This is Cliff. He’s a two-year-old beagle who could become hospitals’ newest, cutest weapon against infections by the bacterium Clostridium difficille. Hospitals around the world are rife with contagious C. diff infections, which kill thousands and sicken many more every year, raising health car... Read More
This episode: Bacterial nanowires are made of the cells' outer membranes!
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UC Irvine biologists have discovered that fats within cells store a class of proteins with potent antibacterial activity, revealing a previously unknown type of immune system response that targets and kills bacterial infections.
Steven Gross, UCI professor of developmental & cell biology, and... Read More
I am International Outreach Coordinator of We The Microbiologist, a group to outreach the excellence and passion for Microbiology. I communicated Dr. Zakira Ahmad, for a formal interaction to discuss his excellence. I am glad beyond expectation that I had been called to his home with a warm welc... Read More
Have you ever wondered how individual fingers form? If you have taken a developmental biology class, you know that the hand first develops as a mitten-like structure with the future fingers connected (Figure 1). Later, during normal development, the cells in the areas between the fingers undergo... Read More
This episode: BacterioFiles teams up with The Plant Pathology Podcast to talk about how microbes living in plants sometimes team up with the plants, sometimes with plant pathogens!
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The doctors tried one antibiotic after another, racing to stop the infection as it tore through the man's body, but nothing worked.
Just days after the middle-age patient arrived at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the stubborn bacteria in his blood had fought off even what doctors ... Read More
Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead crab apple tree, causing an infection that led University of Utah scientists to discover a new bacterium and solve a mystery about how bacteria came to live inside insects.
Because the new bacteria... Read More
Microscopic animals held algae hostage and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago.
The results, published today in Nature, reveal a “missing link” in evolution because the tiny animal thieves (protozoa) couldn’... Read More
This episode: Truffle's microbiome helps produce its attractive aromas!
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Last week, CBC's Marketplace uncovered antibiotic-resistant bacteria on bathroom sinks, remote controls and bed throws. Warriner's tests found C. difficile, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other such bugs in every one of the 54 hotels tested.
This week, the consumer wat... Read More
The widespread use of antibiotics in hospitals triggered the emergence of two resistant strains of the Clostridium superbug that has killed thousands of people worldwide over the past two decades, a study has shown.
A genetic analysis of about 300 samples of Clostridium difficile bacteria col... Read More
Dear Vincent and Dickson,
I just returned from the annual meeting of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) where I enjoyed many fantastic lectures and caught more Cutthroat Trout fly fishing the upper Snake River during one ev... Read More
Genetic exchange of antibiotic resistance occurs about 10 million times more effectively in the nose than in the blood of animals, report researchers.
Antibiotic resistance results from bacteria’s uncanny ability to morph and adapt, outwitting pharmaceuticals that are supposed to kill them. B... Read More