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Your next migraine might be thanks to your mouth microbes

When Antonio Gonzalez began doctoral studies in Rob Knight’s laboratory, then at University of Colorado, Boulder, the computer scientist quickly learned about microbes and their connection to human health. He soon found a connection to his wife’s health jumping out of the literature at him.

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NYT - I’m a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It.

Aaron E. Carroll, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses the five-second rule about dropping food on the floor and still eating it. He reminds us that we touch lots of dirty surfaces everyday, from cell phone screens to money and even the kitchen sink sponge.... Read More

Viruses found to attack ocean archaea far more extensively than thought

A team of researchers with members from Italy, Australia, the U.S. and Japan has found that viruses are the main culprit in killing archaea in the deep sea. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the researchers describe the techniques they used to study archaea in soil sample... Read More

These are the foods you should eat if you want less smelly farts

Eating slow-release carbs and cutting down on protein may prevent rotten-egg farts according to a study of the gases emitted by human faeces samples.

Farts are mostly composed of odourless gases. There is oxygen and nitrogen from swallowed air, while hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide are p... Read More

Germs in wastewater often become airborne

Using household wastewater to irrigate food crops in drought-stricken or arid regions isn't the perfect solution. The chemicals and disease-causing germs it might contain could contaminate crops. Viruses that have their origin in the human intestines are often released into the air as fine spray... Read More

Zika virus: The outbreak in Asia

How widespread is Zika in South East Asia? At least 19 countries and areas in the region have reported locally transmitted cases since 2007, according to the WHO. The majority - 13 - reported their cases this year. Thailand has recorded some 350 cases and Singapore nearly 400, including pregnant... Read More

Migraine Sufferers Have Higher Levels of Nitrate-reducing Microbes in their Mouths

Washington, DC – October 18, 2016 – Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine (UC San Diego) have found an association between migraines and microbes that reduce nitrates. Analyzing data from the American Gut Project, they found that migraine sufferers harbored sig... Read More

UC Davis researchers hope monkeys can aid Zika vaccine development

At first glance, the monkeys being studied by University of California, Davis researchers may look like they’re part of a zoo exhibit, but these primates may soon hold the key to preventing pregnant women from passing the Zika virus to their unborn babies.

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Bacteria can make underground nuclear waste repositories safer

Naturally occurring bacteria could consume pent-up hydrogen gas in nuclear waste repositories to prevent radioactive leaks, say researchers at EPFL.

Scientists may have found an unexpected ally in the long-term disposal of nuclear waste: bacteria. In a recent study, a research team led by EPF... Read More

Remembering the General - D.A. Henderson and the Eradication of Small Pox

Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University and NYT writer, Lawrence K Altman, remembers Donald J. Henderson, MD, and his role in the eradication of small pox.

"The path to this monumental public health victory was tortuous, full of mini disasters, bureaucratic quagmires, rivalries,... Read More

Adding a related virus can boost vaccines

The results of a clinical trial suggest it is possible to modify the body’s response to an infection with a related virus.

The researchers report in Nature Microbiology that antibodies, under specific conditions, can intensify infection with a virus related to the causal organism. This phenom... Read More

Using satellite imagery to improve vaccination coverage

Looking for population shifts on satellite images could be a way to deliver vaccines and prevent or control disease outbreaks, a new study finds.

The findings, published in Scientific Reports, are based on analysis of satellite images, vaccine records, and measles case reports.

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LudusScope Turns Microbiology Into Real Games (video)

The LudusScope is an interactive smartphone microscope that can be made entirely out of 3D printed or commonly available materials and is easily assembled by middle school or high school students. Developed by Stanford bioengineer Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, it allows students to interact directly with... Read More

Roundworms even more useful than researchers previously thought

Caenorhabditis elegans (often abbreviated C. elegans) is a roundworm (nematode) used as a model system not only to study human diseases but also for understanding fundamental biological processes.

"Now we know that Caenorhabditis elegans do have the ability to produce chondroitin sulfate. Th... Read More

TWiM #137: The battle for oxygen

Highlights of the Recent Advances in Microbial Control meeting in San Diego, and expansion of a gut pathogen by virulence factors that stimulate aerobic respiration.


Vincent Racaniello, <... Read More

Where Zika Struck Hardest, Brazil Moms Say More Help Needed

Zika initially was known only to cause flu-like symptoms in some people. But a surge late last year in cases of babies born with small heads in northeast Brazil set off worldwide alarm about the virus, which was later linked to a birth defect known as microcephaly. When the connection was made, ... Read More

Smartphone microscope turns microbiology into game time

A new 3-D printed, easily assembled smartphone microscope developed at Stanford University turns microbiology into game time. The device allows kids to play games or make more serious observations with miniature light-seeking microbes called Euglena.

When it’s assembled, it has a platform for... Read More

BacterioFiles 271 - Dictyostelium Delivers DNA Deathtraps

This episode: Slime molds have special cells that capture and kill bacteria using traps made of DNA!

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Antibiotic history of a hospital bed may increase a patient’s risk of infection

If the previous occupant of a hospital bed received antibiotics, the next patient who uses that bed may be at higher risk for a severe form of infectious diarrhea, according to a new study.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) diarrhea causes 27,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Hospital patients t... Read More

Women don’t feel welcome in these STEM fields

Researchers say there are 3 main factors that explain why women are more represented in some STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields than others.

The most powerful one, they say, is a “masculine culture” that makes many women feel like they don’t belong.

“There is w... Read More
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