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DNA Sequencing Reveals Complex Microbial Quid Pro Quo for Managing Carbon and Waste Streams

DOE JGI researchers report the first metagenome analysis of a microbial community grown in an anaerobic methanogenic (methane producing) bioreactor. The microbial community is syntrophic, i.e., certain organisms live off the byproducts of others. Read More

Norwegians may have an edge against future H1N1 outbreaks

By autumn 2009, almost half of the population of Norway had been vaccinated against the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus. Many had also been infected by the virus during the summer and autumn outbreaks. The majority of those who were vaccinated or were infected are expected to have developed im... Read More

Ancient microbes breathed life into ocean 'deserts'

In a paper published by Nature Geoscience online, Arizona State University researchers Brian Kendall and Ariel Anbar, et al., show that "oxygen oases" in the surface ocean were sites of significant oxygen production long before the breathing gas began to accumulate in the atmosphere. Read More

HIV may hide in the brain

Studies of the spinal fluid of patients given anti-HIV drugs have resulted in new findings suggesting that the brain can act as a hiding place for the HIV virus. Around 10% of patients showed traces of the virus in their spinal fluid but not in their blood – a larger proportion than previously r... Read More

Mice spread plague in prairie dog towns

Prairie dogs, once abundant in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, have been decimated in recent decades by plague – a virulent bacterial disease spread by fleas.

Plague outbreaks periodically sweep through large prairie dog towns with thousands of inhabitants, killing virtually the entire ... Read More

Michigan State University develops two lines of pest-resistant soybeans

Two lines of pest-resistant soybean painstakingly developed by a Michigan State University scientist promise healthier harvests for growers and a little green for the university too.

“Sparta – the Soybean Aphid Shield” is the new trade name for genetics developed by Dechun Wang. The associate... Read More

Scientist IDs genes that may make biofuel production more economical

A University of Illinois metabolic engineer has taken the first step toward the more efficient and economical production of biofuels by developing a strain of yeast with increased alcohol tolerance.

Biofuels are produced through microbial fermentation of biomass crops, which yield the alcohol... Read More

HIV cure could be all in the 'mix'

Current HIV treatments do not eradicate HIV from host cells but rather inhibit virus replication and delay the onset of AIDS. However, a new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, AIDS Research & Therapy describes an innovative approach to eliminate HIV in host by targeted ... Read More

Study to Examine New Treatment for West Nile Virus

Neurological and infectious disease experts at Rush University Medical Center are testing a new drug therapy for the treatment of individuals with West Nile fever or suspected central nervous system infection due to the West Nile virus. Rush is the only site in the Midwest enrolling patients int... Read More

Killer T-cells, the fix for organ rejection?

A CONVENIENT type of killer white blood cell could make organ rejection a thing of the past.

The cells suppress the immune response in the livers of mice, without affecting the rest of the immune system. Humans have this type of blood cell, so it might be possible to create immune-tolerant or... Read More

Study says alcohol-based hand rubs can improve business productivity

The placement of alcohol-based hand disinfectants in businesses can reduce illness and absenteeism amongst the work force. A study published in the open access journal, BMC Infectious Diseases, has found that incidences of absenteeism in public administrations due to the common cold, fever and c... Read More

Study Links Chronic Fatigue to Virus Class

When the journal Science published an attention-grabbing study last fall linking chronic fatigue syndrome to a recently discovered retrovirus, many experts remained skeptical — especially after four other studies found no such association.

Now a second research team has reported a link betw... Read More

'Super bug' that's resistant to antibiotics threatens hospital patients

As intravenous antibiotics dripped into his arm, David Carmody seemed to be recovering nicely from a bad bladder infection. But then out of the blue things got worse as he lay in bed at a rehabilitation center: He felt weaker and began suffering uncontrollable diarrhea.

A battery of tests re... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 8 - Uncovering Undiscovered Unguents

This episode: Mining microbes for new compounds!

(3.4 MB, 3.75 minutes)

Post questions or comments here, at the link above, or email to bacteriofiles@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! Read More

Bacteria Sent To ISS Survive For 500+ Days

acteria taken from a small fishing hamlet in the UK and placed on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) for more than a year not only managed to survive the journey, but continue to thrive in laboratory conditions, according to a recent BBC News report.

In an August 23 story by... Read More

Malaysia takes action as rat-borne disease kills 10

Malaysian health officials announced plans Monday to tackle an outbreak of the rat-borne disease leptospirosis that has killed 10 people, forcing several parks to close.

Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said doctors had been ordered to inform the authorities of any suspected cases in order to i... Read More

WHO Calls On Countries To Prevent, Control Spread Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Amid the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the WHO on Friday urged countries to take greater action to limit the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, CIDRAP News reports. "Calling such pathogens 'a growing and global public health problem,' the WHO said, 'Countries should be prepared to... Read More

Gut Microbes May Provide Targets For Food-Borne Diseases

At any given time, trillions of tiny microbes - some helpful, some harmful - are living on and in humans, forming communities and outnumbering the body's own cells tenfold.

Using a $7.3 million federal grant that establishes a new cooperative research center at Michigan State University, a gr... Read More

Hepatitis E Vaccine Candidate Completely Blocked Disease

An investigational vaccine against hepatitis E was shown to be completely effective in a large randomized trial in China, researchers reported.

The trial, involving more than 100,000 patients, found that none of the patients who received the full three doses of the vaccine (HEV 239 or Hecolin... Read More

Old Malaria Drug Blamed for Resistance Gets a New Reputation

An inexpensive drug currently used to treat and prevent malaria in pregnant women—sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, or “SP” for short—could reduce malaria infection in infants by 30 percent, recent studies have shown. But health officials in the developing world have held off on recommending SP’s wide... Read More
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