Microbiology

Probiotics For Frogs

A new paper says protective probiotics could fight the "chytrid" fungus that has been decimating amphibian populations worldwide. Jenifer Walke, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, and collaborators have grown ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 4 2015 - 8:00am

How Viruses Fool The Immune System

The immune system protects us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and other types of pathogens we encounter throughout life. It also remembers past infections so it can fight them off more easily the next time we encounter them. But the immun ...

Article - The Conversation - Aug 1 2015 - 11:00am

No, You Won’t Get Bubonic Plague From A New York City Subway

The New York City subway system is notorious for its filth and grime, something that was captured well in Jonath Hertzberg ’s 2013 video essay, titled Dirty Old New York Subway, which cataloged the trains’ cinematic history. ...

Article - Nicholas Staropoli - Aug 7 2015 - 11:30am

Doorknob Germs Can Infect Half Of Your Office In A Few Hours

By:  Karin Heineman, Inside Science TV – Viruses: they’re too tiny for us to see, yet they’re lurking everywhere.  And guess what? They spread really fast through an office environment. “Most people don’t realize they easily spread by your hands,” said Un ...

Article - Inside Science - Aug 8 2015 - 8:30am

Lager Yeast- Beer-Making Microbe Gets An Origin Story

The crucial genetic mashup that spawned the yeast that brews the vast majority of beer occurred at least twice-- and both times without human help-- according to a new study. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 17 2015 - 6:44am

White Grain Disorder: Fungi Discovered Behind Wheat Disease

Researchers have unraveled the mystery cause of the emerging wheat disease White Grain Disorder, by isolating three previously undiscovered fungi from infected wheat samples and sequenced their genomes. Australian wheat exports are worth more than $6 bill ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 27 2015 - 6:25am

Fish Oil Diet Versus Gut Microbes

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a study from Sahlgrenska Academy published in Cell Metabolism. The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affecte ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 4 2015 - 7:00am

Path Toward A Vaccine Against MRSA

New research has uncovered why a particular strain of Staphylococcus aureus-- known as HA-MRSA-- becomes more deadly than other variations. These new findings open up possible new pathways to vaccine development against this bacterium, which the Centers f ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 11 2015 - 8:00am

Flying? Have Your Lean Cuisine In The Latrine

Every now and then you get a 3-1, 86 mph fastball down the middle of the plate. You just have to swing. This exact pitch was thrown in Washington this week. Not the Nationals. By the Post.  They ran a superbly silly story this week entitled  " The di ...

Article - Josh Bloom - Sep 29 2015 - 3:05pm

Ebola Virus Mutations May Help It Evade Drug Treatment

Genetic mutations called "escape variants" in the deadly Ebola virus appear to block the ability of antibody-based treatments to ward off infection, according to a team of U.S. Army scientists and collaborators. ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 18 2015 - 7:00am