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The Microbiology of Beer - The “Microbes After Hours” series, 6-8 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013

The master ingredient in beer is yeast – a microbe – and every step in the brewing process helps the yeast do its job better. Join us at the American Society of Microbiology to learn more about how microbes are selected, grown, and manipulated in modern breweries to develop a wide variety of ... Read More

Hypervirulent Bacteria Strain May Be Next Superbug, Scientists Say

UB researchers are studying a hypervirulent strain of a common bacterium with the potential to become a superbug that is difficult, if not impossible, to treat.

Most antibiotic-resistant bacteria do not infect healthy people. The strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae that UB researchers are investi... Read More

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Proliferate in Agricultural Soils

Infectious diseases kill roughly 13 million people worldwide, annually, a toll that continues to rise, aided and abetted by resistance genes. Now a study, published in the March Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy finds reservoirs of resistance in agricultural soils. These contained more diver... Read More

ASM Live San Francisco 2012

Be part of the studio audience for the 2012 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Microbiology will discuss hot topics at the meeting with presenters and will take questions from audience and... Read More

Tracking The Spread Of A Nasty Virus (NPR Audio Story)

When members of a travel soccer team in Oregon fell ill last year, the details of how the disease spread through the team were mysterious. Kimberly Repp, an epidemiologist in Washington County, Oregon, describes the medical detective work that led epidemiologists through the chain of transmissio... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 76 - Glacial Growth

This episode: Bacteria are active even encased in ice!



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'Universal' cancer vaccine developed

The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of all cancers, could provide a universal injection that allows patients' immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer.

Preliminary results from early clinical trials have shown the vaccine can trigg... Read More

Video from the H5N1 Research Discussion at ASMBiodefense

Watch the video from this morning's discussion of NSABB’s publication recommendations for the NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1 at ASMBiodefense conference.


Moderated by the Chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), Paul Keim, P... Read More

Your urinary tract: a two lane highway for E. coli

Cranberry juice, anyone? Most everyone has had to deal with a UTI at some point, but as common as the condition is, we still know little about how bacteria progress through the urinary tract. Observations have taught that bacteria may move from the urethra, into the bladder, then up the ureters ... Read More

TWiM #58: The brain microbiome?

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and  Read More

TWiP 36: Trichuris and microbes plan a hatch

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Launching A “Social Networking War” Against Cancer

Like bacteria, cancer cells rely on communication and cooperation, says TAU research

Experts agree that, more than ever before, modern wars will be fought in the cyber zone, targeting an enemy’s communications technology to cause untold damage. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is suggesti... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº253: El genoma de la bacteria que fermenta las aceitunas (Lactobacillus pentosus genome sequenced)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº253 deals with the sequencing of a Lactobacillus pentosus strain responsible of Spanish‐Style Green Ol... Read More

TWiV 170 Letters

Jim writes:


Honored Profs:


May I suggest a pick-of-the-week podcast that captures the difficult aspects of creativity and research that may help students of your craft understand the 90% perspiration part of your work. A download link of,  Read More

TWiM #42: Staphylococcus, a three-star pathogen

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TWiM #47: Resistance on the surface

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H5N1 research symposium to be webcast live to public

The Royal Society in London will host an international symposium this week to address research issues surrounding H5N1 avian influenza research. Sponsored in part by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the two-day meeting, April 3-4, will feature key influenza researchers and will be we... Read More

A zap of cold plasma reduces harmful bacteria on raw chicken

A new study by food safety researchers at Drexel University demonstrates that plasma can be an effective method for killing pathogens on uncooked poultry. The proof-of-concept study was published in the January issue of the Journal of Food Protection.

Although recent high-profile outbreaks of... Read More

TWiP 39 Letters

Rebecca writes:


Thanks for the podcast! I wanted to add a quick note about diagnosing trich: As a cytotechnologist, I diagnose trich on pap smears daily. I imagine this is how a lot of ladies find out they are infected.


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Rapid Test Strips Detect Bacterial Contamination in Swimming Water (video)

Chemistry professor John Brennan talks about a paper strip, developed at McMaster University, that can detect harmful concentrations of E. coli in recreational water within minutes.

The bioactive paper detects E. coli quickly* and simply, with much greater accuracy than existing portable tec... Read More

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