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September 10, 2014

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5:05 AM | Crowdsourcing Microbial Oceanography
For marine microbiologists getting out into the blue ocean is a big deal. Competition for ship time is fierce and we often propose and plan research voyages years in advance. Even with access to dedicated research vessels the ocean is enormous, and vast swaths of the ocean are rarely visited by scientists and therefore poorly sampled.To attempt to address this problem I set off on a expedition onboard an 18m sailing yacht in April last year to help prove the concept that citizen scientists […]

September 09, 2014

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9:25 PM | Oregon 4-year-old girl diagnosed with E. coli dies
Four-year-old Serena Profitt died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon, after being diagnosed with E. coli and a 6-year-old family friend is also sick. Doctors, at this point, do not know the source of the E. coli. The pastor … Continue reading →
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6:15 PM | SureBeads™ Magnetic Bead System for Immunoprecipitation
Bio-Rad’s SureBead Magnetic Beads System provides faster and more reliable immunoprecipitation of proteins and protein complexes at a price comparable to leading agarose beads. The SureBeads System consists of protein A- or protein G-coupled magnetic beads and an ergonomically designed tube rack with high-strength magnets that separate SureBeads Magentic Beads and pulled-down proteins from the […]
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5:46 PM | International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology - where men tell us about deep things
Just saw this Tweet: ISSM, a conference with no female plenary speakers. http://t.co/r3zUX8lEpt #fail cc @phylogenomics @pgirguis— Jen Biddle (@subsurface_life) September 9, 2014 This refers to this meeting: Call for Abstracts for 2014 Ninth International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, Pacific Grove CaliforniaThe plenary speakers for this meeting are all menPeter GirguisTerry HazenRainer MeckenstockLars NielsenAaron PackmanKarsten PedersenTimothy ScheibeJack SchijvenThe last […]
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4:45 PM | An outbreak of enterovirus 68
During the winter of 1962 in California, a new virus was isolated from the oropharynx of 4 children who had been hospitalized with respiratory disease that included pneumonia and bronchiolitis. On the basis of its physical, chemical, and biological properties, the virus was classified as an enterovirus in the picornavirus family. Subsequently named enterovirus D68, it […]
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3:35 PM | 15 now dead 38 sick in Denmark Listeria outbreak
A fifteenth person has died from the Listeria outbreak, the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) confirmed on Monday. The number of those affected has also risen to 38, SSI said. The outbreak has been traced to the deli meat rullepølse … Continue reading →
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3:09 PM | E. coli O157 in pork? Food safety officials pull more pork from stores as investigation expands
Raw pork from two more city retailers is being pulled from store shelves as food safety officials continue investigating where tainted meat that sickened scores of Albertans was shipped to and sold around the province. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency … Continue reading →
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2:37 PM | Huckster alert: farmer sentenced to repay mislabeled meat’s ‘end-users’ in Arkansas
A Morrilton farmer who runs Petit Jean Farm was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for admittedly selling mislabeled meat in 2010 and 2011. Ed Martsolf, 67, also must pay restitution of $3,257.07, … Continue reading →
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2:28 PM | Salmonella from pet food featured on ‘The Doctors’
A 2-year-old Waxhaw girl, who contracted salmonella after her family’s pets ate contaminated dog food, will appear with her parents on a nationally syndicated consumer health show Thursday. Brian and Elizabeth Hall and their daughter will be guests on “The … Continue reading →
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1:05 PM | BacterioFiles 182 - Chloroplast Colonizers' Contradictory Conflicts
This episode: BacterioFiles teams up with The Plant Pathology Podcast to talk about how microbes living in plants sometimes team up with the plants, sometimes with plant pathogens! Download Episode (17.7 MB, 19.25 minutes)Show notes:Journal PaperLee et al. 2009 paper: Fusarium sometimes prevents corn smut Other interesting stories: Deep-sea vent viruses sabotage cell storage Bacteria probably could survive accidental trip to Mars Microbes that survive in petroleum could do well in […]
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11:44 AM | NPM14: Because Pandemics Happen
Credit ECDC – 125 years of  Pandemic  History   Note: This is one of a continuing series of preparedness blogs for this year’s National Preparedness Month.  You can search for NPM14 (or last year’s NPM13) to find additional entries. # 9058   While the timing, source, or severity of the next pandemic is unknowable, history tells us that influenza pandemics come along several times each century, making it very likely we will see another […]
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10:43 AM | The CDC’s EV-D68 Update Page
    # 9057   Since it first gained national notoriety two weeks ago (see Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68), the EV-D68 virus has gone from relative obscurity – with mentions relegated to scientific journals or occasional blog posts -  to being the sole topic of a CDC press briefing yesterday.   Late yesterday the CDC unveiled an EV-D68 specific webpage, where we can expect to see updates on this emerging enterovirus as their investigation […]
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5:00 AM | Gallery: The amazing ink-proof yeast capsule
Observed doctors and medical students as they learn about the workings of the clinical microbiology lab, I’m impressed by their love of the India ink test for cryptococcus. The way this test works is: Cryptococcus is a type of infectious yeast that looks a lot like Candida if you just do a gram stain. But […]
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4:26 AM | Sports training or food safety?
To coach little kids in (ice) hockey in Brisbane requires 16 hours training, which I have completed. To be a sports medic requires eight hours, with an annual five-hour update, which I did on Saturday. To provide food that could kill … Continue reading →
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4:06 AM | Tragic: Oregon girl contracts E. coli; family prepares to say goodbye
Her family describes her as a cute blonde hair firecracker. Sadly today they are preparing to say goodbye. Serena Profitt is just four years old. Her uncle Travis Harget told KXL after a day of fun with her family in Lincoln City … Continue reading →

