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TINY TROPICAL CREATURES SHOW UP IN GLACIER ICE

The remains of tiny creatures found deep inside a mountaintop glacier in Peru are clues to the local landscape more than a millennium ago, according to a new study. Read More

INVASIVE ALGAE ARE BOTH GOOD AND BAD FOR CORAL

An invasive species of single-cell algae has spread across the Caribbean Sea, report researchers.

These micro-algae, which live within the cells of coral animals, are improving the resilience of coral communities to heat stress caused by global warming, but also are diminishing the abilities ... Read More

Ancient algae found deep in tropical glacier

The remains of tiny creatures found deep inside a mountaintop glacier in Peru are clues to the local landscape more than a millennium ago, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ohio State University. Read More

Scientists discover protein that plays key role in streptococcal infections

The effort to identify new ways of fighting infections has taken a step forward now that scientists have identified a key protein involved in the host's response to strep infections. This protein, called "NFAT," appears to play a key role in the body's inflammatory response to an infection, whic... Read More

Contact lens wearers note: Your eyes may get more infections because their microbiomes changed

Using high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center suggest that they have found a possible -- and potentially surprising -- root cause of the increased frequency of certain eye infections amon... Read More

HIV's sweet tooth is its downfall

CHICAGO --- HIV has a voracious sweet tooth, which turns out to be its Achilles' heel, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University. Read More

TWiV 339: Herpes and the sashimi plot

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler Read More

ASM Live 2015 - The Live Internet Talk Show

Come join us and be a part of the audience at ASM Live, the live internet talk show of asm2015 targeted towards health reporters and science writers highlighting various sessions and presentations at the meeting. Microbiologi... Read More

TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.


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Christine writes:


Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,


I think the latest case describes cutaneous furuncular myiasis.


The lesion on the young man's buttock is suggestive of a botfly infection with the larvae most likely of the species Derm... Read More

Controlling typhoid bacterium key to prevent gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan

Controlling bacterial infections responsible for typhoid fever could dramatically reduce the risk of gallbladder cancer in India and Pakistan, according to a study published by Cell Press May 28th in Cell Host & Microbe. The findings establish for the first time the causal link between bacterial... Read More

New findings shed light on complexities of emerging zoonotic malaria

Zoonotic malaria has been shown to be caused by two genetically distinct Plasmodium knowlesi parasite subpopulations associated with different monkey host species in Malaysia, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens. The authors believe this could have important implications for ho... Read More

Viruses in the extreme

Many microbes live in extreme environments, encountering conditions that are very hot, very cold, highly acidic, or very salty. The viruses that infect such microbes must also be able to retain infectivity in extreme conditions. How do they do it?

Clues come from the observations that the gen... Read More

Study in Nigeria finds 1 in 10 malaria drugs are poor quality

A rigorous analysis of more than 3,000 antimalarials purchased in Enugu, Nigeria found 9.3% to be of poor quality, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. Read More

Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings,... Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2015 Agar Art Contest

What microbial masterpieces can you create? 


Plate your artistry, creating a unique piece of agar art and then add a short description of your piece that engages a broad audience.


Anyone with an active ASM membership is eligible to compete. Winners will receive a free ASM... Read More

Overexpression of Enterococcus faecalis elr operon protects from phagocytosis

This study investigates how the overexpression of a specific ORF affects the virulence of E. faecalis. Read More

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Males aren't relevant -- at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Read More

Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (video)

A very well done video profile of the Doherty Institute.

A world-class institute combining research into infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence.
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Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design

(NEW YORK - May 22) - By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online this week in the journal Cell Reports. Read More
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