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Intestinal Bacteria Drive Obesity and Metabolic Disease in Immune-Altered Mice

Increased appetite and insulin resistance can be transferred from one mouse to another via intestinal bacteria, according to research being published online by Science magazine.

The finding strengthens the case that intestinal bacteria can contribute to human obesity and metabolic disease, si... Read More

Honing the science of anti-fungal treatment

Mycoses, the fungal diseases, range from superficial to systemic to opportunistic types. The superficial myco­ses, as the name suggests, can be prevented by good personal hygiene. The systemic mycoses are more serious ty­pes. These occur mainly through in­halation of spores present in the soil, ... Read More

Snack maker recalls pretzel products due to potential salmonella contamination

The following recall has been announced:

GNS Foods, based in Arlington, Texas, is voluntarily recalling snack mixes containing certain kinds of pretzels. They could be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children and others ... Read More

Two flavors of Pringles potato crisps recalled in HVP salmonella scare

The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), in response to a recommendation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the food industry, announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as pa... Read More

A Fingerprint for Genes: Scientists Develop New Strategy to Play Major Role in Research on Human Diseases

Cells may not have a mouth, but they still need to ingest substances from the external environment. If this process -- known as endocytosis -- is affected, it can lead to infectious diseases or cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, Huntington's and diabetes.

In cooperation with the Center for Inf... Read More

Plasmodium falciparum

Plasmodium falciparum male and female gametocyte (1000X) Read More

Scientists identify reservoirs where HIV-infected cells can lie in wait

University of Michigan scientists have identified a new reservoir for hidden HIV-infected cells that can serve as a factory for new infections. The findings, which appear online today in Nature Medicine, indicate a new target for curing the disease so those infected with the virus may someday no... Read More

UCLA Pioneering Microbiology Educator and Author Discusses Innovative Teaching Methods

In this monthly interview series, meet Erin Sanders-Lorenz, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics at UCLA , co-author of the new book, "I, Microbiologist: A Discovery-based Course in Microbial Ecology and Molecular Evolution" and a lea... Read More

Bugging bugs: Learning to speak microbe

Deep in your lungs, there's a battle raging. It's a warm, moist environment where the ever-opportunistic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa has taken up residence. If your lungs are healthy, chances are the invader will be quickly dispatched. But in the mucus-clogged lungs of people with cystic fi... Read More

Researcher: Food labels with microbial data could help manage physical, and possibly mental, health

Just as food labels now tell the content of fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals, food scientists believe the information one day will include all bacteria and fungi in the product.

“Like a nutritional profile, we are creating a microbial profile,” said Dr. Suresh Pillai, Texas AgriLife Research... Read More

Susanna Edwards: Science and art under the microscope

Susanna Edwards is, by her own admission, an obsessive collector. The London-based artist has used found objects to trigger many creative projects, but the chance discovery of a collection of Victorian microscope slides set Edwards off in an unexpected direction.

A new exhibition brings toget... Read More

Probiotic gum puts friendly organisms in the mouth to defeat bad breath and infections

You won't find it on the shelves next to Juicy Fruit, but a new Canadian-made chewing gum is being touted for its health benefits, based in part on years of research by microbiologists at the University of B.C.

For those with an aversion to swallowing supplements or eating yogurt containing h... Read More

Dysentery amoeba gets a boost from a transcription factor

Every year, the parasite Entamoeba histolytica causes an estimated 40 million cases of amoebic dysentery and liver abscesses and 100,000 deaths, mainly in developing countries. A new paper accepted for publication in mBio shows that a transcription factor called Upstream Regulatory Element 3-Bi... Read More

TWiV 72: Bucket of bolts



On episode #72 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan and Rich explain CRISPR/Cas, the immune system of bacteria and archaea, how novel viruses are discovered by deep sequencing of small... Read More

Virus outbreaks on ships mirror trend on shore

Suffering a bout of gastrointestinal illness in a cramped cruise ship cabin ranks pretty high on the scale of vacation nightmares. And given the bug going around this year, illness at sea is likely to spike.

Last week, Celebrity Cruises' Mercury ship returned to port in Charleston, South Caro... Read More

Virus infections may lead to gluten intolerance--study

A novel study cautions that virus infections might be one of the factors contributing to gluten intolerance.

Researchers at the Academy of Finland's Research Programme on Nutrition, Food and Health (ELVIRA) have found that the genes [basic, functional units of heredity, each occupying a speci... Read More

Plodding Amoeba Flips Into Free-Swimming Flagellate: Naegleria Genome Sheds Light on Transition from Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes

In the long evolutionary road from bacteria to humans, a major milestone occurred some 1.5 billion years ago when microbes started building closets for all their stuff, storing DNA inside a nucleus, for example, or cramming all the energy machinery inside mitochondria.

Scientists have now seq... Read More

Move over, Cosmo! The Joint Commission has its own quiz

Americans do so like a good quiz, assuming it carries no penalty for wrong answers. Witness the popularity of those ever-fab Cosmo questionnaires: "Are You Enough of a Bad Girl?" "Do You Ace a First Date?" "Are You an Oversharer or Mysterious?" Now comes a quiz that even the most painfully modes... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 7

In this show, I report on five exciting stories: a bacterial electric grid, engineering biofilms, beewolves that use antibiotics, tiny bacterial magnets, and microbial life's potential on Mars.




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First-class scientist commemorated on new stamp

One of Britain’s most renowned scientists is to be remembered in a new set of Royal Mail stamps for being the godfather of Listerine. Joseph Lister went on to become Baron Lister of Lyme Regis for his work in medicine, particularly in battling infections with antiseptics.

He used work done by... Read More

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