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Viruses in the extreme

Many microbes live in extreme environments, encountering conditions that are very hot, very cold, highly acidic, or very salty. The viruses that infect such microbes must also be able to retain infectivity in extreme conditions. How do they do it?

Clues come from the observations that the gen... Read More

Study in Nigeria finds 1 in 10 malaria drugs are poor quality

A rigorous analysis of more than 3,000 antimalarials purchased in Enugu, Nigeria found 9.3% to be of poor quality, according to new research published in PLOS ONE. Read More

Study identifies Ebola virus's Achilles' heel

An international team including scientists from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has identified the molecular "lock" that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to gain entry to cells. The findings,... Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2015 Agar Art Contest

What microbial masterpieces can you create? 


Plate your artistry, creating a unique piece of agar art and then add a short description of your piece that engages a broad audience.


Anyone with an active ASM membership is eligible to compete. Winners will receive a free ASM... Read More

Overexpression of Enterococcus faecalis elr operon protects from phagocytosis

This study investigates how the overexpression of a specific ORF affects the virulence of E. faecalis. Read More

Mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Males aren't relevant -- at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes.

Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. Read More

Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (video)

A very well done video profile of the Doherty Institute.

A world-class institute combining research into infectious disease and immunity with teaching excellence.
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Measles-flu comparison yields insights for vaccine design

(NEW YORK - May 22) - By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design, according to a study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online this week in the journal Cell Reports. Read More

Bacteria cooperate to repair damaged siblings

May 21, 2015 - A University of Wyoming faculty member led a research team that discovered a certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange (OME) to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole. Read More

BacterioFiles 216 - Probiotic Promotes Peanut Permissiveness

This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!


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TWiV 338: Coyotes have sushi

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler


Guest:  Read More

THESE MICROBES ‘EAT’ ELECTRONS TO MAKE METHANE

In a new study, researchers demonstrate for the first time how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial “factories” that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably. Read More

Phages transducing antibiotic resistance detected in chicken meat

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. There are different explanations for how resistances are transferred. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna found phages in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria. Phages are viruses that exclusively infect b... Read More

Sushi protects mosquitoes from lethal virus infections

As far as I know, mosquitoes do not eat sushi. But mosquito cells have proteins with sushi repeat domains, and these proteins protect the brain from lethal virus infections. Read More

TWiM #104: Feed me polyamines, biofilm

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 104 Letters

Mark writes:


Hello TWiM-aggregate,


Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
of Drought is upon us - please send water.


Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
attentio... Read More

MdlM 111: Microbiologia en lugares exoticos con Erin Symonds

El tratamiento de aguas residuales en comunidades pequeñas y virus como indicadores de riesgo a la salud pública: estos son dos de los temas a discutirse en la entrevista de hoy con Erin Symonds, una estudiante doctoral de la Universidad de Sur de la Florida.


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Scientists discover bacterial cause behind fatal heart complications

Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen and is known to be associated with increased risk of fatal heart complications including heart failure and heart attacks. Read More

Giant panda gut bacteria can't efficiently digest bamboo

It's no wonder that giant pandas are always chewing and eating, say Chinese researchers: their gut bacteria are not the type for efficiently digesting bamboo. Read More

Scientists discover tiny microbes with potential to cleanse waterways

A seven-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways have the potential to play an important role in cleansing Singapore's waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. Read More
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