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El podcast del Microbio Nº132. Antimicrobial Peptides (AMPs)



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 132 deals with the recent review published in PLoS Pathogens about the AMPs . "El Podcast del M... Read More

Hepatitis B viruses in bats

Hepatitis B virus (HBV, illustrated) is a substantial human pathogen. WHO estimates that there are now 240,000,000 individuals chronically infected with HBV worldwide, of which 25% will die from chronic liver disease or hepatocellular carcinoma. The hepatitis B virus vaccine is highly effective ... Read More

The ABC's of E.coli

Dr. Christine Hoang, Assistant Director of The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Scientific Activities Division responds to a five minute Q & A about E.coli from a consumer/food safety perspective.

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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

Pandoravirus, bigger and unlike anything seen before

The discovery of the giant Mimivirus and Megavirus amazed virologists (and also many others). Their virions (750 nanometers) and DNA genomes (1,259,000 base pairs) were the biggest ever discovered, shattering the notions that viruses could not be seen with a light microscope, and that viral geno... Read More

Microbe/Mineral Affinities

This is a paper from the Geomicrobiology lab at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. It was recently published in a special issue of Geomicrobiology Journal focused on geomicrobiology of subsurface microorganisms in cave environments.

In this study we attemp... Read More

Why Sourdough Bread Resists Mold (Press Release)

Sourdough bread resists mold, unlike conventionally leavened bread. Now Michael Gaenzle and colleagues of the University of Alberta, Edmonton, show why. During sourdough production, bacteria convert the linoleic acid in bread flour to a compound that has powerful antifungal activity. The researc... Read More

TWiV 282: Tamiflu and tenure too




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Circovirus in Shanghai

Recently thousands of dead and decaying pigs were pulled from rivers in Shanghai and Jiaxing, China. Apparently farmers dumped the animals into the water after the pigs became ill, and porcine circovirus was subsequently detected in the in pig carcasses and in the water. Porcine circoviruses are... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 235, 236 y 237. Escherichia coli EHEC



























"El podcast del microbio" Nº 235, 236 and 237 deals with the biology of the E. coli EHEC involved in the Germany Outbreak duri... Read More

Inefficient influenza H7N9 virus aerosol transmission among ferrets

There have been 131 confirmed human infections with avian influenza H7N9 virus in China, but so far there is little evidence for human to human transmission. Three out of four patients report exposure to animals, ‘mostly chickens‘, suggesting that most of the infections are zoonoses. Whether or ... Read More

KEGG pathways analysis of the Herpes simplex host viral interactome

During its life cycle the HSV-1 virus interacts with a large number of host proteins, catalogued at http://www.polygenicpathways.co.uk/herpeshost.html. KEGG pathway analysis of these human proteins reveals the expected types of pathways, including endocytosis, actin related paythways, protein pr... Read More

The Walking Dead offers teachable moment about antivirals vs antibacterials

If you teach students about viruses and bacteria, recent episodes of The Walking Dead have been using the term "antibiotic" to stand for antivirals. Since students are probably watching the show, it might be a good time to highlight the mistake. I summarized the issues at the associated URL (ht... Read More

End of moratorium on influenza H5N1 research

In early 2012 influenza virus researchers around the world decided to stop working on highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus. This decision came after work from the Fouchier and Kawaoka laboratories revealed the isolation of influenza H5N1 strains that can be passed among ferrets by aeroso... Read More

Malaria presented by Joseph DeRisi Part 3: Drug Development

The third video of a three part lecture by Joseph DeRisi focuses on drug development for Malaria. Read More

The Virtual Museum of Bacteria

The Virtual Museum of Bacteria is a website that presents curated links about bacteria, embedded in informative articles. The website is up and running since 1998, making it one of the oldest websites on the internet. The texts are kept simple, though the collected links vary from simple to adva... Read More

"Microbe-Powered Jobs: How Microbiologists Can Help Build the Bioeconomy" Infographic

The American Academy of Microbiology has just released a new report, "Microbe-Powered Jobs: How Microbiologists Can Help Build the Bioeconomy," and along with it, an infographic, that summarizes the main points of the report. The full report can be found here: http://bit.ly/1lk346I, and a link t... Read More

El Podcast del Microbio Nº 162: Pienso, luego tengo bacterias. (I think, so I have got bacteria)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 162 is dedicated to the article by Heijtz et al. on the role of gut microbiota in brain developm... Read More

Bovine TB and badgers - why it all matters

With the news of a trial badger cull in England as an attempt to reduce the levels of Mycobacterium bovis or bovine TB in cattle, this post reviews why it is so important to reduce the level of the organism in the cattle and badger populations. Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº208: ¿Cuántas g's puede aguantar un ser vivo? (Corrected)



























Due to blogger problems, I reloaded this entry. El podcast del Microbio Nº208 is about the experiments done by Deguchi on M... Read More

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