In a new study, researchers demonstrate for the first time how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial “factories” that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably. Read More
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. There are different explanations for how resistances are transferred. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna found phages in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria. Phages are viruses that exclusively infect b... Read More
As far as I know, mosquitoes do not eat sushi. But mosquito cells have proteins with sushi repeat domains, and these proteins protect the brain from lethal virus infections. Read More
Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
El tratamiento de aguas residuales en comunidades pequeñas y virus como indicadores de riesgo a la salud pública: estos son dos de los temas a discutirse en la entrevista de hoy con Erin Symonds, una estudiante doctoral de la Universidad de Sur de la Florida.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen and is known to be associated with increased risk of fatal heart complications including heart failure and heart attacks. Read More
It's no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. Read More
A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. Read More
A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery from the dangerous diarrheal disease. The report also finds what appear to be consistent differenc... Read More
A team led by researchers from UC San Francisco, Organic Health Response, and Microclinic International is reporting results of a study that showed significant benefits of microclinics -- an innovative intervention that mobilized rural Kenyan HIV patients' informal social networks to support the... Read More
(Millbrook, NY) Machine learning can pinpoint rodent species that harbor diseases and geographic hotspots vulnerable to new parasites and pathogens. So reports a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Barbara A. Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of E... Read More
A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmun... Read More
The decision to warn the world of future global disease epidemics like Ebola would be taken out of the hands of the director general of the World Health Organisation under plans formulated by experts at a meeting hosted by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Instead it would be given to a new ... Read More
Investigators found that nearly half of the 50 chicken meat samples purchased from supermarkets, street markets, and butchers in Austria contained viruses that are capable of transferring antibiotic resistance genes from one bacterium to another—or from one species to another. “Our work suggest... Read More
Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified WHO of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features.
Suspected cases have been increasing very quickly, tripling over the last 2 weeks (see previous notif... Read More
BioSentinel--it sounds like Hollywood’s next big sci-fi film. Rather, it's one of NASA’s upcoming missions, with the goal of studying the long-term effects of radiation on human cells. The mission, run by scientist’s at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will be the first biological experiment to take... Read More
A dangerous type of bacteria can not only block their own growth, but also the growth of their antibiotic-resistant mutants.
The discovery might lead to better ways to fight bacteria that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatments.
“This means we can start to think about ... Read More
This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!
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