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Small Things: First Responders to Oil Spills

Microbes are certainly being exposed to oil in the Gulf—both on the surface and at depth—and they are the first responders. Although many microbiologists naturally are interested in the identities of the oil degrading bacteria, this is of less relevance than the chemical changes the mixed microb... Read More

Researchers use X-ray diffraction microscope to reveal 3-D internal structure of whole cell

Three-dimensional imaging is dramatically expanding the ability of researchers to examine biological specimens, enabling a peek into their internal structures. And recent advances in X-ray diffraction methods have helped extend the limit of this approach.

While significant progress has been ... Read More

Discovery Could Aid Development of Elusive Bovine Mastitis Vaccine

Researchers have discovered components of the bovine mastitis-causing bacterium, Streptococcus uberis that play a key role in the disease. This discovery could lead the way to finally developing a vaccine for this endemic disease, which costs UK farmers alone nearly £200M per year, requires the ... Read More

Tick bacteria evade the immune system by variation in surface proteins

Erik Georg Granquist's thesis examines infections caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum in lambs. This bacterium is the cause of the disease tick-borne fever in ruminants and granulocytic anaplasmosis in humans. The bacterium is transmitted by ticks and is the indirect cause of consi... Read More

Bacteria Split Signals Cell Fate

Some species of bacteria perform an amazing reproductive feat. When the single-celled organism splits in two, the daughter cell - the swarmer - inherits a propeller to swim freely. The mother cell builds a stalk to cling to surfaces.

Univ. of Washington (UW) researchers and their colleague at... Read More

Do they have an app for hand sanitizer? Demo iPads at city Apple stores are crawling with bacteria

It's enough to make a techie iGag.

Some of the sleek new iPads users play with at city Apple stores are laced with potentially dangerous bacteria or are just plain dirty, a Daily News investigation revealed.

Of four iPads that were swabbed in two stores last month and then tested in a lab,... Read More

Tobacco used to quickly make lower-cost vaccines

An award-winning venture by a University of California - Davis student team could turn a public health pariah into a potential hero, using tobacco plants to develop vaccines in weeks instead of months.

The team, Inserogen, won the $15,000 grand prize at the Big Bang business plan competition ... Read More

Structure of Immune Molecule That Counteracts HIV Strains Determined

In findings that contribute to efforts to design an AIDS vaccine, a team led by Scripps Research Institute scientists has determined the structure of an immune system antibody molecule that effectively acts against most strains of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS.
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TWiV 85: Hepatitis C virus with Professor Michael Gale

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On episode #85 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Michael Gale discuss the origin, pathogenesis, prevention, of hepatitis C virus, and how it evades innate immune responses.

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Architect creates a bio brick

The bricks that we see today are most commonly made out of clay, but soon in the near future we may be able to see buildings made out of bacteria and waste products. Ginger Krieg Dosier wants to do just that. She's an assistant architecture professor at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) w... Read More

Dr. Kiki's Science Hour with Stan Maloy - The Bugs Among Us

Synthetic life, oil eating bacteria, and news from the annual American Society of Microbiologists General Meeting in San Diego.

Guest: Dr. Stanley Maloy, associate director of the Center for Microbial Sciences and Dean of the College of Science at San Diego State University

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Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers

European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified Friday with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommenda... Read More

University study shows pickled plums have H1N1 virus suppressant

Researchers have found in ‘‘umeboshi’’ pickled plums a substance that can suppress the growth of the H1N1 virus, Wakayama Medical University said. The university had been conducting studies since 2006 with funds from five plum processing firms in the town of Minabe and the city of Tanabe in Waka... Read More

Illinois mosquitoes positive with West Nile Virus

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, Saturday announced mosquito samples collected in Gallatin County have been confirmed as the first positive West Nile virus test results in Illinois this year.

The Egyptian Health Department collected the positive mosquito sample on June 3 in ... Read More

Cold sores may contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

While schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder that has its roots in genetic changes, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have uncovered a potentially new culprit for some of the condition's most common symptoms.

Reporting in the journal Schizophrenia Research, the psychiatrists de... Read More

Could Life Survive on Mars? Yes, Expert Says

Researchers at McGill's department of natural resources, the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto and the SETI Institute have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North. Dr. Lyle Why... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 13

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria made to clean up pesticides, new findings from microbial fossils, fighting bacteria with bacteria, and cells with synthetic genomes.

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Simple Urine Test May Diagnose Children With Autism

Researchers in Britain and Australia say they are developing a way to detect autism in children simply by testing their urine.

The autism test would be able to determine whether a child has the condition using only a few drops of urine and give a "yes" or "no" answer much in the same way preg... Read More

XMRV, prostate cancer, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More

Antibacterial nanoparticles from bacteria

Scientists have found that silver nanoparticles made using bacteria have better antibacterial properties than their chemically synthesised counterparts.

Mitchel Doktycz and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee in the US incubated Shewanella oneidensis b... Read More

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