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Health officials warn of vibrio in Chesapeake Bay

Maryland health officials say people may be getting sick from eating raw oysters and other shellfish from the Chesapeake Bay.

The culprit is vibrio, a naturally occurring bacteria that's more prevalent in the bay during hot weather.

The state health department says there have been 24 cases... Read More

Unique Bacteria Hold Clues Of Life On Other Planets

Bacteria discovered in an oxygen-starved area of Argentina could demonstrate how life could exist on Mars or other planets, according to a Wednesday article by Reuters reporter Kylie Stott.

A team that included National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) microbiologist Maria ... Read More

Linking India to superbug unfair and wrong, says India

India Thursday termed as unfair and wrong linking a multiple drug-resistant superbug detected in Britain to India saying a number of such bacteria have also been reported from other countries. Health experts said it was politically motivated as Western doctors were alarmed at the prospect of los... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 6 - Acid Animalcules Against AIDS

This episode: A preventative treatment for AIDS using live bacteria!



























(2.6 MB, 3 minutes)

Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

Vertex Reports Success In Second Major Hepatitis Drug Study

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (VRTX) reported the success of the second of three key late-stage studies of hepatitis-C treatment, telaprevir, essentially curing 72% of patients using the drug.

The study, a supplement to the larger studies intended to support teleprevir's approval, showed there ... Read More

Scientists Working on Cancer Treatment Using Salmonella Bacteria

Cancer is one of the most researched diseases on the planet and any breakthrough in treating or diagnosing the deadly disease offers the potential to save human lives. Researchers in the U.S. and Italy working together have developed a new method of killing cancer cells using the salmonella bact... Read More

Immune System Overreaction May Enable Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

The immune system may open the door to recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by overdoing its response to an initial infection, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found.

Researchers showed in mice that severe inflammatory responses to an initial UTI ... Read More

Gene Makes 'Superbugs' Resistant to Drugs

Some bacteria in south Asia have learned a new way to deactivate the antibiotics that usually kill them, according to a new study, raising concerns about a novel wave of drug-resistant "superbugs" that travelers could spread world-wide.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Infec... Read More

Viral bioinformatics: Dotplot

Dotplots are an extremely useful way of visualizing comparisons of small and large DNA sequences (as well as protein sequences), providing insight into the degree of similarity, deletions, insertions and direct and indirect repeats. In a dotplot, each nucleotide, or small window of nucleotides, ... Read More

MSU receives $1.6 million grant for "biomineralization"

The U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday announced that Montana State University will receive $1.6 million in federal grant money for carbon sequestration research.

James Markowsky, assistant secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, told reporters on a conferenc... Read More

Sari cloth a simple sustainable protector from cholera

Bangladeshi villagers use sari cloth to filter water and help prevent disease. A study previously conducted by scientists of the University of Maryland, USA, demonstrated that the cotton cloth was able to reduce cholera incidents by 48%. Follow-up research five years later ascertained that more ... Read More

WHO says H1N1 pandemic is over

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today [10 Aug 2010]
declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity
has returned to typical seasonal patterns and many people have immunity to
the virus.

"The world is no longer in phase 6 of influenza pandemic ale... Read More

Microbes To The Rescue: The fate of spilled oil in the Gulf rests with the hydrocarbon-digesting microorganisms colonizing underwater plumes

The environmental impact of millions of gallons of oil still in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon incident may depend on microscopic helpers: Bacteria that consume oil and other hydrocarbons and could break down the spilled crude, making it disappear, as highlighted in the current is... Read More

Nanomovies: Ultrafast Electron Microscopy

The movies don't have nearly as much interpersonal drama as Avatar, but in these ones the actors are nanoscopic, directed by the laws of physics operating at the nanoscale. They were filmed using a new kind of electron microscopy.

The electron microscope has long been a workhorse for examinin... Read More

Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?


Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

Antibiotics are a bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we're going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it's going to get nasty

The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations... Read More

'New' Human Adenovirus May Not Make for Good Vaccines, After All

In recent years, scientists have studied the possibility of using engineered human adenoviruses as vaccines against diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. In this approach, adenoviruses, which commonly cause respiratory-tract infections, are rendered relatively harmless before they are... Read More

TWiP 14 Letters

Sarah writes:

To my favourite scientists,


I am a high school student from Serbia and microbiology is my passion; I plan on going to university and studying it. I wanted to tell you both how much I enjoy the TWIP podcast! I especially enjoyed the one about tapeworms.... Read More

TWiP 14: Leishmania

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Vincent and Dickson consider the life cycle and pathogenesis of the protozoan parasite Leishmania.


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Fish-gut clue to human immunity

Researchers have identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses.

It plays a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of hu... Read More

New superbugs spreading from South Asia: study

Plastic surgery patients have carried a new class of superbugs resistant to almost all antibiotics from South Asia to Britain and they could spread worldwide, researchers reported Wednesday.

Many hospital infections that were already difficult to treat have become even more impervious to drug... Read More
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