in Gym Low: Study

The risk of being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria when using community gyms may not be as high as believed, a new study suggests.

Growing concerns about the spread of infection have prompted many gyms to begin extensive cleaning programs, but this finding suggests such efforts may... Read More

Our Body the Ecosystem: Understanding the Interplay Between Man and Microbe

When Jake Harvey visits the clinical center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, he is usually dirty, itchy and wheezing—not the happiest state of affairs for a 14-year-old boy. But his doctors require that for 24 hours prior to each visit, he refrain from bathing, or usin... Read More

Cold Viruses Appear Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

While the causes of type 1 diabetes aren't known for certain, a new analysis backs the possibility that cold-like viruses might trigger the disease.

Australian researchers looked at a number of studies, and concluded there is a strong association between enteroviruses and the development of t... Read More

Carbapenem-Resistant Bacteria Infections Increase

In the war against infections, some clever bacteria, such as carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, are mutating into super bugs and gaining the upper hand by becoming resistant to antibiotics, especially in New York and New Jersey, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

For Cold Virus, Zinc May Edge Out Even Chicken Soup

Scientists still haven’t discovered a cure for the common cold, but researchers now say zinc may be the next best thing.

A sweeping new review of the medical research on zinc shows that sniffing, sneezing, coughing and stuffy-headed cold sufferers finally have a better option than just tissue... Read More

Sea-Ice Algae Can Engineer Ice to Its Advantage Using Own Antifreeze

Sea-ice algae -- the important first rung of the food web each spring in places like the Arctic Ocean -- can engineer ice to its advantage, according to the first published findings about this ability.

The same gel-like mucus secreted by sea-ice algae as a kind of antifreeze against temperatu... Read More

A study at the atom level revealed one of the main mechanisms of immune defence.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have specified the mechanism with which the immune defence of people can immediately identify a microbe entering the body, and launch an attack against it. The researchers also discovered how a rare, serious disease takes shape.

When a microbe enters ... Read More

Hazelnuts recalled because of E. coli threat

Certain packaged and bulk containers of in-shell hazelnuts and mixed nuts made by DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles have been recalled because they could contain E. coli bacteria.

Seven cases of E. coli infection, possibly linked to the nuts, have been reported in Michigan, Minnesota and Wiscons... Read More

Forty-five states report widespread flu activity

According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 45 states have reported widespread flu activity and experts believe it may not yet be on the downswing.

While the CDC experts say there is no particular strain of flu that has taken over, they ... Read More

TWiV 123: Contaminated prostates, absolute truth, and bleached worms

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TWiV 123 Letters

Sven writes:


Dear TWiV Captain and Officers,


I am a Swedish listener in my fifties, with a neolithic MSc in computer science and nowadays active within software quality (and yes, that's an oxymoron...). I found TWiV in September 2010 and I hav... Read More

Zapping Microbes With Electricity Could Cut Chemical Use in Wastewater by 50%

The mining industry requires significant amounts of water, and the water used becomes polluted with toxins including arsenic, mercury and sulfates. Typically, the water is cleaned with microbes which do their job by adding or removing electrons from the soup, but they need to be supplemented wit... Read More

Zooming in on the Weapons of Salmonella

Some of the most dreaded diseases in the world such as plague, typhoid and cholera are caused by bacteria that have one thing in common: they possess an infection apparatus which is a nearly unbeatable weapon. When attacking a cell of the body, they develop numerous hollow-needle-shaped structur... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 169. DNA Ligasa de Mycobacterium cristalizada. (Mycobacterial DNA Ligase crystalized)



























El podcast del Microbio 169 resumes the recent Molecular Cell paper about the crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculo... Read More

NASA scientist finds evidence of alien life

Aliens exist, and we have proof.

That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 ... Read More
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