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Virus, Parasite May Combine to Increase Harm to Humans

A parasite and a virus may be teaming up in a way that increases the parasite's ability to harm humans, scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently reported in Science.

When the parasite Leishmania infects a human,... Read More

Fighting back against antibiotic resistant bacteria


Scientists in Japan have revealed how vancomycin dimers are effective against vancomycin-resistant bacteria.

Vancomycin, a glycopeptide antibiotic, is used to treat bacterial infections in cases when other antibiotics are ineffective. However, the development of vancomycin resistant enteroc... Read More

‘Dirt cheap’ seaweed chips spot disease

Microsponges derived from seaweed are a key component of a tiny programmable chip designed to sniff out diseases such as HIV and cancer.

The microsponges are 280-micrometer beads of agarose, a cheap, common, lab-friendly material made from seaweed and often used as a matrix for growing live c... Read More

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Is Vilyuisk encephalitis a viral disease?

A type of human encephalitis – an infection of the brain – has been known to affect the indigenous people living in the Sakha Republic of Russia since the mid-1800s. The available clinical and epidemiological evidence suggests that the disease is caused by a pathogen, but proving this has been d... Read More

Leprosy, Plague and Other Visitors to New York

When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases.
If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it wi... Read More

Buried Microbes Coax Energy From Rock

Here’s yet another reason to marvel at microbes: Buried deep within Earth at temperatures and pressures that would kill most living beings, bacteria and other tiny organisms not only survive but apparently even coax the rocks around them to produce food.
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Research... Read More

Bioinformatics - Curation Generation

With biological databases growing in size and number, curators are needed to update and correct their contents.
For biologists with computer expertise, curating biological data can be ideal combination of their skills.... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 79

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A continuación: Objetivo: el tumor, bacterias en el hielo, y Escherichia coli se agarra.

Objetivo: el tumor                   

Cuando los tumores se tratan con drogas, ... Read More

Doctors’ Long-Sleeved Coats Don’t Have More Bacteria After All

Doctors, you can leave your coat on!

Some have feared that long-sleeved coats and other garments can spread MRSA and other nasty bacteria around the workplace, but a newly published randomized trial finds there’s no added risk.

The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, was ... Read More

Abstract submission for #ICAAC in Chicago Sept. 17-20 is now open

The ICAAC Program Committee and the American Society for Microbiology invite you to submit your abstract for consideration for the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) being held September 17-20, 2011 in Chicago.

Registration, housing, and the new 51st... Read More

HSC urges prevention of infant lung infections

Health Sciences Centre wants parents to take steps to prevent respiratory infections in newborns after seeing a jump in the number of infections.

Since mid-December, there have been 106 cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) admitted to Children's Hospital, according to the Winnipeg Regio... Read More

IQ Test Assesses Bacteria’s 'Social Intelligence'

Researchers have developed a “Social-IQ score” for bacteria, which may lead to new antibiotics and bacteria-based “green” pesticides for the agricultural industry.

While sequencing the genome of the pattern-forming bacteria, Paenibacillus vortex (Vortex), an international research team develo... Read More

Stockpiled Avian Flu Vaccine Could Protect Against Potential Pandemic

A stockpiled vaccine designed to fight a strain of avian flu that circulated in 2004 can be combined with a vaccine that matches the current strain of bird flu to protect against a potential pandemic, researchers from Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development have found.

The fin... Read More

Fear of infection drove AIDS decline in Zimbabwe

Fear of infection helped drive a 50 percent decline in new cases of HIV in Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2007, said an international study published Tuesday in the United States.

The analysis of social factors that helped to halve what was once one of the worst AIDS epidemics in the world could offer... Read More

Yet Another Route to Cellulosic Ethanol

There are myriad routes to making car fuel from waste, using mix-and-match technologies assembled in novel ways, but none has worked yet on a commercial scale. On Wednesday, Ineos Bio, the subsidiary of a major international chemical firm, broke ground on a plant that aims to use yet another com... Read More

Bacteria buildup on a doctor's lab coat is same as short-sleeved uniform: study

At the end of a hospital shift, a doctor's white lab coat that hasn't been washed recently doesn't harbour any more bacteria than a short-sleeved uniform that began the day freshly laundered, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Colorado decided to look into the matter becau... Read More

Group A streptococcal infections during the seasonal influenza outbreak 2010/11 in South East England

On 10 January 2011, the United Kingdom (UK) Chief Medical Officer issued a statement advising primary and secondary care doctors to remain vigilant to the possibility of severe bacterial co-infection in patients with influenza [1], because preliminary data indicated an increase in bacterial dise... Read More

Hunted: Vibrio cholerae is followed by a bacteriophage

You are an ecosystem. Think of your body as a microscopic Serengeti – a wild place where the strong prey upon the weak and “survival of the fittest” is the law of the land. To a microbe, the human body is just another place they try to eke out a living, pinched between prey and predator.

So ... Read More

Buried microbes coax energy from rock

Here’s yet another reason to marvel at microbes: Buried deep within Earth at temperatures and pressures that would kill most living beings, bacteria and other tiny organisms not only survive but apparently even coax the rocks around them to produce food.

Researchers have found that the mere p... Read More
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