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New Type of More Problematic Mosquito-Borne Illness Detected in Brazil

A second form of the painful chikungunya virus has appeared in Brazil—one that could more easily spread, including to the U.S.

When a mosquito-borne disease first arrived in the Western Hemisphere last year, humans were relatively lucky. The disease, which causes crippling joint pain persis... Read More

Apes Have Better Gut Bugs than Humans

It's not a secret that the microbes living in our guts play a huge role in our well-being, or that, at least in the United States, we're doing a good job of killing them off.

But now new research finds that apes -- our closest relative -- have much more varied gut flora than humans do, and es... Read More

New Tool Could Help Reshape the Limits of Synthetic Biology

Developed at NYU Langone Medical Center, the “telomerator” reshapes synthetic yeast chromosome into more flexible, realistic form, redefining what geneticists can build.

NYU Langone yeast geneticists report they have developed a novel tool — dubbed “the telomerator” — that could redefine the ... Read More

Ebola, Marburg viruses edit genetic material during infection

Filoviruses like Ebola “edit” genetic material as they invade their hosts, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The work, by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Galveston National L... Read More

Microvores: A Chemical Romance

An illustrated short story of the day in the life of a mircrobe who is self aware. Read More

Microvores: A Game of Parasites

A Board Game with a Microbial Theme. Educational and Fun. Read More

Nasal spray vaccine has potential for long-lasting protection from ebola virus (press release)

A nasal vaccine in development by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has been shown to provide long-term protection for non-human primates against the deadly Ebola virus. Results from a small pre-clinical study represent the only proof to date that a single dose of a non-injectable... Read More

A possible alternative to antibiotics

Scientists from the University of Bern have developed a novel substance for the treatment of severe bacterial infections without antibiotics, which would prevent the development of antibiotic resistance.

Ever since the development of penicillin almost 90 years ago, antibiotics have remained t... Read More

New influenza virus affects cattle, pigs

A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type D Influenza.

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There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome - NY Times Opinion Piece #microbiome

Ed Yong, a freelance science writer who authors the Not Exactly Rocket Science blog for National Geographic, has penned an opinion piece in the NY Times Sunday Review on how society needs to start thinking about the microbiome as an ecosystem with all the complexities that it entails and not as ... Read More

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Vincent Racaniello, who studies viruses at Columbia University, says Ebola has recently become his obsession.

"I find myself reading incessantly about Ebola when I should be doing other things," says Racaniello, host of the online show This Week in Virology, which has devoted several recent p... Read More

BacterioFiles 189 - Saliva Slows Sprout Supporter

This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva!


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Immune cells proposed as HIV hideout don't last in primate model

Where does HIV hide? Antiretroviral drugs can usually control the virus, but can’t completely eliminate it. So any strategy to eradicate HIV from the body has to take into account not only the main group of immune cells the virus targets, called CD4 or helper T cells, but other infected cells as... Read More

On The Definition of Prokaryotes

As will be argued below the present definition of a prokaryote is highly unsatisfactory. To give an example: a prokaryote is "a cell or organism lacking a nucleus and other membrane-enclose organelles, usually having its DNA in a single circular molecule" (Brock, Biology of Microorganisms, 10th ... Read More

We'd all like to get to Mars. Let's make sure we don't get sick along the way.

While Hollywood loves to imagine humans encountering all manner of horrific monsters in the depths of space, the greatest threat to a long-term, manned space mission may not come with tentacles, or extra mouths, or an insatiable love for human flesh. It may, in fact, be the invisible microbes t... Read More

TWiV 309: Ebola email

The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.


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The Leeuwenhoek´s "animalcules" (video)

A drop of water under the microscope. Read More

E.Coli growth in Macconkey agar.

Image of E.Coli growth in Macconkey agar in helping hands community hospital, chabahil Kathmandu Nepal. E.coli growth was observed in 24 hours of incubation by Mr.sunil pandey intern student of medical Microbiology from Nobel College,Pokhara University Nepal. Read More

Rotavirus-Infected Cell

Rotavirus-infected cell revealing numerous viral factories in the cytoplasm.

Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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More scary than Halloween: this month in germophobia microbophobia

From microBEnet, by Jonathan Eisen

It seems that any time a holiday comes around in the US, the press starts to ramp up the writing of stories about evil microbes that are lurking all around us. And Halloween appears to be no exception. I am now planning on referring to this attitude as “micr... Read More
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