Scientists from the University of Sheffield believe they have found life arriving to Earth from space after sending a balloon to the stratosphere.
The team, led by Professor (Hon. Cardiff and Buckingham Universities) Milton Wainwright, from the University’s Department of Molecular Biology and... Read More
Biologist Daniel Smith crouched in an empty patient room at the new University of Chicago hospital and dragged a white cotton swab across the gleaming tile.
Smith studied the dust-smudged tip before breaking it off into a plastic tube labeled "floor."
"A good sample for us," said Smith, se... Read More
Professors, you've discussed this idea before, but I thought you'd enjoy this nice summary from Nature:
A new antibiotic named Epimerox has been developed by scientists at the Rockefellar University and Astex Pharmaceuticals. These scientists have demonstrated that Epimerox effectively killed a wide-range of bacteria including the drug-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA). This antibiotic was develop... Read More
"Picture a small rural hospital in northern Minnesota. A man walks into the emergency room late in the afternoon complaining of flu-like symptoms. He’s admitted and at first seems stable, but rapidly deteriorates. As he is transported by helicopter to a larger hospital for advanced treatment, ... Read More
SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.
Dissatisfied with the current medical microbiology board review resources, SketchyMicro decided to take things into their own hands. Their review course takes the plethora of microorganis... Read More
The matriarch of a hunter-gatherer band might prefer males to be assigned to specialised training in hunting skills. So the subconscious bias probably goes back a couple of million years to the early days of Homo before sapiens.
SLAC's high-power X-rays have revealed a potential drug target in H. pylori, the ulcer-causing bacteria that infect half the world's population.
n 1982, Australian scientists extracted bacteria from a person's stomach, grew them in a petri dish and identified them as the cause of ulcers and g... Read More
What do microbes have to do with beer? Everything! Because the master ingredient in beer is yeast – a microbe – and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. A new freely-available report; "FAQ: If the Yeast Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy: The Microbiology of Beer" ex... Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest estimates on the number of new HIV infections in the United States. HIV remains a serious health problem, with an estimated 47,500 people becoming newly infected with the virus in the United States in 2010. About 12,000 youth... Read More
This episode: Our brain might be home to helpful bacteria!
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The Ebola virus uses a protein decoy to undermine and evade the immune response of its infected host, new research shows.
Ebola virus is the causative agent of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), a disease with up to 90 percent mortality. While human outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been ... Read More
Researchers have found that the organism that causes deadly white-nose syndrome persists in caves long after it has killed the bats in those caves.
A study just published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that the fungus can survive in soil for months, even years, after the bats... Read More
This episode: Fungi transmit warning signals between plants!
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When/if humans ever colonize Mars, or any other far off planet in the future, we’ll have to put up with super powered mutant bacteria, according to new NASA research. The data was collected by astronaut crews aboard the Atlantis shuttle, who grew colonies of bacteria—also known as biofilms—for t... Read More
A hospital was fined after a pair of neurosurgeons implanted fecal bacteria into the brains of patients during operations without proper authorization. A few things jump out at us here. 1) They did WHAT!?! 2) There’s proper authorization for putting poop in people’s brains!?! 3) Ewwwwwww.
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A new model of the how the protein coat (capsid) of viruses assembles, published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Biophysics, shows that the construction of intermediate structures prior to final capsid production (hierarchical assembly) can be more efficient than constructing the cap... Read More
This episode: Green algae could help create new cheaper, more stable vaccines for developing countries!