Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.
That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill com... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 161 resumes the recent article by Ermolaeva et al. about the use of "cold plasma" to kill bacter... Read More
It's 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the nearest paved road, untouched by electricity, running water, sanitation and even the barest of health care. Life is so bleak that nearly all adult men leave to search for menial work for their families' survival.
Here, deep in the floodplains of the Kosi... Read More
A microscopy technique developed at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole will allow scientists to see the spatial arrangement of up to 28 differently labeled microbes in a single field of view.
Until recently, scientists have not been able to look at a microbial community and distin... Read More
A panel of scientists speaking Feb. 19 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled new research and models demonstrating how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosy... Read More
Anna Skalka of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa., discusses research into the ages of various virus families with Jeffrey Fox of Microbe magazine Read More
What do makeup samples, sushi and the Metro have in common? They are all host to a variety of bacteria.
We followed last week’s underground incubator to see if the bacteria we swabbed from the Metro was any more or less disconcerting than what we might find at the mall or in our offices.
D... Read More
Algal blooms that occur in rivers and waterways have been found to produce a previously unrecognized estrogen-like compound that adversely affects fish, plants and humans by disrupting the normal activity of reproductive hormones.
University of Tennessee researchers, led by biotechnologist Th... Read More
Researchers have rediscovered frog species including one last seen in India more than a century ago, potentially offering clues on why they have survived a global crisis killing amphibians.
Scientists estimate that more than 30 percent of amphibians are facing extinction due to a mysterious f... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 160 is dedicated to the discovery of the virus that infects the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans... Read More
This episode: Artificial proteins actually function in bacteria!
The first detailed study of infection of nonhuman primates with the retrovirus XMRV reveals that the virus establishes a persistent infection characterized by infection of multiple tissues. Viremia (virus in the blood) is low and transient, with proviral DNA detectable in blood lymphocytes. The ... Read More
Metallic copper surfaces kill microbes on contact, decimating their populations, according to a paper in the February 2011 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. They do so literally in minutes, by causing massive membrane damage after about a minute's exposure, says the st... Read More
A new study suggests that differences in the host's genetics can make a big difference in susceptibility bacterial infection. In a study in the February 2011 Infection and Immunity, Virginia L. Miller of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her collaborators show that the virulence... Read More
Ever wanted to take a closer look at the mites on the end of your eyelashes or perhaps see how active (or inactive) sperm cells are? With less than an hour to spare and about £15, you can now make your own digital microscope by following our video guide presented by artist Lewis Sykes from Cyber... Read More
A recent study published in PLoS ONE demonstrates the ability to track the distribution of 'dyed' viral particles in vivo, in real-time through combining a mouse model with a labeled adenovirus vector - emitting light in the near-infrared range. They analyse the location of virions following sys... Read More
A severe flu pandemic would send a pulse of drugs into sewage works that could endanger the UK's water treatment system, according to new research.
Sewage works rely on bacteria to break down waste so it's safe to release into rivers. If antibiotics and antiviral drugs make their way through ... Read More
This may rock your winter world: You can't get a cold just from cold weather.
With people sneezing and coughing around you, or at your child's school, it's important to separate fact from fiction where colds are concerned. In fact, there are more than 1 billion colds in the United States ever... Read More
Colic is one of the most prevalent conditions of infancy: about 20 percent of all babies suffer the inconsolable bouts of crying that characterize it.
Yet no one really understands what makes a baby colicky. Scientists have investigated a number of causes — allergies, hormones in milk, even s... Read More