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Yeast nominated as the "life form of the month"

In her column for the New York Times, Olivia Judson writes vividly and informatively on fungi, and on yeast in particular, pointing out some surprising similarities to human life, and why yeasts are thus so useful for research. Read More

New Genetic Analysis Reveals Principles of Phenotypic Expression

The Human Genome Project, along with numerous parallel efforts to solve the DNA sequences of hundreds of animal, plant, fungal, and microbe genomes in the last few decades, has produced enormous amounts of genetic data with which researchers are struggling to keep pace. Knowing gene sequences, a... Read More

Italy: bacteria made mozzarella blue

Batches of Mozzarella balls turned blue because of bacterial contamination during production in Germany, Italian prosecutors and health officials said Tuesday, after more than a ton of the suspect cheese was seized.

But the German maker was insisting that the problem was resolved a month ago.... Read More

French Museum: Irradiate That Dead Mammoth, S’il Vous Plait

You wash your hands before supper, and you irradiate your mammoths before public display. French customs requires the latter, so researchers plan to hit the world’s oldest baby mammoth with three days worth of gamma rays.

In July 2009, a hunter found the mammoth, now known as Khoma, partially... Read More

Viral protein structure study offers HIV therapy hope

National Physical Laboratory is involved in a collaborative project that is helping to further the understanding of HIV viral protein structure which could lead to new molecular medicines.

In May 2010 the project team, comprising biotechnology experts from NPL, the University of Edinburgh and... Read More

Tuberculosis: Mining Plays Bigger Role in TB in Africa Than Had Been Realized, Study Finds

Dust-choked mine shafts, crowded working conditions and stifling hostels where up to 16 miners share a room — all conspire to make mining a more important contributor to tuberculosis in Africa than had been realized, a new study finds.

Rates of the illness have doubled in Africa over the pas... Read More

For This High School Student, Success in Science Didn't Have to Wait For College

During her time at Columbia, Poje has worked on filoviruses, a group of viruses that include Ebola and Marburg, two pathogens that can cause severe damage to the blood and organs of humans, frequently resulting in death. Yet for all their danger, scientists know relatively little about filovirus... Read More

Discovering the Wonders of Skin Cells

Q. OVER THE YEARS, WHAT HAS BEEN THE DISCOVERY YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?

A. We pioneered an unconventional approach to solving the genetic basis of human disease. In the past when geneticists were researching an inherited disease — cystic fibrosis, breast cancer —they would systematically study ... Read More

Baby's Bacteria Related To Birth Method

Each of us harbors a unique collection of bacteria, on our outsides and our insides. Now, scientists are finding that the bacteria you get at birth may depend on how you got here. Because babies born vaginally have a different set of microbes than those that arrive by Caesarean-section. The work... Read More

Harmful Bacteria Carried by Pigeons

Sampling of pigeons captured on the streets of Madrid has revealed the bacterial pathogens they carry. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica found two bugs that were highly prevalent in the bird population, Chlamydophila psittaci and Campylobac... Read More

Study Examines, Compares Bacteria in the Nose and Throat

Scientists have completed the most comprehensive comparative analysis to date of bacterial communities inhabiting the human nose and throat, which could provide new insights into why some individuals become colonized with pathogens while others do not. They release their findings today in mBio™... Read More

New Text Focuses on Microbiology of Historic Artifacts

Historic and culturally important artifacts, like all materials, are vulnerable to microbial attack. Cultural Heritage Microbiology, a new text from ASM Press, offers a synthesis of important scientific articles describing microbial deterioration of cultural heritage materials and methods for ... Read More

Why does an electronic journal have page limits?

When it comes to a research article, how many pages is enough? How many is too many? These are matters mBio has wrangled with over the last year, and after much deliberation we’ve come up with a policy for page limits: http://mbio.asm.org/site/misc/authors.xhtml.

But why should mBio set pa... Read More

New Test May Simply and Rapidly Detect Lyme Disease

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a more sensitive test for Lyme disease that may offer earlier detection and lower cost. The details are reported in the June 2010 issue of the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. Read More

Oral Bacteria May Offer Probiotic Potential Against Upper Respiratory Infections

Bacteria in the mouth may offer probiotic potential against upper respiratory tract infections, say researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy, and Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.

They detail their findings in the June 2010 issue of the journal App... Read More

Prior Exposure to Seasonal Influenza May Explain the Mildness of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

Hong Kong researchers suggest a new theory for why swine flu infections turned out to be so mild. Prior exposure to seasonal influenza A, either infection or vaccination, may induce a cross-reactive immune response against the pandemic virus. They report their findings in the July 2010 issue o... Read More

Community-Based Measures for Mitigating the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic in China

ABSTRACT:

Since the emergence of influenza A/H1N1 pandemic virus in March–April 2009, very stringent interventions including Fengxiao were implemented to prevent importation of infected cases and decelerate the disease spread in mainland China. The extent to which these measures have been eff... Read More

Rush to sample algae as Gulf oil spill grows

In a race against time, University of Florida marine researchers are hurrying to collect underwater marine algae samples in the Florida Keys while an ever-growing Gulf oil spill steadily migrates toward Florida, already reaching the Emerald Coast in the Panhandle.

Hendrik Luesch, an associate... Read More

TWiV 87 Letters

James writes:


Dear TWIV,


I've really enjoyed hearing about the paths you and your guests took to enter the fields of virology and parasitology.


I was wondering if Dr. Dove could talk for a few minutes about how and why he decided to transition into sci... Read More

Researchers Use Virus To Combat Rhino Beetle

Russ Campbell, Guam’s territorial entomologist and Aubrey Moore, UOG extension entomologist, welcomed New Zealand scientist, Trevor Jackson to Guam in early June. Jackson was invited to assist in the release of a virus into the rhino beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) population. This virus only infe... Read More

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