Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is an extremely common virus, which as other members of the herpes virus family causes life-long infections in humans. Most individuals are exposed to HCMV during childhood, yet symptoms can be easily fought off by a healthy immune system. However, infections can be ... Read More
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—As scientists and medical experts race to develop a vaccine to stop the spread of Ebola, there are concerns the window of opportunity may be closing. Read More
In a recent post to ASM's blog Small Things Considered, Merry Youle writes a wonderful, sometimes thrilling description of the different forms of cellular compartments that have evolved over the last 4 billion years or so. From compartmentalized, lipid-bound membranes in eukaryotes to microcomp... Read More
This episode: Microbial predators in soil cause microbial prey to build fortifications!
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Some of the world’s finest scientists live in a former whaling village on the North Shore of Long Island, in a compound reminiscent of an army post.
In this pastoral setting, they have very self-consciously taken themselves out of the real world into a cerebral one, where they are searching f... Read More
By engineering antibacterial enzymes, Dartmouth investigators led by Karl Griswold, PhD are using novel strategies to target the prevalent drug-resistant bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Recent papers in FEMS Microbiology Letters and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology describe their findings... Read More
Kluyvera is a relatively newly described genus in the family Enterobacteriaceae that infrequently causes infections in humans. The organism has been isolated from various clinical specimens but its has been regarded alternatively as saprophytic, opportunistic, or pathogenic. In our case Kluyvera... Read More
News that a stomach bug is becoming resistant to antibiotics is alarming, but before you start fearing the so-called new bug, there are a few things you should know.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that the bacteria Shigella sonnei has become resistant to cip... Read More
When deciding whether a sick patient belongs in an Ebola treatment unit (ETU), doctors want to be right because any misdiagnosis is terribly dangerous.
Returning an Ebola case to the community leaves a patient untreated and prolongs the epidemic, but admitting someone with a different illness... Read More
By modifying the CRISPR-Cas genome editing system, Whitehead Institute researchers are now able to manipulate Candida albicans’ genome systematically—an approach that could help identify novel targets for therapies against this serious pathogen for which there are a limited number of anti-fungal... Read More
Bacteria have been discovered in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile. This finding and its implications were addressed in an editorial published by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) in the latest is... Read More
Dr Toby Jenkins talks about toxic bacteria and how to detect that using a technology within bandages. Taken from Bang Goes The Theory Series 7. Read More
Enterococcus faecalis grown on blood agar for 48 hrs at 37 degree's C. Small, pin point, circular colonies can be seen with gamma hemolysis (no hemolysis of the blood agar). Colonies were white with a glossy translucent appearance. Read More
The multidrug-resistant, incredibly contagious Shigella has popped up in 32 US states in the past year. The bacteria infect your intestines and trigger crampy rectal pain, bloody or mucus-laced diarrhea and vomiting. What can you do? Vigilant hygiene. And if you do get sick, go for an over-the-c... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More
A recent study published in mBio suggests that certain archaea go dormant in the presence of bacteriophage viruses, ceasing to reproduce or carry on cellular processes essential to their survival. The study, which was conducted at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the co-evolution of a... Read More
The bacteria found on grapevines seem to come mostly from soil, a finding that could help researchers to understand how soil microbes influence the properties of wine made from the grapes. Read More
In light of the severity and rapid progression of this year's Ebola crisis and the inability of medical workers to combat the virus, a newly developed vaccine has been shown to elicit a strong immune response in over 90% of volunteers in an NIH clinical trial. Volunteers were monitored for sign... Read More