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First results from an Oxford University trial of an Ebola vaccine (video)

A trial of a GSK/NIH candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggests the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile and is able to generate an immune response.
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DNA binding by C. crescentus VapBC1 (video)

The video shows the structural changes in the Caulobacter crescent VapBC1 protein complex during DNA binding, including how the antitoxin “tails” containing the protein palindromic sequences switch positions.

Link to the research article in Nucleic Acids Research http://nar.oxfordjournals.org... 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

Creative Classroom: The ticks ‘come marching in’ in singing professor’s microbiology class

At the end of a recent “Medical Microbiology” class taught by Dr. Sheldon Campbell, students clapped, cheered heartily, and stomped their feet on the floor. A couple of them even shouted “Encore!”

It’s not quite the reaction one would expect from medical students who just spent 45 minutes lea... Read More

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable

Paul G. Falkowski, Distinguished Professor Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Geology, takes viewers deep into the microscopic world to explore how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life today would cease to exist without them. Read More

New Tools against Biofilms [Video]

As you might expect for organisms that are billions of years old, bacteria have evolved lots of tricks to protect themselves in often-hostile surroundings. One of their most effective strategies is to coat themselves with a gooey layer, known as biofilm, which insulates them from predators, hars... Read More

New Tools in Fight Against Virus that Attacks the Brain

Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). This disease – which is caused by the JC virus – is most frequently found in people with suppressed immune systems and, until now, scientists have had no effect... Read More

Can we conquer infectious disease? (video)

Soon, we'll have smarter, more effective vaccines. What does that mean for the future of disease?
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TED Talk: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

Dr. Lisa Dyson is developing a way to sustainable produce agriculture using technology developed in the 1960's for space travel. Using carbon dioxide, hydrogen from water, and microbes called hydrogenotrophs, the "closed loop" carbon cycle can create carbon-rich crops. This technology has the po... Read More

China battles virus that has killed two pandas and left third critical

A deadly virus has claimed the lives of two of China's beloved giant pandas and left a third in critical condition.

Chinese state media reported this week that veterinarians are using antiviral therapy to treat five-year-old Feng Feng, after medical tests showed serious damage to the panda's ... Read More

Ebola: a new pandemic? (video)

Ebola is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with the body or with body fluids of an infected person. Ebola virus is NOT a respiratory virus and is NOT transmitted through the air. It is not a gastrointestinal virus either, so it is NOT generally transmitted via water or foo... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Margaret McFall-Ngai

Last Fall, the great Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai "virtually visited" my freshman writing class at the University of Puget Sound to discuss symbiosis and Microbial Supremacy with my new students. I had my students read some papers by Dr. McFall-Ngai (including the wonderful "Animals in a Microbial ... Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 6

"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials.

"EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement... Read More

A Cinematic Approach to Antibiotic Resistance

In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, Harvard scientists have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they become impervious to drugs. The experiments are thought to provide the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly hig... Read More

The Leeuwenhoek´s "animalcules" (video)

A drop of water under the microscope. Read More

Watch Bacteria Jiggle, Pulse, and Shine to a Party Rock Anthem

A scientist from Columbia University is programming bacteria to "flicker, pulsate, shimmer, flow, and do the wave in a rainbow of neon color". In this video, petri dishes of these glowing bacteria are choreographed to Party Rock Anthem. However, this creative intersection of science and art does... Read More

How Cells Know Which Way To Go

Two new studies shed light on how cells sense and respond to chemical trails. Amoebas aren’t the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial to development, wound healing and immune response in animals, not to mention cancer metastasis. In two new studies from Johns Hopkins, researchers answer lo... Read More

What causes atherosclerosis and why do foamy macrophages persist and cause heart disease?

This slide deck was presented at the 2014 Canadian Hypertension Conference in Gatineau, Quebec Canada in October 2014 and provides an alternative mechanism by which foamy macrophages may be created and contribute to heart disease. HERV-K102 particle production mediates foam cell formation in mac... Read More

UV light can aid hospitals' fight to wipe out drug-resistant superbugs

A new tool -- a type of ultraviolet light called UVC -- could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

Some hospitals have already begun using UVC machines in addition to standard chemical disinfection to k... Read More
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