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Moving microbiology not good for patients (letter)

"I am writing this letter to add my voice to the growing number of those opposed to the removal of diagnostic Microbiology from the laboratory services at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and at the Campbell River Hospital.

Based on 25 years experience working in Microbiology both as a B... Read More

Honey not so sweet for babies

Honey should not be consumed by children under age one, Health Canada said Wednesday, citing concerns that infant botulism could lead to paralysis.

Health Canada said the condition stems from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which is common in nature.

"The bacteria can't grow or make to... Read More

Piecemeal closures don’t ease epidemics

Widespread school closures are the only way to significantly curtail the spread of an epidemic, according to a new study that finds limited closures are ineffective at reducing strain placed on hospitals.

“Influenza potentially places an extreme burden on local health services. This was obser... Read More

Google: It's alive! Microbiologists use bacteria to cook up logo...

Grow Google debuted on YouTube Monday the 31st of January. Today is Thursday and it has been viewed 45K times since the two microbiologists, Professor Edward Johnson and his graduate student Clayton Wright agreed to help Dr. Johnson's son produce a video for the Google Demo Slam competition. ... Read More

Plant prepares for pathogens at dawn

When flu season arrives, you might start eyeing citrus fruit closely or washing your hands with extra diligence. You're not alone. One species of plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, also anticipates an impending infection and guards itself against it.

The secret to its success is an immune system th... Read More

Potential Vaccine to Prevent Gastritis, Ulcer Disease, Gastric Cancer

A new study led by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital in collaboration with the University of Rhode Island (URI) and EpiVax. Inc, a privately owned vaccine development company in Providence, RI, has identified a potential vaccine capable of reducing colonization of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylo... Read More

Should we let sleeping microbes lie?

Microbes have three options: They can live, they can die, or they can be dormant.

How large numbers of dormant microorganisms, which act like hibernating bears, affect the natural environments when they act as microbial seed banks is unknown, says Jay Lennon, assistant professor of microbiolo... Read More

Measles vaccine: Inhaled, not injected

The new vaccine was studied in rhesus macaques for a Jan. 31 report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“An effective dry powder vaccine would be tremendously helpful in less-developed regions where resources are limited,” says Diane Griffin, senior autho... Read More

Bacteria’s Genes Turn Against It

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have discovered a new way to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria by using the bacteria's own genes.

For more than 50 years, antibiotics have been used to treat a variety of deadly infections and saved countless lives. Its broad int... Read More

Bait-and-switch to fight tuberculosis bug: Find out what it needs, then give it something else

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

Bacteria in the Gut May Influence Brain Development

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

Controversy Erupts in French Classrooms over Permitting Teens to Genetically Modify Bacteria

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

Certain types of gut bacteria linked to fatty liver

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

Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio

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

New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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 Nº158: "El Tercer Hombre" en el siglo XXI. ("The Third Man" in XXI Century). 2º Part

El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 158 : Second part of the story of ex-doctor A. Wakefield, the new "Harry Lime", responsible of ... Read More

In need of companionship? Look no further than about the middle of your abdomen

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

Decoding Pneumonia's Defenses

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

A virology course at Columbia University

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

Milk of Life: Dairy Cows Inoculated against Sepsis Could Help Malnourished Children

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
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