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Harmless Bacteria Thrive in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The survival and proliferation of usually harmless Escherichia coli in the gut of inflammatory bowel disease patients may now be better understood, as fundamental mechanism through which the bacteria can thrive during flare-ups has been defined.  More...
27 May 2015
Image: Mycobacterium tuberculosis (stained purple) in a tissue specimen (blue) (Photo courtesy of the CDC – [US] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

New Method for Genome Analysis of Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Bacteria Directly from Patient Samples

A European research consortium has developed a test for the detection of drug resistant strains of the tuberculosis bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which yields results within a few days rather than the period of weeks that is required by current methods.  More...
26 May 2015
Image: The CellScope Loa device, a mobile phone-based video microscope, which can quantify levels of the Loa loa parasitic worm directly from whole blood in less than three minutes (Photo courtesy of UC Berkeley).

Smartphone Microscope Detects Blood Parasites Quickly

A new smartphone microscope has been developed that is capable of detecting and quantifying infection by parasitic worms using video and a single drop of blood and it is hoped that this new technology could make a difference in the battle against neglected tropical diseases.   More...
21 May 2015
Image: X-ray crystallographic structure of the norovirus capsid (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Aerosol Spread of Noroviruses Confirmed in Hospital Setting

While noroviruses are known to be spread by direct contact with an infected person or through contact with contaminated feces or vomit, a recent study found indications that they may also be transmitted as an aerosol.  More...
13 May 2015

Serological Assays Define Extent of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

Microbiological diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease during acute illness is based on culture, polymerase chain reaction of respiratory samples, and/or detection of Legionella antigen in urine.   More...
30 Apr 2015

Multiplex Nucleic Acid Suspension Bead Array Detects Filoviruses

Filoviruses are ribonucleic acid viruses that belong to the family Filoviridae, which includes zoonotic pathogens of the three genera EbolavirusMarburgvirus, and Cuevavirus More...
29 Apr 2015

Severe Hantavirus Disease Associated with Low Serum TGF-β Levels

Hantaviruses are emerging zoonotic pathogens which cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, an immune-mediated pathogenesis, and the role of transforming growth factor-β expression in acute Hantavirus infection has been investigated.   More...
28 Apr 2015

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