Category Archives: microbiology

HSV-1 infection causing genital infection/Congenital Disease of the Newborn

In the New York Orthodox Jewish communities, circumcision ritual involves removal of the foreskin, then the removal of the blood that accumulates there by the mohel (the performer of the ritual). They do this by sucking the blood from the wound … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever and the power of vaccination

Yesterday in class we discussed Yellow Fever and its signs and symptoms. Fever,  jaundice black vomit,and death. Today in my inbox there was a notification of an outbreak of Yellow Fever in South America. From December of 2016 until March … Continue reading

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It has begun….

China has just modified three normal  human embryos using the CRISPR gene system. GATTACA may soon be a documentary…..

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The WHO has posted a “Most Wanted” list for the microbial world

Antibiotic resistance continues to march on…. We have known that we are losing the ability to stop bacterial infections for a while now.  Back in 2013, the CDC posted their list of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria  in an … Continue reading

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The cost of heath care for vaccine preventable diseases

A recent study stated that total cost to the U.S. health care system for vaccine treatable diseases was estimated to be almost 9 billion dollars,  just for 2015 alone. The study also estimated that over 7 billion dollars of that cost was … Continue reading

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New life forms discovered on earth!

These are not aliens, but a newly recognized type of bacteria found in the deepest regions of earth. In class, we divide bacteria into categories depending on their growth and energy requirements.  One such division depends on where the bacteria derive their … Continue reading

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Watch antibiotic resistance evolve before your eyes!

Thanks to MCRO student Jack Iasiello for sending me a link to a fascinating video of how E. coli can quickly evolve antibiotic resistance. Harvard University and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology set up a 2 foot by 4 foot “petri … Continue reading

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More evidence that we live on an Earth that is a literal microbial village.

Antibiotic resistant strains of Shigella sonnei are showing up around the world, US, Australia, Europe and Asia. Researchers in Vietnam have been able to track isolates from a survey of resistant organisms identified around the world to a specific clade of … Continue reading

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Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia explode across US

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are making an unwelcome comeback all across the United States. We are seeing especially problematic increases in syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. What is behind the amazing increase in disease? It is thought to be due to the … Continue reading

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Syphillis making a comeback in Japan

There have been over 2000 cases of Syphillis documented in Japan by the end of Oct., 2015. This was up from around 1600 cases in all of 2014. The main cohort of infected individuals? Females in the 20 to 24 years age group. One of … Continue reading

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