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Study reveals intestinal bacteria succession during recovery from cholera in Bangladesh

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

The effect of a nuclear accident on our planets microbes

Even after 29 years, the rate of decomposition by microbes is reduced around Chernobyl Read More

Findings reveal clues to functioning of mysterious 'mimivirus'

Researchers have discovered the structure of a key protein on the surface of an unusually large virus called the mimivirus, aiding efforts to determine its hosts and unknown functions.

The mimivirus was initially thought to be a bacterium because it is much larger than most viruses. It was is... Read More

DISEASES LOOM LARGE FOR TROPICAL CORALS

As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks. Read More

Plan to reform WHO after Ebola to be unveiled by Angela Merkel

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

Liberia conducts first polio, measles immunizations since Ebola outbreak.

Monrovia, 8 May 2015 – A week-long campaign to vaccinate more than 600,000 children against polio and measles kicks off today in Liberia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the ... Read More

BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!


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Scientists discover bacterial cause behind fatal heart complications

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

MdlM 111: Microbiologia en lugares exoticos con Erin Symonds

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.


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Rapidly growing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Niger

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

Decode your kitty's microbiome

Over the past few years, researchers have gotten a much better idea of the importance of the human microbiome--the trillions of bacteria living in and around our bodies. Now we know that these bacteria can make us more obese, change how our brains work, and are unique to individuals. Although a ... Read More

Bacteria shut down their mutant 'cousins.'

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

Sushi protects mosquitoes from lethal virus infections

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

BacterioFiles 215 - Plasmid Pirates Piezophile Particles

This episode: Deep-sea thermophile bacteriophage is pirated by another scurvy genetic element!


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Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Wastewater treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment.

When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and anti... Read More

NASA is sending some lucky yeast into radiation-filled deep space

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

Giant panda gut bacteria can't efficiently digest bamboo

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

Nebraska declares state of emergency in bird flu outbreak

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency on Thursday, after federal agriculture officials confirmed a second farm site had tested positive for the rapidly spreading avian flu virus.

The declaration follows earlier, similar actions by governors in Wisconsin, Minnesota and ... Read More

Forecasting future infectious disease outbreaks

(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

TWiV 338: Coyotes have sushi

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler


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