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Faster, stronger, deadlier: the MRSA superbug

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- or MRSA for short -- is the subject of journalist Maryn McKenna's new book Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Free Press, March 2010). She spoke with Reuters Health on Thursday about the bacteria's toll on public health and how we may, unwittingly,... Read More

Personal Bacteria Lurk Behind Some Bad Breath

If you brush, you floss, and your breath still stinks like a steam vent, it could be from last night's garlic-onion-anchovy pizza or, perhaps, from a medical problem.

Or maybe, new research suggests, you happen to be colonized with an especially foul-smelling mix of mouth bacteria.

Yoshih... Read More

Emergence of Fungal Plant Diseases Linked to Ecological Speciation

A new commentary on the nature of pathogens is raising startling new questions about the role that fundamental science research on evolution plays in the understanding of emerging disease.

Ecological speciation, and specifically speciation that occurs when a subset of a population shifts onto... Read More

Scientists ID bacterial genes that improve plant growth

You might think bacteria that “invade” trees are there to cause certain destruction. But like the helpful bacteria that live within our guts, some microbes help plants thrive. To find out what makes these microbe-plant interactions “tick,” scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Broo... Read More

The Proof Is in the Proteins: Test Supports Universal Common Ancestor for All Life

Earth's first life-form, floating in the proverbial froth of the primordial seas that eventually gave rise to trees, bees and humans, is not just a popular Darwinian conceit but also an essential biological premise that many researchers rely on as part of the foundation of their work.

In the ... Read More

FDA has questions about DNA testing kit, so Walgreens backs off on selling it

Bad news for those of you eager to buy a DNA testing kit at Walgreens: The drug store chain has put off plans to carry the controversial product in its stores.

It turns out the Food and Drug Administration has some questions for the kit's manufacturer, San Diego-based Pathway Genomics. Accord... Read More

Pumpkin Butter and Sweet Potato Butter Recalled For Botulism

It was announced today that Ohio company, Amish Wedding Foods, Inc., is recalling all lots of 9, 16, and 18-ounce pumpkin butter, and 16 and 18-ounce sweet potato butter due to possible botulism contamination. Thus far no illness have been reported.

The pumpkin and sweet potato butters were ... Read More

Fungi Take A Bite Out Of BPA

Bisphenol A. Also called BPA, it’s used to make shatter-proof plastic known as polycarbonate, found in everything from water bottles to medical devices to the lining of food packaging. As much as 2.7 million tons of plastics are manufactured each year with BPA. But – it’s also an endocrine disru... Read More

Extraterrestrial life right here on Earth?

Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, has a provocative article in The New York Times (14 May 2010) on the quest for alternative life, "Life 2.0," in hidden or unexplored niches on Earth. Such life might substitute arsenic for phosphorus, or might be based on reverse handedness of molecules.... Read More

Recombination between cellular and viral RNA produces a pathogenic virus

Bovine viral diarrhea virus is an economically important animal pathogen that may cause a fatal gastrointestinal disease in beef and dairy herds. Infection of a fetus with this virus during the first trimester leads to the birth of animals that are persistently infected for life. Some animals re... Read More

Pentagon Virus Detector Knows You're Sick Before You Do

Imagine knowing you’ll be too sick to go to work, before the faintest hint of a runny nose or a sore throat. Now imagine that preemptive diagnosis being transmitted to a national, web-based influenza map — simply by picking up the phone.

That’s the impressive potential of an ongoing Pentagon-... Read More

Does Washing Lettuce Get Rid of Bacteria?

As the recall of tainted romaine lettuce expands, many plates could be devoid of the crisp veggie in an effort to stay healthy. That might be a good idea, according to experts who say that washing produce, even very carefully, may not remove all the bacteria present.

At least 19 people became... Read More

Rotavirus vaccines reduce hospitalizations in kids, study finds

The introduction of the first rotavirus vaccine in the United States in 2006 led to sharp reductions in hospitalizations for gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines that is marked by diarrhea and dehydration, researchers reported Wednesday. Rotavirus is one of the leading ... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 105: Salmonella y SIDA, colaboración mortal



























In the Nº 105 of the "El podcast del microbio" I resume the emergence of new virulent strains of Scteriaalmonella in HIV patients, and their ... Read More

American Society for Microbiology to honor Scripps, Claude ZoBell

During his pioneering research career at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, Claude ZoBell laid a scientific foundation that would shape the field of marine microbiology.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will honor ZoBell's accomplishments as part of its week-long ... Read More

Rare Toxic Algae Identified

Scientists have identified an unusual species of pathogenic algae that causes human skin infections, described in a new study in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. The finding should improve our understanding of how rare species of algae are sometimes able to ... Read More

Mean genes from parasite link Sturgeons to humans

We've over-fished & polluted their habitats, scrambling the species to a point where you have to filet these poor creatures just know which restroom they use! Now one of our parasites is compromising their love lives - I'd say our finny friends here have a very justified bone to pick with human... Read More

Trials begin on hepatitis C drug developed in Cardiff

The first human clinical trials have started on a new drug developed to treat infections caused by the hepatitis C virus. The medication, taken orally, was first prepared at the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University in 2008. Laboratory tests showed it killed 90% of the virus at very low... Read More

Epidemic this year? Check the lake's shape

Of all the things that might control the onset of disease epidemics in Michigan lakes, the shape of the lakes' bottoms might seem unlikely. But that is precisely the case, and a new BioScience report by scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and four other institutions explains why.

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Cheese -- Acting as 'Carrier' for Probiotic Bacteria -- Found to Improve Immune Response of Elderly

Scientists in Finland have discovered that cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system of the elderly by acting as a carrier for probiotic bacteria. The research, published in FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, reveals that daily consumption of probiotic cheese helps to tackle a... Read More

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