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Reviving 100-Year-Old Resting Spores of Diatoms

Diatoms account for a large proportion of the phytoplankton found in the water, and live both in the open sea and in freshwater lakes. By reviving 100-year-old spores that had laid buried and inactive in bottom sediment, researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have shown that diatom... Read More

We're a nation of germophobes

A recent CNN article examining hotel room hygiene revealed some uncomfortable truths. From bacteria and dead skin cells infesting the mattress to improper cleaning practices, it was enough to make anybody think twice about getting too comfortable in a hotel. However, such concerns are often over... Read More

Gene used by bacteria to breach plant defences identified

Scientists have identified the gene used by some infectious bacteria to breach defensive natural products produced by plants.

Plants are able to protect themselves from most bacteria, but some bacteria are able to breach their defences.

"Microbes only become pathogens when they find a way ... Read More

New Method for Infectious Diseases Research

Infectious diseases researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are studying the surface properties of bacteria together with materials scientists. Studies of the outermost parts of the cell walls of bacteria yield new information about the chemical composition of structures that are important for ... Read More

How to Kill a Parasite (podcast)

Every villain has his Achilles heel. And microscopic scoundrels are no exception. The challenge for those who wish to ward off microbial bad guys is to identify that weak spot. Now, scientists studying the toxoplasmosis parasite think they’ve done just that. They share the secret in the Proceedi... Read More

New Findings on Drug Tolerance in TB Suggest Ideas for Shorter Cures

New findings on how tuberculosis (TB) bacteria develop multi-drug tolerance point to ways TB infections might be cured more quickly. The results identify both a mechanism and a potential therapy for drug tolerance that is induced in the TB bacteria by the host cells they infect.

The study wil... Read More

26 percent of herbs eaten in Spain are contaminated with bacteria

A research team from the University of Valencia has discovered that up to 20% of spices and 26% of herbs sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria, reducing their quality. The study, which is the first of its kind in Spain, suggests that health and hygiene control systems should be put ... Read More

Deepwater Horizon’s Impacts Found in Bacteria

Nobody’s going to shed a tear for an oiled microbe, but the Deepwater Horizon’s impacts include bacteria, underscoring just how subtle and fundamental the blowout’s ecological consequences may be.

The findings, based on comparisons of microbial flux before and after oil washed ashore, are not... Read More

Fecal Bacteria on 72% of Shopping Carts

Fecal bacteria — that is, germs from poop — can be found on 72% of shopping carts, MSNBC reports.

It’s yet another icky finding from University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba, PhD, sometimes called “Dr. Germ.”

In his latest report, Gerba reportedly found traces of fecal bacteria o... Read More

Genetic treatment closes door on HIV

A pioneering treatment to thwart HIV by genetically altering blood cells so the virus cannot invade them has shown promise in the first nine people to receive it.

The treatment involves taking the white blood cells most prone to infection by HIV, called CD4+ cells, from someone with HIV. Thes... Read More

TWiP 23: Strongyloides sterocoralis, a most unusual parasite

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Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the world's most unusual parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis.


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Bacteria Communicate through Nanotubes (video)

Ben-Yehuda's group identified a previously uncharacterized type of bacterial communication mediated by nanotubes that bridge neighboring cells. The researchers showed that these nanotubes connect bacteria of the same and different species. Via these tubes, bacteria are able to exchange small mol... Read More

US syphilis experiment scandal: probes begin

Two official investigations have begun into an unpublished study from the 1940s in which a US researcher deliberately infected Guatemalan prisoners and soldiers with syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Both were ordered last November by President Barack Obama after the study came to light through invest... Read More

Space Odyssey: Scientists go to the extremes of the earth to divine the secrets of extraterrestrial life

If it's just us in this universe, what a terrible waste of space. For thousands of years, humans have wondered about who and what might be living beyond the confines of our planet: gods, beneficent or angry; a heaven full of sinners long forgiven; creatures as large and strange as our imaginatio... Read More

Ross River Virus Cases Increase in Australia

The highest number of cases of this mosquito borne [virus] disease has been reported from the South West, the Peel region. More than 150 cases of the virus have been confirmed from Perth metropolitan area.

The health department says that high tides have resulted in an increase in the number o... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 166. El Microbioma de la Tierra. Earth's Microbiome



























El podcast del Microbio 166 is dedicated to the Earth Microbiome Project. El Podcast del Microbio Nº 166 está dedicado a re... Read More

Gym Bacteria Study Can't Find MRSA

Many worry that fitness centers attract not just people to exercise, but offer bacteria a place to thrive. But a new University of Florida study of bacteria levels on gym equipment offers a surprising result, about what it didn’t find. Researchers tested dumbbells, benches, and other gym equipme... Read More

Four New Species of Zombie Ant Fungi Discovered in Brazilian Rainforest

Four new Brazilian species in the genus Ophiocordyceps have been published in the online journal PLoS ONE. The fungi, named by Dr. Harry Evans and Dr. David Hughes, belong to a group of "zombifying" fungi that infect ants and then manipulate their behavior, eventually killing the ants after secu... Read More

Turning bacteria into butanol biofuel factories

Univ. of California, Berkeley, chemists have engineered bacteria to churn out a gasoline-like biofuel at about 10 times the rate of competing microbes, a breakthrough that could soon provide an affordable and “green” transportation fuel.

The advance is reported in Nature Chemical Biology by M... Read More
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