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Superbug measures 'lack evidence'
Researchers suggest some standard methods to reduce the spread of MRSA infections need to be re-evaluated as they may do more harm than good.
Microbiology
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014, 8:01am
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Airplanes Don’t Spread Disease Nearly as Much as You Think
The air in airplanes is way fresher than you may think, and it’s constantly being scrubbed by high quality filters.
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Friday, Aug 01, 2014, 7:52am
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Scientists Uncover a Surprising World of Microbes in Cheese Rind
The rind of good cheese is a thriving microbial community. A single gram—a tiny crumb—contains 10 billion microbial cells, a mix of bacteria and fungi that contribute delicious and sometimes funky flavors.
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 31, 2014, 10:59am
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Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes
That strong, sturdy handshake your grandpa taught you isn't the cleanest way to greet someone, scientists say. So should doctors and nurses in hospitals start bumping fists?
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014, 10:32am
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What Does Your Favorite Drink Look Like Under A Microscope?
Check out these colorful images of crystallized alcoholic beverages
Microbiology
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Friday, Jul 25, 2014, 7:20am
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Who Knew Fungi and Fruit Fly Ovaries Could Be So Beautiful?
Princeton University’s annual science art contest shines a light on the research world, adding a video element this year
Microbiology
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014, 10:59am
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Spark of life revisited thanks to electric bacteria
The discovery and culturing of bacteria that eat and excrete electrons means we may soon find out just how little electricity fundamental life requires
Microbiology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014, 4:23pm
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These Microbes Drive The Planet’s Breath And Ocean’s Pulse
A few years ago, a team of scientists took an expensive robot, attached it to a buoy floating off the coast of Hawaii, and left it there. From the outside, it would have looked like an elaborate garbage can. Inside, it was busy.
Microbiology
Source: National Geographic
Posted on: Friday, Jul 11, 2014, 8:26am
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Sleeping Through the Blitz
Almost all of our antibiotics are designed to kill growing bacteria.
Microbiology
Source: National Geographic
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014, 7:56am
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Me and my microbiome: Rethink bacteria to save lives
We used to think bacteria were strictly good or bad, but as we learn about the odd symbiotic relationships they form with us, the way we view them is changing
Microbiology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014, 1:42pm
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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear
Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Friday, Jun 20, 2014, 8:15am
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Scientists say weakness in 'superbug' bacteria could herald new treatments
Barrier around infectious cells can be defeated, say British researchers, potentially overcoming their resistance to antibiotics
Microbiology
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014, 9:11am
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Farm drugs being used like 'sweets'
The use of antibiotics on farms without medical supervision has been condemned at a meeting of the world animal health organisation.
Microbiology
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7:55am
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Superbug threat as grave as climate change, say scientists
Superbugs resistant to drugs pose a serious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scale as efforts to combat climate change, infectious disease specialists said on Thursday.
Microbiology
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:50am
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Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing
The human placenta, the organ that nourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place some experts had assumed.
Microbiology
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:02am
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Superbug crisis: Global push to save antibiotics begins
Bacteria increasingly laugh off antibiotics. To encourage research, this week a WHO meeting will endorse a plan to shake up how big pharma profits from antibiotics
Microbiology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:07am
Rating: | Views: 73 | Comments: 0
Swooping dogs stem deadly beach bugs
Border Collies may be an effective weapon against E. coli infections at the seaside according to a new study.
Microbiology
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 7:31am
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First Global Resistance Overview Paints Grim Picture
Antibiotics are becoming useless around the world, WHO warns
Microbiology
Source: Science
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014, 7:39am
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Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes
Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014, 8:40am
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Award-Winning Microscope Images Come to Life in Extraordinary Videos
The Nikon Small World photomicrography competition was expanded to include video three years ago, and the result has been an incredible look into living things on the microscopic scale. This year's winning video is a three-dimensional look through a 10-day-old quail embryo growing inside its egg.
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Apr 24, 2014, 8:04am
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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet
A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014, 9:25am
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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors
In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014, 7:50am
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Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film
Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Thursday, Apr 10, 2014, 8:19am
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Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'
The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.
Microbiology
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014, 7:50am
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Whale's bacterial stowaways reveal how stressed it is
This unfortunate humpback whale swam all the way from Alaska to Hawaii tangled in fishing gear – but its stress has taught us a lot about whale health    
Microbiology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Friday, Mar 28, 2014, 7:59am
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Living materials could grow products
Bacterial biofilms with "smart" properties could be the basis of greener manufacturing, scientists say.
Microbiology
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014, 7:20am
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Hacked bacteria keep tabs on the health of the gut
Genetically modified bacteria that alter their behaviour according to conditions in the guts of mice could warn of disease and perhaps be part of a cure    
Microbiology
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014, 10:19am
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New nanochip said to help in the fight against superbugs
Researchers say the key to fighting superbugs is individualized treatment plans, and a new nanochip might pave the way
Microbiology
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Friday, Mar 07, 2014, 8:32am
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Architecture May Influence Which Microbes Surround You
They have us surrounded. Even inside the spaces we build for ourselves -- like homes and offices -- we are a tiny minority. Invisible bacteria, fungi, and viruses outnumber us by orders of magnitude.    
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014, 7:45am
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Scientists Figure Out How Microbes Make Wine Good
Yeast aren’t the only microbes that help turn boring grapes into the delicious, seductive, complex, confusing, subtle, and totally splendiferous tonic known as wine. In addition to those well-known fermenters, a type of bacteria called Oenococcus oeni (for reasons that ...    
Microbiology
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014, 8:32am
Rating: | Views: 57 | Comments: 0
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