Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Gateway

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    Dictyostelium density linked to predatory success

    Farmer and non-farmer clones of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum do not differ in their ability to consume novel toxic strains of E. coli with increased numbers of bacteria or amoebae improving their respective likelihood of competitive victory over the other.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:328
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    Limited evidence for flu vaccine benefits

    In a systematic review, evidence for the protective effects of influenza vaccination in patients with end-stage renal disease is limited, highlighting the need for more studies to assess vaccine effectiveness in this at-risk population.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:244
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    Location influences saliva microbiome

    The human saliva microbiome shows distinct differences between populations living in different climate and geographic regions, indicating that location must be taken into account when defining the global salivary microbiome for health and disease studies.

    BMC Microbiology 2014, 14:316
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    Novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies

    Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus was found to dysregulate the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway within endothelial cells, which might be a novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:218
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    Estimating malaria burden

    Malaria continues to present significant health burden in Africa, but there is still controversy in how to estimate this; here Robert Snow argues that statistical measures should be used to assess the burden and inform control strategies.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:227
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    Jamie Oliver impacts cooking and eating behavior

    Jamie's Ministry of Food, Australia results in improvements in participants' food and cooking attitudes and knowledge, food purchasing behaviors and social interactions within the home environment, sustained six months after the program.

    BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1161
  • Crocodilian genomes and ancient retroviruses

    Sequencing of three crocodilian genomes reveals that they host a wide range of ancient endogenous retroviruses, including a new class (ERV4) common to crocodilians and turtles.

    Retrovirology 2014, 11:71
  • HPV infection in HIV-infected women in China

    Human papillomavirus genotypes were found in 43.5% HIV-infected women in Yunnan province, China, highlighting the importance to screen for and prevent HPV in this population.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:202
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    New pig herd for safe xenotransplantation

    Scientists in China have bred a new pig herd which is free of porcine endogenous retroviruses C, providing a better potential source of organs for human transplants.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:212
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    Barley mildew resistance

    Quantitative host resistance in barley is primarily based on pathogen-associated molecular pattern triggered immunity and compromised by compatible pathogen effector molecules

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:518