Gambian sleeping sickness -- a deadly parasitic disease spread by tsetse flies -- could be eliminated in six years in key regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to new research by the University of Warwick
Kat Rock and Matt Keeling at the School of Life Sciences, with co... Read More
Until it burst onto the scene earlier this year, Zika was an obscure, little-known virus. As a result, scientists know little about how it works. Over the past year, they have learned that it can cause a range of dangerous health problems, including birth defects such as microcephaly and neurolo... Read More
A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.
Regional variations in this virus could provide clue... Read More
Food microbiology is an important issue we cover on this blog, because food safety is vital to prevent foodborne illness. The use of technologies like whole-genome sequencing help identify and pinpoint the source of microbial contaminants, but how do microbes become contaminants in the first pla... Read More
The hamlet of Resolute Bay is a tiny Arctic village in the Nunavut territory of Canada with a population that hovers at or below 300. Over hundreds of perhaps even thousands of years, the traditional Inuit diet in Resolute Bay and elsewhere has been dictated by the Arctic environment. The diet i... Read More
A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the evolution of drug resistance.
In a promising study led by Robert Abramovitch, a Michigan State Universit... Read More
Crafting a vaccine against RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) has been a minefield for 50 years, but scientists believe they have found the right balance.
Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta report that they have engineered a version of RSV t... Read More
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that a change in weather patterns, brought on by the 'Godzilla' El Niño of 2015, fuelled the Zika outbreak in South America.
The findings were revealed using a new epidemiological model that looked at how climate affects the spread of Zika ... Read More
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a vaccine against salmonella poisoning designed to be taken by mouth. The findings are detailed in an article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.
In earlier studies, the UTMB researc... Read More
mSphereDirect is an exciting new pathway to publish your research! This groundbreaking new submission path puts you in control of getting your original research reviewed and published as soon as possible. We’ve prepared the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your manuscript s... Read More
With Chagas disease becoming more prevalent in the United States, a diagnostic to quickly and easily detect infection is needed. Today, IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) announces that a fusion antigen it developed and patented is being used as part of a Chagas disease diagnostic test... Read More
Sunlight allows us to make vitamin D, credited with healthier living, but a surprise research finding could reveal another powerful benefit of getting some sun.
Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that sunlight, through a mechanism separate than vitamin D production, e... Read More
It was a peer review request that got Alessia Ruggieri and her group at University of Heidelberg to look more closely at how Dengue virus manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.
In a previous study, Ruggieri showed that Hepatitis C virus infection induced... Read More
As we shake off the holidays, 2017 brings a new opportunity for personal reflection. For many trainees, it is also a great time to focus one’s professional goals, including those related to microbiology and microscopy. In celebration of the new year, I’d like to reflect on some of the advanced m... Read More
El sistema CRISPR, su descubrimiento y posibles applicaciones: En el episodio de hoy contamos con la presencia del Dr. Francisco Mojica de la Universidad de Alicante.
Aprovechamos una visita suya a la Universidad de Puerto Rico para poder compartir la trayectoria de uno de... Read More
A life-threatening infection in an infant with leukemia led to a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovery of how prolonged infection sets the stage for bacterial persistence despite antibiotic susceptibility
The quest to understand a prolonged infection in an infant being treated for l... Read More
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard has found that the most common bacterial community in the genital tract of healthy South African women is associated with a more than four-fold increase in the risk of acquiring HI... Read More
Many mBiosphere readers will know that the influenza A virus infects multiple species, and this ability to infect birds, humans, and other mammals such as pigs is one of the ways virions can exchange genetic information, leading to new viruses able to cause major outbreaks. However, few mBiosphe... Read More
Bacterial cells have an added layer of protection, called the cell wall, that animal cells don’t. Assembling this tough armor entails multiple steps, some of which are targeted by antibiotics like penicillin and vancomycin.
Yet one step in the process has remained a mystery because the molecu... Read More