On a molecular level, you have more in common with shower curtain mold or the mushrooms on your pizza than you might think. Humans and fungi share similar proteins, a biological bond that makes curing fungal infections difficult and expensive. Current costs to treat these stubborn infections can... Read More
Members of the American Society for Microbiology share their stories of how they discovered microbiology. To learn more about becoming a member visit http://www.asm.org/advance. Read More
Several African nations could strike a major blow against malaria by sacrificing the efficacy of some older drugs. Can they make it work?
It is September in southeastern Mali, and Louka Coulibaly is standing in the shade of a squat, concrete building, giving instructions to a dozen men and wo... Read More
Army Maj. Jittawadee Murphy peers into a paper bucket full of freshly hatched Anopheles stephanii mosquitoes. She needs to separate out the females — the only ones that bite — so they can be infected with malaria.
It turns out that sexing mosquitoes is easy.
"We kind of trick them," says M... Read More
France’s leading virologist, Luc Montagnier, has brought forth remarkable new evidence for a non-particle view of life. The emission of low-frequency electromagnetic waves from bacterial DNA sequences, and the apparent ability of these waves to organize nucleotides (the raw material of DNA) into... Read More
Stumbled across this short video on MetaCafe.com. Probably not the best one out there, it would be great to see a more comprehensive one. Read More
Tiny electrical wires protrude from some bacteria and contribute to rock and dirt formation. Researchers studying the protein that makes up one such wire have determined the protein's structure. The finding is important to such diverse fields as producing energy, recycling Earth's carbon and min... Read More
Scientists at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have received a 2-year, $5.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect warfighters in the event of exposure to infectious diseases during deployment.
Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston and his... Read More
There is no question that HIV is an ugly virus in terms of human health. Each year, it infects some 2.7 million additional people and leads to some 2 million deaths from AIDS. But a new album manages to locate some sonic beauty deep in its genome. Sounds of HIV (Azica Records) by composer Alexan... Read More
If you have ever wondered what it's like to a microbiologist in Canada then this is the video for you. It's nice to see the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education promoting these employment opportunities. Found on YouTube. Read More
Bacteria infecting parasitic worms that cause river blindness and elephantiasis in people, as well as heart worms in dogs, lead to bigger egg batches in some infected insects.
Wolbachia bacteria are widespread parasites, infecting both insects and nematode worms. Infected worms are linked to... Read More
In honor of the Bay Area Science Festival, a group of passionate microbrewers, scientists, and yeast cultivators make 3 original brews to compete in a blind tasting at Nerd Nite in San Francisco, California.
Want to learn more about the microbes involved in brewing? Please check out the Micro... Read More
E.coli is one of most well-known infections. But in a growing number of cases, this common stomach bug is turning into a superbug. Tonight, CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric reports on a deadly version of E.coli - with a genetic mutation that makes it extremely hard to treat.
Tom Dukes nev... Read More
This is a postercast by Jeffrey C. Kwong, scientist at ICES. Read More
Bangladeshi villagers use sari cloth to filter water and help prevent disease. A study previously conducted by scientists of the University of Maryland, USA, demonstrated that the cotton cloth was able to reduce cholera incidents by 48%. Follow-up research five years later ascertained that more ... Read More
Some call him the Microscopic Medicine Man. Professor Brett Neilan from The University of New South Wales, is a microbiologist who thinks he's found the secret behind some of the world's most successful "bush" medicines - and how to save them for the future. Read More
Although as recently as 1980 measles was estimated to cause 2.6 million deaths globally, due to highly effective and safe vaccines, measles elimination has been achieved in a number o... Read More