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MSU faculty member, student receive American Society for Microbiology awards

A Michigan State University molecular biologist and a doctoral student in her lab have received awards from the American Society for Microbiology.

Kristin Parent, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Science, is a recipient of... Read More

Tasmanian devil milk found to have compounds with antibacterial properties

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia has found that Tasmanian devil breast milk contains several types of antimicrobial peptides. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes the study and what they found when they analyzed Tas... Read More

BacterioFiles 274 - Proteobacteria Purify Piscine Pee

This episode: Bacteria in the gills of fish help break down their metabolic wastes before they reach toxic levels!


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TWiV 413: Partnerships not Parachutes

From the EIDA2Z conference at Boston University, Vincent, Alan and Paul meet up with Ralph Baric, Felix Drexler, Marion Koopmans, and Stacey Schultz-Cherry to talk about discovering, understanding, protecting, and collaborating on emerging infectious diseases.


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Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

A non-virulent variant of the deadly Vibrio cholerae O1 strain has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years, with the potential to become virulent through gene transfer with the toxigenic strain introduced by UN peacekeepers, according to research published t... Read More

Computer Model Is ‘Crystal Ball’ for E. Coli Bacteria

It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future, and even more so when they involve the reactions of living cells — huge numbers of genes, proteins and enzymes, embedded in complex pathways and feedback loops. Yet researchers at the University of California, Davis, Genome Center ... Read More

How lack of oxygen makes bacteria cause acne and how to stop it

It’s like Jekyll and Hyde. One moment bacteria on the skin are harmless, the next they are causing a full-on spotty break out. Now researchers have discovered exactly why this happens – a breakthrough that could yield new acne treatments, possibly in two years.

Richard Gallo of the University... Read More

Hospital Rooms and Patients Equally Likely to Transmit Pathogens

Hospital rooms, not just the patients in them, can spread germs through contact with health care personnel, a Duke Health study reports.

“This study is a good wake-up call that health care personnel need to concentrate on the idea that the health care environment can be contaminated,” said De... Read More

Microbe Macabre: Why You Should Believe In Ghosts and other Spooky Stories

Halloween will soon be upon us, and we are once again surrounded by stories of supernatural occurrences, violent crimes, monsters, and ghouls (not to mention a few creepy clowns thrown in for good measure). But are these just stories? Are ghosts, witches, and zombies just figments of our imagina... Read More

Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

Another folk medicine remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can pr... Read More

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, study shows

That twice-yearly trip to the dentist could do more than keep teeth and gums healthy: It may decrease the risk of pneumonia by reducing bacteria in the mouth, suggests research being presented at IDWeek 2016™.

Bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia include streptococcus, haemophilus, staphylo... Read More

Fighting the gram-negatives

Many microorganisms produce secondary natural products, the potential antibioticeffects of which are extensively investigated. German scientists have now examined a class of quinone-like substancescontaining an additional epoxide functional group for their antibiotic activities. As they report i... Read More

New 3D printed microscope lets kids 'play' microbiology

Playing classic video games like Pac-Man with living single-celled microbes thinner than a human hair is now possible thanks to an interactive microscope developed by bioengineers at Stanford University.

After several prototypes, the researchers released blueprints earlier this month for a "L... Read More

Examining Aspergillus fumagatus on the Space Station

As the durations of manned space missions increase, it is vitally important to understand the long-term consequences of microbial exposure on human health in closed human habitats. One mission of the Microbial Observatory Experiments on the International Space Station is to examine the traits an... Read More

Close Quarters: The Importance of Interspecies Interactions in Microbial Biofilms

Biofilms, surface-attached microbial communities encased in an extracellular matrix, are one of the most common macroscopic microbial structures we can see in nature. Biofilms like those seen in pond scum, in dental plaque, or in hot springs, are mixed communities with the members forming both a... Read More

Scientists Uncover Why Hepatitis C Virus Vaccine Has Been Difficult to Make

Researchers have been trying for decades to develop a vaccine against the globally endemic hepatitis C virus (HCV). Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered one reason why success has so far been elusive.

Using a sophisticated array of techniques for mapping tin... Read More

Microscopic technique to observe antibiotics live in action

A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action. This marks an exciting first, because even though doctors have been prescribing this antibiotic for over a decade, its precise mechanisms have remained unclear.

First, the scientists tagg... Read More

Microbe hunters discover long-sought-after iron-munching microbe

A microbe that ‘eats’ both methane and iron: microbiologists have long suspected its existence, but were not able to find it - until now. Researchers at Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen discovered a microorganism that couples the reduction of iron... Read More

'Farming' bacteria to boost growth in the oceans

Chemosynthetic symbionts are bacteria living inside or on the surface of animals, supplying their host with food that would otherwise be unavailable. It has long been known that these bacteria fix carbon and convert it into organic forms. Microbiologist Jillian Petersen and colleagues from the U... Read More

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each year. However, because the bacteria are resistant to many different antibiotics, treatment options are limited, and often ineffective.

But until now scientists didn't know how MRSA ... Read More
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