Category Archives: Microbiology

Free Trial of oCelloScope, a 3D Scanner for Microbiological Analysis

Phillips is offering a free 3-week trial of oCelloScope, an automated 3D optical scanner of biological samples. The new instrument measures bacterial growth much faster than any other existing methods. This high-throughput screening device features high resolution images and time-lapse videos that produce reliable growth curves. Measurements can be performed in samples such as blood, urine, milk or water. oCelloScope […]

Mykrobe Predictor Software Identifies Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics have developed a new software that predicts antibiotic resistance in bacteria by analyzing their genome. The new tool, called Mykrobe Predictor, was tested in Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the results were similar to common phenotypic tests. The study has been published in Nature Communications. The increase in bacterial […]

Targeting Our Gut Microbes Could Cure Arteriosclerosis

Researchers from Cleveland Clinic have discovered that blocking a specific microbiome metabolic pathway can diminish the risk of arteriosclerosis for the host. A compound found in olive oil and red wine interferes with the gut microbiota’s metabolism, lowering the levels of bacterial metabolic by-products that contribute to hardening arteries and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. […]

Wireless Transmitter Powered by Urine and Microbes

Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE) have created a wearable wireless transmitter powered with urine. The user carries microbial fuel cells (MFCs) in its socks, and the cells are fed with urine that is supplied by the user’s movement. The researchers were able to send a signal to a PC with the […]

New Technique to Obtain Yeast Hybrids for Food and Fuel

Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a new way to cross different yeast species that allows to obtain hybrids with great economical potential. The finding, published in the journal Fungal Genetics and Biology, opens the door to experimenting with new yeast species in the food and biofuel fields. Yeasts are unicellular eukaryotic microorganisms, usually around […]

Nanopore Technology Can Identify Pathogen Types

Reseachers from Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and Boston University have developed a nanopore that identifies pathogens from their genomic characteristics. The instrument senses single molecules and detects in them large and small deletions or insertions and single nucleotide variations. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Fast and accurate identification of pathogens is critical […]

One Year in Space to Plan the Journey to Mars

With the three-year journey to Mars in mind, NASA is studying the risks of spending long periods of time in space. Scott Kelly will live for one year in the International Space Station (ISS), instead of the usual six months, to assess the body response to the stresses of life in space: gravity, isolation, hostile environments, radiation […]

New Method to Inhibit Biofilm Growth on Medical Implants

Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy have developed a new technique to prevent biofilm formation. Coating implants and catheters with “tissue plasminogen activator” prevents the infectious agent Staphylococcus aureus from colonizing their surfaces. The study has been published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Biofilms are groups of microorganisms that occupy a surface and are connected to each […]