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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

This week is Yogurt Week on NPR it seems with a collection of stories about the microbes involved in yogurt manufacturing.

"Yogurt is a truly living food. The bacteria that transform milk into this thick and sour food also provide a sense of mystique.

For Atanas Valev, they carry the tas... Read More

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Dear Vincent & Dickson… and Daniel,

I always enjoy listening to TWIP here in Kona, Hawaii.

Our weather today is 79ºF and clear but we have just experienced a record 25-year overnight low of 54ºF,
(FREEZING, as few of us hav... Read More

Cystic Fibrosis Microorganisms Survive on Little to No Oxygen

Washington, DC – July 28, 2015 – Microbes contributing to cystic fibrosis (CF) are able to survive in saliva and mucus that is chemically heterogeneous, including significant portions that are largely devoid of oxygen, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access jou... Read More

Following Maternal Transmission, Group B Strep Mutates to Sicken Infants

Washington, DC - August 18, 2015 - Group B streptococcus, a mostly benign inhabitant of healthy adults, is one of the world’s leading causes of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. A team of French investigators has now shown that such cases might occur when the microbe mutates within the infant foll... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Bordetella parapertussis Outbreak in Southeastern Minnesota in 2014

Vytas Karalius, Medical Student at Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Robin Patel, director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic discuss an outbreak of Bordetella parapertussis in Southeastern Minnesota and examine the efficacy of the vaccine against different spe... Read More

Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria

Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have found. Read More

New Compound for Alcoholism Treatment

BOC Sciences-A new beta-carboline compound shows great potential for alcoholism treatment. At present, no side effects caused by the new compound have been found in the trials on rats. The compound was developed by research team from Wisconsin in Milwaukee, US. With further successful tests and ... Read More

Antiviral compound protects nonhuman primates against Marburg virus

An experimental drug that protected monkeys from the deadly Marburg virus appears to have potential for treating people who have been exposed to the virus, according to a study published in the July 23 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. Marburg virus is closely related to Ebola viru... Read More

Partnership to develop production system for exciting new antibiotic

Researchers from Plymouth University are collaborating with world-leading industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology business Ingenza, to develop an efficient, scalable microbial production system for epidermicin, a new class of antibiotic being developed for use in the fight against infecti... Read More

UGA researchers develop breakthrough tools in fight against cryptosporidium

Athens, Ga. - Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed new tools to study and genetically manipulate cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Their discoveries, published in the journal Nature, will ultimately help researchers in... Read More

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Dear Sirs

This is fun, and although I'm sure someone will gripe about Dicksons enthusiastic response to the crayfish, it made my life easier. I think it's Paragonimus kellicoti. As for eating raw crayfish; how drunk... Read More

Community ecology can advance the fight against infectious diseases

Despite continued medical advances, infectious diseases kill over 10 million people worldwide each year. The ecological complexity of many emerging disease threats--interactions among multiple hosts, multiple vectors and even multiple parasites--often complicates efforts aimed at controlling dis... Read More

Decontamination Exterminates Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from Pig Farm

Washington, DC – September 4, 2015 - Decontamination protocols eradicated both methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistant, pathogenic intestinal bacteria, the Enterobacteriaceae, from a pig farm. The research appears online September 4th in ASM’s journal Applied ... Read More

NIH-funded study establishes genomic data set on Lassa virus

An international team of researchers has developed the largest genomic data set in the world on Lassa virus (LASV). The new genomic catalog contains nearly 200 viral genomes collected from patient samples in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as field samples from the major animal reservoir, or h... Read More

Transgenic pigs resistant to foot-and-mouth disease

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) infects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and many wild species. The disease caused by this virus is a substantial problem for farmers because infected animals cannot be sold. Transgenic pigs have now been produced which express a short... Read More

A Green Thumb for Ocean Microbes

MIT-WHOI Graduate student Kristen Hunter-Cevera describes the challenges and obstacles involved with growing marine microbes (in her case, Synechococcus) in a laboratory setting, and outlines the value of her research in understanding marine biogeochemistry. Read More

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages

MRSA is bad news. If you've never heard of it, here's what you need to know: It's pronounced MER-suh, it's a nasty bacterial infection and it can cause serious disease and death. Read More

New Drug for Lung Cancer can Improve the Survival Rate Greatly

BOC Sciences-Scientists have found a drug called nivolumab more effective for non-small cell lung cancer, as it increases the survival time while bring less side effects than the traditional drug used for non-small cell lung cancer. Read More

Biologist investigates how gene-swapping bacteria evade antibiotics

A scientific peek into bacteria boudoirs is revealing how "sex" among disease-causing microbes can lead different species or strains to become resistant to antibiotic medications. Read More

Diarrhea in cats

Barbara Hinney and her colleagues from the Institute for Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, screened 298 faecal samples taken from cats across Austria for single-cell intestinal parasites, so called enteric protozoa. The samples came from private households, catteries... Read More
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