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El podcast del Microbio Nº 182: Probióticos contra Helicobacter (Probiotics against Helicobacter)

El podcast del Microbio Nº182 resumes the paper by Chenoll et al. published in Applied and Enviroenmental Microbiology that... Read More

Can Cavities Be Contagious?

Everyone knows you can catch a cold or the flu. But can you catch a cavity?

Researchers have found that not only is it possible, but it occurs all the time.

While candy and sugar get all the blame, cavities are caused primarily by bacteria that cling to teeth and feast on particles of food... Read More

'Virus-eater' discovered in Antarctic lake

A genomic survey of the microbial life in an Antarctic lake has revealed a new virophage — a virus that attacks viruses. The discovery suggests that these life forms are more common, and have a larger role in the environment, than was once thought. An Australian research team found the virophage... Read More

Marine microbes digest plastic

Specialist bacteria seem to be eating the plastic garbage we throw into the ocean. But whether they're cleaning up our poisons or just passing them back up the food chain remains to be seen. The ocean contains vast amounts of plastic, mostly as tiny shards floating just beneath the surface. Unde... Read More

AAP Recommends Reducing Rabies Vaccine Dose

Rabies is a virus commonly found in wild animals in the U.S., especially in bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes and foxes. The virus can be transmitted in the saliva of a rabid animal to a person through a bite or open wound. Read More

Postage Stamps Delivered Anthrax Suspect to FBI

It was the biggest manhunt in FBI history. So it’s not surprising that investigators took all kinds of extraordinary measures to try to figure out who mailed the anthrax-filled letters that killed five people, scared the country half to death, and have jumped back into public consciousness, than... Read More

How Do Plants Fight Disease?

How exactly bacterial pathogens cause diseases in plants remains a mystery and continues to frustrate scientists working to solve this problem. Now Wenbo Ma, a young plant pathologist at the University of California, Riverside, has performed research on the soybean plant in the lab that makes ma... Read More

Blocking Ship-Borne Bioinvaders Before They Dock

The global economy depends on marine transportation. But in addition to cargo, the world's 50,000-plus commercial ships carry tiny stowaways that can cause huge problems for the environment and economy. A new model created by Smithsonian scientists will facilitate accurate screening of vessels f... Read More

FOR KIDS: When bacteria are flu fighters

Not all germs are created equal. Some invade the body and cause disease or harmful infections but others live peacefully in your intestines, helping your body run smoothly. Antibiotics can't tell the difference. They knock out good and harmful bacteria alike.

That's usually okay for people fe... Read More

Geobacter: Microbial Superhero

If the power of Superman resided solely in his supernatural abilities, then Bruce Wayne’s Batman would never have been able to compete on his level. But when the other factors that superheroes depend upon are accounted for—sidekicks, spandex, sarcasm—both Superman and Batman can claim success in... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº180. Microbiología forense: el caso Amerithrax (Foresinc microbiology: the Amerithrax case)

El podcast del Microbio Nº180 is about the recent PNAS paper on the comparative genomics used in the investigation of Ameri... Read More

Improving Science Education Using Video Skills

Making a video about a scientific experiment rather than writing up a presentation poster leads to better learning and clearer understanding of the concepts underpinning the experiment according to science educators in Australia.

Geoff Hilton of the School of Education, at the University of Q... Read More

New Key to Plant Disease Resistance Discovered

University of Kentucky plant pathologists recently discovered a metabolite that plays a critical role early on in the ability of plants, animals, humans and one-celled microorganisms to fend off a wide range of pathogens at the cellular level, which is known as systemic immunity.

This mode o... Read More

Google Science Fair

Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. Read More

Killing bacteria with viruses for safer food (video)

Food-borne diseases encompass a wide spectrum of illness and are a public health problem worldwide. As biotechnology labs around the world work to develop vaccines to fight bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, they are understanding other ways to attack bacteria naturally. VOA's Philip Alexio... Read More

Bacteria in pig feed can protect the environment

The little Bacillus subtilis is particularly welcome in pig feed because it has the attractive quality that it is expected to be able to help farmers reduce the impact of nitrogen from agriculture on the environment. Scientists are now aiming at developing new strains of Bacillus subtilis that a... Read More

Virulence Characteristics and Genetic Affinities of Multiple Drug Resistant Uropathogenic Escherichia coli from a Semi Urban Locality in India

Extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are of significant health concern. The emergence of drug resistant E. coli with high virulence potential is alarming. Lack of sufficient data on transmission dynamics, virulence spectrum and antimicrobial resistance of certain pathogens such as... Read More

Neutron Scattering Analyzes Light-Harvesting Antenna from Bacteria

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used small-angle neutron scattering to analyze the structure of chlorosomes in green photosynthetic bacteria. These light-harvesting antenna complexes are efficient at collecting sunl... Read More

Millions at risk of flu complications went unvaccinated in England

More than five million people potentially at risk of health complications from flu went unvaccinated in England over the winter. Hundreds of thousands of frontline health workers also had no jab, leaving them open to infecting vulnerable patients.

The chief medical officer for England, Dame S... Read More

Experts try to calm fears about vaccine

A panel of health experts and opinion leaders spent nearly two hours at a Somali community forum Saturday night, trying to convince skeptics that the measles vaccine is safe and necessary.

But by the time it was over, there was little sign that anyone's minds had been changed. And a vaccine c... Read More
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