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New bat gammaherpesvirus may help understand bats' role in zoonoses

Many emerging viruses (such as SARS-CoV, Ebola virus, and the Henipavirus genus) are thought to have zoonotic reservoirs in the regional bat populations. Bats offer a threat to spreading these viruses because their flight capacity makes them readily mobile. Also, there are a whole lot of them: w... Read More

TWiV 377: Chicken with a side of Zika

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiEVO 5: Looking at straw colored fruit bats through a straw

We have some virology for you on the latest episode of the science show This Week in Evolution. Nels and I are joined by Kartik Chandran and Sara Sawyer who talk about their work showing how the filovirus receptor NPC1 controls susceptibility of bats to Ebolavirus infection. They have found that... Read More

3-D protein map offers new malaria vaccine hope

A three-dimensional 'map' of a critical protein that malaria parasites use to invade human red blood cells could lead to a vaccine countering the most widespread species of the parasite. Read More

Ebola crisis provides framework for responding to outbreaks like Zika virus

PRINCETON, N.J.--As world leaders grapple with containing the Zika virus, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides valuable lessons for how to respond to infectious disease epidemics, according to a policy report published by researchers at Princeton University and the Wellcome Trust. Read More

New American Academy of Microbiology Report provides recommendations for implementing NGS to clinical microbiology settings

This morning, the American Academy of Microbiology released a report, “Applications of Clinical Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing.” An event was held at the National Press Room to highlight its release. You can read more about the event here, or go here to read recommendations on NGS in a cli... Read More

Acid-fast bacilli

Acid-fast bacilli in auramine rhodamine stain. Read More

First-in-man trial of MERS vaccine begins at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) began vaccinations today in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immune response of a vaccine candidate to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Read More

National hospital hand-washing campaign effective but expensive

Many hospital patients were protected from a dangerous bug and at least 96 years of life will be saved each year, said Professor Nicholas Graves from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). Read More

Systems study of climate change effects, large and small

If there is a problem built for a systems-based research approach, climate change – with its complex carbon and nitrogen cycles, numerous species involvement, and interaction of geographical zones – would be an excellent candidate. Concurrent with the launch of the systems-based microbial resear... Read More

Novel Herpes Virus Isolated from Bat Cells

Washington, DC – February 17, 2016 – Researchers from Maryland and New York have identified a novel herpes virus in cells taken from a bat. The work, published this week in mSphere, the American Society for Microbiology’s new open access journal, could lead to better understanding of the biology... Read More

Impact of climate change on parasite infections depends on host immunity

New research demonstrates how climate change and the immune reaction of the infected individual can affect the long-term and seasonal dynamics of parasite infections. The study, led by Penn State University scientists, assessed the infection dynamics of two species of soil-transmitted parasites ... Read More

New understanding of TB could lead to personalized treatments

Dublin: Tuberculosis (TB) used to kill one in seven people around the world before the advent of antibiotics. However the increasing prevalence of multi-drug resistant TB means that doctors are running out of options in trying to combat this bacterium. Read More

Rubella virus and birth defects

Amidst the fear surrounding Zika virus, remember that there are over 100,000 children born each year with birth defects caused by infection with rubella virus.

Rubella virus is a member of the Togaviridae family, which also includes chikungunya virus. The genome is a 9.7 kilobase, positive st... Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2016 Agar Art Contest

Create a log phase masterpiece with your favorite microbes!


Submit a photo of your original, agar-based art, plus a short description of your piece that engages the general public, by Friday, May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. Anyone with an active American Society ... Read More

Immune response to flu vaccine linked to recipients' ethnic background

BOSTON -- How well a flu shot protects you from the virus can depend on your ethnic background and other inherited factors, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. Read More

Slavery carried bilharzia parasites from West Africa to the Caribbean, genomics confirms

The bilharzia-causing parasite, Schistosoma mansoni, first infected humans as they fished in lakes in East Africa and was spread, first to West Africa and then to the New World by slave traders in 16th-19th Centuries, genomics reveals. Read More

New platforms for mSphere and mSystems

Earlier this month, two new ASM research journals had their official launch. mSphereTM and mSystemsTM had both published articles on their interim websites in November and December 2015 – some of which have been highlighted here on mBiosphere. On February 2nd, the journals went live on their per... Read More

TWiV 376: The flavi of the week is Zika

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Kisses for your Valentine

Serratia marcencens and Corynebacterium xerosis on TSA make for a great valentine for any microbiologist! Read More
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