Tuberculosis (TB) caused by infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis remains one of the most important infectious diseases of man and animals respectively, and continues to inflict a huge cost in humans and animals in both health and financial terms.
At present the onl... Read More
Ancient DNA of the bacteria causing syphilis, the Treponema pallidum pallidum, can be recovered from the ancient bones of newborns. This is the conclusion reached by a study led by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), which was able to obtain the genetic material from the bacteria in more th... Read More
A study to be published in the online journal mBio® on November 29 shows that adding antibiotics to swine feed causes microorganisms in the guts of these animals to start sharing genes that could spread antibiotic resistance.
Livestock farms use antibiotic drugs regularly, and not just for cu... Read More
Why did so many of the people who died from the new strain of H1N1 influenza that broke out in 2009 also get infected with pneumonia? The authors of a study in mBio this week found out how the two infections, pandemic flu and pneumonia, interact to make to make a lethal combination: infection wi... Read More
A team of scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating. The findings, which are published online in the Journal of Virology, could lead to the development of highly targeted compounds to block the replication ... Read More
Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of trematodes, or flukes, which have a snail as a reservoir host.
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By adding some art to his “Fundamentals of Microbiology” science course at the University of Waterloo, Biology professor Josh Neufeld has found a way to engage his students with the topic in a fun and creative way.
BIOL 140, explains Neufeld, is a large introductory course divided across thre... Read More
Vincent and Dickson review the biology an... Read More
This video explores the ways in which humans are learning to exploit microbes to produce medicines, fuel and food.
Vincent and Dickson discuss loaiasis caus... Read More
Vincent and Dickson discuss control of ma... Read More
Transplanting faecal matter from one person to another - the thought might turn your stomach, but it could be lifesaving.
Some doctors are using the procedure to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria, which can become unbalanced in some diseases.
Dr Alisdair MacConnachie, who thinks he ... Read More
A Queen's University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.
"This is the future, because many hospital deaths are p... Read More