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Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Within an Antarctic sea squirt, scientists discover bacteria with promising anti-melanoma properties

Scientists identify a bacterial species that resides within Synoicum adareanum (a species of ascidian common to the waters of Antarctica's Anvers Island archipelago) and that produces a melanoma-fighting compound called palmerolide A. #microbiology #environment #symbiosis #bacteriology #cancer There are few places farther from your medicine cabinet than the tissues of an ascidian, or "sea squirt," on the icy Antarctic sea floor—but this is precisely where scientists are looki

Microbial study reveals extended lifespan of starved bacteria

Study reveals extended lifespan of starved bacteria. "How bacteria survive long periods of energy limitation is relevant to understanding chronic infections in humans and other hosts, and is related to how some pathogens tolerate drugs like #antibiotics." #microbiology #bacteriology #AntiobiticResistance A study of microbial populations under a prolonged period of starvation by Indiana University professor Jay T. Lennon and his laboratory could help researchers answer questio

Staphylococcus aureus - signs, symptoms, transmission, causes & pathology

What is Staphylococcus aureus? (free video) #Staphylococcus aureus, sometimes called staph aureus, is a gram positive coccus that grows in clusters. It’s a part of the normal skin and nasal flora in about a quarter of the population, but if it overgrows or if the skin is damaged, then it can cause disease through direct colonization, toxin production, or both. #microbiology #bacteriology

A newly-discovered genus of bacteria that is present in most people

#microbiology #metabolism #bacteriology Researchers led by Patrice Cani, FNRS researcher at University of Louvain (UCLouvain) have studied a bacterium called Subdoligranulum that is almost absent in obese and diabetic people, while systematically present in healthy people. There is as yet only one cultivated strain of this bacterial family available in the world (the only known member of a large family), but unfortunately, it is not the strain that was observed to be decrease

New study shows never before seen nutrient exchanges between algae and bacteria

#microbiology #bacteriology #metabolism Research co-led by Newcastle University has shed new light on important microscopic scale interactions between algae and bacteria predicated on the mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients. The research was carried out at the University of Cambridge and the Nordsim laboratory at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm by Dr. Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, now at the University of Exeter, and a team led by Dr. Ottavio Croze,

New Journal: Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Introducing new journal: "Current Research in Microbial Sciences" publishes articles in all areas of the broad field of #microbiology, the study of microorganisms & their biological interactions with human beings & other life. Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a gold open access (OA) journal, which means articles are permanently and freely available. #health #bacteriology #virology #parasitology #environment #agriculture

Current Research in Microbial Sciences

Current Research in Microbial Sciences is a new journal that specializes in the field of microbiology, the study of microorganisms and/or microbes and their interaction with the environment, plants, human beings, and other species. #health #immunology #microbiology #environment #virology #bacteriology #agriculture

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