Leafcutter ants, signature denizens of New World tropical forests, are unique in their ability to harvest fresh leaves to cultivate a nutrient-rich fungus as food.
Now, this mutualism -- a complicated interplay of ants, fungi and a suite of bacteria -- is coming into sharper focus as a team o... Read More
Researchers have identified a molecule that disrupts RNA degradation in gram-positive bacteria such as the deadly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the microbe that causes meningitis, according to research published today in PLoS Pathogens.
Treatment with this molecule l... Read More
Quite an idea here, made me think of the part in the Matrix when the nefarious Agent Smith refers to humanity as a "virus" - seems like he was a little off-base. Read More
With the flu now resistant to its two most common medications, doctors and drug developers have grown increasingly puzzled about how to treat the virus. A 900-megahertz magnet is offering some new clues. Biochemists at Florida State University and Brigham Young University have used a 40-ton magn... Read More
A parasite and a virus may be teaming up in a way that increases the parasite's ability to harm humans, scientists at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently reported in Science.
When the parasite Leishmania infects a human,... Read More
Scientists in Japan have revealed how vancomycin dimers are effective against vancomycin-resistant bacteria.
Vancomycin, a glycopeptide antibiotic, is used to treat bacterial infections in cases when other antibiotics are ineffective. However, the development of vancomycin resistant enteroc... Read More
Microsponges derived from seaweed are a key component of a tiny programmable chip designed to sniff out diseases such as HIV and cancer.
The microsponges are 280-micrometer beads of agarose, a cheap, common, lab-friendly material made from seaweed and often used as a matrix for growing live c... Read More
A type of human encephalitis – an infection of the brain – has been known to affect the indigenous people living in the Sakha Republic of Russia since the mid-1800s. The available clinical and epidemiological evidence suggests that the disease is caused by a pathogen, but proving this has been d... Read More
When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases.
If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it wi... Read More
Here’s yet another reason to marvel at microbes: Buried deep within Earth at temperatures and pressures that would kill most living beings, bacteria and other tiny organisms not only survive but apparently even coax the rocks around them to produce food.
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With biological databases growing in size and number, curators are needed to update and correct their contents.
For biologists with computer expertise, curating biological data can be ideal combination of their skills.... Read More
Objetivo: el tumor
Cuando los tumores se tratan con drogas, ... Read More
Doctors, you can leave your coat on!
Some have feared that long-sleeved coats and other garments can spread MRSA and other nasty bacteria around the workplace, but a newly published randomized trial finds there’s no added risk.
The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, was ... Read More
The ICAAC Program Committee and the American Society for Microbiology invite you to submit your abstract for consideration for the 51st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) being held September 17-20, 2011 in Chicago.
Registration, housing, and the new 51st... Read More
Health Sciences Centre wants parents to take steps to prevent respiratory infections in newborns after seeing a jump in the number of infections.
Since mid-December, there have been 106 cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) admitted to Children's Hospital, according to the Winnipeg Regio... Read More
Researchers have developed a “Social-IQ score” for bacteria, which may lead to new antibiotics and bacteria-based “green” pesticides for the agricultural industry.
While sequencing the genome of the pattern-forming bacteria, Paenibacillus vortex (Vortex), an international research team develo... Read More
A stockpiled vaccine designed to fight a strain of avian flu that circulated in 2004 can be combined with a vaccine that matches the current strain of bird flu to protect against a potential pandemic, researchers from Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development have found.
The fin... Read More
Fear of infection helped drive a 50 percent decline in new cases of HIV in Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2007, said an international study published Tuesday in the United States.
The analysis of social factors that helped to halve what was once one of the worst AIDS epidemics in the world could offer... Read More
There are myriad routes to making car fuel from waste, using mix-and-match technologies assembled in novel ways, but none has worked yet on a commercial scale. On Wednesday, Ineos Bio, the subsidiary of a major international chemical firm, broke ground on a plant that aims to use yet another com... Read More