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Quorum Sensing and "Sensing Potential"

Anand Pai, graduate student in bioengineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, and scientist Lingchong You, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a member of Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and Center for Systems Biology, have discovered what they believe is a com... Read More

Influenza Monitoring By The US Military

With global health monitoring coming into vogue, more attention is being paid to the United States military's own influenza monitoring system, which has been operational since the 1970's. Read More

Yet another new flu virus emerges in Canada

A virus that mixes human and swine influenza has infected two farm workers in Canada. Fortunately they have both recovered, but this represent a new strain of flu. Read More

Intestinal anthrax

Intestinal anthrax. Human case. Note edema of mucosa Read More

Genomic mash-up could produce biofuels

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin are looking at the combined genomes of ants, fungi and bacteria that are responsible for turning leaf clutter into compost. They hope to isolate new enzymes or identify techniques that could do the same to aid in biofuel production.

"The genomes ... Read More

The Virus That Cures - Bacteriophage

This is an interesting documentary about superbugs, such as MRSA, antibiotic resistance and Russia's research into bacteriophage (viruses that attack bacteria) as a treatment for people with bacterial-related diseases. This video was produced in 1997 by the BBC, but despite the air date, ther... Read More

Sculptures of Biological Viruses Using Computer Parts

Since 1999, Artomatic, a one-of-a-kind multimedia event, involving hundreds of regional artists, performers and volunteers, in Washington, D.C. has been convening annually in the Washington, D.C., area. This past year artist Forrest McCluer culled together a series of sculptures constructed from... Read More

Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles For On-chip Analysis

Biomedical innovations for rapid detection are really taking off... Cell sorting may get a lot faster with this chip. Read More

Bioinformatics and Biodefense: Keys to Understanding Natural and Altered Pathogens

Bioinformatics, the application of computer analysis to molecular biology, is a fundamental corollary to biodefense research. As we face new security threats involving pathogens and infectious disease, bioinformatics databases must be improved and a plan must be made for integrating biodefense r... Read More

Paul Offit, MD on Autism and Vaccine Safety

Virginia Campbell,MD, host of the Brain Science Podcast, has published a very interesting interview with Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book Autism’s False Prophets. In the interview, Campbell and Offit explore "the scientific evidence that vaccines DO NOT cause autism, but also examine why the c... Read More

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

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

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