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Should You Map Your Microbiome?

Biologists are beginning to understand how the trillions of microbes in and on our bodies shape our health. But differences between any two people’s microbial populations are enormous. Most people share around 99 percent of their DNA with the person next to them, but they have a significantly sm... Read More

New Academy Report on Microbes of the Built Environment

This past fall, experts gathered at an American Academy of Microbiology Colloquium in Washington, D.C. to discuss an important topic relevant to many parts of society: the microbiology of built environments. A summary of the experts’ answers to important questions surrounding this topic is now a... Read More

Mosquito-eating fish used to fight Zika virus in Latin America

With the Zika virus spreading toward the United States, threatening pregnant mothers and the 2016 Olympics, aid workers have placed hope in a familiar fish.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia-based non-profit Operation Blessing helped avert an outbreak of the West Nile virus in Ne... Read More

Microbial Jungles: a newly released TED-ED animation on biofilms and microbial communities

Watch our new animation on biofilms and microbial communities, with some gene transfer, cooperation and competition added for good measure! We focus on the basics of biofilm biology for a public audience and some of the ways that we benefit from the microbial communities that surround us, whethe... Read More

Interview with Karla Kirkegaard, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Karla Kirkegaard, PhD, about her career and professional experience in the field of virology.


This video is one of 26 video interviews with eminent virologists that are part of the supplemental material for the Princip... Read More

April Showers Bring May Flowers - But Microbes Keep them Growing

Just as humans have a complex relationship with microorganisms, some make us sick while others aid our health, plants too coexist with a mixture of mostly helpful but sometimes harmful microbes.

While geosmin may overwhelm our noses, plants are able to detect a number of compounds produced b... Read More

BacterioFiles 251 - Mycophagous Myrmicinae Mutualist Microbes

This episode: Gut bacteria seem to help ants with very restrictive diets flourish more!


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TWiV 389: Alphabet hepatitis with Stan Lemon

Host: Vincent Racaniello 


Guest: Stan Lemon


Vinc... Read More

White House Goes With Its Gut, Backs New Microbiome Project

The White House wants to encourage research into the microbiome: the microbes living in and on animals, the dirt, oceans and the atmosphere.

The White House says it will propose more than $121 million in federal spending over the next two years at the Department of Energy, NASA, National Inst... Read More

TWiP 109: Blame it on Mother

Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Truck Driver from India, discuss why parasites resistant to an antimalarial drug are not transmitted by mosquitoes, and introduce Paul who presents a new case study.


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An old new weapon against emerging Chikungunya virus

Since 2013, the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has spread rapidly through South America and the Caribbean, and is now threatening Southern Europe and the southern US. It causes flu-like symptoms with fever and joint pains, which in some cases can last for months with occasional fatalities. No ... Read More

Ontario rotavirus hospitalizations drop >70 percent after launch of infant vaccine program

Hospitalization for rotavirus infections decreased by > 70% following the introduction of a vaccine program in Ontario, Canada, according to a study published May 11, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sarah Wilson from Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sci... Read More

Just a spoonful of L-arginine helps the biofilm go down

Many components of our oral hygiene regimens are meant to keep cariogenic bacteria at bay: sodium fluoride in ACT interferes with electron transport and ATP synthesis, the essential oils in Listerine have antiseptic effects, and abrasives – small, insoluble particles in toothpaste – help remove ... Read More

Zika Virus On and In the Brain - @profvrr has a new blog!

Read in near real-time a virologist's experiments on Zika Virus. Now with its fourth post the Zika Diaries aims to illuminate the public on what it takes to do research on this emerging outbreak. From the Racaniello Lab at Columbia Univ. -

"Now that my laboratory obtained a number of differe... Read More

Exotic flowers

This metallic artwork is made from Escherechia coli in EMB agar. It is so exotic, shiny, and fresh. It brings the tropical sense Thailand Read More

Trailer: Using Data for Action against Antimicrobial Resistance

ASM Cultures traveled to Denmark to see how the country is using data surveillance to curb antimicrobial resistance in meat production in hopes of addressing the larger issue of antimicrobial resistance in humans. Read More

Virus Watch: Building Zika Virus

In this new video episode of Virus Watch, you'll see how the Zika virus particle is built, and how it binds to an antibody that blocks infection. All in gorgeous three dimensional views provided by recent structure studies. Read More

A new vaccine has developed by Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Wednesday his country had developed a vaccine for the Ebola virus which has killed thousands of people in west Africa.

But Putin, who is famed for his talent for headline-grabbing announcements, did not give any name for the vaccine, nor did he say how... Read More

Scientists identify a new route of TB transmission

In the year 2000, Kathleen Alexander, DVM, PhD, now a professor, at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, was working as a government veterinarian in Botswana, when a sickly banded mongoose wandered onto the grounds where she worked. When the mamm... Read More

Deep sea microbes may be key to oceans’ climate change feedback

Microbes are hardly the poster-children of climate change, but they have far more impact than polar bears on Earth’s carbon cycle – and therefore on our climate. A new study published Friday in Science Advances finds that seabed bacteria and archaea (which look like bacteria but have very differ... Read More
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