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Ban on triclosan shows need for new chemicals to demonstrate efficacy and safety

A new commentary from Patrick McNamara and Stuart Levy cautions that the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on triclosan and 18 other biocidal chemicals that promote antibiotic resistance is only a starting point. Triclosan’s long-term impact, as well as the risks substitute chemicals may pose, ... Read More

Yum! Digesting ASM Resources for Food Microbiology

Food-related microbiology can be one of the most fun - or least fun - ways to interact with microbes. In the ‘most fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists alike can use microbes to create delicious foods from fermentative processes; in the ‘least fun’ category, scientists and non-scientists... Read More

Bill to provide $1.1 billion Zika funding dies in Senate vote

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a $1.1 billion bill to combat the Zika virus, giving Congress just two weeks to try to reach a new deal before lawmakers leave for a seven-week recess in the midst of mosquito season and a growing public health crisis. Read More

How our immune system targets TB

Every 18 seconds someone dies from tuberculosis - it is the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), has infected more than one-third of the human population with an annual death toll of approximately 1.5 million people.

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Meet your Microbes (video)

They’re on your tongue, under your armpits, in your guts and on your skin. In fact, any place you can think of there are microbes living on, under, or in between there. In their unimaginably large numbers, these micro-organisms determine our lives – even though we never see them. Micropia, the w... Read More

Chatting about #MattersMicrobial on the University of Puget Sound podcast

Here is my chance to chat a bit with some University of Puget Sound staff about the depth, breadth, and wonders of the microbial world. It's a podcast! Read More

Discovery of new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in hunters bitten by gorillas in Gabon

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS have identified two new strains of the HTLV-4 virus in two hunters who were bitten by gorillas in Gabon. These findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, support the notion that gorillas represent a major source of infectiou... Read More

The inflammatory nature of a bad recycler

Being a bad recycler implies creating more waste because items aren’t being reincorporated into the production chain. Plastic water bottles can be broken down and turned into new plastic bottles, gardening gloves, or fleece – any of which means less oil needs to be harvested and refined to the p... Read More

Mouse microbes may make scientific studies harder to replicate

The microbes that reside in mice are making it difficult to replicate scientific studies. Despite many researchers best efforts to standardize the environment and conditions that their mice live in, replication isn't always possible. While "cagemates" tend to have the same microbes in their gut,... Read More

Creating a slippery slope on the surface of medical implants

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver or other end organ disease save lives every day. However, bacteria that form infectious biofilms on those devices, called device-associa... Read More

Smart Microscope Adapts to Changes in Live Specimens

Recent advances in imaging technology have provided unprecedented views of biological events as they unfold in living organisms. Researchers routinely create movies of processes such as cells dividing and differentiating into the neurons, muscle, and skin in a Petri dish or in tiny embryos, such... Read More

Zika virus placental infection differs in maternal- and fetal-derived tissues

The World Health Organization downgraded the spread of Zika virus from a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on November 22nd, but Zika virus infection remains an important emerging infection with an incompletely understood infection cycle. The better scientists understand how the v... Read More

Small and extremely resilient—the secrets of black fungi

Highly resistant to stresses, black fungi are real champions among microorganisms. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team in Vienna discovered that the fungi owe their qualities to hitherto unknown proteins and special processes at cellular level.

They are true sur... Read More

For the First Time, Researchers Identify the Secret Genetic Weapon of Clostridium difficile

Washington, DC – August 16, 2016 – A trio of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health in Houston, have identified the location of the genes that control production of toxins that harm people infected by Clostridium difficile bacteria. The gene locus, ... Read More

New study explains factors that influence the timing of infectious disease outbreaks

The delay between the time when a disease outbreak becomes possible and when it actually happens depends chiefly on how frequently infection is introduced to the population and how quickly the number of cases caused by a single individual increases, according to new research from the University ... Read More

Drones transport microbiological samples without altering their content

Robots help sort patient samples, test clinical specimens, and analyze the results. Now a study shows that robots, in the form of drones, can help move our samples from place to place, with little effect on the analytical outcome.

Drone transport made a news splash when Amazon proposed using ... Read More

Natural predatory bacteria could combat drug resistance problem

While bacteria have been evolving for 3.5 billion years, mammals have evolved with bacteria for only 2.5 million years. Thus, it's not that surprising that humans appear to be losing the war on antibiotic resistance.
The issue of multidrug-resistance and the lack of antibiotics in the developme... Read More

Zika May Harm Male Reproduction

he Zika virus attacks cells in mouse testes crucial for sperm and sex hormone generation and hampers reproduction, according to new research that raises the possibility that the virus could affect fertility in men.

And even if the same outcomes bear out in people, researchers have no idea wha... Read More

New Model Sheds Light on Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia

Washington, DC – August 9, 2016 – For years, researchers have known that the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) can trigger severe, sometimes deadly secondary bacterial pneumonia, in some people who are subsequently infected with influenza A virus, but scientists have not known exactly h... Read More

Microscopy Meets Photography, 200 Years Later

Robert Koch published the first photographs of individual bacteria in 1877, nearly 200 years after Antoni van Leeuwenhoek sent drawings of bacteria in a letter to the Royal Society. Long before cameras were linked with microscopes, generations of microscopists relied on their own eyes, pencil, a... Read More
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