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8th grader petri dishes - seeking help to identify colonies

I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More

Paper-based test can quickly diagnose Ebola in remote areas (video)

BOSTON, Aug. 18, 2015 -- When a fever strikes in a developing area, the immediate concern may be: Is it the common flu or something much worse that requires quarantine? To facilitate diagnosis in remote, low-resource settings, researchers have developed a paper-based device that changes color, d... Read More

VIRUSES FROM NEWBORN GUT ARE NEW TO SCIENCE

Shortly after a baby’s birth, bacteria aren’t the only invaders to colonize the gut. Viruses move in, too, according to new research. Read More

Oysters harbor, transmit human norovirus: Avoid raw ones

Washington DC - August 28, 2015 - Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to research published August 28 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "More than 80 percent of... Read More

Funding for viral hemorrhagic fever project

A team from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has received funding of £136,000 from the Health Partnership Scheme to develop a training programme to help the Sierra Leonean Health Service to fight future outbreaks of viral haemorrhag... Read More

Kicking latent HIV: New strategies to reactivate reservoirs of latent infection

In cells with latent HIV infection, the virus is dormant, and such cells are therefore not attacked by the immune system or by standard antiretroviral therapy. To eradicate the virus from the human body and truly cure a patient, reservoirs of latently infected cells need to be activated and elim... Read More

Yellow Unknown Yeast

Unknown yeast isolated on TSA from a swab taken from the bottom of a shoe incubated at 25 degrees C. Yellow, mucoid, round colonies were seen after 2 weeks. This isolate grew equally well at 37 degree C with a growth time of ~ 1 week. Read More

Malaria's key to the liver uncovered

Scientists uncover a port of liver entry for malaria parasites in a report published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. If these results hold up in humans, drugs that target this entry protein might help prevent the spread of disease. Read More

HIV cure research: NIH scientists create 2-headed protein to deplete HIV reservoir

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created a protein that awakens resting immune cells infected with HIV and facilitates their destruction in laboratory studies. The protein potentially could contribute to a cure for HIV infection by helping deplete the reservoir of long-... Read More

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More

TWiM 118 Letters

Chris writes:


Dear Vincent, I have a fun question for your panel about Mars
I was watching NASA talk about how Mars' atmosphere was stripped away and was wondering about Mars bugs. Here are some fun (probable) facts I learned.
When life was ... Read More

Women's Hall of Fame inducts past ASM president, UR's pioneer in infections

On Oct. 3 Barbara Iglewski, past president of the American Society for Microbiology, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, which praised her "landmark discovery" that "has had an enormous impact nationally and globally." Iglewski spent about 40 years — most at the University o... Read More

Portraits of Microbiologists Using Luminous Bacteria as "Paint."

My wife Jennifer Quinn​ hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson​ and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More

TWiV 367: Two sides to a Coyne

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Read More

Improved survival of HIV patients facilitates heart disease research

WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) - The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients, according to a guest editor page published today in... Read More

$7 million grant aids efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at eliminating river blindness and elephantiasis, two neglected tropical diseases that annually sicken millions. Read More

Unknown Yeast/Bacteria

Unknown Yeast or Bacteria seen on tip of finger print grown for 2 days at 37 degrees C then held at room temperature for 3 days. Organism was yellow, mucoid, raised rhizoid with large holes. Read More

Studies raise questions about impact of statins on flu vaccination in seniors

A new pair of studies suggests that statins, drugs widely used to reduce cholesterol, may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness at preventing serious illness in older adults. Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, the find... Read More

Yet another reason to avoid methamphetamine: negative effects of meth on wound healing

Dr. Luis Martinez was on a dream vacation with his three boys. Far from their native New York home, they were traveling along the California coast with the ultimate stop at Disneyland. Unfamiliar with the roads, Martinez took a wrong turn outside of Fresno and found himself in a less pleasant pa... Read More

My first "Mu-Tube" video promoting microbial literacy: What does "microbiology" mean to students?

For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More

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