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Dispatches from ASM Microbe - Friday

ASM Microbe is the new conference that merges the former General Meeting with the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) to make one microbial sciences-packed meeting with something for everyone. Why institute one new meeting instead of maintaining two separate ... Read More

“Spillover: Zika, Ebola & Beyond” Film Screening and Discussion at National Museum of Natural History, Nov 15, 6:30 PM ET

Over the last half century, a number of diseases have spilled over from animals to humans with increasing frequency. What's behind the rise in spillover diseases? What can we do to stop them? Spillover — Zika, Ebola & Beyond is a harrowing documentary that follows scientists into the world's ... Read More

Fitness landscapes for microbial pathogens in agricultural systems

How is it that we are we able to devote so little of our personal time and energy to producing or acquiring the healthy, safe food that we consume multiple times every day? A large part of the reason we seldom worry about agricultural output is that most of us benefit enormously from modernized,... Read More

Earliest Signs Of Animal Life May Be From Microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes existed on Earth as far back as 3.7 billion years ago, a billion years after the planet formed. Animal remains, however, don't appear in the fossil record until 600 million years ago during the Ediacaran period, though there are indirect signs that animal life may... Read More

Student-Made #SciArt In My Microbiology Lab

In this blogpost, take a tour of some of the artwork that students in my classes have made. I believe that creative approaches can complement learning! Read More

Anti-vaxx conspiracy leaders back Donald Trump, claim it's mutual

Donald Trump has a long history of promulgating anti-vaccine conspiracy theories (contrary to received wisdom, the anti-vaxx movement draws most of its support from the political right, not liberals), and the tireless leaders of the anti-vaccine movement now claim to have met with Trump and rece... Read More

Increase in demand for antibiotics to propel the Microbial Culture Industry

Microbiology deals with the study of microorganisms and one of the most prominent and effective ways of identifying and characterizing microorganisms is through the method of microbiology culture or microbial culture. By carefully calculating and combining different growth nutrients, a suitable ... Read More

New tool for combating mosquito-borne disease: insect parasite genes

Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe.

The secret to the over-achieving bacterium’s success is its a... Read More

Dispatches from ASM Microbe - Monday and wrap-up

After absorbing research on manipulation of the human microbiome, the impact of waterway and agricultural microbiomes, antibiotic resistance spread and the potential of stewardship guard against it, and potential antimicrobial therapies of the future, we have yet to cover an important research t... Read More

MRSA uses decoys to evade a last-resort antibiotic

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each year. However, because the bacteria are resistant to many different antibiotics, treatment options are limited, and often ineffective.

But until now scientists didn't know how MRSA ... Read More

Mosquito saliva enhances virus replication and disease

Mosquito saliva, which is injected into the host as a mosquito probes for a blood vessel, contains a collection of chemicals which include anticoagulants to prevent blood clotting, vasodilators to keep blood vessels wide, and anesthetics to prevent us from sensing the mosquito. Saliva also conta... Read More

NIH-led effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission

An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers, led by the National Institutes of Health, has bee... Read More

Microscopic technique to observe antibiotics live in action

A new microscopic technique is enabling scientists to observe the antibiotic daptomycine live in action. This marks an exciting first, because even though doctors have been prescribing this antibiotic for over a decade, its precise mechanisms have remained unclear.

First, the scientists tagg... Read More

The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

That is the amount of money the U.S. spent over a 10-year period from 2004 through 2013 promoting abstinence before marriage as a way of preventing HIV in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, according to the most comprehensive independent study conducted to date of the effort, the... Read More

New method gives scientists a better look at how HIV infects and takes over its host cells

Viruses attack cells and commandeer their machinery in a complex and carefully orchestrated invasion. Scientists have longed probed this process for insights into biology and disease, but essential details still remain out of reach.



A new approach, developed by a team of researchers led ... Read More

In case you missed it: best of mBiosphere 2016

From archaeal viruses to zoonotic diseases, the breadth of microbiology stories covered on mBiosphere in 2016 was impressive. Here are some of the best posts on mBiosphere from throughout this past year:
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IDRI contributes to first point-of-care Chagas disease diagnostic for US

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

Association of maternal HSV-2 antibodies and autism spectrum disorder risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no known single cause, and its growing incidence has led many researchers to study its influencing factors. While claims of vaccine relatedness are outright false, there are other variables that may contribute to a propensity toward ASD development, including e... Read More

What are gut bacteria doing in critically ill lungs? New discovery could change ICU care

No one knows for sure how they got there. But the discovery that bacteria that normally live in the gut can be detected in the lungs of critically ill people and animals could mean a lot for intensive care patients.

Today, scientists are reporting that they found gut bacteria in the deepest r... Read More

Final Student Thoughts From My MIcrobiology Course

Today was the last day of my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. So I thought it appropriate for students to tell me the single "coolest" thing they learned in my course. Read More
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