If there's life on Mars, we might smell it before we see it. A chemical involved in bad breath and flatulence in humans could lead us to alien microbes on the Red Planet.
The sulphur-containing molecule methyl mercaptan is naturally produced in significant quantities on Earth only by microbes... Read More
Farming practices have a significant impact on the diversity of beneficial microbial fungi known to play important roles in crop productivity, soil recovery and maintenance of healthy ecosystems, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology. The conclusions could... Read More
A biotech company plans to announce Tuesday that it has won a patent on a genetically altered bacterium that converts sunlight and carbon dioxide into ingredients of diesel fuel, a step that could provide a new pathway for making ethanol or a diesel replacement that skips several cumbersome and ... Read More
Marie Pizzorno, an associate professor of biology and a molecular virologist, explains the differences between viruses and bacteria, how some bacteria are "good," and why it's difficult to predict the next epidemic.
Q: What is virology and what is the difference between viruses and bacteria?
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Piglets hop, scurry and squeal their way to the far corner of the pen, eyeing an approaching human. “It shows that they’re healthy animals,” Craig Rowles, the owner of a large pork farm here, said with pride.
Mr. Rowles says he keeps his pigs fit by feeding them antibiotics for weeks after w... Read More
Friendly bacteria might not be an easy notion to wrap your brain around in the context of food these days.
Monica Corrado says bring 'em on. And she's not the only one.
Pack raw food into a jar, then seal it to keep out air, says the Takoma Park teacher of lactofermentation. Leave at roo... Read More
An Australian hospital that instituted aggressive infection control measures including daily facility-wide washdowns with high-strength bleach completely eliminated bloodstream infections with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in high-risk wards, researchers reported here.
Following impl... Read More
Within a year, the debate over whether a mouse virus causes chronic fatigue syndrome is likely to be settled, a prominent researcher told MedPage Today in an exclusive InFocus video interview here at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
Two teams have now clai... Read More
Live press conference from ICAAC in Boston featuring:
* Mark Krockenberger, University of Syndey, New South Wales, Australia
* Daniel Frank, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
* Paul Johnson, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
Sometimes the simplest solutions are best -- high school wrestlers may be able to reduce skin infections picked up during matches by cleaning exposed skin with a soap and water wipe after matches, a researcher said here.
A study of 151 high school wrestlers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., fou... Read More
As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally rea... Read More
The 50th annual meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) kicked off in Boston on Sunday with experts warning that a "slowdown" in research on antibiotic development could result in treatment challenges, Agence France-Presse reports.
"We have a ... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was discovered in 1960. Over the following 40 years, MRSA was a problem confined largely to the health-care setting. In the late 1990s, the first United States reports of community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections appeared. At present, sever... Read More
This episode: Bacteria help preserve fossils!
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The next time a man hands you a hot dog after making a run to the restroom and the concession stand at an Atlanta Braves baseball game, be careful: there is a good chance he did not wash his hands, according to a report released Monday by a group that sends spies into public restrooms in the nam... Read More
Researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have found that bacteria have the sense of olfaction.
The study, conducted by Dr. Reindert Nijland (now at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands) and Dr. J. Grant Burgess, was published online Aug. 18 in Biotechnology Journal.
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The unfolding story of how salmonella bacteria infected two giant egg operations in Iowa this summer is the latest chapter of a mysterious narrative about how a minor bacterial annoyance took off 35 years ago to become the second most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States.
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Antibiotic-resistant superbugs have become a big public health concern, but the existing antibacterial cleaners and soaps on the market are often based on harsh chemicals that kill everything they come into contact with or leach out into the environment. In other cases, their effect is only temp... Read More
Antibiotics can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them can trigger long-lasting changes in all those good germs that live in your gut, raising questions about lingering ill effects.
Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the find... Read More
An exciting program is planned for the Southern California Regional American Society for Microbiology conference being held November 5-6 in La Jolla, San Diego at the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines resort.
Early bird registration ends September 15th so get your forms submitted either ... Read More