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Microbeworld has a host of multimedia content (audio and video) available about the science of microbiology and several of its disciplines. MicrobeWorld's video and audio podcasts are distributed through the iTunes music store, the Zune marketplace, Miro, Blackberry and various video sharing websites such as: YouTube, Scivee.tv, DNATube, and Vimeo. Our distributed content strategy is designed to make our content as accessible as possible on as many platforms that make sense, including mobile. Teachers and educators are encouraged to use our content as part of their classroom curriculum, assignments and extra credit. All of our content is licensed under creative commons 3.0 noncommercial, attribution and share-alike. If you have any questions about this or would like to use excerpts, please contact us. Check out the menu on the left hand side to find audio and video podcasts of interest.

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This Week in Microbiology (TWiM)
TWiM is a biweekly podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

This Week in Virology (TWiV)
Created in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science professors at Columbia University Medical Center, TWiV is a weekly podcast about viruses. Each week Racaniello invites other virologists into the conversation in which they discuss current news, papers or research involving the science of virology.

This Week in Parasitism (TWiP)
A monthly program about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. As science professors at Columbia University, they have spent their entire academic careers directing research laboratories focused on parasites (Dick) and viruses (Vincent). Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom and create TWiP.

MicrobeWorld Video
A monthly video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science, and related topics.  The videos often focus on a specific subject area, but can also include filmed presentations by notable scientists or one-on-one candid interviews with researchers.

Microbe Magazine Podcast (MMP)
A monthly science podcast hosted by Jeff Fox, Current Topics and Features Editor for Microbe Magazine, published by the American Society for Microbiology. Each podcast episode coincides with an article in the current issue of Microbe Magazine. 

Mundo de los Microbios
The World of Microbes is a Spanish-language educational program consisting of weekly podcasts aimed at improving the understanding and appreciation of the vital role that microorganisms play in our planet. Host Gary Toranzos, Professor of Microbiology, at the University of Puerto Rico, uses podcasting to highlight the processes of discovery, historical changes in research, as well as a variety of scientific careers in industry, academia and government.

Hosted by Jesse Noar, a microbiology PhD student at North Carolina State University, Bacteriofiles is a weekly show for microbe lovers: reporting on exciting news about bacteria, archaea, and sometimes even eukaryotic microbes and viruses.

Meet the Scientist
A podcast series hosted by Merry Buckley and Carl Zimmer from 2008 to 2010 that interviewed scientists in the field of microbiology about their lives and experiences.


Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth
Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth is the story of the scientific detective work that leads investigators from the very large to the very small, from the present to the remote past, from humankind at large to the delicate life systems within every one of us.

This four-part series challenges us to forge new partnerships with the microbial world to control disease, fight hunger in developing countries, reclaim our damaged environment, and clean up even the most toxic of wastes.

Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth features vivid computer animation and videomicroscopy that dynamically illustrate creatures and processes too miniscule to see with the unaided eye. You'll meet a microbial cast of characters, both heroes and villians, as well as a host of scientists whose work today is helping to shape our future.

Yellowstone Revealed
A two part video podcast documentary on the microbial wonders of Yellowstone National Park from the American Society for Microbiology and the World Foundation for Environment and Development.

Interesting Facts


Acid wash jeans and enzymes...what’s the connection?


I carry millions of microbes on my hands? As a matter of fact, YES. Are they safe or harmful?


Happy 250 millionth birthday Mr. Microbe.

Microbiology underwater

Does microbiology means sitting in labs ALL DAY? If this is what you think Microbiologists do, think again.




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About Carl Zimmer

carl_zimmerThe New York Times Book Review calls Carl Zimmer "as fine a science essayist as we have." In his books, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is a frequent guest on radio programs, such as Fresh Air and This American Life. He also lectures at universities, medical schools, and museums.

Zimmer's books include Soul Made Flesh, a history of the brain, which was named one of the top 100 books of 2004 by The New York Times Book Review, and dubbed a "tour-de-force" by The Sunday Telegraph. His book, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea-- was called "as fine a book as one will find on the subject" by Scientific American. His other books include At the Water's Edge, a book about major transitions in the history of life; The Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins; and Parasite Rex, which the Los Angeles Times described as "a book capable of changing how we see the world."

Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life, was published in 2008 and has just been published in paperback. The Boston Globe called it "superb...quietly revolutionary." It was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Science Book Prize.

This fall, coinciding with the 150th anniverary of the publication of the Origin of Species, Zimmer will be publishing his next book, The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution. Richly illustrated with paintings and photographs, it is the first textbook about evolution intended for non-majors. E.O. Wilson of Harvard praises the book: "The Tangled Bank is the best written and best illustrated introduction to evolution of the Darwin centennial decade, and also the most conversant with ongoing research. It is excellent for students, the general public, and even other biologists.”

In addition to writing books, Zimmer contributes articles to the New York Times, as well as magazines including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. From 1994 to 1998 Zimmer was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor and writes a monthly column about the brain.

Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. He is also the first Visiting Scholar at the Science, Health, and Environment Reporting Program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Zimmer's work has been anthologized in both The Best American Science Writing series and The Best American Science and Nature Writing series. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His honors include the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Science Journalism Award, the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, and the Everett Clark Award for science writing. In 2007 he was awarded the National Academies Science Communication Award for "his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology."

Zimmer lives in Connecticut with his wife Grace and his children, Charlotte and Veronica.

He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after which a species of tapeworm has been named.

About Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microbes and their interactions with humans, animals, plants, and the environment.  Microbes are those organisms usually too small to be seen by the naked eye, such as bacteria, viruses and archaea, and eukaryotes like yeast, protozoa and algae.

Microbes influence all living things and contribute to all manner of chemical and physical processes.  Because these activities are so diverse, the science of microbiology is multidisciplinary, calling on the skills and knowledge of individuals specializing in many different fields of life science, environmental science, and engineering.  Microbiology arose, and continues to profit from, several previously independent scientific and medical disciplines, including bacteriology, virology, public health science, clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology, vaccinology, and a host of other areas of inquiry.  Microbiologists work in basic and applied research, clinical settings, manufacturing of food and other goods, public health, environmental protection, and other domains.

In this section of the site you will find everything you need for a basic understanding of the science, including advice for starting a career, microbial record holders, tools of the trade, and much more.

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