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ICAAC 2013 - How MALDI-ToF is Changing Clinical Microbiology


Lasers are the new DNA.  It is called matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization–time of flight (MALDI-TOF) and it uses mass ... Read More

Virus-derived particles target blood cancer

Ottawa researchers have developed unique virus-derived particles that can kill human blood cancer cells in the laboratory and eradicate the disease in mice with few side effects. The study is published in Blood Cancer Journal by co-senior authors Drs. David Conrad and John Bell of the Ottawa Hos... Read More

Discovery of first motor with revolution motion in a virus-killing bacteria advances nanotechnology (press release)

Scientists have cracked a 35-year-old mystery about the workings of the natural motors that are serving as models for development of a futuristic genre of synthetic nanomotors that pump therapeutic DNA, RNA or drugs into individual diseased cells. Their report revealing the innermost mechanisms ... Read More

Measles virus used to put woman's cancer into remission

A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.

For 10 years, Stacy Erholtz, 49, battled multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the blood. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say she had received every type of chemotherapy dr... Read More

The Leeuwenhoek´s "animalcules" (video)

A drop of water under the microscope. Read More

Cold virus 'treats prostate cancer' for Birmingham patient (video)

A patient in Birmingham has undergone landmark gene therapy to treat prostate cancer.

The treatment, developed by doctors at University Hospital in Birmingham over the past 15 years, uses a virus modified from the common cold to deliver a powerful chemotherapy drug which at the same time stim... Read More

Episode 2: Viral Videos from the YouTube series MicroMinutes

Without microbiology there would be no viral videos, because, after all, without microbiology there would be no viruses! Sure, there could be "voluminous views videos" but a term like that doesn't have the same visceral impact as a "viral video".

This episode describes viral replication in a... Read More

Human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine begins this week

A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa.

After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers were given the green... Read More

Here's to Microbes Near and Far (to the tune of Hark the Herald Angels Sing) - Happy Holidays from the American Society for Microbiology

Here's to Microbes Near and Far (to the tune of Hark the Herald Angels Sing) - Happy Holidays from the American Society for Microbiology Read More

Even Bacteria Use Social Networks

The next time your Facebook stream is filled with cat videos, think about Myxococcus xanthus. The single-cell soil bacterium also uses a social network. But forget silly distractions. M. xanthus relies on its connections to avoid getting eaten and to score its next meal.

That’s the latest ins... Read More

Infectious Disease Expert Anne Rimoin on Monkeypox (video)

UCLA infectious disease expert Anne Rimoin talks about the alarming recent rise in monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read More

Ancient teeth reveal origin of the Justinian plague

The DNA of bubonic plague bacteria, blamed for Europe's great plague of 1348, has turned up in victims of a plague that shook the Roman world in AD 541
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24948
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The Coming Crisis in Antibiotics

An interesting TED talk about antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will... Read More

TPTest_A Novel Diagnostic Tool For Typhoid and Paratyphoid fever

A reliable and early diagnosis for Enteric fever like typhoid and paratyphoid fever is essential for early treatment and saving millions. Thats why TPTest is important to us. Read More

Microscopic rowing – without a cox

New research shows that the whip-like appendages on many types of cells are able to synchronise their movements solely through interactions with the fluid that surrounds them.

Many different types of cell, including sperm, bacteria and algae, propel themselves using whip-like appendages know... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 2

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"Tuberculosis remains one of the most important causes of human disease... Read More

CEA: Violight UV Cell phone sanitizer

Jonathan Pinsky, Cofounder of Violight, shows the first ever UV cell phone sanitizer. He demonstrates the sanitizer on my Nokia N86. Place your phone inside the portable sanitizer for three minutes and it'll eliminate up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your cell phone and other small electroni... Read More

Engineering adenoviruses for gene therapy

This is a movie by David Bella, Ph.D., at the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research showing the results of an analysis of Adenovirus binding to blood coagulation factor X, performed in collaboration with Professor Andrew H Baker in the University of Glasgow.

The animation was creat... Read More

Sewage raises West Nile virus risk

Sewage that overflows into urban creeks and streams during periods of heavy rain can promote the spread of West Nile Virus, an Emory study finds.

The analysis of six years of data showed that people living near creeks with sewage overflows in lower-income neighborhoods of Southeast Atlanta ha... Read More

Hospitals Slow to Adopt Infection Prevention Program

Doctors insert into patients what is called a central line, which can be used to administer vital medications while monitoring various critical elements within the heart and blood.

But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate shows that 250,000 patients with central lines contrac... Read More
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