According to the most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 45 states have reported widespread flu activity and experts believe it may not yet be on the downswing.
While the CDC experts say there is no particular strain of flu that has taken over, they ... Read More
The mining industry requires significant amounts of water, and the water used becomes polluted with toxins including arsenic, mercury and sulfates. Typically, the water is cleaned with microbes which do their job by adding or removing electrons from the soup, but they need to be supplemented wit... Read More
Some of the most dreaded diseases in the world such as plague, typhoid and cholera are caused by bacteria that have one thing in common: they possess an infection apparatus which is a nearly unbeatable weapon. When attacking a cell of the body, they develop numerous hollow-needle-shaped structur... Read More
El podcast del Microbio 169 resumes the recent Molecular Cell paper about the crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculo... Read More
Aliens exist, and we have proof.
That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 ... Read More
Edwin D. Kilbourne, 90, a virologist who figured out how to manufacture a new influenza vaccine each year and was a principal adviser to the U.S. government on flu, died Feb. 21 in Branford, Conn. No cause of death was reported.
Dr. Kilbourne, who spent most of his career as a medical researc... Read More
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
Bacteria like salmonellae possess an infection apparatus which is a nearly unbeatable weapon. They usually infect their host cells by hollow-needle-shaped structures, which they create in large numbers during an attack.
Now, a group of Vienna-based scientists, headed by Thomas Marlovits, has ... Read More
Diatoms account for a large proportion of the phytoplankton found in the water, and live both in the open sea and in freshwater lakes. By reviving 100-year-old spores that had laid buried and inactive in bottom sediment, researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have shown that diatom... Read More
A recent CNN article examining hotel room hygiene revealed some uncomfortable truths. From bacteria and dead skin cells infesting the mattress to improper cleaning practices, it was enough to make anybody think twice about getting too comfortable in a hotel. However, such concerns are often over... Read More
Scientists have identified the gene used by some infectious bacteria to breach defensive natural products produced by plants.
Plants are able to protect themselves from most bacteria, but some bacteria are able to breach their defences.
"Microbes only become pathogens when they find a way ... Read More
Infectious diseases researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are studying the surface properties of bacteria together with materials scientists. Studies of the outermost parts of the cell walls of bacteria yield new information about the chemical composition of structures that are important for ... Read More
Every villain has his Achilles heel. And microscopic scoundrels are no exception. The challenge for those who wish to ward off microbial bad guys is to identify that weak spot. Now, scientists studying the toxoplasmosis parasite think they’ve done just that. They share the secret in the Proceedi... Read More
New findings on how tuberculosis (TB) bacteria develop multi-drug tolerance point to ways TB infections might be cured more quickly. The results identify both a mechanism and a potential therapy for drug tolerance that is induced in the TB bacteria by the host cells they infect.
The study wil... Read More
A research team from the University of Valencia has discovered that up to 20% of spices and 26% of herbs sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria, reducing their quality. The study, which is the first of its kind in Spain, suggests that health and hygiene control systems should be put ... Read More
Nobody’s going to shed a tear for an oiled microbe, but the Deepwater Horizon’s impacts include bacteria, underscoring just how subtle and fundamental the blowout’s ecological consequences may be.
The findings, based on comparisons of microbial flux before and after oil washed ashore, are not... Read More
Fecal bacteria — that is, germs from poop — can be found on 72% of shopping carts, MSNBC reports.
It’s yet another icky finding from University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, sometimes called “Dr. Germ.”
In his latest report, Gerba reportedly found traces of fecal bacteria o... Read More
A pioneering treatment to thwart HIV by genetically altering blood cells so the virus cannot invade them has shown promise in the first nine people to receive it.
The treatment involves taking the white blood cells most prone to infection by HIV, called CD4+ cells, from someone with HIV. Thes... Read More
Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the world's most unusual parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis.
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