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Oil-spill bacteria gobbled gases first

Bacteria dining on the oily feast in the Gulf of Mexico enjoyed a first course made mainly of gases in the months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a study published in Science1 today. This may have primed the microorganisms to digest some of the more complex hydrocarbons in o... Read More

ICAAC: Long-Acting HIV Drug Matches Original Version

An extended-release formulation of nevirapine (Viramune) -- intended for once-daily dosing -- had similar efficacy in treatment-naïve HIV patients to the twice-a-day version commonly used, a researcher said here.

At the end of 48 weeks of therapy, 81% of patients treated with the extended-rel... Read More

Simpler Mathematical Model for Reproducing Bacterial Growth Patterns Developed

The expansion of bacterial colonies is one of the classic research areas in biology. In a recent study, Ignasi Pagonabarraga, from the UB Department of Fundamental Physics, and researchers from the University of Edinburgh consider a new model that uses two parameters to reproduce the growth patt... Read More

Bad breath sniffer to hunt for life on Mars

If there's life on Mars, we might smell it before we see it. A chemical involved in bad breath and flatulence in humans could lead us to alien microbes on the Red Planet.

The sulphur-containing molecule methyl mercaptan is naturally produced in significant quantities on Earth only by microbes... Read More

Farm Management Choice Can Benefit Fungi Key to Healthy Ecosystems

Farming practices have a significant impact on the diversity of beneficial microbial fungi known to play important roles in crop productivity, soil recovery and maintenance of healthy ecosystems, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology. The conclusions could... Read More

Biotech Company to Patent Fuel-Secreting Bacterium

A biotech company plans to announce Tuesday that it has won a patent on a genetically altered bacterium that converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into ingredients of diesel fuel, a step that could provide a new pathway for making ethanol or a diesel replacement that skips several cumbersome and ... Read More

Ask the Experts: Marie Pizzorno on viruses, bacteria

Marie Pizzorno, an associate professor of biology and a molecular virologist, explains the differences between viruses and bacteria, how some bacteria are "good," and why it's difficult to predict the next epidemic.

Q: What is virology and what is the difference between viruses and bacteria?
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U.S. Meat Farmers Brace for Limits on Antibiotics

Piglets hop, scurry and squeal their way to the far corner of the pen, eyeing an approaching human. “It shows that they’re healthy animals,” Craig Rowles, the owner of a large pork farm here, said with pride.

Mr. Rowles says he keeps his pigs fit by feeding them antibiotics for weeks after w... Read More

It's alive!

Friendly bacteria might not be an easy notion to wrap your brain around in the context of food these days.

Monica Corrado says bring 'em on. And she's not the only one.

Pack raw food into a jar, then seal it to keep out air, says the Takoma Park teacher of lactofermentation. Leave at roo... Read More

ICAAC: Daily Bleach Washdown Wipes Out VRE Bacteremia

An Australian hospital that instituted aggressive infection control measures including daily facility-wide washdowns with high-strength bleach completely eliminated bloodstream infections with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in high-risk wards, researchers reported here.

Following impl... Read More

ICAAC: Smoke Clearing for Viral Theory of Chronic Fatigue

Within a year, the debate over whether a mouse virus causes chronic fatigue syndrome is likely to be settled, a prominent researcher told MedPage Today in an exclusive InFocus video interview here at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Two teams have now clai... Read More

Weird Bugs, Weird Places: The Microbial Risks of Taking a Shower #ICAAC

Live press conference from ICAAC in Boston featuring:

* Mark Krockenberger, University of Syndey, New South Wales, Australia
* Daniel Frank, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
* Paul Johnson, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
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ICAAC: Washing Cuts Wrestlers' Infections

Sometimes the simplest solutions are best -- high school wrestlers may be able to reduce skin infections picked up during matches by cleaning exposed skin with a soap and water wipe after matches, a researcher said here.

A study of 151 high school wrestlers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., fou... Read More

Is the Era of Bacterial Culture Ending? #ICAAC

As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally rea... Read More

Experts Warn Dip In Antibiotic R and D Could Lead To Treatment Challenges

The 50th annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) kicked off in Boston on Sunday with experts warning that a "slowdown" in research on antibiotic development could result in treatment challenges, Agence France-Presse reports.

"We have a ... Read More

Community-associated MRSA: Why is it spreading so quickly? #ICAAC

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the first United States reports of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections appeared. At present, sever... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 12 - Bacteria Barricade Bone Bits

This episode: Bacteria help preserve fossils!



























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

For Many, ‘Washroom’ Seems to Be Just a Name

The next time a man hands you a hot dog after making a run to the restroom and the concession stand at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, be careful: there is a good chance he did not wash his hands, according to a report released Monday by a group that sends spies into public restrooms in the nam... Read More

Bacteria Can Smell, Research Finds

Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have found that bacteria have the sense of olfaction.

The study, conducted by Dr. Reindert Nijland (now at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands) and Dr. J. Grant Burgess, was published online Aug. 18 in Biotechnology Journal.
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Egg-loving salmonella bacteria have been sickening people for decades

The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.

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