Category Archives: Microbiology

Bio-Control of Salmonella in Foods Using Bacteriophages

I’m a bit of a sceptic when it comes to the idea that “phage therapy” is going to save us when the antibiotics fail. There have been enough clinical trails now to show that this cannot be true, at least … Continue reading

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Monkeyworld: How long have primates been infected with viruses related to HIV?

Lentiviruses closely related to HIV have infected primates in Africa as far back as 16 million years. Continue reading

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A 1,000-Year-Old Remedy For MRSA

While the antibiotic potential of some materials used in historical medicine has been demonstrated, empirical tests of entire remedies are scarce. This is an important omission, because the efficacy of “ancientbiotics” could rely on the combined activity of their various … Continue reading

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SV40 – not finished yet

How can such a small virus as SV40 have made such a big impact? Continue reading

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Virus-resistant pigs

By genetically engineering pigs to degrade a crucial virus protein, animals can be made less susceptible to foot and mouth disease virus. Continue reading

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Microbial Genomics

Microbial Genomics is a new fully open access, online-only journal from the Society for General Microbiology. Increasingly I try only to link to open access journals from MicrobiologyBytes, but I don’t write much about microbial genomics – why is that? … Continue reading

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Repeated infection with malaria makes mosquitoes more dangerous

In malaria-endemic regions, humans are often infected repeatedly with the Plasmodium parasite, and the consequences of such multiple infections are under intense study. In contrast, little is known about possible co-infection and its consequences in the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit … Continue reading

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All Good Things

Some observant microbiologists have noticed that microbiologybytes.com is no more. That doesn’t mean that MicrobiologyBytes is going away, only that this is its home now. The content now called MicrobiologyBytes has moved “home” (URL) four times since I created it … Continue reading

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Why poliovirus replication has been studied for more than 50 years

It’s very rare to find a long term prospective on any science topic being published in scientific journals. Continue reading

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