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Expanding tuberculosis control in China

China had an estimated 1.3 million new cases of tuberculosis (TB) in 2008, of which 112,000 were multi-drug resistant (MDR-TB). Over the period 2001, TB was the second largest cause of death among China's 39 notifiable communicable diseases. In a Policy Forum, published in this week's PLoS Medic... Read More

Bioscience researchers defeating potato blight

Researchers funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative have made a discovery that could instigate a paradigm shift in breeding resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans) - a devastating disease of potatoes and tomatoes costing the industry £5-6Bn a year worldwide.

By studying the in... Read More

Novel Biosensor Could Enable Rapid, Point-of-Care Virus Detection

Traditional virus diagnostic tools such as ELISA and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) remain strong diagnostic options, but they require significant infrastructure and sample preparation time. Now a team of researchers led by Boston University Assistant Professors Hatice Altug (ECE) and John Conn... Read More

Antiretroviral Drugs May Prevent HIV Infections

HIV-negative gay and bisexual men can lower their likelihood of acquiring the AIDS virus by taking an antiretroviral drug mix, concludes a study in which healthy men received either the medication or a placebo. The finding, published online November 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, sug... Read More

The Secret Life of a Microbiologist - Rachel Collins

Who would have ever thought that a microbiologist would also be a professional wrestler? Rachel Collins is not one to mess with in the series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" produced by PBS.

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Teeth should be thankful for cranberry

You won’t be the only one feasting this Thanksgiving. Harmful bacteria await their own holiday meal, launching one of the biggest assaults of the year on your teeth.

Thankfully, a few foods common at the holiday dinner table—like cranberries and wine—offer new leads in the effort to stop toot... Read More

Power from pondscum: Algal biofuels

In the discussion of alternative energy and fuels, algae have been bubbling to the top of the proverbial feedstock pool. Algae, the little green guys responsible for everything from making your Dairy Queen Blizzard solid to forming the basis of our current fossil fuels, are being looked at long ... Read More

Eating dirt makes your kids smarter

Here’s some good news for parents who constantly worry about their kids’ hygiene after they spend time in the play ground – eating dirt could actually make your child smarter. A new study has shown the positive side of soil-borne bacteria that is likely to be inhaled when children are playing ou... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº126 and 127. "Resistencia NDM-1"

The Nº 126 and 127 of "El podcast del microbio" are dedicated to the infamous NDM-1 betalactamic resitance. "El podcast del microbio" Nº 126 y 127 están dedicados a la resistencia a los antibióticos betalactámicos conocida como NDM-1. {mp3remote}http://radio.umh.es/programacion/2010-2011/Program... Read More

CSI Las Vegas. Beware with Aureobasidium

Video fragment of the episode "Let the seller beware" from CSI Las Vegas (third season). The presence of the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans in a crime scene helps Grissom and his boys to resolve the case. Here we can found some of the science behind that TV episode
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MTS62 - Jessica Green - The Living Air

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TWiV Co-host Dickson Despommier's TEDx Talk on Vertical Farming

Dickson Despommier talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, "urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal far... Read More

The deepest layer of ocean crust has bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities

The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and “fixing” or storing carbon.
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The research, just published in the ... Read More

Science/Art Project - In Living Color: Bacterial Pigments

A video created by students from Stanford University and a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in support of their paper "In Living Color: Bacterial Pigments as an Untapped Resource in the Classroom and Beyond" published in PLoS Biology hopes to inspire others to exp... Read More

Microscope pinpoints single molecules

A new microscope will allow scientists to study biological molecules one at a time.

Cells have surface proteins, called cadherins, that help them stick together. Different kinds of cells have different kinds of cadherins.

The typical tools for observing and measuring those proteins focus o... Read More

STD? There's an app for that

Your mobile phone could soon tell you whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease.



Doctors in the United Kingdom are developing the app. It will allow you to submit a sample of saliva or urine to a microchip. Plug it into your computer or smart phone and you get a diagnos... Read More

Microbiology Goes Digital

It's nice to be recognized :)

Melanie D. G. Kaplan, a contributing editor for CBS SmartPlanet.com, has written a piece for ASM's Microbe magazine that gives an overarching view on where the science of microbiology is at in the Web 2.0 space.

Several well known microbiologists and science s... Read More

Physical Virology

A post by Manuel Sánchez, host of the Spanish blog, Curiosidades de al Microbiologia, on an article entitled "Physical Virology " that appeared in Nature Phyisics, discuses the ideas and potential of a new discipline that studies viruses from a physical perspective.

"Viruses are able to spont... Read More

"El podcast del Microbio" Nº 125. Human Microbiome

The Nº 125 of "El podcast del microbio" is dedicated to the Human Microbiome. "El podcast del microbio" Nº 125 está dedicado al microbioma humano. {mp3remote}http://radio.umh.es/programacion/2010-2011/Programa%20Ciencia%20Tu,%20yo%20y%20los%20microbios/171110%20Programa%20TU,%20YO%20Y%20LOS%20MI... Read More

Researchers Kick-Start Ancient DNA

Binghamton University researchers recently revived ancient bacteria trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals.

For decades, geologists have looked at these water droplets -- called fluid inclusions -- and wondered whether microbes could be extracted from them.... Read More
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