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How microbes can play a role in the clean up of the Deepwater Horizons wellhead spill

With an oil spill onslaught headed for Gulf shores, you might wonder — whatever happened to those laboratory miracle oil-eating microbes for an instant clean-up?

"They don't exist," says microbiologist Ronald Atlas of the University of Louisville. "They only work in a lab flask. They have nev... Read More

Research team shows how bacterial community evolves to survive

An international team led by a University of Cincinnati (UC) researcher has shown how a bacterial community evolves to survive hostile host defenses in the body.

The team, led by Malak Kotb, PhD, chair of UC's of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology department, analyzed the evolu... Read More

Direct-to-consumer genetic test kits coming soon to a drug store near you

Shoppers who go to the drug store to fill their Plavix prescriptions or pick up a bottle of prenatal vitamins may soon find themselves reconsidering these mundane purchases.

The reason? A new genetic testing kit that will hit the shelves of select Walgreens stores later this month. The test ... Read More

El Mundo de los Microbios se suspende temporalmente debido a huelga estudiantil.

Lamentablemente esta semana El Mundo de los Microbios no estara accesible debido a problemas estudiantiles en nuestra institucion, la Universidad de Puerto Rico.  Una huelga estudiantil que ha tenido la universidad bloqueada por los ultimos 19 dias no nos ha permitido el libre acceso a nuestr... Read More

Post Patriot Act Pathogen Research: Less Bang per Buck

The Patriot Act and the Bioterrorism Preparedness Act were passed in 2001 and 2002. These laws in part cover research on pathogens and toxins thought to have potential as bioweapons.

The Bush administration increased funding for research on such toxins and pathogens—but the laws added a great... Read More

Fruit Fly Gender Varies at the Cellular Level

Thirty years ago, the biologist Bruce S. Baker discovered that the gender of a fruit fly is determined not by a hormone, but by the expression of a gene called doublesex in individual cells. Female fruit flies express one form of the gene in their cells, while males express another.

Now, wit... Read More

A Diphtheria Cure, 1894

Until the late 19th century, diphtheria was a gruesome killer with no known cause and many ineffective treatments. In 1874, The New-York Times printed an advertisement for a medicine that would cure not only diphtheria, but also corns, bunions and “pains in the loins and back.” The same year, a ... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 104: Fusarium, un modelo de hongo patógeno



























In the Nº 104 of the "El podcast del microbio" I resume the recent findings on pathogenesis by Fusarium. En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 104 ... Read More

U-M study sheds light on the biological roots of post-traumatic stress disorder

University of Michigan researchers say they have identified what appears to be a crucial step in the chain of biological events leading to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Their findings support the idea that exposure to a traumatic event can trigger genetic changes that alter the body's immun... Read More

Single folks take note - scientists say there are plenty of options

And here I was worried about whether I would be able to have sushi, fishsticks, or eat at Long John Silver's in a few years. With 5,000 (or more) new species, if I'm willing to eat creatively & have plenty of wasabi/soy sauce on the side, I won't go hungry anytime soon. Buon appetite! Read More

Fly gut bacteria may help fight sleeping sickness

Scientists in France have discovered a new bacterial species in the gut of the fly that transmits African sleeping sickness. They say that the bacteria could be engineered to kill the parasite that causes the disease. According to researchers from IRD, the French Research Institute for Developme... Read More

In cancer treatment, Time is of the essence

It seems that cancer & I both resent the unnatural degree of control that clocks exert over our existences - though my resentment manifests as a relatively benign hatred of the alarm's keening wail every morning. Cancer's resentment creates a much more malignant problem, one that science can ho... Read More

War on drugs goes literal: biowarfare on poppies

US and British forces in Afghanistan have been accused of waging biological warfare on poppy fields to stymie opium crop production.

According to the Telegraph, yields have dropped by up to 90 per cent in some fields. Some Afghan farmers are blaming British and American soldiers for spraying ... Read More

How cancer cells lose their (circadian) rhythm

Immortality and uncontrolled cell division are the fundamental differences between cancer cells and normal cells.

A widely held explanation for these differences is that the biological clocks in cancer cells are damaged and can’t regulate cell division in the fashion that they do in normal ce... Read More

New Insights Into How Deadly Amphibian Disease Spreads and Kills

Scientists have unraveled the dynamics of a deadly disease that is wiping out amphibian populations across the globe. New findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that infection intensity -- the severity of the disease among individuals -- determines wh... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 103



























In the Nº 103 of the "El podcast del microbio" I resume the recent findings on carbon fixation by eukaryotic phytoplankton.
En "El podcast ... Read More

Novartis finds clues for universal E. coli vaccine

Scientists at Novartis have found bacterial components they hope can be used to develop a vaccine to protect people against a range of dangerous E. coli infections. Certain strains of the bacteria cause diseases such as food-borne illnesses, urine infections and meningitis among newborns... Read More

Researchers To Send Bacteria Into Orbit Aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis

A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send an army of microorganisms into space this week, to investigate new ways of preventing the formation and spread of biofilms, or clusters of bacteria, that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.

The Micro-2 experime... Read More

New Understanding of Dengue Fever Could Help With Vaccine

Some of the human immune system's defences against the virus that causes dengue fever actually help the virus to infect more cells, according to new research published May 6 in the journal Science.

The researchers behind this study have identified a set of antibodies, produced by the human im... Read More

US Food Safety System Needs to Integrate Human Health, Animal and Plant Pathogen Data, Experts Urge

The Produce Safety Project has issued a report that examines the steps taken by select European Union (EU) countries to reform their food safety data collection and analysis systems since the 1990s.

A key recommendation of the report is the annual publication of a unified cross‐agency report ... Read More

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