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Will the flu kill you? It may depend on your birth year

Your birth year predicts—to a certain extent—how likely you are to get seriously ill or die in an outbreak of an animal-origin influenza virus, new research suggests.

Until now, scientists thought that previous exposure to a flu virus conferred little or no immunological protection against ne... Read More

Small and extremely resilient—the secrets of black fungi

Highly resistant to stresses, black fungi are real champions among microorganisms. With the support of the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research team in Vienna discovered that the fungi owe their qualities to hitherto unknown proteins and special processes at cellular level.

They are true sur... Read More

Heater-cooler devices blamed for global Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak

A global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, an invasive, slow-growing bacterium, is linked to heater-cooler devices (HCD) used in cardiac surgery, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of Americ... Read More

BacterioFiles 276 - Single-cell Slime School

This episode: Individual slime molds show the ability to learn about their environment!


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TWiV 415: Ebola pipettors and the philosopher's clone

Jeremy, Aaron, and Ted join the TWiV team to discuss their work on identifying a single amino acid change in the Ebola virus glycoprotein from the West African outbreak that increases infectivity in human cells.


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“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

Ice-cold Pinnacles and Extreme Science

We may be running out of strange places to explore life on Earth, which is a shame because they often provide us with unexpected and exciting findings, especially microbial. Many such sites reveal a novel facet of microbial life, well worth the cost of the adventures involved in the studies. Thi... Read More

Lack of plasmodium surface-protein blocks mosquito infection

A previously unknown feature of the malaria parasite development has just been published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

An international research team, led by a parasitologist at University of São Paulo and Pasteur Institute, Paris, has shown that, contrary to what has been assumed so fa... Read More

Research on new, rapid screening test identifies potential therapies against drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have created a new way to identify drugs and drug combinations that may potentially be useful in comb... Read More

What makes Francisella such a bad actor?

Scientists are gaining an insider's look behind the notorious infectivity of Francisella tularensis. This bacterium is an equal opportunity pathogen. It causes the disease tularemia in humans, rabbits and rodents, among others.

Also called rabbit fever, the disease doesn't seem to spread from... Read More

Treating cholera in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Since Dr. Adam Levine arrived in Haiti in late October, he’s been managing a cholera treatment unit for International Medical Corps. Hurricane Matthew devastated the area on Oct. 4, creating conditions that foment the spread of the disease. The unit is still running near its 30-bed capacity.

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The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

German physicist Michael Lässig believes that soon it may be possible to make evolutionary forecasts. Scientists may not be able to predict what life will be like 100 million years from now, but they may be able to make short-term forecasts for the next few months or years. And if they’re making... Read More

Social Media Accelerates Science

Scientists report that social media plays far more than a social role in their lives—for many, it is a major way that they communicate about science, solve problems, and even share their work. Together with open-access publishing and data sharing, social media are part of how some science is bei... Read More

Natural predatory bacteria could combat drug resistance problem

While bacteria have been evolving for 3.5 billion years, mammals have evolved with bacteria for only 2.5 million years. Thus, it's not that surprising that humans appear to be losing the war on antibiotic resistance.
The issue of multidrug-resistance and the lack of antibiotics in the developme... Read More

MdlM118: Astrobiología y ambientes extremos con Dr. Salvador Mirete

Astrobiología y ambientes extremos: En el episodio de hoy tenemos al Dr. Salvador Mirete, Investigador del Centro de Astrobiología, del Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial de Madrid, España. La astrobiología se discute dentro del contexto de los ambientes extremos encontrados en la Tie... Read More

Researchers discover key to long-lasting malaria immunity and potential vaccine targets

Houston Methodist researchers have discovered a set of immune proteins that facilitate long-lasting immunity against malaria. In a study recently published in Immunity (online Oct. 25), researchers reported that elevated production of specific proteins regulating the immune system within 24 hour... Read More

UNC scientists named to European Union-funded global Zika research consortium

Aravinda de Silva, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Stefan Metz, PhD, a post-doc in de Silva's lab, make up one of only two U.S. teams to be named to the European Union-funded worldwide initiative. Sponsored by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme, the consortium is inve... Read More

Testing Begins On An Experimental Zika Vaccine With Inactivated Virus

Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.

Federal officials are eager to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible, which is why they are pursuing multiple approaches... Read More

Is the Plague Still Alive in Musty 14th-Century Tomes?

Q. Are people who work with books and manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries at risk from disease-causing bacteria or viruses from that time?

A. Almost certainly not, because of how diseases spread and how long most microbes can survive on dry surfaces.

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BacterioFiles 275 - Building Bacterial Batteries

This episode: Scientists build a battery out of microbes and electrodes that can store and release electricity repeatedly!


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