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Common gum-disease bug may also give cancer a boost

What do your mouth and your behind have in common? They're linked by a bug that we thought was usually benign, but may in fact have a much darker side.

Fusobacterium nucleatum is a common bacterium that lives in our mouths, often without causing any ill effects, although it is also frequently... Read More

PhatoMap of New York Subway System

The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs — and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague — according to a citywide microbiome map published today by Weill Corne... Read More

Coral reef symbiosis: Paying rent with sugar and fat

Scientists have revealed how coral-dwelling microalgae harvest nutrients from the surrounding seawater and shuttle them out to their coral hosts, sustaining a fragile ecosystem that is under threat.

Coral reefs are the jungles of the oceans, home to some of the planet's most fertile fishing g... Read More

Tuberculosis: Exclusive Clips From “The Forgotten Plague”

Measles and Ebola have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, but there are plenty of other infectious diseases lurking among us. One is tuberculosis, which, in various times through its long history, was also known as the captain of death, the white plague, and consumption.

Tomorrow, PBS’... Read More

This Vitamin might protect kids from Malaria

Vitamin A may protect children against malaria, especially during the rainy season when infected mosquitos flourish, a study suggests.

“Our research found that children who received vitamin A supplementation were less likely to become infected with malaria,” she said. “Now we need to test vit... Read More

Obama tells parents to get kids vaccinated to stem measles

President Barack Obama is urging parents to get their children vaccinated in the face of a measles outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in the United States.

He said that while he understood there were families concerned about the effect of vaccinations, he said the science was "pr... Read More

A newly discovered bacterial family may become a weapon in the fight against malaria

A new family of bacteria that are common in malaria mosquitoes has been described by researchers at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University in Sweden, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany, and the Veterinärmedizinische Universität, Austria. Now, attempts ar... Read More

Superbug outbreak has killed two at UCLA medical center

This week, doctors at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center discovered that a contaminated medical tool had been spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria to patients. The bacteria, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE, has been called a “nightmare” bacteria by... Read More

First results from Ebola vaccine trial show acceptable safety profile

The first results from a trial of a candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggest the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile at the doses tested, and is able to generate an immune response.

'The vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we had hoped,' said Prof... Read More

Bacteria's hidden traffic control

Not unlike an urban restaurant, the success of a bacterial cell depends on three things: localization, localization and localization. But the complete set of controls by which bacteria control the movement of proteins and other essential biological materials globally within the confines of their... Read More

Could Proteins from Frog Skin Be Source of New Class of Antibiotics?

With minor tinkering, a peptide—a tiny protein—from the skin of a frog could be fashioned into a novel antibiotic that would lack the toxic byproducts of some more conventional drugs. More importantly, such peptides would represent a new class of antibiotics, at a time when new classes are so... Read More

World Health Organization approves 15-minute Ebola detection test

Until now, the standard way to check for Ebola in the region was to use the nucleic acid test, which works by identifying the genetic materials of the virus from a blood sample. Yet the test requires a full lab to succeed, and it takes between 12 to 24 hours to process the results. In comparison... Read More

TWiM 98 Letters

 


Patrick writes:


Hi Vincent,


I thought you and the rest of the TWiM/TWiP folks would be interested in the following paper: Transferred interbacterial antagonism genes augment eukaryotic innate immune function, published online in Nature this week... Read More

TWiV 322: Postcards from the edge of the membrane

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

BacterioFiles 203 - P. putida Promotes Plant Pollutant Purification

This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!


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Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability.

Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators have found an unexpected way the... Read More

Breastfeeding, Other Factors Help Shape Immune System Early in Life

Henry Ford Hospital researchers say that breastfeeding and other factors influence a baby’s immune system development and susceptibility to allergies and asthma by what’s in their gut.

The striking findings from a series of studies further advance the so-called hygiene hypothesis theory that ... Read More

Airport screening misses half of disease cases but could be improved

Scientists have shown that airport screening for disease will often miss half or more of infected travelers, but can be improved by customizing to pathogens. The findings are published in the journal eLife.

They present options for policy makers; for example whether resources would be better ... Read More

Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the wearer from harsh and ever-changing environmental conditions. That is the case for many microorganisms. In a new study, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berk... Read More

Canned fruit safer than the frozen variety

Canned fruit is often safer than the frozen variety according to University of NSW Associate Professor Julian Cox, an expert in food microbiology.

"The heat treatment used to make canned products shelf stable in ambient temperatures is much more than sufficient to kill micro-organisms includi... Read More
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