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Queen's researchers in hospital superbug breakthrough

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge new medical therapy that could protect UK hospital patients against a lethal superbug. Read More

Hepatitis B vaccine less effective in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Rome, Italy, 12 June 2015: The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) Press Conference showed that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are less likely to be protected by hepatitis B vaccination than the general population. With... Read More

The role of dendritic cells in keeping HIV in check without drugs

Elite controllers (EC) are a small group of HIV-infected individuals who are able to suppress the virus in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. EC demonstrate that the human immune system, in principle, is capable of rendering HIV harmless. A study published on June 11th in PLOS Pathogens show... Read More

Common antibiotic may be the answer to many multidrug-resistant bacterial infections

Contrary to current medical dogma, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences report that the common antibiotic azithromycin kills many multidrug-resistant bacteria very effectively -- when tested under conditio... Read More

Indian Woman Being Treated in U.S. for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Infectious diseases carried around the world by air travelers have become a fact of modern life, with imported cases in just the last year of Ebola, Lassa fever and, now, a highly drug-resistant form of tuberculosis. Read More

First functional, synthetic immune organ with controllable antibodies created by engineers

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell University engineers have created a functional, synthetic immune organ that produces antibodies and can be controlled in the lab, completely separate from a living organism. The engineered organ has implications for everything from rapid production of immune therapies to ... Read More

Researchers expose how 'James Bond' cells are made

New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease. Read More

West African Ebola virus strain less virulent than prototype 1976 strain

What: The Makona strain of Ebola virus (EBOV) circulating in West Africa for the past year takes roughly two days longer to cause terminal disease in an animal model compared to the original 1976 Mayinga strain isolated in Central Africa, according to a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) re... Read More

Programming DNA to reverse antibiotic resistance in bacteria

At its annual assembly in Geneva last week, the World Health Organization approved a radical and far-reaching plan to slow the rapid, extensive spread of antibiotic resistance around the world. The plan hopes to curb the rise caused by an unchecked use of antibiotics and lack of new antibiotics ... Read More

Modern housing reduces malaria risk

Housing improvements could reduce malaria cases by half in some settings, according to research published in the open access Malaria Journal. Read More

Striking photo shows all the bacteria on an 8-year-old's hand (Today.com)

Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish. The photo has been getting lots of buzz after his mom posted it on MicrobeWorld last week.

Tasha Sturm, who works as a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College ... Read More

BacterioFiles Special - ASM2015

Here's my summary of ASM2015, an exciting weekend full of science.


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TWiV 340: No shift, measles

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiM #105: Real bugs with legs

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 105 Letters


David writes:


Greetings podcast team,


I'm a long-time listener to TWIM and TWIV and if I had a longer commute I would get TWIP in the mix too. Only so many hours in the week!


I am a research tech in Portland Oregon, where our dry mild winter has g... Read More

Your viral past

Did you ever wonder what different virus infections you have had in your lifetime? Now you can find out with just a drop of your blood and about $25.

Immune defense systems of many hosts produce antibodies in response to virus infections. These large proteins, which are generally virus specif... Read More

Researchers targeting host rather than flu virus have success with new treatment in mice

TORONTO, June 5, 2015--The flu kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year, yet there is essentially only one class of drugs to fight the ever-changing virus. Cases of flu resistant to this class of drugs have already been reported and researchers worry a completely new str... Read More

VirScan reveals viral history in a drop of blood

From a single drop of blood, researchers can now simultaneously test for more than 1,000 different strains of viruses that currently or have previously infected a person. Using a new method known as VirScan, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School tested fo... Read More

Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?

Anyone who has crawled along in the left lane while other drivers raced up the right lane, which was clearly marked “lane ends, merge left,” has experienced social cheating, a maddening and fascinating behavior common to many species.

Although it won’t help with road rage, scientists are begi... Read More

Researchers discover two new groups of viruses

Researchers at the University of Bonn and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have discovered two new groups of viruses within the Bunyavirus family in the tropical forest of Ivory Coast. Previously only five groups responsible for serious illnesses in humans and animals were known. ... Read More
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