So I told ccondayan I would post something lewd to MicrobeWorld (who probably thought I was joking). And what could be more lewd than genuine smut? Of course, since this is MicrobeWorld, I'm posting about the group of fungal plant pathogens referred to as smut. When I worked in a plant pathol... Read More
Leprosy is a chronic infection of the skin, peripheral nerves, eyes and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract, affecting over a quarter million people worldwide. Its symptoms can be gruesome and devastating, as the bacteria reduce sensitivity in the body, resulting in skin lesions, nerve damage ... Read More
A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog's skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease. Read More
When calves are infected by two parasite species at the same time, one parasite renders the other far less deadly, according to a new study published in the current journal of Science Advances Read More
Chlorine, a disinfectant commonly used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to completely eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels of these substances get discharged from the plants to the nation's waterways. And now, scientists are reporting preliminary st... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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Your gut is a genius. Inside it exists an astonishing ecosystem of trillions of micro-organisms—more than 10 times the number of human cells in our bodies! This ecosystem of microbes—the human gut microbiota—deeply influences our phy... Read More
Viruses can be broadly classified according to whether or not the particle is enveloped – surrounded by a membrane taken from the host cell – or naked. Some naked viruses apparently are more modest than we believed. Read More
Half a century ago, a concentrated global effort nearly wiped a disfiguring tropical disease from the face of the earth. Now, says Case Western Reserve's James W. Kazura, MD, it's time to complete the work. Read More
In a world first, researchers have found that a naturally occurring chemical attracts pregnant malaria-transmitting mosquitoes - a discovery which could boost malaria control efforts. The chemical, cedrol, found in mosquito breeding sites near Africa's Lake Victoria, could be used in traps that... Read More
A new study will explore whether living with a dog encourages the growth of positive microorganisms in the human gut—enough to improve physical and mental health in older adults. Read More
When viruses such as influenza and Ebola jump from one species to another, their ability to cause harm can change dramatically, but research from the University of Cambridge shows that it may be possible to predict the virus's virulence by looking at how deadly it is in closely-related species Read More
Just in case anyone had lingering doubts about the cause of measles, the German courts have ruled in favor of the evidence indicating that measles is caused by a virus (wasn't aware that was up for debate nowadays...). This ruling also includes that a man who stated he would give 100,000 euros ... Read More
Matt Daugherty writes:
I just listened to the latest TWiM. Thanks for covering our horizontal gene transfer paper! It was great to hear you all talk about it and give your thoughts.
With regards to the selective pressure for retention of the Dae’s in genomes o... Read More
The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously t... Read More
Two Ebola aid workers - one American, one from Sierra Leone - received very different treatment after becoming infected with the virus. The American aid worker received an expedited course of treatment, travelling from a British Defense Ministry treatment center to the NIH in Bethesda, MD, whil... Read More
Researchers have identified genes that may be involved in determining whether an individual is sensitive or resistant to rabies virus infection. Read More
With austerity measures in Ireland having affected the focus of science funding, a recent letter was sent to Government to raise concerns over the lack of funding for grassroots science. There is a need for a balance in funding and not just an emphasis on commercial application. Read More