A rigorous analysis of more than 3,000 antimalarials purchased in Enugu, Nigeria found 9.3% to be of poor quality, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. Read More
UNSW Australia researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin - a world-first advance that could lead to a cure for sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders. Read More
Zoonotic malaria has been shown to be caused by two genetically distinct Plasmodium knowlesi parasite subpopulations associated with different monkey host species in Malaysia, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. The authors believe this could have important implications for ho... Read More
Many microbes live in extreme environments, encountering conditions that are very hot, very cold, highly acidic, or very salty. The viruses that infect such microbes must also be able to retain infectivity in extreme conditions. How do they do it?
Clues come from the observations that the gen... Read More
Unknown environmental contaminant on blood agar plate streaked with Enterococcus faecalis. Plated was incubated at 37 degrees C for 24 hrs then held at room temperature. Contaminant was not seen until plate was held at room temp for several weeks. The organism was red, mucoid, and had raised... Read More
Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th in Cell Host & Microbe. The findings establish for the first time the causal link between bacterial... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.
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Unknown yeast, possible Rhodotorula sp., isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 and 37 degrees C. Red/Pink, highly mucoid colonies were seen after 2 weeks at 25 degrees (image) and pin point colonies seen at 37 degrees C after 2 weeks. The 25 degree plate h... Read More