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Antimicrobial copper - video demonstration

Professor William Keevil, microbiological researcher and Head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton, oversees an experiment in which a small amount of liquid containing between 1 -- 10 million bacteria (MSRA culture) is placed on both a copper coupon and a stainless steel co... Read More

DR Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against One Of Its Leading Causes Of Child Death

In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today stepped up its immunization programme by including vaccines to combat pneumonia. Initially the expanded programme will be in two of the 11 provinces. Pneumonia ... Read More

'Last Resort' Antibiotics Use on the Rise, Study Suggests

A large, multi-year study of antibiotic use in Veterans Health Administration's acute care facilities demonstrates dramatically increased use of carbapenems, a powerful class of antibiotics, over the last five years.

These drugs are often considered the last treatment option for severe infec... Read More

A Breakthrough for MRSA Treatment

Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology discovered a nanomedicine breakthrough in which new types of polymers were shown to physically detect and destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and infectious diseases like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kn... Read More

TWiV 127: Viruses are no joke

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 127 Letters

David writes:


Dear Twiv Folks


I teach an intro biology course on viruses at Vassar College. We do our introductory biology a little bit differently; each class has a theme through which we explore the fundamental principles of biology. Mine is on viruses and t... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 35 - Microbes Make Mental Modifications

This episode: Bacteria have effects on brain development!


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Mutant Microbes Test Radiation Resistance

Early Earth lacked an ozone layer to act as a shield against high-energy solar radiation, but microbes flourished by adapting to or finding other forms of protection from the higher ultraviolet radiation levels. Now researchers have begun testing modern microbes to see if they could act as pione... Read More

Scientists grow personalized collections of intestinal microbes

Each of us carries a unique collection of trillions of friendly microbes in our intestines that helps break down food our bodies otherwise couldn’t digest.

This relationship between humans and their microbes is generally a healthy one, but changes to the mix of microbes in the digestive tract... Read More

Space Forensics Might Point to Martian Ancestry

Our search for life beyond Earth could take us down the road to a shocking look into the mirror -- a climax straight out of a Twilight Zone plot.

A team of researchers at MIT is proposing to apply forensic science testing on the Martian surface. Specifically, the task would be to do DNA and R... Read More

Over 700 Infected with Swine Flu in Venezuela -- 8 Dead

With 6 dead and over 700 cases in just the last two weeks, the rapidly rising numbers are leading experts to think that the latest outbreak could kill more than the 131 who died in the original 2009 emergence.

The outbreak of the AH1N1 flu virus affecting Venezuela since March 17 has caused s... Read More

A/H1N1 flu infects 482, kills 3 in Venezuela

An outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza in Venezuela has infected 482 people and killed three this year, the country’s health ministry reported on Wednesday.


The outbreak of the disease also known as swine flu started in the southeastern state of Merida on March 17 and spread to the capital Caracas... Read More

A Bacterium That Acts Like a Toothbrush

Researchers have identified a new ally in the war against tooth decay: an enzyme produced by a mouth bacterium that prevents plaque formation. The finding could eventually lead to the development of toothpaste that harnesses the body's own plaque-fighting tools.

The human mouth is awash with ... Read More

CDC: Flu season's grip growing weaker

Flu activity in the United States continues to tail off, though newly reported pediatric deaths were twice as high as the week before, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

The percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu, however, remained above the epidemic leve... Read More

When the Drugs Don't Work: Drug Resistant Infections

David Livermore is in a race against evolution. In his north London lab, he holds up an evil-smelling culture plate smeared with bacteria. This creamy-yellow growth is the enemy: a new strain of germs resistant to the most powerful antibiotics yet devised by humankind.

Out on the streets, Ste... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº185. ¿Qué hacemos con la viruela? (What do we do with smallpox?)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº185 deals with the discussions inside WHO about the fate of the last vials with smallpox virus. E... Read More

Spanish scientists search for fuel of the future

In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory.

The project, which is still experimental, has been developed over the past five years by Spanish and French resea... Read More

Belly button biome is more than a piece of fluff

"Who has more bacteria in their navel -Carl Zimmer of The Loom or Peter Aldhous of NewScientist? The swabs have been taken, and the cultures were grown." - Miss Cellania

In late February, Peter Aldhous visited Rob Dunn's lab at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where a team led by J... Read More

Viruses engineer the ecosystem

Last week we discussed the second known virophage, but we didn’t have any explanation of why such viruses might evolve. This week we have the discovery of a third virophage, hints of many more, and a hypothesis for what they might be doing in the global ecosystem. Read More

Revealed: The bacteria eating the ground from under our feet

It is no wonder the roads of Scunthorpe are peppered with potholes.

That is because boffins have revealed residents in the town are having the ground eaten from under their feet by greedy bacteria.

Scunthorpe is built on tonnes of iron ore that experts believe could supply the steel-making... Read More
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