When viruses come into contact with host cells, they trigger the cells to engulf them, or fuse themselves to the cell membrane so they can release their DNA into the cell.
Once inside a host cell, viruses take over its machinery to reproduce. Viruses override the host cell’s normal functioni... Read More
Despite improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Lyme borreliosis (LB) is still the most common arthropod-borne disease in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, with risk of infection associated with occupation (e.g. forestry work) and certain outdoor recreational activities ... Read More
Your discussion about technology and fixing things here before we go out into space made me wonder if space exploration might turn out to be like investigative science. In the process of exploring space we might run across the means of fixing our probl... Read More
This is a paper that speaks of horizontal gene transfer in cancer, something that is against the widely recognized model of cancer development of a vertically evolved system that gives rise to tumors. Albeit, this system involves an in vitro model of a EBV induced cancer, viruses have historica... Read More
Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine interviews Dylan Pillai of the University of Toronto on how genomic analysis is used by epidemiologists and clinical microbiologists to reconstruct bacterial disease outbreaks or analyze difficult individual cases Read More
Morehouse College Biology students Rob Williams and Tony Gibson present on the process of Taq production and the polymerase chain reaction. Read More
Click "source" to view the full "Report to the President on U.S. Preparations for 2009-H1N1 Influenza" from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Here is the Council's "planning scenario":
Indeed, the 2009-H1N1 influenza is already responsible for significant morbi... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº213 summarize the recent finding of marine bacteria that digest plastic published in Nature. El p... Read More
Recently, Yale’s Richard Flavell led a team of researchers into the most talked about and yet one of the least understood of microbial environments—the human gut. Rather than present the usual metagenomic characterization of the microbial population, he teamed up with Jeff Gordon at Washington U... Read More
Most of you are probably back to work after the ASM conference in San Diego. It was a great conference with a lot of exciting talks and posters and we hope you enjoyed our beautiful city.
MO BIO Labs presented four posters at ASM and the PDFs are now available online for viewing. These were t... Read More
Are there environments where there are abundant bacteria and no phages? Sounds like one of our Talmudic Questions, but this one has a specific answer, and that answer is Yes. That environment was found within a cystic fibrosis (CF) lung.
This story comes from a pair of papers recently publish... Read More
Learn more about the issue of dual use research in the life sciences by watching the following educational video produced by the NIH. Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 152 and 153 deals with the history of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and its follow-... Read More
Judy Stone, MD, an infectious disease specialist experienced in conducting clinical research, is the author of an upcoming series of blog posts about the ABC's of clinical trials. In the first post she tackles the origin of clinical trials in which she highlights the history of many famous micro... Read More
Although many archaea have tough outer cell walls, these walls contain different kinds of amino acids and sugars than those found in bacteria. Archaeal cell membranes also are chemically distinct from bacterial membranes with differing lipid structures and chemical links. This means that drug... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº270 and 271 are an Spanish language adaptation of Carl Zimmer's article: "Mammals made by viruses" (... Read More
Dean Dawson, Associate Member of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has authored a post on Small Things Considered which explores Candida's chromosomal instability and unorthodox reproduction process.
"Who hasn't heard of Candida? I... Read More
PDF of recent "Open Access" PNAS paper on bacterial biogeography. The paper (of which I am an author) made use of rRNA PCR to survey bacteria in salt marshes. The bacteria were surveyed broadly (using broadly targeted PCR primers) and narrowly (using primers that focused on specific taxonomic... Read More