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Progress Towards Protection from Highly Lethal Ebola, Marburg Viruses

Washington, DC – July 12, 2016 – Ebola and Marburg filovirus disease outbreaks have typically occurred as isolated events, confined to central Africa. However, the recent Ebola epidemic spread to several African countries, and caused 11,000 deaths. That epidemic underscored the need to develop v... Read More

Antibiotics, not dirty hospitals, the main cause of C. difficile epidemic Share

Restricting the use of a common antibiotic was more important than a high profile 'deep clean' of hospitals in massively reducing UK antibiotic resistant Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases, a major new study has found.

The study concluded that overuse of antibiotics like ciprofloxacin led... Read More

California bill would require reporting of 'superbug' infections, deaths

A California state senator introduced a bill on Monday that would mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths and require doctors to record the infections on death certificates when they are a cause of death.

The legislation also aims to establish the nation’s most compreh... Read More

Nature World News: Antarctic Sea Ice Houses Bacteria Capable of Coverting Mercury to Neurotoxin

Scientists have confirmed that the bacteria Nitrospina is present in Antarctic Sea Ice. Nitrospina has "the genetic ability to convert mercury to a potent neurotoxin known as methylmercury". If ingested, this neurotoxin can cause developmental and physical problems for fetuses, babies, and young... Read More

Test created in Brazil can diagnose 416 viruses from tropical regions

Researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP) at Ribeirão Preto in Brazil have developed a platform that analyzes clinical samples from patients to diagnose infection by 416 viruses found in the world's tropical regions.

According to its creators, the tool can be used by reference labora... Read More

Microbiomes more in flux in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to see dramatic shifts in the make-up of the community of microbes in their gut than healthy people, according to the results of a study published online Feb. 13 in Nature Microbiology.

While scientists have known that there are differe... Read More

Genes Found in H. pylori that Influence Biofilm Formation

Washington, DC – July 18, 2016 - Most bacteria cannot survive in the acidic environment of the human stomach, but Helicobacter pylori, a major cause of ulcers, thrives under such circumstances. Now research has shown that one of that bacterium’s regulatory proteins that helps it adapt to these s... Read More

Method suitability in microbiology: understanding complex cGMP guidelines

Particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, microbiological method development and, specifically, method suitability is often overlooked or left until the end of a project. However, it is important to give both method suitability and development due consideration as it can be a complicated proc... Read More

The cities of the future could be built by microbes

Today in Phys.org, Martyn Dade-Robertson explores the possibility of using microbes to produce natural cement. This process, called biomineralisation, was discovered deep under water off the coast of the Greek island of Zakynthos.
Future implications for biomineralisation include self-healing ... Read More

DNA binding by C. crescentus VapBC1 (video)

The video shows the structural changes in the Caulobacter crescent VapBC1 protein complex during DNA binding, including how the antitoxin “tails” containing the protein palindromic sequences switch positions.

Link to the research article in Nucleic Acids Research http://nar.oxfordjournals.org... Read More

Researchers Use Innovating Methods to Study Vertical Transmission of Microbes

It has been assumed that mothers pass on gut microbes to their infants during and just after delivery, a process called vertical transmission, but because of technical restraints, the evidence of this occurring has been limited. Previous cultivation-free studies have observed the same microbial ... Read More

TWiM #151: Bat and moth antimicrobials

The TWiMsters discuss potential new sources of antimicrobial compounds from unusual places: the skin of bats and the intestines of moths.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

State Microbe for New Jersey

New Jersey needs an Official State Microbe to honor New Jersey scientists and the world-changing contributions of microscopic life from New Jersey. The Official State Microbe should be Streptomyces griseus for many reasons.

New Jersey currently has no Official State Microbe, and it should. Ne... Read More

Bacterial communities of the female genital tract impact HIV infection risk

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

Deadly sleeping sickness set to be eliminated in 6 years

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

WSJ: Microbial Nanowires

Researchers as the University of Massachusetts are working with Geobacter by manipulating their genetic material. This manipulation makes the bacteria produce filaments of tryptophan, increasing the electrical conductivity of the bacteria by 2,000 times.

The uses for these nanowires could be... Read More

Spooky new fungal disease on southern golf courses unmasked

A turfgrass disease that looked like an ink spill on many southern golf courses has been identified and all but blotted out, according to a plant pathologist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

...the researchers found the pathogen was a new species of fungal disease, which they na... Read More

Tracking how bacteria threaten newborns

For years, researchers have struggled to get a handle on Group B streptococcus (GBS), in the hopes of improving neonatal outcomes. GBS are a bacteria commonly found in the vagina, rectum, and urinary tract of women. In healthy women, the bacteria are commensal, simply living without causing dise... Read More

Re-emergence of Syphilis Traced to Pandemic Strain Cluster

Over the last few decades, an age-old infectious disease has been re-emerging globally: Syphilis. Using techniques to analyze low levels of DNA, an international research team headed by the University of Zurich has now shown that all syphilis strains from modern patient samples share a common an... Read More

Paging Doctor Copper: Metal Wins Fans in Health Care

Copper is used in everything from automobiles to air conditioners, but it has one property that makes it especially attractive for medical uses: It kills bacteria.

A burgeoning opportunity for copper producers relies on a simple premise: that the base metal is good for your health.

Copper ... Read More
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