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Grow Your Own Computer?

There may be a new wave of computer technology on the way thanks to scientists at the University of Leeds and Japan’s University of Agriculture and Technology: Growing your own computer.

Magnet-making bacteria may be used to create the next generation of hard drives, making them much smaller ... Read More

Expert Panel To Give Controversial Bird Flu Research A Second Look

Two controversial studies on bird flu will once again be reviewed by an expert committee that advises the government on what to do with biological research that could pose potential dangers.

The move is just the latest development in a fierce ongoing debate about genetically altered flu virus... Read More

Alzheimer's might be transmissible in similar way as infectious prion diseases

This study, from the University of Texas, injected mice brains with brain tissue from an Alzheimer's disease patient.. The mice developed Alzheimer's disease pathology . This confirms many suspicions concerning a role for infectious agents - for example herpes simplex, as long advocated by Ruth... Read More

Fungi And Bacteria Help Each Other Stay Mobile

Bacteria and fungi are remarkably mobile. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that the two organisms enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship to aid them in that movement - and their survival.

Fungal spores can attach themselves to bacteria, "hitching a ride" wherever the ... Read More

Bacteria that could pass as X-men: part 1

Great article from Scientific American... click 'source' to see the whole piece...

1) The Blob

Like many of the X-men, the Blob has gone through several incarnations of character but the one main continuous feature is that he’s big. That’s pretty much it. The size gives him supernatural s... Read More

Protein Necessary for Bacteria to Produce Ulcers

When it comes to the ability of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori to effectively colonize the stomach and eventually cause ulcers it all comes down to a single protein.

H. pylori strains infect half of all humans worldwide and contribute to the development of peptic ulcers and gastric cancer.... Read More

ASM Funding Opportunities for US and Indian Scientists!

ASM is excited to offer its members in the US and India a unique chance to travel abroad and foster microbiology education with the ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Professorships in Microbiology!

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your knowledge with young scientists through ... Read More

World's First Malaria Vaccine Works in Major Trial

An experimental vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline halved the risk of African children getting malaria in a major clinical trial, making it likely to become the world's first shot against the deadly disease.

Final-stage trial data released on Tuesday showed it gave protection against clinical and s... Read More

A third dose of MMR is safe but do we really need one?

It was recently reported - at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research - that the rate of adverse effects from a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the same as those of the second dose. This was conducted as part of a C... Read More

Cash crisis hits disease battle

Efforts to tackle diseases which kill millions each year could be badly affected by a severe shortfall in donations to a worldwide funding body.

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria will make no new grants until 2014, and there is a threat to some existing projects.

It asked inter... Read More

Scientist Who Led XMRV Research Team Let Go

Judy A. Mikovits, the embattled scientist who led the research team that found a possible link between the retrovirus XMRV and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, has been terminated from her job as director of research at the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease in Reno, N... Read More

The arsenic-life affair - challenges of scientific discourse in a new media age

Tom Clynes has written a thorough article about Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the scientist who published a hotly debated paper on the discovery of a microbe that could survive on arsenic in place of phosphorus, one of the elements considered essential for all life. In the article Clynes looks at all side... Read More

Plastic fantastic – the future of biodegradables

Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a thermoplastic polyester which occurs naturally in bacteria as Ralstonia eutropha and Bacillus megaterium. Even though PHB is biodegradable and is not dependent on fossil resources, this bioplastic has been traditionally too expensive to produce to replace petrol... Read More

Adjusting to High Temperatures: Researchers Discover Multifunctional Enzyme Active in Metabolism

Gluconeogenesis is the ability to re-synthesize sugar out of simpler chemical building blocks. It is a central pathway of the metabolism in humans as well as simple bacteria. Researchers have been unable to scientifically analyse this conclusively until now.

Together with the research groups ... Read More

BESC researchers tap into genetic reservoir of heat-loving bacteria

The identification of key proteins in a group of heat-loving bacteria by researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center could help light a fire under next-generation biofuel production.

Scientists have long been on the hunt for cost-effective ways to break down complex pla... Read More

Giant Pandas Beat Meat-Eating Heritage with Specialized Microbes

Giant pandas don't digest bamboo by themselves. Microorganisms in their guts may help the endangered animals to subsist on plants despite a gut that is better suited to eating meat, finds an analysis published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pandas (Ailuropod... Read More

New GM Crops Could Make Superweeds Even Stronger

Herbicide-resistant superweeds threaten to overgrow U.S. fields, so agriculture companies have genetically engineered a new generation of plants to withstand heavy doses of multiple, extra-toxic weed-killing chemicals.

It’s a more intensive version of the same approach that made the resistant... Read More

TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson tack... Read More

TWiM #22: Microbiology 911



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TWiP 39: I encyst, said the amoeba



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson review the biology an... Read More

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