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The Eyes Have It: Visual Aids for Infectious Disease Diagnostics

Examining histology or microscopy images, combined with a patient history, can help clinicians provide a proper infectious disease diagnosis. Practice your diagnostic skills by viewing the Journal of Clinical Microbiology Photo Quiz and ASM Case Study resources in this week's Bugs & Drugs. Read More

State Microbe for New Jersey

This week we're going to appeal to the college pride of all the New Jersey Legislators who attended Rutgers. It turns out that around 20 legislators received either their bachelor's or graduate degrees at Rutgers. All of them will be getting the first wave of actual printed letters (not emails) ... Read More

BacterioFiles 291 - Pseudomonas Cyanide Supplies Seed Sustenance

This episode: Cyanide-producing bacteria help plants grow, not by harming pathogens but by freeing up nutrients!


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Journal Paper:

Rijavec T, Lapanje A. 2016. Read More

Unknown Mushroom several days later

Same mushroom spp several days older then the one in the previous photo growing in the leaf litter under a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA Read More

Unknown mushroom

Unknown mushroom popping up in the leaf litter under a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA Read More

TWiV 439: The purloined envelope

Paul Bieniasz joins the TWiV team to talk about the co-option, millions of years ago, of an endogenous retrovirus envelope protein by hominid ancestors for host defense against viral infection.


Hosts: Vince... Read More

The Mission of the USA/Canada Lions Leadership

To develop leaders, motivate and educate attendees, provide an open
exchange of ideas, and support programs and goals of Lions Clubs International.

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mSphereDirect: A Publishing Experiment Starts To Yield Results

In January, ASM launched a publishing experiment, mSphereDirect, which allows scientists to control the review process and speed up the time-to-publication after submission. To answer questions about its users and user experience, we gathered preliminary data by speaking with the scientists who ... Read More

16S Alphabet Soup: A Quick Guide

Broad-range bacterial 16S PCR and sequencing as a clinical diagnostic tool is quickly gaining in popularity. Tune in for a quick refresher on the applications, limitations, and aliases of this test Read More

BacterioFiles 290 - Lichens' Little Lodgers

I'm back! This episode: Lichens, long known to be a partnership between fungi and algae, now discovered to have an important third member!


(8.1 MB, 8.9 minutes)


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Freshman Biology, #SciArt, and The Amoeba Sisters

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I describe another "artistic" approach to learning introductory biology. Two fine #SciArt communicators, "The Amoeba Sisters," offered to judge some of the artwork my first year biology students created. Read More

TWiV 438: Drs. TWiV go to Washington

On the eve of the March for Science, the TWiV team gathers at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC with guests Stefano and Susie to talk about the state of science communication.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello... Read More

New Jersey State Microbe

Met with two New Jersey State Senators, two Assemblymen, a lobbyist, and two senior administrators in NJ colleges. They all think the idea of a State Microbe is great. It will give people from New Jersey something to be proud of.
More details will be posted as the story develops. Thank you. Read More

After the Book, Henrietta Lacks' Family Continues to Engage in Patients' Rights

The HeLa cells derived from Henrietta Lacks have played a vital role in many scientific advances, including production of the polio vaccine. But the unethical manner in which they were collected raises questions on patients' rights, privacy, and other important issues - issues on which her famil... Read More

TWiM #150: Microbiology is where it's at

In recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Robin Patel speaks with the TWiM team about directing a clinical bacteriology laboratory, and how an observation made by a laboratory technologist lead to the finding that Ureaplasma species can cause a system metabolic disturb... Read More

New Jersey Microbe

New Jersey needs a State Microbe

Here is the full text of the proposal. Meeting with several legislators this evening. This is a 1 page summary, so apologies in advance to all who are detail-oriented.

This is an opportunity for legislators to agree on something and for NJ scientists and st... Read More

“Too soft, too generous, too nice, and too slow…”

The role of clinical microbiology laboratories in antimicrobial stewardship is often under-rated. This needs to change. Where are the issues and what can be done about them?
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5th Global Chemistry Congress

On behalf of 5th Global Chemistry Congress 2017 organizing committee, invites analytical expertise, chemistry people in all fields, researchers, professors, scientific communities, delegates, students, business professionals and executives to attend the “5th Global Chemistry Congress” which is g... Read More

State Microbe for New Jersey

New Jersey needs an Official State Microbe to honor New Jersey scientists and the world-changing contributions of microscopic life from New Jersey. The Official State Microbe should be Streptomyces griseus for many reasons.

New Jersey currently has no Official State Microbe, and it should. Ne... Read More

Staying Safe in Space

The thought of bringing alien life forms to Earth or of creating dangerous mutant microorganisms during space travel might seem straight out of a science fiction movie. But are these concerns real­ly that far fetched? As our interest in astrobiology (the study of life in the universe) grows, the... Read More
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