Famed for their ruthless reproductive strategies, female spiders are in fact mere puppets in the hands of a parasitic bug that kills off their embryonic sons.
Wolbachia bacteria infect up to two-thirds of insect species. They are transmitted through eggs, and so need their host to have as man... Read More
Jillian Walton entered the College of William & Mary intent on becoming a history major. Now on the verge of graduation, she is reading up on interdisciplinary molecular biology graduate programs and talking about the scientific paper she’s authored with students from around the country.
Walt... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 157 : First part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of t... Read More
Researchers from seven countries have collaborated to analyze how a single strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria has morphed over 30 years and spread across the world, in an attempt to overcome the development of antibiotics and vaccines.
The research is the first detailed genetic pict... Read More
This episode: Bacteria keep birds from eating the larvae they parasitize!
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More
I'm currently listening to episode 84-Gators go viral and I'm so excited to hear you talk about my virus, EHV1, even if it was only briefly and I decided it was finally time to write you guys a letter.
I am a PhD student in Me... Read More
Bill Gates' foundation and Abu Dhabi's crown prince are donating $50 million each to vaccinate children in Afghanistan and Pakistan against polio and other diseases.
Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation say two-thirds of the funds will go toward a pair ... Read More
In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria.
The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly contradict the wid... Read More
The assertion that autism is linked to childhood vaccinations has run and run, even as study after study has failed to find such a link, either with MMR vaccines or ones containing thimerosal, an organic compound that contains mercury.
One prominent article fingering thimerosal was “Deadly... Read More
When it comes to breaking down plant matter and converting it to energy, the cow has it all figured out. Its digestive system allows it to eat more than 150 pounds of plant matter every day. Now researchers report that they have found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine ... Read More
Half of the states have widespread flu activity, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From January 16 to 22, flu activity increased and three flu-related deaths were reported in children, according to the CDC. During this flu season, which started in October, there have bee... Read More
The Health Service was put on red alert yesterday after nearly 400 cases of infection by deadly superbugs were identified in hospitals.
At least five deaths have been linked to the strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics.
Some of the infected patients w... Read More
Antibiotics are met by resistance from germs; so researchers develop new drugs and germs become resistant again.
Now some scientists believe genetics will be the new weapon in the fight, with doctors consulting bacterial genomes when treating disease.
This week a team at the Wellcome Trust... Read More
Ecologist Colin Henderson co-authored a study that may have identified the cause of the honeybee illness that has plagued U.S. bees since 2006. Henderson, 59, is an associate professor of biology at the University of Montana. He and colleagues there found a correlation between colony collapse di... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 155 and 156 describes the story of the origin of the name "New Delhi Metallobetlactamase-1" . E... Read More
Can you create an extremophile? The microbes living and thriving at the fringes of the biosphere manage to get by in spite of extreme temperatures, radiation levels, and pressures (did I miss any?) that most other life forms would choke on. But how easy would it be for an organism that prosper... Read More
The type of bacteria that colonize the placenta during pregnancy could be associated with preterm birth and other developmental problems in newborns according to research published in the current issue of the online journal mBio®.
"The fetal inflammatory response appears to contribute to the ... Read More
Google and the iPhone are American inventions. But the first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid car was made in Japan.
And although the United States now fosters a nascent commercial space industry, if you want to speed from city to city on a smooth, fast train, you have to head to Europe.
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They give you joy. They give you loyalty. They give you sloppy kisses.
But before you allow Fido or Fluffy to climb into bed with you at night, as an increasing number of Americans are doing, know that they can also give you something else: zoonoses.
In the United States, the most common p... Read More