Mayaro virus (MAYV) disease is a mosquitoborne zoonosis endemic in humid forests of tropical South America. MAYV is closely related to other alphaviruses that produce a dengue-like illness accompanied by long-lasting arthralgia. A French tourist developed high-grade fever and severe joint manife... Read More
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has announced a new project that will enable the use of biological means to control Bemisia tabaci whitefly that has ruined cassava production. The whiteflies, which are driving a dual viral epidemic including cassava mosaic disease (CMD... Read More
Bacterial spores, the most resistant organisms on earth, carry an extra coating of protection previously undetected. The finding could shed light on why spores of the bacteria that cause botulism, tetanus, and anthrax survive methods to eradicate them. Read More
Call them bridging individuals or critical connectors, but in social networks they’re the ones who drive the flow of information from one network to another. Now researchers have figured out a way to identify them.
The researchers also believe the same holds true for communities, where bridgi... Read More
No one wants antibiotic residues in their milk. But antibiotics are sometimes used even in the dairy barn. The routine tests conducted nowadays take hours to produce a result and do not test for all of the typical antibiotics. This gap can now be closed, thanks to a fully automated minilab devel... Read More
This year, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Annual Conference is in the great city of San Diego, which also happens to be the location of many leading biotech companies, including MO BIO Laboratories. We are excited to be the host city for our favorite event of the year: ASM.
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A virus that has killed large numbers of fish in several Great Lakes since 2005 may have been present for decades. The recent finding casts doubt on the theory that ships recently introduced the deadly virus.
“Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) could be in a lake without killing fish,”... Read More
A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that 12 people had been hospitalized, and the fe... Read More
Nothing like dynamiting a commonplace metaphor & getting some interesting research in the bargain. To be fair, E. Coli & other organisms have spent millions of years in competition to survive, while we've only been building computers for about 60-odd years. Still though, perhaps this will help... Read More
A computer model proposes a solution to a long-standing mystery in HIV research -- why a small percentage of people infected with the virus never develop full-blown AIDS. The answer lies in how the immune cells that recognize invaders are educated, and suggests new strategies for designing an HI... Read More
Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth could never wash away the guilt of murder from her hands, but research has shown that the simple act of hand washing—or even using a wipe—can in fact help people clean their conscience of dirty deeds. A new study, published online May 6 in Science, reveals the power of... Read More
After a trip to Peru last year, microbiologist Rob Knight came home with a horrendous case of traveler's diarrhea. He took some antibiotics and quickly recovered. But because Knight had been participating in one of his own studies of the human microbiome--the diverse collection of bacteria and o... Read More
In the Nº 101 of the "El podcast del microbio" I made a resume of the role of Wolbachiain the Plant green-island phenotype as appeared in th... Read More
The humble platypus could hold the key to beating drug-resistant superbugs and help battle climate change, Australian scientists have discovered.
Researchers at Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries are the first in the world to isolate, synthesize and test a number of platypus proteins... Read More
Not long ago, I was interviewed twice (click here and here) by Michelle Norris of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered regarding the burning issue of state microbes. The first interview was in response to the news that the state of Wisconsin’s State Assembly passed a bill proclaiming L... Read More
Children hospitalized with pandemic H1N1 influenza in 2009 were older and more likely to have underlying medical conditions than children hospitalized with seasonal influenza during prior flu seasons, according to a study to be presented Tuesday, May 4 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) a... Read More
Outdoor products company North Face, a unit of VF Corp, will pay $207,500 to settle claims that shoes advertised to kill bacteria were never tested, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.
North Face was sued in September by the EPA, which said claims that more than 70 styl... Read More
The potential uses of this new detection array - public safety/security, rapid diagnostics, product testing, and others - are so valuable, I hope the Lawrence Livermore National Lab researchers who developed this get a very well deserved round of applause. Great work! Read More
As H1N1 began to emerge in April 2009, HealthMap – an automated online disease tracking and mapping tool created by researchers in the Informatics Program at Children's Hospital Boston – was already collecting information about the virus and plotting that information on a map of the globe, creat... Read More
Preventing cholera could be as easy as straining water. In a new study accepted for the inaugural issue of mBio, researchers show that when you teach villagers how to filter their drinking water, some (but not all) of them still follow the guidance years later and reap the benefits in improved ... Read More