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Open Science: The Risks, Challenges and Rewards

The landscape of science communication is changing rapidly. On the horizon we are starting to see the birth of online science-related social networks and movement towards "open science," a concept in which scientists and researchers can collaborate on projects, communicate results, share data... Read More

This Week in Virology Live at ASM's General Meeting

Please join hosts Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center, Dick Despommier, Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center, and Alan Dove, science writer, for a live web broadcast of T... Read More

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

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Microbe-Made-Chemicals Could Save Empty Ethanol Plants

Genomatica has come up with a new microbe that can turn sugar into an industrial solvent with a $2 billion worldwide market – and it believes idled ethanol plants will be perfect places to do it. Read More

TWiV 23: Extreme Virology

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MTS18 - Elizabeth Edwards - Cleaning Up Solvents in Groundwater

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Cliff Houston - Career Profile

Exploring the Mysteries of How Bacteria Make Us Sick


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Karen Nelson - Career Profile

Spelling Out Microbial Genes

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Cathy Squires - Career Profile

It All Started With Chicken Water

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Raúl Cano - Career Profile

The Scientist Who Revived 30-Million-Year-Old Bacteria

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Research paves way for life-threatening bacterial infection test

EU-funded researchers have demonstrated how a recently identified protein causes a simple bacterial infection to turn into a potentially fatal condition called rheumatic heart disease. The researchers are now using their newfound knowledge to develop a test system that will be able to identify t... Read More

Clostridium botulinum

Clostridium botulinum on egg yolk agar. Note a absence of precipitate around colonies. 5X - LeBeau Read More

Clostridium spp.

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TWiV 22: Viral Bioinformatics

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Microbial Slime - Can you think of some problems biofilms might cause? Can you think of any useful things they might do?

As you read in the answer to question 2, biofilms can build up on boat bottoms and create friction that reduces the boats' speed. The microbes that make up biofilms also may produce acidic chemicals as by-products of their... Read More

Microbial Slime - What do your results tell you about biofilm formation?

Some substances can hinder the formation of biofilms. By using these substances, we can slow or prevent biofilm growth on those objects. This is important in many industries. For example, biofilms quickly form on the bottoms of boats sitting in the water. By using paints made with special che... Read More

Microbial Slime - Which coatings did the biofilms form best on? Which did they grow least well on?

If you used Vaseline, you got the most growth on that strip. If you used hot pepper sauce or suntan lotion, you would've seen the least growth on those strips. Read More

Microbial Slime - Experiment

Run your tongue over your teeth. If it's been a while since you last brushed, you may feel a filmy or fuzzy coating on your teeth. What's there is similar to the slimy coating you might feel if you stuck your finger down into a sink drain or that you might see coating the sides and bottom of ... Read More

Yeast on the Rise - Did your dough made using a different sweetener besides sugar show the same results?

Different sweeteners will have similar or lesser effects on dough rising as sugar. You could try this experiment with as many different types of sweetening agents as you want to compare the results. Then you could do some research on the types of sugars in these different sweeteners to determ... Read More

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