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Teacher Resources from Small Things Considered

The Teachers' Corner of Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog includes a collection of posts suitable for teaching purposes. The posts are organized into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. According to the blog this material has been used for various... Read More

Really? The Claim: Garlic Can Be Helpful in Warding Off a Cold

This short article from the New York Times scientifically examines the popular belief that garlic can prevent golds and cold-related illnesses. What do you think they found? Read More

Shortages and Confusion in Flu Fight

A month ago, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the flu vaccination drive soon to begin would be “a little bumpy.”

That was an understatement.

Good and bad news have alternated in the twice-weekly briefings from Dr. Frieden’s ... Read More

Starving Dengue Fever Virus of Critical Building Blocks

New research shows that cutting down the amount of fat particles in cells may be an effective way to prevent the dengue fever virus from replicating and spreading.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute international research scholar Andrea V. Gamarnik and her colleagues have shown that the dengue ... Read More

NIH Considering New Genomic Data Sharing Policies

The National Institutes of Health plans to update its policies on sharing genomic and sequence-related data, and is now discussing changes that could affect how data sets are used, organized, and prioritized, how they are made available, and how privacy is protected.

The plans were spurred by... Read More

HHS' Sebelius: Ample flu vaccine will be available

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday the swine flu vaccine "is coming out the door as fast as it comes off the production line."

But at the same time, she acknowledged delays in getting a sufficient supply for all those demanding it.

"We were relying on the man... Read More

How Bacteria Get Past Our Defenses

Mucus is more than gross — it's a critical barrier against disease, trapping many of the germs that want to invade your body. A wet mesh of proteins, antiseptic enzymes and salts, mucus is what keeps all but a few microbes from wreaking havoc on many of our most exposed tissues.

Helicobacter ... Read More

TWiV 55: Mice lie, monkeys exaggerate

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Microsoft's H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment Test

Microsoft has licensed an online H1N1 self assessment test from Emory University.

"During flu season this year, emergency rooms and doctors' offices might become crowded with patients seeking help for flu symptoms. This assessment is based on material licensed from Emory University. It is mea... Read More

What if everything we think we know about fighting the flu is wrong?

An interesting, and sure to be controversial, article in November's Atlantic magazine asks:

"What if everything we think we know about fighting influenza is wrong? What if flu vaccines do not protect people from dying—particularly the elderly, who account for 90 percent of deaths from seasona... Read More

TWiV 55

Kevin writes:


Dear TWIVvers,


I was listening to TWIV episode #50, concerning the recent article from Ila Singh’s group about the prostate cancer – XMRV connection, on the same day the NY Times reported a study from Judy Mikowitz et al., finding an association between ... Read More

Obama declares H1N1 national emergency

"President Obama on Saturday declared a national emergency to deal with the "rapid increase in illness" from the H1N1 influenza virus.

The move allows Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements" to help health care facilities ena... Read More

Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius

"At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher Francis Schwarze’s "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius – and won! A brilliant outcome for the Empa viol... Read More

WHO: nearly 5,000 swine flu deaths worldwide

Nearly 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Since most countries have stopped counting individual swine flu cases, the figure is considered an underestimate.

WHO said the... Read More

Glass Microbiology

This is a video that highlights the work of Luke Jerram, a artist who makes glass sculptures of some of the worlds most deadly viruses. For work that represents something so deadly to so many across the globe this work is truly beautiful and amazing.

Visit his webpage at http://lukejerram.com... Read More

T-Cell Vaccine Reduces Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Levels in Semen of Monkeys During Primary Infection

A new study reports that a vaccine-induced cellular immune response reduced simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) levels in the semen of rhesus monkeys during the period of primary infection, a discovery that may ultimately aid in the fight against HIV-1 transmission in humans. The researchers fro... Read More

Madurella mycetoma

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MTS37 - Hazel Barton - Cave Dwellers

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Less Fungus among Us Warm-Blooded

Some people eat to avoid being bored. Others to avoid doing something they’d rather not, like preparing a podcast. Now a report says we might eat to avoid fungi. Because warm-bloodedness, a condition that requires a lot of calories, may have evolved to keep fungal infections at bay.

There are... Read More

UBC researchers find key microbial indicator of ocean health

A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues at the US Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute, has mapped the genome of a microbe that is silently helping to shape the ecology of oxygen-minimum areas in the ocean known as dead zones.

"Microbes specialize ... Read More

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