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April 01, 2014

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11:00 AM | TWiM #74: Pellicles on Pickle Jars
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson. Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss a symbiosis between two bacteria that increases the virulence of oral biofilms, and the assembly of amyloid fibers, which are needed for biofilm formation. Right click to download TWiM #75 (59 MB .mp3, 81 minutes). Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, Zune Marketplace, via...
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8:59 AM | Possible foodborne illness at Minn. Lion’s Club
The Minnesota Department of Health is, according to the Brainerd Dispatch, investigating possible foodborne illnesses after some people got sick after a Nisswa Lion’s Club meeting. The March 24 Lion’s club meeting was conducted at the Nisswa Community Center. Food … Continue reading →
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8:46 AM | Safer eggs: new technique uses radio waves to zap Salmonella
According to the Department of Agriculture, about one out of every 20,000 chicken eggs produced in the U.S. has a high risk of being contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Not all kinds of Salmonella are harmful, but some are, notably S. … Continue reading →
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7:43 AM | Listeria lurks: Judge shuts down Brooklyn fish processing plant
A federal judge has ordered the shutdown of a Brooklyn fish processing plant that has been plagued for years by Listeria. Judge Roslynn Mauskopf stuck a harpoon in New York City Fish, granting the government’s request for a permanent injunction … Continue reading →
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7:15 AM | Porcine plasma? Feed is suspect in spread of deadly pig virus
Scientists and regulators investigating the mysterious spread of a deadly virus plaguing the U.S. pork industry are stepping up their scrutiny of what the nation’s hog herd eats. With a dearth of solid leads, investigators are exploring whether something in … Continue reading →
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2:02 AM | April’s Fool or just plain Fool?
The number of people who have died in Guinea from Ebola virus infection is now at 78, and Médecins sans Frontières says the country faces an unprecedented epidemic. Two sisters have died in neighbouring Liberia, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, and Senegal has closed its borders with the west African country. Despite [...]
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1:31 AM | In a fascinating post by Virginia Hughes, “The Humble...
In a fascinating post by Virginia Hughes, “The Humble Heroes of Weight-Loss Surgery: Stomach Acids and Gut Microbes”, she writes about a recent study working to tease apart the factors that make weight-loss surgery effective. The authors essentially find that it’s not the physical alteration that matters, but rather an increase in bile acids and changes to the gut bacterial community that provide the beneficial effect. There’s some great info in the post on how and why […]
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1:10 AM | A 1711 treatise on venereal disease (Part V: Miscellany and Mercury)
With the end of the month of March, we end our series of posts on Dr. John Marten’s 1711 Treatise of the Venereal Disease. In previous volumes, we’ve gone through as many lengthy, out-of-context quoted passages as anyone can stand. See Part II: Human Anatomy (“These Ova, or Eggs are not only found in the […]

