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The Importance of Microbial Eukaryotes in Premise Plumbing Systems

The environmental engineering research community now recognizes that it is important to understand the bacterial ecology of premise (building) plumbing systems to control opportunistic pathogens (OP). Many investigations, including those supported by the Sloan Foundation MoBE program, have begun... Read More

Tiny vibrations could reveal extraterrestrial life

Motion is a trait of all life, but detecting the tiny movements of microorganisms requires incredible sensitivity. Now, Swiss scientists say they have developed an extremely sensitive yet simple motion detector that can be built using existing technology.

If a bacterium is alive, it will inev... Read More

Scientists explain spread of chikungunya vector

The tropical disease chikungunya began twisting Western tongues in July when the first locally transmitted case was reported in Florida. Spotted in the Caribbean just last year, the disease spread explosively throughout the Americas in 2014. Chikungunya's arrival in Panama prompted Smithsonian s... Read More

"Extreme measures" needed to see Ebola shot development through

Developing and bringing to market effective Ebola vaccines requires extreme measures and unprecedented international cooperation, global health experts said on Monday.

In an interim report on a roadmap for vaccines against the current and any future outbreaks of the deadly virus, infectious d... Read More

Right now, You're breathing a potentially dangerous substance

We now know that as many as 100 infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi can be transmitted by air, either inhaled as they sail around or ingested after landing on a surface.

But in the ’60s and ’70s, the growing use of antibiotics and vaccines slowly relegated the study of airborne disease t... Read More

What Are the Consequences of Antibiotic Overuse?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria d... Read More

TWiV 319: Breaking breakbone

The TWiVers review the outcomes of two recent phase 3 clinical trials of a quadrivalent dengue virus vaccine in Asia and Latin America.


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MWV Episode 93 - TWiM #95 - A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Stanley Maloy


Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

Nicely Aged

Resurrecting ancient beers and wines is a subtle alchemy, but Patrick McGovern knows all the tricks. He directs the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Many of his ancient brews are sold by Dogfish Head brewery i... Read More

Scientists Hit Antibiotic Pay Dirt Growing Finicky Bacteria In Lab

Scientists say they have discovered a natural compound from bacteria that may prove to be a potent new antibiotic. This news comes at a time when many current antibiotics are losing their oomph — germs become resistant to them.

The new compound is especially intriguing because it appears that... Read More

TWiM #95: A microbe lover in San Diego

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guest: Stanley Maloy


Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More

Op-Ed: Microbiology in the news, the top stories of 2014

London Colney - The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.

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TWiP 80: Daniel in the parasites' den

Vincent and Dickson welcome new TWiP host Daniel Griffin to discuss the association of a new Mycoplasma with trichomoniasis, and to introduce a new feature to the show, a case study.


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I recently saw an article about the paper linked below on Science Daily and thought it might be worth a discussion on TWIP. It is about the possibility of bed bugs being a vector for T. cruzi. I would love to... Read More

Cancer copies how healthy cells move to invade organs

To slip, slide, squeeze and otherwise invade different parts of the body, cancer cells learn to switch between two modes of moving usually used by healthy cells. Now we know how.

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Promising antibiotic discovered in microbial ‘dark matter’

An antibiotic with the ability to vanquish drug-resistant pathogens has been discovered — through a soil bacterium found just beneath the surface of a grassy field in Maine. Although the new antibiotic has yet to be tested in people, there are signs that pathogens will be slow to evolve resistan... Read More

An unexpected benefit of inactivated poliovirus vaccine

The polio eradication and endgame strategic plan announced by the World Health Organization in 2014 includes at least one dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). Since 1988, when WHO announced the polio eradication plan, it had relied exclusively on the use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV)... Read More

Seeking single cells’ secrets

The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants totaling $7.9 million in 2014 to 25 research teams who are unraveling the workings of single cells, as part of an effort to spur development of personalized treatments that target disease at the cellular level. The grants are supported by the ... Read More

‘PURE’ STEM CELLS LET MICE FIGHT OFF HIV

An improved gene therapy strategy using modified human stem cells shows promise in animal models as a functional cure for HIV.

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How bacteria control their size

Scientists have traditionally studied bacteria in large numbers, not individually. Working with tens of millions of cells in a culture flask, they tracked their growth by looking at how much the cells dimmed light passing through a tube.

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