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Bacteria have built-in thermometer

German scientists say they have discovered how bacteria measure temperature and thereby control rates of infection.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and the Braunschweig Technical University say they've show, for the first time, bacteria of the Yersin... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 4

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Bacterias de 32,000 años


En túneles de hielo en Alaska, se han encontrado bacterias preservadas allí hace 32,000 años. Posiblemente, estas bacter... Read More

TWiV 33: Live in Philly

Vincent, Alan, Dick, and Raul Andino recorded TWiV live at the ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia, where they discussed increased arterial blood pressure caused by cytomegalovirus infection, restriction of influenza replication at low temperature by the avian viral glycoproteins, first isola... Read More

Reports on Twitter Spreading H1N1/Swine Flu Misinformation are Overstated

Gunther Eysenbach, Associate Professor at the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, responds to recent media reports that suggest microblogging sites such as Twitter "are fueling an epidemic of misinformation, disseminating rumor and speculation abo... Read More

Bashing Botulism: Scientists Sleuth World’s Most Powerful Toxins

The May Issue of Agricultural Research published by the USDA-ARS contains several stories about microbes involved in everything from anthrax to zoonoses—diseases that can spread from animals to people.

One story that I found interesting is on the research being done to faster identify and de... Read More

Canadian fined $500 for trying to sneak biological material into U.S.

A former vaccine researcher charged with trying to smuggle biological material from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg pleaded guilty in a U.S. courtroom Friday.

A federal court in Grand Forks, N.D., sentenced Konan Michael Yao, 42, to 17 days in jail — with credit for 17 days a... Read More

Microbe Hunters: The Mysterious Machine-Workers' Disease

A mysterious illness known as "machine workers' disease," or hypersensitivity pneumonitis, that has been occurring among machinists is one step closer to being better understood as scientists have identified 33 proteins in M. immunogenum that seem to be involved in triggering the immune response... Read More

How Superbugs Control Their Lethal Weapons

It appears that some superbugs have evolved to develop the ability to manipulate the immune system to everyone's advantage. A team of researchers at The University of Western Ontario, led by Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas of the Robarts Research Institute, has discovered some processes that reduce the ... Read More

A Salmonella Vaccine?

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich, UK., have shown for the first time that salmonella relies on glucose for its survival; raising the possibility of vaccine protection against this food-borne illness and other disease-causing bacteria, including super bugs.

“This... Read More

Historic Cave Art Under Attack from Bacteria

"The Lascaux cave in south-west France houses invaluable animal paintings that are between 16,000 and 17,000 years old, making them among the oldest examples of cave art ever found. Now conservationists must deal with the twin threats of the Fusarium solani fungus and the new bacterial populatio... Read More

Pea-sized Seahorse, Bacteria That Life In Hairspray, Caffeine-free coffee Among Top 10 New Species Of 2008

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists – scientists responsible for species exploration and classification – today announce the top 10 new species described in 2008. On the list are a pea-sized seahorse, caffe... Read More

Immunomagnetic Beads Can Attract Plague Bacteria

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have used antibody-coated immunomagnetic beads (IMBs) to detect Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague.

While similar techniques are often used to detect various bacterial species, the methods must be altered to suit specific p... Read More

Will going gluten free mess up your gut bacteria?

Yes, going gluten free is trendy. And foregoing products made from wheat like bread, cookies, cakes and other processed foods is necessary for people with celiac, an auto-immune problem caused by gluten, a protein in wheat. But when there’s trendy, there’s always folks ready to trash the trend n... Read More

Of Terms in Biology: Metabolomics and Metabonomics

What is metabolomics? Oh, that's easy. It's the study of the metabolome. Very good. Now, what is the metabolome?

* the collection of all metabolites in a biological organism, which are the end products of its gene expression. (Source)
* the complete set of small-molecule metabolites ... Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 3

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Flu Pandemics May Lurk in Frozen Lakes

The next flu pandemic may be hibernating in an Arctic glacier or frozen Siberian lake, waiting for rising temperatures to set it free. Then birds can deliver it back to civilization.

New research suggests an influenza virus could go into hiding in the ice when earlier generations of humans, b... Read More

Bacteria used to create ethanol for biofuels

US scientists claim to have successfully used bacteria to create cheap, environmentally-friendly biofuels.

According to research presented at the annual general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, these microscopic organisms are "biological factories" that can serve as alternati... Read More

Drug Experiment Performed On Atlantis

Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis are taking a small amount of time from their work servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to tend a commercial drug experiment aimed at finding a vaccine against a deadly staph infection that plagues hospital patients.

The astronauts essentially have to t... Read More

Scientists develop tool to gauge bad breath

Know someone whose breath could peel the paint off a wall?

Then consider the OkaytoKiss - a device that gauges bad breath that was recently invented by scientists at Tel Aviv University.

The pocket-sized breath test measures malodorous bacteria in your mouth. A blue result suggests you nee... Read More

Bacteria Help Form Clouds

Germs really are everywhere: Bacteria, fungal spores and other biological detritus have been found in clouds and likely help to form the cores of cloud droplets, scientists have found.

The study of the role that these biological particles play in cloud formation could help refine one of the b... Read More

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