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
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.
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Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve protection against the disease... Read More
Nishal Govindji-Bhatt, Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and Curtis Dobson, PhD, University of Manchester, discuss how to best avoid eye infection caused by poor contact lens case cleaning.
This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic!
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Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More
It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More
Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read More
I spent a week and a half learning metagenomic analysis in Michigan from some awfully smart and pleasant people. Learn more at the link! Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Read More
This episode: Don't have immunity? Create your own! Scientists engineer cells to destroy their HIV infections using the bacterial immune system!
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Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) have discovered a common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis.
Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalised critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide ann... Read More
Nervous in San Diego writes:
Dear Professors of TWiM,
This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More
For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentati... Read More