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Microbial Awards Season in Biology 350!

I like to encourage my students to explore the intersection between art and microbiology. Science + art = awesome! In any event, in this blog post, I describe two microbial art competitions in my microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound. I think my micronauts did some remarkable w... Read More

Flaviviruses unexpectedly shut off host translation

It was a peer review request that got Alessia Ruggieri and her group at University of Heidelberg to look more closely at how Dengue virus manipulates the cellular translation and stress machineries during infection.

In a previous study, Ruggieri showed that Hepatitis C virus infection induced... Read More

Connecting the Food Supply and Urinary Tract Infections

An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence me... Read More

Describing a viral quasispecies

Virus populations do not consist of a single member with a defined nucleic acid sequence, but are dynamic distributions of nonidentical but related members called a quasispecies (illustrated at left). While next-generation sequencing methods have the capability of describing a quasispecies, the ... Read More

10 Things You Need to Know about mSphereDirect

mSphereDirect is an exciting new pathway to publish your research! This groundbreaking new submission path puts you in control of getting your original research reviewed and published as soon as possible. We’ve prepared the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your manuscript s... Read More

Maybe they're born with it: intrinsic antibiotic resistance

Several recently published mBio studies describe new mechanisms of intrinsic antibiotic resistance. These mechanisms may themselves become therapeutic targets to broaden the application of currently available drugs. Read More

Outbreak of H7N2 Flu in Cats

Many mBiosphere readers will know that the influenza A virus infects multiple species, and this ability to infect birds, humans, and other mammals such as pigs is one of the ways virions can exchange genetic information, leading to new viruses able to cause major outbreaks. However, few mBiosphe... Read More

Prions in plants

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease of cervids (deer, elk, moose) that is potentially a threat to human health. A role for environmental prion contamination in transmission is supported by the finding that plants can take up prions from the soil and transmit them to animals. Read More

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases

A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmun... Read More

How to be a successful food borne pathogen: step 1, grow on food

Food microbiology is an important issue we cover on this blog, because food safety is vital to prevent foodborne illness. The use of technologies like whole-genome sequencing help identify and pinpoint the source of microbial contaminants, but how do microbes become contaminants in the first pla... Read More

Happy #MicrobialHalloween From My #Bio350 Students (Plus Some Happy #ParasiticHalloween Wishes)!

I enjoy mixing Hallowe'en with my classes. In this blog post, I show how my microbiology students do exactly that, with humor and style. In addition, my freshman writing students do the same with their course on symbioses and parasitism. Enjoy...and #HappyMicrobialHalloween! Read More

Dispatches from ASM Microbe - Saturday

Welcome back to Dispatches from ASM Microbe! Today we’ll continue Microbe 2016 highlights of the microbiome, focusing on the non-human microbiome research being presented during the conference.

As mentioned yesterday, commencement of the National Microbiome Initiative was met with great exci... Read More

Researchers Use Innovating Methods to Study Vertical Transmission of Microbes

It has been assumed that mothers pass on gut microbes to their infants during and just after delivery, a process called vertical transmission, but because of technical restraints, the evidence of this occurring has been limited. Previous cultivation-free studies have observed the same microbial ... Read More

Antibiotics Vs Human

The World Health Organization launched the first World Antibiotic Awareness week, and from November 16-22 2015 discussion centered on the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance. In this post, I will review the science behind antibiotic resistant-bacteria and how this phenomena is poised to imp... Read More

Microbiomes in far-flung places: characterizing the arctic Inuit gut microbiome

The hamlet of Resolute Bay is a tiny Arctic village in the Nunavut territory of Canada with a population that hovers at or below 300. Over hundreds of perhaps even thousands of years, the traditional Inuit diet in Resolute Bay and elsewhere has been dictated by the Arctic environment. The diet i... Read More

A Tiny Zika Laboratory

So far in this series I’ve written a good deal about our work on Zika virus, but I have said little about the people who are doing the science.

My lab at Columbia University Medical Center is very small, consisting of three people—Amy Rosenfeld, Audrey Warren, and me. Let me tell you about ... Read More

ASMCUE Happenings 2016

No matter the niche field a scientist pursues, there is one aspect of almost all career paths that scientists have in common: teaching. Whether lecturing a quorum of undergraduates about bacterial genetics, mentoring a research fellow as they learn the lab protocols, or presenting an invited lec... Read More

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and viruses and my ice bucket challenge

Many people have a new awareness of the disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge initiated by the ALS Association. Fewer might know that retroviruses have been proposed to play a role in the development of the disease. Read More

Tracking how bacteria threaten newborns

For years, researchers have struggled to get a handle on Group B streptococcus (GBS), in the hopes of improving neonatal outcomes. GBS are a bacteria commonly found in the vagina, rectum, and urinary tract of women. In healthy women, the bacteria are commensal, simply living without causing dise... Read More

Design, engineering and utility of biotic games

First of the three videos related to research article appearing in Lab on a Chip. I. H. Riedel-Kruse et al "Design, Engineering and Utility of Biotic Games". Read the article by clicking "source" above.

From the abstract:

Games are a significant and defining part of human culture, and thei... Read More
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