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Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Seeking Human Subjects, Teams Up With Hospital System

Some of the world’s finest scientists live in a former whaling village on the North Shore of Long Island, in a compound reminiscent of an army post.

In this pastoral setting, they have very self-consciously taken themselves out of the real world into a cerebral one, where they are searching f... Read More

Dartmouth Investigators Develop Antibacterial Enzymes to Combat Drug-Resistant Bacterial Pathogens

By engineering antibacterial enzymes, Dartmouth investigators led by Karl Griswold, PhD are using novel strategies to target the prevalent drug-resistant bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Recent papers in FEMS Microbiology Letters and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology describe their findings... Read More

Shigella: What to Know About America's New Drug-Resistant Bug

News that a stomach bug is becoming resistant to antibiotics is alarming, but before you start fearing the so-called new bug, there are a few things you should know.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that the bacteria Shigella sonnei has become resistant to cip... Read More

These 6 Symptoms predict Ebola risk

When deciding whether a sick patient belongs in an Ebola treatment unit (ETU), doctors want to be right because any misdiagnosis is terribly dangerous.

Returning an Ebola case to the community leaves a patient untreated and prolongs the epidemic, but admitting someone with a different illness... Read More

CRISPR-Cas genome editing of Candida albicans holds promise for overcoming deadly fungal infections

By modifying the CRISPR-Cas genome editing system, Whitehead Institute researchers are now able to manipulate Candida albicans’ genome systematically—an approach that could help identify novel targets for therapies against this serious pathogen for which there are a limited number of anti-fungal... Read More

Study debunks common misconception that urine is sterile

Bacteria have been discovered in the bladders of healthy women, discrediting the common belief that normal urine is sterile. This finding and its implications were addressed in an editorial published by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) in the latest is... Read More

Toxic Bacteria Detection - Bang Goes The Theory (video)

Dr Toby Jenkins talks about toxic bacteria and how to detect that using a technology within bandages. Taken from Bang Goes The Theory Series 7. Read More

Drug-resistant, contagious diarrhea and vomiting bug in US

The multidrug-resistant, incredibly contagious Shigella has popped up in 32 US states in the past year. The bacteria infect your intestines and trigger crampy rectal pain, bloody or mucus-laced diarrhea and vomiting. What can you do? Vigilant hygiene. And if you do get sick, go for an over-the-c... Read More

Cigarette smoke makes superbugs more aggressive

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More

Microbes scared to death by virus presence

A recent study published in mBio suggests that certain archaea go dormant in the presence of bacteriophage viruses, ceasing to reproduce or carry on cellular processes essential to their survival. The study, which was conducted at the University of Illinois, sheds light on the co-evolution of a... Read More

Soil source for vine bacteria

The bacteria found on grapevines seem to come mostly from soil, a finding that could help researchers to understand how soil microbes influence the properties of wine made from the grapes. Read More

Experimental Ebola vaccine safe, prompts immune response

In light of the severity and rapid progression of this year's Ebola crisis and the inability of medical workers to combat the virus, a newly developed vaccine has been shown to elicit a strong immune response in over 90% of volunteers in an NIH clinical trial. Volunteers were monitored for sign... Read More

Unknown funji and bacterias

Exposed for 3 minutes outdoors in the gymnasium of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. Medium used for fungi PDA. Culture medium used for bacteria TSA. Incubated at 37 degrees for 48 hours. Read More

TWiM #101: The MRSA in your home

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 101 Letters

Eric writes:


Dear TWIMers,


I am a retired computer programmer and also a free market libertarian. I listened to a recent podcast where the subject of mandatory hand washing by food workers was tossed around. I would like to present a few more of the free marke... Read More

HeLa RNA is everywhere

The first immortal human cell line ever produced, HeLa, originated from a cervical adenocarcinoma taken from Henrietta Lacks. The cell line grew so well that it was used in many laboratories and soon was found to contaminate other cell lines. Now HeLa RNA has made its way into human sequence dat... Read More

Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits - NPR

Scientists measured how much thioalcohol -- a molecule that makes your underarms smelly -- each species of bacteria produced, and found Staphylococcus hominis was one of the worst offenders. They are hoping that the findings will change the way that we fight body odor, and envision a deodorant t... Read More

The 'intraterrestrials': New viruses discovered in ocean depths

Deep sea microbiology is a rapidly-growing field that we know (not surprisingly) very little about. New research investigates the ecology of methane seep ecosystems and the interaction between archaea and viruses beneath the ocean floor. A newly-discovered virus seems to self-select for mutati... Read More

Scientists reveal unique mechanism of natural product with powerful antimicrobial action

A research team at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida has published a study which details the wide-range of function of the natural product borrelidin. Borrelidin is a powerful tRNA-synthetase inhibitor which has been shown to exhibit antimicrobial characteristics, including anti-bacteri... Read More
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