A study published in mBio this week highlights a novel approach to developing new antibiotics for tuberculosis and other infections using high-throughput bioinformatics. Lamichhane et al. generated and genotyped over 5,000 strains of M. tuberculosis and used statistical analysis to find putativ... Read More
A team of scientists from around the globe have found that gut bacteria may influence mammalian brain development and adult behavior. The study is published in the scientific journal PNAS, and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the... Read More
A row has broken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to create transgenic Escherichia coli bacteria in the classroom.
Practical experiments in which students learn how to use plasmids to alter the DNA of the bacteria have been under way for 17 and 18-year-olds in... Read More
A new study has suggested that the abundance or scarcity of certain types of bacteria in the gut may also help predict susceptibility to non-alcoholic fatty liver.
In a metagenomic analysis of the microbial communities living in the intestinal tracts of 15 female patients participating in a s... Read More
On Monday, in a Manhattan town house that once belonged to polio’s most famous victim, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Gates made an appeal for one more big push to wipe out world polio.
Although that battle began in 1985 and Mr. Gates started making regular donations to it only in 2005, he has ... Read More
You know the probiotics in your peach yogurt are healthful, but now it appears they may also be a powerful treatment for disease.
A genetically tweaked version of a common probiotic found in yogurt and cheese appears to be an effective therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's d... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 158 : Second part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of ... Read More
Really, this just takes the cake for the ultimate DIY science - culturing bacteria from your own belly button & seeing what pops up - fascinating! Read More
Researchers seuquence more than 200 strains of streptococcus pneumoniae and reveal ways that the mircobe evades attempts to defeat it. Findings show how the microbe swaps chunks of DNA with other strains, allowing it to evolve defenses against antibiotics and vaccines. Emily Singer of MIT Techn... Read More
My virology course at Columbia University, Biology W3310, has begun. This course, which I taught for the first time in 2009, is aimed at advanced undergraduates and will be taught at the Morningside Campus of Columbia University. Read on to learn how to access all the course materials, including... Read More
Most people would probably prefer if traces of dairy cows' vaccinations don't show up in their milk, but one research team is looking into deliberately adding antibodies to milk as a way to help malnourished children in developing countries.
Seven years ago Alan Cross, a professor at the Univ... Read More
Famed for their ruthless reproductive strategies, female spiders are in fact mere puppets in the hands of a parasitic bug that kills off their embryonic sons.
Wolbachia bacteria infect up to two-thirds of insect species. They are transmitted through eggs, and so need their host to have as man... Read More
Jillian Walton entered the College of William & Mary intent on becoming a history major. Now on the verge of graduation, she is reading up on interdisciplinary molecular biology graduate programs and talking about the scientific paper she’s authored with students from around the country.
Walt... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 157 : First part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of t... Read More
Researchers from seven countries have collaborated to analyze how a single strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria has morphed over 30 years and spread across the world, in an attempt to overcome the development of antibiotics and vaccines.
The research is the first detailed genetic pict... Read More
This episode: Bacteria keep birds from eating the larvae they parasitize!
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More
I'm currently listening to episode 84-Gators go viral and I'm so excited to hear you talk about my virus, EHV1, even if it was only briefly and I decided it was finally time to write you guys a letter.
I am a PhD student in Me... Read More
Bill Gates' foundation and Abu Dhabi's crown prince are donating $50 million each to vaccinate children in Afghanistan and Pakistan against polio and other diseases.
Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation say two-thirds of the funds will go toward a pair ... Read More
In a new study, scientists at the University of Maryland and the Institut Pasteur show that bacteria evolve new abilities, such as antibiotic resistance, predominantly by acquiring genes from other bacteria.
The researchers new insights into the evolution of bacteria partly contradict the wid... Read More