Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish. The photo has been getting lots of buzz after his mom posted it on MicrobeWorld last week.
Tasha Sturm, who works as a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College ... Read More
An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More
Here's my summary of ASM2015, an exciting weekend full of science.
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Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.
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A new study suggests that massive underreporting may occur within the system set up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In a paper receiving advance online publication in Annals of Internal Medicine, a... Read More
En este episodio de La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios, la Calidad microbiológica del agua en Cochabamba, Bolivia y otros temas estarán siendo discutidos con la Lic. Mercedes Iriarte, investigadora de C.A.S.A. (Centro de Aguas y Saneamiento Ambiental), de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón, en... Read More
Dear Dr.s R, D & G,
I really hate to criticize learned professors, especially my elders. I suspect I may be being overly - sensitive or perhaps it is a cultural difference. However, the "over-talking" is decreasing the qualit... Read More
Anyone who has crawled along in the left lane while other drivers raced up the right lane, which was clearly marked “lane ends, merge left,” has experienced social cheating, a maddening and fascinating behavior common to many species.
Although it won’t help with road rage, scientists are begi... Read More
At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics ... Read More
A new test can accurately diagnose Ebola virus disease within minutes, providing clinicians with crucial information for treating patients and containing outbreaks. Read More
Contrary to current medical dogma, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that the common antibiotic azithromycin kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria very effectively -- when tested under conditio... Read More
Did you ever wonder what different virus infections you have had in your lifetime? Now you can find out with just a drop of your blood and about $25.
Immune defense systems of many hosts produce antibodies in response to virus infections. These large proteins, which are generally virus specif... Read More
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.
When Mark Lyte (Texas Tech U) began his work on the link between microbes and the brain three decades ago, it was dismissed as a curiosity. By contrast, last September, the National Institute of Mental Healt... Read More
This episode: Parasitoid wasps spread helpful bacterial symbionts between their whitefly prey!
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Virologists at Emory University School of Medicine, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have uncovered a critical detail explaining how HIV assembles its infectious yet stealthy clothing. Read More
New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. Read More