Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What's behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them? Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond is a harrowing documentary that follows scientists into the world's ... Read More
While bacteria have been evolving for 3.5 billion years, mammals have evolved with bacteria for only 2.5 million years. Thus, it's not that surprising that humans appear to be losing the war on antibiotic resistance.
The issue of multidrug-resistance and the lack of antibiotics in the developme... Read More
A global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, an invasive, slow-growing bacterium, is linked to heater-cooler devices (HCD) used in cardiac surgery, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of Americ... Read More
Astrobiología y ambientes extremos: En el episodio de hoy tenemos al Dr. Salvador Mirete, Investigador del Centro de Astrobiología, del Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial de Madrid, España. La astrobiología se discute dentro del contexto de los ambientes extremos encontrados en la Tie... Read More
Washington, DC – November 18, 2016 – A new study from the University of Leicester shows that small amounts of damage to salad leaves in bagged salads encourage the presence of Salmonella enterica. Juices released from damaged leaves also enhance the pathogen’s ability to attach to the salad’s pl... Read More
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Clinical Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have created a new way to identify drugs and drug combinations that may potentially be useful in comb... Read More
I like to encourage my students to explore the intersection between art and microbiology. Science + art = awesome! In any event, in this blog post, I describe two microbial art competitions in my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. I think my micronauts did some remarkable w... Read More
It is the first time the predatory bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus has been successfully used as an injected anti-bacterial therapy and represents an important step in the fight against drug-resistant infections, or ‘superbugs’.
Shigella infection is responsible for over 160 million illn... Read More
Scientists report that social media plays far more than a social role in their lives—for many, it is a major way that they communicate about science, solve problems, and even share their work. Together with open-access publishing and data sharing, social media are part of how some science is bei... Read More
How does antibiotic resistance spread?
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to combat the action of one or more antibiotics.
Humans and animals do not become resistant to antibiotic treatments, but bacteria carried by humans and animals can.
In animal farming
Animals may ... Read More
We may be running out of strange places to explore life on Earth, which is a shame because they often provide us with unexpected and exciting findings, especially microbial. Many such sites reveal a novel facet of microbial life, well worth the cost of the adventures involved in the studies. Thi... Read More
A previously unknown feature of the malaria parasite development has just been published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.
An international research team, led by a parasitologist at University of São Paulo and Pasteur Institute, Paris, has shown that, contrary to what has been assumed so fa... Read More
German physicist Michael Lässig believes that soon it may be possible to make evolutionary forecasts. Scientists may not be able to predict what life will be like 100 million years from now, but they may be able to make short-term forecasts for the next few months or years. And if they’re making... Read More
Scientists are gaining an insider's look behind the notorious infectivity of Francisella tularensis. This bacterium is an equal opportunity pathogen. It causes the disease tularemia in humans, rabbits and rodents, among others.
Also called rabbit fever, the disease doesn't seem to spread from... Read More
Walk through any woods, branches swaying overhead, and you're surrounded by billions of the world's most efficient systems for collecting energy. Inside every leaf, blade of grass, and algal cell, clusters of proteins and tiny pigments, called photosynthetic antenna complexes, capture sunshine.
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Since Dr. Adam Levine arrived in Haiti in late October, he’s been managing a cholera treatment unit for International Medical Corps. Hurricane Matthew devastated the area on Oct. 4, creating conditions that foment the spread of the disease. The unit is still running near its 30-bed capacity.
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Q. Are people who work with books and manuscripts from the 14th and 15th centuries at risk from disease-causing bacteria or viruses from that time?
A. Almost certainly not, because of how diseases spread and how long most microbes can survive on dry surfaces.
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Federal scientists have launched another test in human volunteers of a Zika vaccine. This one uses a more traditional approach than an experiment that started in August.
Federal officials are eager to develop a vaccine as quickly as possible, which is why they are pursuing multiple approaches... Read More
In northern Sweden, data from certain weather stations have shown that the snow season has been shortened by over two months in the last 30 years, which has huge effects on reindeer herding. Also, the climate sensitive human infection tularemia has tenfolded over the same period and is much more... Read More
Students are the focus of the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting, held most recently November 9-12, 2016, in Tampa, Florida. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students make up over half the roughly 4,000 program participants, and many participants belo... Read More