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Student-Made #SciArt In My Microbiology Lab

In this blogpost, take a tour of some of the artwork that students in my classes have made. I believe that creative approaches can complement learning! Read More

Why attend ABRCMS? Students discuss their experiences

Students are the focus of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting, held most recently November 9-12, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students make up over half the roughly 4,000 program participants, and many participants belo... Read More

New tool for combating mosquito-borne disease: insect parasite genes

Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe.

The secret to the over-achieving bacterium’s success is its a... Read More

Gonorrhea May Soon Be Resistant to all Antibiotics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the wily Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria may be developing resistance to the only two antibiotics left that can cure the sexually transmitted disease.
The drugs, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, are used in combination to treat gonorr... Read More

E. coli: The ideal transport for next-gen vaccines?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? Read More

Toward better understanding of fecal microbiota transplants

In recent years, researchers have learned that gut microbiota play a role in a number of human diseases, including Clostridium difficile infection, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and autism spectrum disorder. The revelations have scientists hopeful that fecal microbiota transplan... Read More

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each year. However, because the bacteria are resistant to many different antibiotics, treatment options are limited, and often ineffective.

But until now scientists didn't know how MRSA ... Read More

“Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond” Film Screening and Discussion at National Museum of Natural History, Nov 15, 6:30 PM ET

Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What's behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them? Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond is a harrowing documentary that follows scientists into the world's ... Read More

Earliest Signs Of Animal Life May Be From Microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes existed on Earth as far back as 3.7 billion years ago, a billion years after the planet formed. Animal remains, however, don't appear in the fossil record until 600 million years ago during the Ediacaran period, though there are indirect signs that animal life may... Read More

Molecular Analysis and Expression of bap Gene in Biofilm-Forming Multi-Drug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Reports of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 2016

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Background: Acinetobacter baumannii is commonly resistant to nearly all antibiotics due to presence of antibiotic resistance genes and biofilm formation. In this study we determined the presence of certain antibiotic-resistance genes associated with biofilm production and the influen... Read More

Age of the Microzoo

In 3500 BCE, Egyptian rulers built a menagerie of exotic creatures within the ancient capital of Hierakonpolis. Archaeologists have found 112 animal skeletons at this site: the first zoo on Earth. But from this earliest exhibition of the natural world through today’s most famous animal displays,... Read More

NIH-led effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission

An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers, led by the National Institutes of Health, has bee... Read More

Fitness landscapes for microbial pathogens in agricultural systems

How is it that we are we able to devote so little of our personal time and energy to producing or acquiring the healthy, safe food that we consume multiple times every day? A large part of the reason we seldom worry about agricultural output is that most of us benefit enormously from modernized,... Read More

The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

That is the amount of money the U.S. spent over a 10-year period from 2004 through 2013 promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the most comprehensive independent study conducted to date of the effort, the... Read More

Anti-vaxx conspiracy leaders back Donald Trump, claim it's mutual

Donald Trump has a long history of promulgating anti-vaccine conspiracy theories (contrary to received wisdom, the anti-vaxx movement draws most of its support from the political right, not liberals), and the tireless leaders of the anti-vaccine movement now claim to have met with Trump and rece... Read More

Mosquito saliva enhances virus replication and disease

Mosquito saliva, which is injected into the host as a mosquito probes for a blood vessel, contains a collection of chemicals which include anticoagulants to prevent blood clotting, vasodilators to keep blood vessels wide, and anesthetics to prevent us from sensing the mosquito. Saliva also conta... Read More

Zika in Colors

Our work on Zika virus has utilized two different antibodies to detect Zika virus replication within cells. I described one antibody, directed against double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) in a previous article. A second antibody directed against a Zika virus protein has also been useful...

Click "sou... Read More

Increase in demand for antibiotics to propel the Microbial Culture Industry

Microbiology deals with the study of microorganisms and one of the most prominent and effective ways of identifying and characterizing microorganisms is through the method of microbiology culture or microbial culture. By carefully calculating and combining different growth nutrients, a suitable ... Read More

Microscopic technique to observe antibiotics live in action

A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action. This marks an exciting first, because even though doctors have been prescribing this antibiotic for over a decade, its precise mechanisms have remained unclear.

First, the scientists tagg... Read More

Fungus-infecting virus could help track spread of white-nose syndrome in bats

A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.

Regional variations in this virus could provide clue... Read More
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