Guest host Lynda Coughlan reviews how oncolytic viruses, which specifically kill tumor cells, are designed and how they work. Read More
This photo was taken through a dissecting scope. Normally our Kocuria rosea display a smooth colony surface. One semester, they displayed a wrinkled surface. Last fall I observed a plate with both. October 2, 2015 Read More
Mix of organism seen on a handprint/finger on TSA after incubation at 37 degrees for 24 hrs then held at refrigerated temperatures for 1 month. Read More
Naturally occurring bacteria could consume pent-up hydrogen gas in nuclear waste repositories to prevent radioactive leaks, say researchers at EPFL.
Scientists may have found an unexpected ally in the long-term disposal of nuclear waste: bacteria. In a recent study, a research team led by EPF... Read More
Researchers from UPM have revealed how mold from humidity caused by rotting fruits and vegetables unfolds a surprising strategy to infect plants.
A team of researchers from Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA), has published the results on Alt a1 in an article release... Read More
The LudusScope is an interactive smartphone microscope that can be made entirely out of 3D printed or commonly available materials and is easily assembled by middle school or high school students. Developed by Stanford bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, it allows students to interact directly with... Read More
The results of a clinical trial suggest it is possible to modify the body’s response to an infection with a related virus.
The researchers report in Nature Microbiology that antibodies, under specific conditions, can intensify infection with a virus related to the causal organism. This phenom... Read More
Eating slow-release carbs and cutting down on protein may prevent rotten-egg farts according to a study of the gases emitted by human faeces samples.
Farts are mostly composed of odourless gases. There is oxygen and nitrogen from swallowed air, while hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide are p... Read More
A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has obtained the first complete genome sequence of Zika virus that was isolated from a semen sample. The research is published this week in Genome Announcements, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
The motivation for this investiga... Read More
Host: Jeff Fox with special guests, Julia Yeomans and Vikas Berry.
Julia Yeomans of Oxford University in the United Kingdom and chemical engineer
Microbial infection is implicated in an ever-growing number of types of cancer. Adding to the already long list of microbial-associated cancers, an increasing body of evidence suggests breast cancer may also be associated with a specific microbial milieu. A report in Applied and Environmental Mi... Read More
Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Phillip Sharp, PhD, about his career and professional experience in the field of virology. Sharp's research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing... Read More
Using household wastewater to irrigate food crops in drought-stricken or arid regions isn't the perfect solution. The chemicals and disease-causing germs it might contain could contaminate crops. Viruses that have their origin in the human intestines are often released into the air as fine spray... Read More
New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. Furthermore, herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infection augments placental sensitivity to Zika virus by enhancing the expression of receptors that allow Zika virus ... Read More
People infected with Zika virus may not be susceptible to Zika virus again, according to the latest research involving Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute.
"The research shows that infection provides excellent protection against reinfection," said Stephen Higgs, director ... Read More
A single season of intense melting buffeted Antarctica in 2001-2002. It yielded changes that ranged from speeding up microbial food webs to shifting penguin populations. A special section in the October issue of BioScience examines the impacts on two very different Antarctic ecosystems.
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Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal frequently found in skin, nose, throat and female reproductive tract. About 20% of healthy human population are persistent carriers of S. aureus. On the other hand, they can cause a range of infections, from minor skin infections to life-threatening blo... Read More
Avid mushroom hunters will tell you that fire is essential for finding morels. These fungi, distinguishable for their dark, honeycomblike caps, pop out of the ground by the bushel in spring after a large wildfire.
This ecological knowledge is mostly anecdotal, shared among morel enthusiasts f... Read More
About 100 million years ago, a lowly amoeba pulled off a stunning heist, grabbing genes from an unsuspecting bacterium to replace those it had lost.
Now Rutgers and other scientists have solved the mystery of how the little amoeba, Paulinella, committed the theft. It engulfed the bacterium, k... Read More
A towering figure in microbiology, our friend Fred Neidhardt died on October 7, 2016 at his retirement home, the Academy Village near Tucson AZ. He made fundamental and abiding contributions to research, teaching, academic administration, and social issues. In each, he left deep-rooted mar... Read More