El podcast del Microbio Nº 162 is dedicated to the article by Heijtz et al. on the role of gut microbiota in brain developm... Read More
The population and diversity of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in agricultural soils varies more according to what crop was previously farmed than with whether those soils are organically or conventionally farmed, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental... Read More
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a new type of nanoparticle, one that soon help deliver vaccines for infections such as malaria and HIV.
The particles (in red) consist of concentric fatty spheres capable of carrying synthetic versions of vaccine proteins. T... Read More
Many of the substances in our most common medicines are manufactured in India. Some of these factories release huge quantities of drugs to the environment. Swedish scientists now show that bacteria in polluted rivers become resistant to a range of antibiotics. International experts fear that thi... Read More
When a mysterious infectious disease breaks out, microbiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention need a fast, reliable way to identify and characterize the culprit. Now, researchers there and at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method for speedy identifi... Read More
Water filters on the market today can’t always stop bacteria from passing through. The problem is a structural one. It’s hard to get the pore sizes to align properly, leaving room for the pathogens to slip right on through.
But researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed a method ... Read More
A four-drug regimen over 10 days worked as well as the three-drug, seven-day regimen that's the standard ulcer treatment and may help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, researchers reported.
In a randomized, open-label phase III trial of 440 patients, the four-drug combo -... Read More
One bad apple is all it takes to spoil the barrel. And one misfolded protein may be all that's necessary to corrupt other proteins, forming large aggregations linked to several incurable neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Stanford biology Professor R... Read More
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines.
By a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the court ruled against the parents of a child who sued the drug maker Wyeth in Pennsylvania state court for the health problems they ... Read More
Canadians are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As a result, people are getting sicker and are taking longer to get well. It is now not uncommon for people to be administered antibiotics through an IV because the usual drugs in pill form can't fight off their infections.
Whi... Read More
A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is studying bacteria from the stomach of a man who died hundreds of years ago in an attempt to shed light on movement patterns and ancestry of early First Nations people.
In a study published last week, Treena Swanston, a post-doctoral fellow in ... Read More
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year.
Called PneumoniaCheck, the device created at Georgia Tech is a solution to the problem of diagnosing pneumonia, which is ... Read More
France's Sanofi-Aventis (SASY.PA) is partnering with an international vaccine group to speed the adoption of its experimental dengue fever vaccine, which is currently in late-stage development.
Sanofi and the International Vaccine Institute -- a Seoul-based organisation set up at the instigat... Read More
La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.- A team of scientists and divers of the Dominican Republic Speleogy Society (DRSS) found a bacterium, until now “unknown,” in the depths of a cave in the country’s eastern region, listin.com.do reports.
The bacterium was found 40 feet deep in the spring El T... Read More
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Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.
That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill com... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 161 resumes the recent article by Ermolaeva et al. about the use of "cold plasma" to kill bacter... Read More
It's 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the nearest paved road, untouched by electricity, running water, sanitation and even the barest of health care. Life is so bleak that nearly all adult men leave to search for menial work for their families' survival.
Here, deep in the floodplains of the Kosi... Read More
A microscopy technique developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole will allow scientists to see the spatial arrangement of up to 28 differently labeled microbes in a single field of view.
Until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distin... Read More