March 31, 2014

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9:06 PM | New Worm-Like Mite Features Extraordinary Upholstery
This bizarre structure is not from the prop shop of a science fiction movie, though it may well provide inspiration there. What might you guess this claw-like appendage is attached to? Would you have... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:21 PM | BacterioFiles Micro Edition 160 - Residents Regulate RNA Response
This episode: Gut microbe communities can help regulate the immune response to pathogens! Download Episode (9.5 MB, 10.3 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal PaperPaper about synthetic small RNA treatment Other interesting stories: Bacteria can convert CO2 directly to liquid compound (paper) Dog-related microbes seem especially good at positively affecting our immune system Bacteria inside insects protect from viruses, but there is a trade-off Soil fungus that kills insects could control […]
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7:01 PM | 2-D Electrophoresis Tips & Tricks – Part II
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6:29 PM | Blame the consumer – norovirus on cruise lines edition
The first official norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship this year, according to Jim Walker of Cruise Law News, involved the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Norwegian Star.  The outbreak occurred during a cruise from January 5-19, 2014. The virus sickened 130 of … Continue reading →
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5:27 PM | Microbiome Quiz
Microbiome Quiz: Quizzes are always fun, so here’s a couple on your microbiome and personal genetics (no expertise needed!) — brought to you by the Personal Genetics Education Project at pgEd.org.
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4:25 PM | #MicroTwJc 46: FtsZ placement in Bacterial cells
An In depth look at how bacteria divide in "FtsZ placement in Nucleoid Free Bacteria"!Link: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091984Statistical Websites:1-way ANOVAhttp://www.danielsoper.com/statcalc3/calc.aspx?id=43Tukey's Honestly Significant Differencehttp://faculty.vassar.edu/lowry/hsd.htmlMicrobiology Twitter Journal Club Website for more details:http://microtwjc.wordpress.com/
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1:22 PM | Liberia: MOH Press Conference On Ebola Outbreak
 @WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea     # 8417   While the planned webcast of the Liberian Ministry of Health’s press conference ran into technical difficulties, the United Nations Mission in Liberia twitter account (@UNMILNews) live-tweeted the key points, which I’ve captured and reproduced below: My thanks go to the UNMIL social media team for their terrific work in getting the details out on this press conference via twitter.   […]
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11:12 AM | How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd)
See more: Pile_of_Viruses via xkcd   The post How big are viruses and how many of them are there? (via xkcd) appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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11:11 AM | WHO Update & Messaging On Ebola Outbreak
Photo Credit - CDC   NOTE: For far more complete coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa you’ll most certainly want to check in with Crofsblog several times a day, as he is doing a phenomenal job covering breaking events there.   # 8417   Not unexpectedly, the World Health Organization confirmed yesterday that at least two cases of Ebola infection have been confirmed in Liberia.   While obviously a concerning geographic expansion of […]
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11:00 AM | From Geology to Biology: A Serpentine Story of Early Life
by Samantha Trumbo Over 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth was a superheated sphere of molten rock, radiating heat to space at over 2000 K. A billion years later, it had global oceans, teeming with microorganisms. In that time, the Earth underwent massive geological changes, somehow serendipitously creating conditions right enough to lead to the spontaneous emergence of cellular life. It has been suggested that these primitive forms of life may have originated around hydrothermal vents at the […]
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6:57 AM | News from San Diego
Well, its the start of baseball season in the US, and my beloved San Diego Padres just beat the hated Los Angeles Dodgers in their first game of the season. Yay!While trying to get a news article about this game from the San Diego Union Tribune, I coincidentally came cross the latest genomic news. Craig Venter (who is famous for many things- sequencing the first bacterial genome, creating the first synthetic bacterium, sequencing his genome as the human genome, sequencing his poodle's genome, […]
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6:07 AM | Livestock industry loses a voice in Scott Hurd
I had the pleasure of interacting briefly with Scott Hurd as he began to set up a food safety risk assessment program at Iowa State after his time at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The following obituary is from meatingplace.com. … Continue reading →
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3:30 AM | One of my favorite science writers, Ed Yong, talks about...
One of my favorite science writers, Ed Yong, talks about parasites that influence the behavior of their hosts in his recent TED talk…very cool stuff.
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1:27 AM | From the surface of stinky mud: diatoms, their parasites, and other comrades-in-silt
An advantage of having a, let’s say, ‘volatile’ memory is that you can sit back and do microscopy… on your own hard drive. When sampling is good, you have only so much time to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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10:02 PM | Survival of Salmonella during baking of peanut butter cookies
Peanuts and peanut-based products have been the source of recent Salmonella outbreaks worldwide. Because peanut butter is commonly used as an ingredient in baked goods, such as cookies, the potential risk of Salmonella remaining in these products after baking needs to be assessed. This … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | Most juice outlets in Kochi function by flouting food safety norms
Locating a juice shop in the city fully complying with the guidelines prescribed by the Commissioner of Food Safety may be a Herculean task this summer. With shops mushrooming in every nook and cranny in Kochi, Indian Food Safety officials … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Monday Micro – First documented cases of cat to human transmission of TB
A paper just published in the Veterinary Journal documents the first cases of transmission of Mycobacterium bovis* (the bacterium responsible for TB in cattle and many other species) to humans (1). Before anyone get’s into a panic, it was a year ago. Alas, the article is behind a paywall, but according to the free abstract [...]
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4:19 PM | University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown identifies norovirus outbreak, takes steps to limit virus exposure
A few years ago fellow graduate student Brae Surgeoner had a fun idea to collect behavior data in the midst of an outbreak. The University of Guelph was dealing with a bunch of illnesses that seemed to be linked to … Continue reading →
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12:47 PM | TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc
On episode #278 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy discuss disruption of the ccr5 gene in lymphocytes of patients infected with HIV-1. You can find TWiV #278 at www.twiv.tv.
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12:12 PM | Hong Kong: SFH On H7N9 & Vaccine Timetable
# 8416   Tomorrow, March 31st, will be the one-year anniversary of the world’s notification from the Chinese MOH that a new avian flu virus – H7N9 – was spreading and infecting people in China (see  China: Two Deaths From H7N9 Avian Flu). In these past 12 months more than 400 human infections have been recorded – a milestone that took the H5N1 virus roughly 6 years to reach (2003-2008).   While the closure of live-markets in many of the […]
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6:01 AM | Linked to global frozen fruit outbreak? 28 cases of hepatitis A infection reported in Norway
A total of 28 cases of hepatitis A infection has been reported over the last few months in Norway, where this disease is said to be rare, the Norwegian news Agency NTB reported Saturday, quoting public health officials. In almost … Continue reading →
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5:53 AM | Handheld inspection tool may increase food safety for soldiers
Military food inspectors may one day hold the key to avoiding foodborne illness in the palms of their hands. The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is working to develop a small, sensitive, hand-held device that will … Continue reading →
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