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One more link between peas and carrots!

Remember the carotenoids? These antioxidants that also let golden staphylococci resist phagocytosis (1)? A recent study in Science Magazine (2) demonstrates, for the first time, the ability of animals (insects: the pea aphids that infect peas and other plants) to synthesize carotenoids. Well, they didn’t exactly inherit it vertically from their ancestors,...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58
Show me which bacteria you left behind and I will tell you who you are!

Beware! Don’t leave a bacterial fingerprint behind you in a “crime scene” or elsewhere! Your skin is more than what you think it is. Even if you don’t leave a “visible” fingerprint on my laptop monitor, on your car windows, or anywhere else, you are leaving millions of bacteria there. What’s new? We all new that our fingers are a wonderful niche where...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58
Pigs can’t fly, but their viruses flew!

The common idiom states that pigs cannot fly. I don’t think this statement can be easily debated. However, the swine flu viruses now seem to have flown around the globe quickly (with cases in New Zealand, New York, Canada, California, and of course Mexico). As always, with such things that one cannot easily interpret, both news agencies and conspiracy...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58
The parasite of our parasite is our friend?!

I don’t know how to introduce it!! I have only few minutes to tell you simply that all what we teach you is already old, very old!! All what is published in new textbooks is also old. Even what is in journals is already old! The third millennium’s science is really quick. In the advance online section of the journal Nature comes the news: viruses are...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58
To learn about microbes, think like a microbe!!

Adopt a Microbe! a very interesting blog that artistically represents microbes, makes you think like one of them, then you will definitely know them better. I think each microbiology student should have his own way of representing a microbe: draw a picture of them, write a song, even a play!

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58
When your job is to discover microbes and give them names…

Dr. Mostafa Elshahed–a graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University (FOPCU), Class of 1993–will give a seminar about his research to uncover the hidden soil microbiome. Dr. Elshahed was a demonstrator in the Department of Microibology and Immunology at FOPCU who got his PhD from the University of Oklahoma and is currently an assistant professor...

Mon Jan 18, 2016 14:58

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