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Avian Bacterium More Dangerous Than Believed

It turns out that Bordetella hinzii (B. hinzii), a bacterium found in poultry with respiratory disease and once believed to be nonpathogenic in poultry, can actually cause disease.

"This study showed for the first time that some strains of B. hinzii can cause disease in turkeys." This was no... Read More

TWiV 39: Virus structure



In episode 39 of This Week in Virology, hosts Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier discuss virus structure a... Read More

T4 bacteriophage targets E. coli

T4 bacteriophages targeting E. coli bacteria. Bacteriophages are small viruses that infect bacteria and kill them by multiplying and essentially filling the bacterial cell to bursting. This is a great animation. Read More

Best Sellers in Microbiology

Perhaps you're a microbiology student with an interest in growing your library or maybe you are the author of one of these books! Or maybe you are just looking for a little "light" reading.

Check out the top titles in microbiology texts. Have you read one of these books in class and think it... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 6)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 5)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 4)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 3)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 2)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 1)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

How an agar plate is made, from creation to distribution

While this is largely a promotional video for bioMerieux, it's still interesting know how agar plates are manufactured, tested and distributed. The footage is well done. Read More

Getting to the root of the problem

Members of Texas A&M University's Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology were on the UTMB campus taking samples to determine the health of the palm trees. Dr. Kevin Ong, director of TAMUs Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in conjunction with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and ... Read More

How to streak a plate as narrated by a vampire

While this instructional video is good, the narrator's "dracula" accent is downright silly. Click source to learn how to successfully streak a plate and to watch out for common problems associated with the technique. Read More

The future of science journalism

In a recent 60 Second Science podcast from Scientific American outgoing editor-in-chief John Rennie voices his opinion on why editors need to rethink what counts as science news. Click "source" to listen.

I hope what is happening here at MicrobeWorld, by letting our readers and/or registered ... Read More

MIT and CDC discover why H1N1 flu spreads inefficiently

A team from MIT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a genetic explanation for why the new H1N1 "swine flu" virus has spread from person to person less effectively than other flu viruses.

The H1N1 strain, which circled the globe this spring, has a form of surface prote... Read More

Baa! Baa! Sheep Blood

A recent study publish in PLoS suggests blood from the hair sheep may lead a revolution in microbiology testing .

"Many pathogens either fail to grow entirely or exhibit morphologies and hemolytic patterns on human blood agar that confound colony recognition. Furthermore, human blood can be... Read More

Late Blight -- Irish Potato Famine Fungus -- Attacks U.S. Northeast Gardens And Farms Hard

Fortunately this time around the potato disease shouldn't threaten lives... Read More

Optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses

A new type of optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses and other particles on a chip as part of an integrated optofluidic platform. The optical trap is the latest innovation from researchers at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa ... Read More

Argentina Considers Closing Public Venues as H1N1 Death Toll Rises

"The death toll from swine flu in Argentina continued to rise as President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner said she would not rule out closing major public venues where the virus could spread more quickly.

Dr. Juan Manzur, the new health minister, said Friday that 44 people had died from swine... Read More

TB Vaccine Is Risky for Babies with HIV/AIDS, Says WHO

"The TB vaccine that is routinely given to 75 percent of the world’s infants is too risky to give to those born infected with the AIDS virus, says a new study published by the World Health Organization. It recommended that vaccination be delayed until babies can be tested.

In countries like S... Read More

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