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For some time, scientists have known that certain combinations of coral and algal species were more tolerant to temperature extremes than others, and therefore more likely to survive in the changing conditions predicted for the future. Read More

Broad, MIT scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle

Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT have engineered changes to the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system that significantly cut down on "off-target" editing errors. The refined technique addresses one of the major t... Read More

Immune response to flu vaccine linked to recipients' ethnic background

BOSTON -- How well a flu shot protects you from the virus can depend on your ethnic background and other inherited factors, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. Read More

U of T research sheds new light on mysterious fungus that has major health consequences

Researchers at the University of Toronto examined fungi in the mucus of patients with cystic fibrosis and discovered how one particularly cunning fungal species has evolved to defend itself against neighbouring bacteria. Read More

UC San Diego scientists receive $9.5 million NIH grant to combat antibiotic resistance

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have received a five-year, $9.5-million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an interdisciplinary center to define the systems biology of ... Read More

New and presumably tick-borne bacterium discovered in an Austrian fox

Adnan Hodzi from the Institute of Parasitology at the Vetmeduni Vienna is searching for pathogens transmitted by ticks. He is especially interested in wild carnivores (foxes and wolves) which could be a possible reservoir and source of infection for humans and other animals. Read More

Happy snowless winter holidays!

Beautiful bacteria. Chromobacterium violaceum, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis Read More

Researchers uncover essential interaction between malaria parasites and liver cells

Scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research recently uncovered a critical piece in the puzzle of how malaria parasites infect their host. The work, recently published in Science Magazine, reveals the details of how the malaria parasite invades its initial target organ, the liver. Wi... Read More

Study sheds light on why parasite makes TB infections worse

Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study demonstrated that treating the parasite reduces lung damage seen in mice that also are infected with tuberculosis, thereby eliminating the vulnerability to tube... Read More

Human handouts could be spreading disease from birds to people

Athens, Ga. - People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers at the University of Georgia say it might also be helping spread disease. Read More


Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it more and more difficult to treat infections. But research suggests that the best defense against harmful bugs could be a healthy population of “good” gut bacteria. Read More

Structure of Zika virus determined

A near-atomic level map of Zika virus shows its structure to be largely similar to that of dengue virus and other flaviviruses, but with a notable difference in one key surface protein, report scientists funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the Nat... Read More

Harvest your gold from agar plate!

Organism: Micrococcus luteus, media: blood agar, colony: golden color
Micrococcus luteus is a Gram-positive, to Gram-variable, nonmotile, Coccus, saprotrophic bacterium that belongs to the family Micrococcaceae. M. luteus can produce a special pigment that is capable of absorbing wavelengths fr... Read More

Research points to development of single vaccine for Chikungunya, related viruses

What if a single vaccine could protect people from infection by many different viruses? That concept is a step closer to reality. Read More

Holiday deer

This holiday deer is a beautiful Christmas gift from our microbiology department. It was drawn with live bacteria: S. marcescens, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. Read More

From Serratia with Love

Wish your sweetheart a Happy Valentine's Day with this composition of Serratia marcescens on LB plates. The strain produces a brick-red pigment called prodigiosin and the different shades were produced by a combination of pigment mutants and incubation temperatures. Read More

First-in-man trial of MERS vaccine begins at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) began vaccinations today in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immune response of a vaccine candidate to prevent Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Read More

New drug class offers potential new treatment for lethal bacteria

A new class of drugs has shown promise for treating the bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal lung infection. Read More

Unknow FUngal contaminant on Lipid agar

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Lipid agar after several months at refrigerated temperatures. Image taken using transmitted light to highlight the concentric rings of the colony. COlor was a dark brownish green. Read More

Gut damage identified as cause of vaccine failure, malnutrition

It has been estimated that if every nutritional measure known to be helpful were applied to every child in the world, global malnutrition would be decreased by only a third. New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the University of Vermont and the International Centre fo... Read More
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