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  • Microbe Menaces Emerging Infectious Diseases, Hospital Pathogens Remain an Ongoing Challenge
    This digital issue explores disease caused by emerging infectious threats as well as hospital pathogens, and the interventions – such as hand hygiene, contact precautions and environmental cleaning – that can be used to control and prevent infection ...More
    December 30, 2015 Posted in Digital Issues
  • Researchers Want to Turn Acid-Loving Microbes Into Safe Drug-Carriers
    Usually the microbe S. islandicus is found in hot and acidic volcanic springs, but now the microbe has also found its way to the labs of University of Southern Denmark. Here researchers have for the first time showed that the exotic microbe is capable of delivering drugs to ...More
    November 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Dust Can Reveal Profile of Microbial Communities in the Home
    The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic ...More
    August 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Bacterial Forensics Techniques Trace a Suspect From the Microbes on Their Shoes
    The microbial 'signatures' found on an individual's personal items, such as their shoes and cell phone, could be used to determine their previous location and trace their movements, according to a small pilot study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Bacteria ...More
    May 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Personal Microbiomes Shown to Contain Unique 'Fingerprints'
    A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies--known as the human microbiome--have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues demonstrated ...More
    May 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • 11 Facts About Our Microbial Menagerie
    Trillions of microorganisms inhabit us—inside and out. Scientists are surveying these microbial metropolises to learn more about their role in health. Microbiologists Darren Sledjeski of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Andrew Goodman of Yale University ...More
    April 28, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Produce First Map of New York City Subway System Microbes
    The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs -- and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague -- according to a citywide microbiome map ...More
    February 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Drug-Resistant Bacteria Lurk in Subway Stations, High School Students Discover
    Forget the five-million plus commuters and untold number of rats -- many of the living things crowded into the New York City subway system are too small to see. An interest in the more menacing among these microbes led high school student Anya Dunaif, a participant in ...More
    February 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Skin Microbes Trigger Specific Immune Responses
    New research in mice shows that the immune system in the skin develops distinct responses to the various microbes that naturally colonize the skin, referred to as commensals. A team led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part ...More
    January 5, 2015 Posted in News
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