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Two new studies seek to validate the results of retracted 2004 paperon parasite-to-host gene transfer

The microparasite that causes Chagas disease really can integrate bits of its genetic material into its host's genome, where it can then be inherited by the host's offspring, according to two studies published in PLoS ONE and PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (PLoS NTD). Read More

Genetically Modified Cows Produce Milk Akin To Human Milk

In a potential new step for genetically modified food, babies could someday drink human-like milk derived from herds of genetically modified dairy cows, which scientists say could supplement breast milk and replace baby formula.

Scientists have created 300 cows that produce milk with some of ... Read More

Chilean Antarctic survey finds dramatic variety of organisms adapted to unusual conditions.

You might not expect bacteria living in Antarctic ice to be well suited to life in a boiling kettle, but that is what Chilean scientists discovered during an expedition last year. The researchers have turned up more than 200 new species of microorganisms adapted to living in extreme environments... Read More

Salamander Has Algae Living Inside Its Cells

In a symbiotic union more complete than any previously found in vertebrates, the common spotted salamander lives with algae inside its cells.

Such a degree of cross-species fusion was long thought to exist only among invertebrates, whose immune systems are not primed to destroy invaders. But ... Read More

Shelled walnut products recalled over fears of E.coli contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc. of St. Laurent, Que. are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products because they may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

The recall involves raw, shelled walnuts, imported f... Read More

Antimicrobial copper - video demonstration

Professor William Keevil, microbiological researcher and Head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton, oversees an experiment in which a small amount of liquid containing between 1 -- 10 million bacteria (MSRA culture) is placed on both a copper coupon and a stainless steel co... Read More

DR Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against One Of Its Leading Causes Of Child Death

In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today stepped up its immunization programme by including vaccines to combat pneumonia. Initially the expanded programme will be in two of the 11 provinces. Pneumonia ... Read More

'Last Resort' Antibiotics Use on the Rise, Study Suggests

A large, multi-year study of antibiotic use in Veterans Health Administration's acute care facilities demonstrates dramatically increased use of carbapenems, a powerful class of antibiotics, over the last five years.

These drugs are often considered the last treatment option for severe infec... Read More

A Breakthrough for MRSA Treatment

Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology discovered a nanomedicine breakthrough in which new types of polymers were shown to physically detect and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infectious diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kn... Read More

ASM Live 2011

Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe magazine, interview researchers on selected topics of interest from the 111th ASM General Meeting in ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº186. Día de la Tuberculosis (World Tuberculosis Day)

El podcast del Microbio Nº186 was aired on March 24th, the World Tuberculosis Day. El podcast del microbio Nº 186 se dedicó... Read More

TWiV 127: Viruses are no joke

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 127 Letters

David writes:

Dear Twiv Folks

I teach an intro biology course on viruses at Vassar College. We do our introductory biology a little bit differently; each class has a theme through which we explore the fundamental principles of biology. Mine is on viruses and t... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 35 - Microbes Make Mental Modifications

This episode: Bacteria have effects on brain development!

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Mutant Microbes Test Radiation Resistance

Early Earth lacked an ozone layer to act as a shield against high-energy solar radiation, but microbes flourished by adapting to or finding other forms of protection from the higher ultraviolet radiation levels. Now researchers have begun testing modern microbes to see if they could act as pione... Read More

Scientists grow personalized collections of intestinal microbes

Each of us carries a unique collection of trillions of friendly microbes in our intestines that helps break down food our bodies otherwise couldn’t digest.

This relationship between humans and their microbes is generally a healthy one, but changes to the mix of microbes in the digestive tract... Read More

Space Forensics Might Point to Martian Ancestry

Our search for life beyond Earth could take us down the road to a shocking look into the mirror -- a climax straight out of a Twilight Zone plot.

A team of researchers at MIT is proposing to apply forensic science testing on the Martian surface. Specifically, the task would be to do DNA and R... Read More

Over 700 Infected with Swine Flu in Venezuela -- 8 Dead

With 6 dead and over 700 cases in just the last two weeks, the rapidly rising numbers are leading experts to think that the latest outbreak could kill more than the 131 who died in the original 2009 emergence.

The outbreak of the AH1N1 flu virus affecting Venezuela since March 17 has caused s... Read More

A/H1N1 flu infects 482, kills 3 in Venezuela

An outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza in Venezuela has infected 482 people and killed three this year, the country’s health ministry reported on Wednesday.

The outbreak of the disease also known as swine flu started in the southeastern state of Merida on March 17 and spread to the capital Caracas... Read More

A Bacterium That Acts Like a Toothbrush

Researchers have identified a new ally in the war against tooth decay: an enzyme produced by a mouth bacterium that prevents plaque formation. The finding could eventually lead to the development of toothpaste that harnesses the body's own plaque-fighting tools.

The human mouth is awash with ... Read More
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