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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Proliferate in Agricultural Soils

Infectious diseases kill roughly 13 million people worldwide, annually, a toll that continues to rise, aided and abetted by resistance genes. Now a study, published in the March Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy finds reservoirs of resistance in agricultural soils. These contained more diver... Read More

Tracking The Spread Of A Nasty Virus (NPR Audio Story)

When members of a travel soccer team in Oregon fell ill last year, the details of how the disease spread through the team were mysterious. Kimberly Repp, an epidemiologist in Washington County, Oregon, describes the medical detective work that led epidemiologists through the chain of transmissio... Read More

ASM Live San Francisco 2012

Be part of the studio audience for the 2012 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Microbiology will discuss hot topics at the meeting with presenters and will take questions from audience and... Read More

'Universal' cancer vaccine developed

The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of all cancers, could provide a universal injection that allows patients' immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer.

Preliminary results from early clinical trials have shown the vaccine can trigg... Read More

Video from the H5N1 Research Discussion at ASMBiodefense

Watch the video from this morning's discussion of NSABB’s publication recommendations for the NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1 at ASMBiodefense conference.


Moderated by the Chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), Paul Keim, P... Read More

TWiM #58: The brain microbiome?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and  Read More

Launching A “Social Networking War” Against Cancer

Like bacteria, cancer cells rely on communication and cooperation, says TAU research

Experts agree that, more than ever before, modern wars will be fought in the cyber zone, targeting an enemy’s communications technology to cause untold damage. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is suggesti... Read More

TWiM #42: Staphylococcus, a three-star pathogen

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Bugs Need Symbiotic Bacteria to Exploit Plant Seeds: Mid-Gut Microbes Help Insects in Processing Their Food

Aggregations of the red and black coloured firebugs are ubiquitous under linden trees in Central Europe, where the bugs can reach astounding population densities. While these insects have no impact on humans, their African, Asian, and American relatives, the cotton stainers, are serious agricult... Read More

TWiM #47: Resistance on the surface

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Read More

H5N1 research symposium to be webcast live to public

The Royal Society in London will host an international symposium this week to address research issues surrounding H5N1 avian influenza research. Sponsored in part by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the two-day meeting, April 3-4, will feature key influenza researchers and will be we... Read More

TWiM #55: In the copper room

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and  Read More

TWiP 39 Letters

Rebecca writes:


Thanks for the podcast! I wanted to add a quick note about diagnosing trich: As a cytotechnologist, I diagnose trich on pap smears daily. I imagine this is how a lot of ladies find out they are infected.


Peter writes:


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Rapid Test Strips Detect Bacterial Contamination in Swimming Water (video)

Chemistry professor John Brennan talks about a paper strip, developed at McMaster University, that can detect harmful concentrations of E. coli in recreational water within minutes.

The bioactive paper detects E. coli quickly* and simply, with much greater accuracy than existing portable tec... Read More

TWiM #40: A mecca for microbiology

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Researchers find a way to detect “hypervirulent” Salmonella strains

A recent discovery of "hypervirulent" Salmonella bacteria has given University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Michael Mahan and Douglas Heithoff a means to potentially prevent food poisoning outbreaks from these particularly powerful strains. Their findings, in a paper titled "Intraspe... Read More

Scientists see AIDS vaccine within reach after decades

At an ill-fated press conference in 1984, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler boldly predicted an effective AIDS vaccine would be available within just two years.

But a string of failed attempts - punctuated by a 2007 trial in which a Merck vaccine appeared to make peopl... Read More

TWiM #51: Cave science with Hazel Barton

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Drug-resistant Bacteria - Designing Nanoparticles For High Antibiotic Doses

Highly-targeted nanoparticles that deliver huge doses of existing antibiotics could be used to overload the defenses of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT reported in the journal ACS Nano. The authors explained that the development of novel antibiotics... Read More

Turmeric Spices Up Virus Study

The popular spice turmeric packs more than just flavor — it shows promise in fighting devastating viruses, Mason researchers recently discovered.

Curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Aarthi Narayanan, lead... Read More

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