What do makeup samples, sushi and the Metro have in common? They are all host to a variety of bacteria.
We followed last week’s underground incubator to see if the bacteria we swabbed from the Metro was any more or less disconcerting than what we might find at the mall or in our offices.
D... Read More
Algal blooms that occur in rivers and waterways have been found to produce a previously unrecognized estrogen-like compound that adversely affects fish, plants and humans by disrupting the normal activity of reproductive hormones.
University of Tennessee researchers, led by biotechnologist Th... Read More
Researchers have rediscovered frog species including one last seen in India more than a century ago, potentially offering clues on why they have survived a global crisis killing amphibians.
Scientists estimate that more than 30 percent of amphibians are facing extinction due to a mysterious f... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 160 is dedicated to the discovery of the virus that infects the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans... Read More
This episode: Artificial proteins actually function in bacteria!
The first detailed study of infection of nonhuman primates with the retrovirus XMRV reveals that the virus establishes a persistent infection characterized by infection of multiple tissues. Viremia (virus in the blood) is low and transient, with proviral DNA detectable in blood lymphocytes. The ... Read More
Metallic copper surfaces kill microbes on contact, decimating their populations, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. They do so literally in minutes, by causing massive membrane damage after about a minute's exposure, says the st... Read More
A new study suggests that differences in the host's genetics can make a big difference in susceptibility bacterial infection. In a study in the February 2011 Infection and Immunity, Virginia L. Miller of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her collaborators show that the virulence... Read More
Ever wanted to take a closer look at the mites on the end of your eyelashes or perhaps see how active (or inactive) sperm cells are? With less than an hour to spare and about £15, you can now make your own digital microscope by following our video guide presented by artist Lewis Sykes from Cyber... Read More
A recent study published in PLoS ONE demonstrates the ability to track the distribution of 'dyed' viral particles in vivo, in real-time through combining a mouse model with a labeled adenovirus vector - emitting light in the near-infrared range. They analyse the location of virions following sys... Read More
A severe flu pandemic would send a pulse of drugs into sewage works that could endanger the UK's water treatment system, according to new research.
Sewage works rely on bacteria to break down waste so it's safe to release into rivers. If antibiotics and antiviral drugs make their way through ... Read More
This may rock your winter world: You can't get a cold just from cold weather.
With people sneezing and coughing around you, or at your child's school, it's important to separate fact from fiction where colds are concerned. In fact, there are more than 1 billion colds in the United States ever... Read More
Colic is one of the most prevalent conditions of infancy: about 20 percent of all babies suffer the inconsolable bouts of crying that characterize it.
Yet no one really understands what makes a baby colicky. Scientists have investigated a number of causes — allergies, hormones in milk, even s... Read More
A flu vaccine made by a new, faster method works just as well as existing products, researchers reported Tuesday.
The finding clears a hurdle in the government’s effort to move toward a manufacturing process that could allow for a more reliable supply of seasonal flu shots and quicker respon... Read More
A new look at the medical evidence shows zinc supplements may take the edge off the common cold.
But not a whole lot.
Although the precise estimate is still uncertain, researchers found that people who started taking zinc-loaded lozenges or syrups within 24 hours of showing symptoms -- a s... Read More
A new strain of wine yeast developed at the University of British Columbia produces fewer amines, chemicals in red wine and Chardonnay that produce off flavours and trigger headaches, hypertension and migraines in many people.
Food biotechnologist Hennie van Vuuren spent eight years in resear... Read More
Flu vaccines made from lab-grown cells work at least as well as those derived from viruses cultivated in chicken eggs, the preferred method for 50 years, according to a study released Wednesday.
The findings, reported in The Lancet, could help speed approval for the new technique in the Unite... Read More
A new strain of wine yeast developed at the University of British Columbia produces fewer amines, chemicals in red wine and chardonnay that produce off flavours and trigger headaches, hypertension and migraines in many people.
"This is the first organism that has been improved [through geneti... Read More
Philadelphia artist Kate Kaman (www.katekaman.com) has designed a dynamic larger-than-life sculptural depiction of the most plentiful and ancient microscopic life forms -- bacteria. Suspended throughout an area measuring approximately 130 feet long, 27 feet wide and 41 feet tall, “The Unseen Wor... Read More