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TWiV 94 Letters

Kate writes:

Is it possible that disease stage makes a difference in detection of XMRV and have any XMRV studies tested patients for the virus at several different points over a period of time?


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TWiV 94: XMRV with Dr. Ila Singh

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On episode #94 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Ila Singh about the new human retrovirus XMRV, and how her laboratory is studying its association with prostat... Read More

Environmental Risk factor database: Bugs and Genes II: Alzheimer's , Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Bipolar disoder and Schizophrenia.

This is a database of environmental risk factors, often viruses, bacteria and parasites, that have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, Multiple sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease , all accessible from the home page. In general the degree of risk conferred by... Read More

A compact microscope invented at Rice University is proving its potential to impact global health

A compact, inexpensive microscope operated by a battery is able to diagnose signs of tuberculosis on par with devices that retail for as much as $40,000.

The 2.5 pound microscope was developed by Rice University alumnus Andrew Miller, as his senior design project last year.

The goal was to... Read More

The impact of the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus on seasonal influenza A viruses in the southern hemisphere

Data collected over winter 2009 by five World Health Organisation National Influenza Centres in the southern hemisphere were used to examine the circulation of pandemic and seasonal influenza A strains during the first pandemic wave in the southern hemisphere. There is compelling evidence that t... Read More

PolygenicBlog: Bugs and genes

This is a blog that tries to address the relationships between genes and environmental risk factors , particularly viruses, bacteria and parasites, in some common diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, multiple sclerosis, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease and also provide... Read More

Herpes simplex: Host Viral interactions database

This is a database of Herpes simplex (HSV-1) host/viral interactions hosted at WikiGenes. It provides a global snapshot of what the virus does in different compartments at all stages of the viral life-cycle from entry to exit. The database is interactive, and any researcher can edit the page or ... Read More

XMRV, Chronic Fatigue and prostate cancer

The XMRV retrovirus has been implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer. A homology search comparing retroviral with human proteins revealed short contiguous amino acid strings (typically 5-8 aa) matching human proteins whose dysfunction might be expected to cause fatigue, includ... Read More

NASA Research Announcement Issued (includes Microbiology topics)

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled, "Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions" (NRA NNJ10ZSA003N), has been released and is available through the NASA Research Opportunities ... Read More

An Inactive Mine Provides Active Opportunities

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered describes the work by members of Jill Banfield’s lab at Berkeley on a unique set of mine-dwelling microorganisms dubbed ARMAN (for Archaeal Richmond Mine Acidophilic Nanoorganisms). These microbes illustrate many surprising characteristics such as "thei... Read More

Robert M. Chanock, MD, 1924-2010

Chanock received his MD in 1947 from the University of Chicago, and after clinical training in pediatrics (note the bowtie), joined Albert Sabin at the University of Cincinnati where he studied arthropod-borne viruses. After a stint in the US Army, he rejoined Sabin’s laboratory in 1954 as an in... Read More

Important Considerations for a Career in Biotech

When I was in graduate school, it seemed that almost no one aspired to work in industry or be part of a company. But times are changing. Now, when I go to conferences and talk to scientists in training, I am asked, ”how do I get a job in a company?” and “How did you get your job?”

This is not... Read More

The MO-Bio Blog

From MO BIO Labs, a cool blog of life sciences sites and lings. Thanks for the MicrobeWorld shout-out, MO BIO!

"I spend a lot of time reading internet news and blogs to stay on top of current research. In the course of my web surfing, I have found some really great scientific sites for microb... Read More

TWiV 93: Our infectious inbox

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On episode #93 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about lab procedures, prokaryotes, endogenous retroviruses, the iPad and teaching, prions, mimi... Read More

TWiV 93 Letters

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I once went into a very large bookstore and asked the clerk if they had any books on parasitology. She said that they did and pointed in the direction of a large case of colorful books which on closer examination turned out to ... Read More

Event-based biosurveillance of respiratory disease in Mexico, 2007–2009: Connection to the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic?

The emergence of the 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) virus in North America and its subsequent global spread highlights the public health need for early warning of infectious disease outbreaks. Event-based biosurveillance, based on local- and regional-level Internet media reports, is one approac... Read More

Painting With Penicillin: Alexander Fleming's Germ Art

In addition to working as a scientist, and well before his discovery of antibiotics, Alexander Fleming painted. He was a member of the Chelsea Arts Club, where he created amateurish watercolors. Less well known is that he also painted in another medium, living organisms. Fleming painted ballerin... Read More

Signaling and quorum sensing video

Andrew Dopheide has created an animation that illustrates signaling and quorum sensing.

"A solitary bacterium cannot form a biofilm by itself - it must wait until a group of bacteria has gathered. With no fingers to count on, how do bacteria know when there are enough others nearby? Bacteria ... Read More

Foodsafe video

Food-handling safety risks at home are more common than you may think. The 4 easy lessons of this Be Foodsafe video are clean, separate, cook and chill. Read More

A Global Metabolic Shift Is Linked to Salmonella Multicellular Development

Bacteria can elaborate complex patterns of development that are dictated by temporally ordered patterns of gene expression, typically under the control of a master regulatory pathway. For some processes, such as biofilm development, regulators that initiate the process have been identified but s... Read More
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