September 08, 2014

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11:46 PM | Thousands sickened: Hepatitis A in berries in Europe
In May 2013, Germany reported cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV) genotype IA infection in persons with a travel history and Italy reported a national increase in the number of HAV cases and declared an outbreak. Confirmed cases (outbreak strain … Continue reading →
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11:39 PM | 14 now dead, 37 sick from Listeria in Denmark
Listeria found in rullepølser produced by the company Jørn A Rullepølser has now claimed its 14th victim.  Along with the death toll, the number of those infected nationwide continues to rise. Statens Serum Institut (SSI) reports that three more people … Continue reading →
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10:16 PM | NC State University Found to be the Most Diverse College Campus in North America
Several years ago, we started paying more attention in our lab to what was going on biologically near at hand. This transition would eventually lead us into backyards, then houses, then colons, but it stared with North Carolina State University’s campus. The campus is at what was once the western edge of the city of Raleigh, a city whose location was chosen by its originators as a function of its nearness to a bar. And yet despite this idiosyncratic origin, Raleigh has proven to be an […]
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9:09 PM | Sometimes It Takes a Death to Teach Me About the Depths of Others...
I just received some sad news, so here is a short post to express how I feel about it.  As the poem by Delmore Schwartz, "Calmly We Walk through This April's Day,"  goes:"Time is the fire in which we burn..."But it goes on to add:"Time is the school in which we learn...."While I was in graduate school, one of the professors I saw around the building was Dr. Robert Schimke. He liked to tease and carry on, and I admit I didn't know him all that well. I kept my head low much of the time, […]
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8:37 PM | Schaffner on hand sanitizers: they’re a good thing
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner of Rutgers University writes in this guest post: I’m willing to go on record as saying that alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good thing. In fact, we have published research which shows that it … Continue reading →
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7:49 PM | Where are all the European Biologists Going?
All the recent talk about the brain drain in Spain, (the brains in Spain drain mainly via plane), has peeked my curiosity regarding the mobility of biologists across Europe. According to the official statistics, between the years 2003 and 2014, 18,408 Spanish professionals registered to have their qualifications recognized in other European countries while less […]
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6:54 PM | MMWR: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With Enterovirus D68
Credit CDC     # 9056   As promised earlier during today’s CDC press briefing, the MMWR has published an early release detailing initial findings from their investigation of two EV-D68 outbreaks. As  Dr. Schuchat explained, the situation is evolving and dynamic, and we should have a better idea about the level of illness and spread in the comings days.    Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 — Missouri and Illinois, […]
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6:30 PM | WHO: Liberia, Ebola Cases Increasing `Exponentially’
# 9055 On top of the news that a WHO doctor in Sierra Leone has contracted the virus , we’ve a somber assessment in today’s Situation Report from the World Health Organization , one that warns that `thousands’ of new cases are expected in Liberia alone over the next three weeks. Ebola situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed Situation assessment - 8 September 2014 During the past weeks, a WHO team of emergency experts worked together […]
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6:19 PM | WHO Doctor Infected With Ebola, To Be Evacuated From Sierra Leone
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9054   We’ve a brief emailed statement from the World Health Organization announcing that one of their doctors has become infected with the Ebola virus, and will be evacuated shortly.   WHO doctor to be evacuated after testing positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN, Sierra Leone ¦ 8 September 2014 – A WHO doctor working in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease. To ensure the […]
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6:08 PM | CDC Press Briefing On HEV-D68
Credit CDC – Non Polio-Enteroviruses     # 9053   The Human Enterovirus – Delta 68 outbreak which I’ve been writing about for the past 10 days (see Enterovirus D-68 (HEV-D68) Update) has continued to spread, and over the weekend led many newscasts. Today, the CDC held a press briefing on this emerging viral threat, featuring Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Anne Schuchat, (RADM, USPHS) and Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and […]
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4:32 PM | CDC Guidance: Compliance with Select Agent Regulations For Labs Handling Specimens Containing Ebola Virus
  # 9052   `Select agents’ are those  pathogens that have been deemed to pose a significant biological hazard, and among those, Tier 1 select agents are considered `biological agents and toxins present the greatest risk of deliberate misuse with significant potential for mass casualties or devastating effect to the economy, critical infrastructure, or public confidence, and pose a severe threat to public health and safety:’ As you might have already […]
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4:00 PM | How To Visit the Deep Sea
For at least the last 15 years, I have dreamed of travelling to the deep sea. If you read this blog regularly or have ever watched a documentary about the deep sea, you understand why. As marine... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | ICAAC Video: How Quickly A Virus Can Spread In A Building
  # 9051   The 54rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) runs through September 9th in Washington D.C. , and this morning we’ve an absolutely fascinating video sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology showing just how quickly a single introduction of a virus into an office environment can spread to contaminate an entire building.   Of particular interest, this conversation explores how their results relate to […]
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1:59 PM | Nothing Gold Can Stay
The American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), like many animals, changes colors over the course of a year. In the summer, male goldfinches dress in bright gold with black patches on their wings and head – like an avian superhero. When winter comes, the goldfinch molts those bright feathers and assumes his mild-mannered alter ego again. Only a little patch of yellow on his throat remains. The female goldfinch (pictured) isn’t as flamboyant as her partner in the summer. But she’ll […]
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12:49 PM | Mapping The Zoonotic Range Of Ebola Virus In Africa
Mapping the zoonotic niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa   # 9050   In most cases, it is assumed the the index human infection in each of Africa’s Ebola outbreaks have come as the result of exposure to an infected animal, most commonly through the hunting, preparing, or consuming of bush meat.    Bats are believed to be the primary host of the four known African species of Ebola (plus Marburg), but other mammals may serve as intermediate hosts as well. […]
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