Hi my name is Nate. I am a senior in high school aspiring to become a microbiologist. I heard about this podcast through a class I took on biotechnology and have been listening for about 2 months. I really enjoy it and the other two shows... Read More
For many, the totality of economics can be somewhat unnerving, especially when it comes to personal financial security. We live in a capitalist world driven by free markets and personal investments. Making the right choices with money could mean incredible success, while a mistake could cost som... Read More
A fungus that leads to a deadly disease that has killed almost seven million bats in the US is continuing its spread westwards, results have shown.
Officials said the disease had been confirmed in Arkansas after samples tested positive for the fungus known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS).
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Finding the gene that gives barley resistance to leaf rust could benefit people who rely on the crop for food and beer.
Researchers have discovered that the gene Rph20 provides resistance to leaf rust in some barley variety adult plants.
“Leaf rust is a fungal disease that could destroy al... Read More
When a new strain of bird flu cropped up in China last winter, the billion-dollar question was whether the deadly virus could transmit between people.
Now, Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the bird flu is indeed contagious, although only slightly.
A father, who became... Read More
Researchers are gathering this week to debate the most humane methods of dispatching lab animals, which are primarily rodents. Killing research animals is one of the most unpleasant tasks in science, and it is imperative to do it as humanely as possible. But researchers who study animal welfare... Read More
The current hot spell of weather has seen increased activities by flies whether in the kitchen or across picnic food and barbecues.
It may make grim reading but every fly leaves a calling card in the form of bacterial deposits.
These deposits come not only from their legs, but also from th... Read More
The bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae harmlessly colonizes the mucous linings of throats and noses in most people, only becoming virulent when they leave those comfortable surroundings and enter the middle ears, lungs or bloodstream. Now, in research published in July in mBio, University at Buff... Read More
There are new details about how the world’s smallest farmer picks up edible bacteria and then harvests them like crops.
The organism, a social amoeba called Dictyostelium discoideum, carries not one but two strains of bacteria. One strain is the “seed corn” for a crop of edible bacteria, and ... Read More
Norwegian researchers have recently discovered a microorganism with very special properties – a bacteria living in Trondheim Fjord with the Latin name Micrococcus luteus. It possesses a trait which is rare and highly sought-after by medical science and the cosmetics industry – a pigment which ca... Read More
The outside world is not allowed in a sanitized and isolated pig farm here, not far from the Iowa border.
Visitors must shower before entering, scrubbing from head to toe, trading their street clothes for disinfected coveralls that have never left the premises. Everything inside the temperatu... Read More
China has halted imports of some New Zealand milk powders after a company disclosed that three batches of an ingredient used in sports drinks and baby formula tested positive for a strain of bacteria that causes botulism.
The New Zealand-based Fonterra Group said Saturday that three batches o... Read More
Our understanding of microbial life is greatly biased by our narrow focus on microbes as they grow in the laboratory. Yet, as discussed previously in this blog, microbes can persist in various dormant forms for extended periods of time. Sporulation (from the Greek “spora” or seed) is perhaps the... Read More
A recent national STEM related event hosted in Tempe last Saturday combined a few components that may appear mismatched at first glance, but are much more logical when given a steadier second look.
The event — held at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility on July 20 — featured members of t... Read More
A possible way to harvest and use atmospheric carbon dioxide to make high performance diesel fuel has been proposed by a team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) who have engineered a microbe now being used to produce biodegradable plastic in... Read More
By borrowing a tool from bacteria that infect plants, scientists have developed a new approach to eliminate mutated DNA inside mitochondria—the energy factories within cells. Doctors might someday use the approach to treat a variety of mitochondrial diseases, including the degenerative eye disea... Read More
Keeping cancer cells from entering a state of cellular sleep makes cancer drugs more effective and lowers the chance of cancer recurrence, report researchers.
The findings, which will be published in the August 15 issue of the journal Cancer Research and are available online, are the first to... Read More
Three new cases of infection with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) -- including two more healthcare workers -- have been reported in Saudi Arabia.
The two healthcare workers, both women, have mild symptoms after exposure to patients who had laboratory-confirmed MERS... Read More
Scientists have found that bacteria have the potential to teach valuable investment lessons.
The research, published in the journal Ecology Letters, takes advantage of the fact that bacteria, like humans, have limited resources and are constantly faced with investment decisions.
Bacteria t... Read More