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Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. Researchers at the University of Michigan report their fi... Read More

TWiV 272: Give peas a chance

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 Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

Listening to Life

Listening to Life: New chemical imaging method probes the communications of live microbial colonies

Once impossible, scientists can now eavesdrop on microbes, thanks to a new technique from scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and three universities. Microbes converse by releas... Read More

TWiV 313: With viruses like these, who needs enemas?

 


Vincent, Alan, and Rich discuss how norovirus, an enteric virus, can replace the functions of the gut microbiome.


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Gut Bacteria Often Similar in Humans, Chimps: Study

Humans and chimpanzees have much in common, biologically speaking, and that may now include certain communities -- or ecosystems -- of gut bacteria, a new study finds.

Gut bacteria play a crucial role in collecting nutrients from food, helping the immune system and protecting people against d... Read More

Lyme disease bacterium shows resistance thanks to biofilm according to study

The agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) has been shown to have the ability to hide and demonstrate resistance from harsh environmental conditions to antibiotics used to treat the infection, thanks to the formation of a biofilm, according to a University of New Haven news release Oct... Read More

BacterioFiles 157 - Azotobacter Assists Algae

This episode: Nitrogen-fixing bacteria could provide nitrogen to algae in biotech processes!


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Don’t Panic—Ebola Isn’t Heading For You

An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever that began in early July 2012 has involved at least 36 individuals and 16 deaths. So far the disease has been confined to a rural region west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The subject of Richard Preston’s scary The Hot Zone, Ebola virus is newsworthy b... Read More

The sorceress’s apprentice

ANYONE who walks in the woods will be familiar with witches’ brooms (pictured). Many trees sport these bushy tumours, which have a variety of causes. An important one is a group of bacteria called phytoplasma that are, in turn, carried from plant to plant by sap-sucking insects such as leafhoppe... Read More

TWiV 263: Game of clones

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Dogs, Owners May Swap Disease-Causing Oral Bacteria: Study

If you're a pet-owner who kisses your dog on the mouth, you might want to think twice.

A new study in the journal Archives of Oral Biology suggests that it's possible for disease-causing oral bacteria to be exchanged between dogs and their owners.

Japanese researchers examined dental plaqu... Read More

TWiV 193 Letters

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Welcome to the great state of Wisconsin! I hope you enjoy your stay. I suggest in your free time that you try some fresh cheese curds from a local creamer and maybe some fried ones too. I'm sure that those from the area can let you k... Read More

Carl Woese Dies at 84; Discovered Life’s ‘Third Domain’

Carl Woese, a biophysicist and evolutionary microbiologist whose discovery 35 years ago of a “third domain” of life in the vast realm of micro-organisms altered scientific understanding of evolution, died on Sunday at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 84.

His death was announced by the Universi... Read More

Bacterial protein in house dust spurs asthma according to NIH study (NIH press release)

A bacterial protein in common house dust may worsen allergic responses to indoor allergens, according to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Duke University. The finding is the first to document the presence of the protein flagellin in house dust, bolstering the link betw... Read More

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

A fun little read about lichens and their impressive attributes, accompanied by some beautiful photographs. (If the use of the term "kingdom Monera" gives you cause to smirk, just ignore it and keep reading.) Read More

Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

Boy, it's a good time to be a dark chocolate lover.

We've noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a link between a regular chocolate habit and lower body weight.

Now scientists are offering an explanation... Read More

BacterioFiles 186 - Matched Mice, Mismatched Microbiota

This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!


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How Bacteria Talk to Each Other and Our Cells

Bacteria talk to each other using N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs) as quorum sensing (QS) signals. This signaling allows the bacteria to control gene expression of virulence factors and biofilms once a critical density has been achieved. This phenomenon, quorum sensing, is important when an infe... Read More

TWiP 47 Letters

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Tomorrow starts the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria Conference here in Rio de Janeiro. I read Peter Hotez will be participating in a round-table session on “What is the future role of academic journals in the research, c... Read More

BacterioFiles 169 - Microbes Meddle with Mesophilic Malaria

This episode: Ambient temperature seems to affect how much insect bacteria can interfere with transmission of malaria!


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