Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections last a lifetime. Once a person has been infected, the virus can remain dormant (latent) for years before periodically reactivating to cause recurrent disease. This poorly understood cycle has frustrated scientists for years. Now, National Institutes of Healt... Read More
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.
Lactate produced in the upper throat might trigger meningitis-causing bacterial cells to detach from tiny colonies and spread within the body, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens.
The research, performed by Sara Sigurlásdóttir and colleagues at Stockholm University in Sweden,... Read More
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
One way that bacteria infect people is by working together. First, they build a home called a biofilm, and then use chemicals to “talk with each other.” This allows the bacteria to coordinate an attack on the infected person. Led by NSU graduate Cortney Wilson, Smith’s lab recently discovered th... Read More
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?
I'm back! This episode: Lichens, long known to be a partnership between fungi and algae, now discovered to have an important third member!
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This is a primer on the mycorrhizae, the association of plant roots and fungi. An outstanding review article on this subject has recently appeared, authored by four Frenchmen and one American: F. Martin, A. Kohler, C. Murat, C. Veneault-Fourrey, and D. S. Hibbett. I found reading it both excit... Read More
Over the last ten-plus years of this blog's existence, one cluster of branches on the bacterial phylogenetic tree in particular has presented us with fascinating mysteries regarding basic, and seemingly unique, cellular biology. Many aspects of the species on these branches remain enigmati... Read More
Close up of a white fungal contaminants seen on Bile Esculin agar (BEA) after several month at refrigerated temperature. The BEA agar did turn black indicating esculin hydrolysis. This colony mounded in a cone shape with rhizoid growth towards the top and mat lobate growth around the edges. Read More
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
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
Seveal fungal contaminants seen on Bile Esculin agar (BEA) after several montha at refrigerated temperature. The BEA agar did turn black indicating esculin hydrolysis. Read More
Please submit your best bacterial masterpiece to the American Society for Microbiology's annual Agar Art contest!
Shown here is Vibrio fischeri grown on extra salty LB that was stategically dyed purple with Crystal Violet and accentuated with colored markers. Read More
This was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. A variety of colony morphology is seen, rhizoid, mucoid, etc. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More
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
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
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