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Five intriguing facts about viruses that cause measles, Ebola and other scourges

Viruses are incredibly simple, arguably the most simple living organisms on the planet. They have no brains, no metabolism, and they can’t reproduce on their own. Yet they are able to wreak incredible havoc on our bodies and to outwit the scientifically advanced weapons that humans have invente... Read More

Test developed by UAB scientists could help fight deadly infection

Researchers from UAB have developed a tool for diagnosing bacterial meningitis that uses the same technology as a home pregnancy test.

The test measures the level of certain proteins that are present in the spinal fluid of patients with bacterial meningitis. If the level is high, the test wil... Read More

Satellites - the viral kind

Satellites are subviral agents that differ from viroids because they depend on the presence of a helper virus for their propagation. Satellite viruses are particles that contain nucleic acid genomes encoding a structural protein that encapsidates the satellite genome. Satellite RNAs do not encod... Read More

Global Microbiology Testing/Clinical Microbiology (Instrument, Analyzer, Incubator, Kit, Microscope, Molecular Diagnostics) Market - Forecast to 2019

Clinical microbiology consists of a wide array of techniques for the detection of infectious diseases. The respiratory diseases segment accounted for the largest application segment of the clinical microbiology market in 2014. According to the WHO, in 2012, there were about 450,000 new cases of ... Read More

TWiM #96: A lean, mean sequencing machine

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Rob Knight


Vincent meets up with Rob Knight to talk about the technology that ha... Read More

New Species Discovered Beneath Ocean Crust

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate.

The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers — networks of channels in porous rock beneath the ocean where water continually churns. About ... Read More

Harnessing bacteria to move microscopic gears and ratchets

Previous research has already demonstrated that substantial quantities of self-motile or active agents such as bacteria in a fluid environment can be harnessed to do mechanical work like moving microscopic gears and ratchets. Bacteria as well as algae can also be used to transport or displace ma... Read More

Ancient Viruses Gain New Functions in the Brain

If thinking about the billions of bacteria taking up residence in and on your body gives you the willies, you probably won’t find it comforting that humans are also full of viruses. These maligned microbes are actually intertwined in the very fibers of our being—about 8 percent of our genetic ma... Read More

Viroids, infectious agents that encode no proteins

Genomes of non-defective viruses range in size from 2,400,000 bp of dsDNA (Pandoravirus salinus) to 1,759 bp of ssDNA (porcine circovirus). Are even smaller viral genomes possible? The subviral agents called viroids provide an answer to this question.

Viroids, the smallest known pathogens, ar... Read More

BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem

This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!


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China battles virus that has killed two pandas and left third critical

A deadly virus has claimed the lives of two of China's beloved giant pandas and left a third in critical condition.

Chinese state media reported this week that veterinarians are using antiviral therapy to treat five-year-old Feng Feng, after medical tests showed serious damage to the panda's ... Read More

Ebola Virus Mutated From Forest Encroachment, Says Disease Specialist

The Ebola virus has proven deadly to both people and animals.

The epidemic that started in 2014 has so far taken the lives of over eight thousand people in West Africa. The virus also killed an estimated 5,500 gorillas in the Lossi Sanctuary of the Republic of Congo in 2003. But scientists sa... Read More

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman

Between 7 and 10 January 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

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Bacteria Can't Cling to 'Repulsive' New Surface

Bacteria can’t stick to a new type of nanoscale surface that could prove useful in food processing, medical, and shipping industries.

The technology uses an electrochemical process called anodization to create nanoscale pores that change the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal sur... Read More

TWiV 320: Retroviruses and cranberries

Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.


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Antibiotics in Blood Can Make Malaria Mosquitoes Mightier

It's well known that antibiotics can disrupt our gut bacteria. But when mosquitoes snack on blood laced with antibiotics, the same can happen to their microbiome. And that depletion of gut bacteria actually increases mosquitoes' susceptibility to the malaria parasite. Meaning they may be more li... Read More

Universal Flu Vaccine Soon a Reality?

A flu vaccine that works against all flu viruses and provides protection for at least two decades is getting closer to reality, according to scientists at Mount Sinai Health System.

The organization’s vaccine would offer better and broader and longer-lasting protection against seasonal influe... Read More

New research reveals that a species of bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria which protect the embryo

Researchers from the University of Granada and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have found that hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, which is then retained by a specializad structure in the eggshell and which increas... Read More

Microbiology: Here's looking at you, squid

The aquarium looks empty, but there is something in it. A pair of eyes stick out from the sandy floor, and their owner is easily scooped up into a glass bowl. At first, the creature looks like a hazelnut truffle — small, round and covered in tiny flecks. But with a gentle shake, the flecks of sa... Read More

Cold Plasma Treatment May Reduce Risk of Norovirus Transmission

Treating surfaces with cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAPP) may reduce the risk of transmitting norovirus, a contagious virus leading to stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, according to a new study.

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