My wife Jennifer Quinn hits it out the park: a portrait of Kenneth Nealson and the late Woody Hastings "painted" with luminous bacteria, giving them props for the early days of quorum sensing---where the basic principles were first uncovered in bioluminescent microbes. This principle of "aut... Read More
Scientists uncover a port of liver entry for malaria parasites in a report published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. If these results hold up in humans, drugs that target this entry protein might help prevent the spread of disease. Read More
For the first time in more than a year, Guinea passed a week without a new lab-confirmed Ebola case, but the news out of West Africa last week was tempered by a flare-up of activity in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today in its latest update. Read More
On Oct. 3 Barbara Iglewski, past president of the American Society for Microbiology, will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, which praised her "landmark discovery" that "has had an enormous impact nationally and globally." Iglewski spent about 40 years — most at the University o... Read More
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More
WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) - The improved survival rate of HIV patients in sub-Saharan Africa due to effective treatment programs is increasing the ability of researchers in Africa to study the impacts of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients, according to a guest editor page published today in... Read More
Tardigrades are small animals (~1.5 mm in length) renowned for their ability to survive in many extreme environments. From wikipedia "...they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water (100 °C), pressures about six times greater than those ... Read More
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at eliminating river blindness and elephantiasis, two neglected tropical diseases that annually sicken millions. Read More
A new pair of studies suggests that statins, drugs widely used to reduce cholesterol, may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness at preventing serious illness in older adults. Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, the find... Read More
This episode: Bacteria that swarm around in groups carry other bacteria with them that can be helpful for degrading toxins!
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For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More
Dr. Luis Martinez was on a dream vacation with his three boys. Far from their native New York home, they were traveling along the California coast with the ultimate stop at Disneyland. Unfamiliar with the roads, Martinez took a wrong turn outside of Fresno and found himself in a less pleasant pa... Read More
This episode: Bacterial spores can survive atmospheric entry on an artificial meteorite!
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75% of the ~390 million people infected with dengue viruses present with no symptoms (asymptomatic). It is generally assumed that these asymptomatic infections cannot be transmitted to mosquitos. Not only does this study show that people with asymptomatic infections transmitted the virus to mo... Read More
Athens, Ga. - A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Read More
By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists at Boston Children's Hospital has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time estimates (aka "now-casts") of flu activity and accurate forecasts of... Read More
The microbiome of hibernating bears, and zebrafish as a model for bacterial sepsis feature in this animal-centric episode of TWiM hosted by Vincent, Michael, and Michele.
Image: Bright-field (top) and fluorescent (bottom) images of zebrafish embryos infected with E. coli strain F11. E... Read More
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have found that the breast cancer drug tamoxifen gives white blood cells a boost, better enabling them to respond to, ensnare and kill bacteria in laboratory experiment... Read More