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Using Wordcloud-Reponses to Discover How Students Perceive Concepts in the Classroom

In this blog, I share some "first word that comes to mind" responses of my freshman biology class to the words "germ," "bacteria," "cell," and "DNA." The way that we perceive an idea or concept definitely impacts our relationship with it. Thus, finding out what students think, coming into our ... Read More

TWiP 67: They find each other delightful

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 101

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 ¿Cuan seguras son las aguas recreacionales? Esta es una de las preguntas que le hacemos a la Dra. Helena Solo-Gabriele de la Universidad de Miami en Florida, EE.UU.


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TWiP 73: I'm nibbling my way back to you

Vincent and Dickson discuss how nibbling of human cells by Entamoeba histolytica, a process called amoebic trogocytosis, contributes to cell killing and tissue invasion.


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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 104 - Dr. Emilio Fernández

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Emilio Fernández


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TWiP 44 Letters

Todd writes:

Hello Dixon and Vincent!


Your research and real life experience is slowly getting summarized by researchers so that it can be understood by reporters (aka those who
have a disproportionately loud voice in society):


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TWiM 42 Letters

Sarah writes:

Hi Twimologists!

I just found this wonderfully instructive paper on concepts of bacterial ecology that are relevant to the antimicrobial resistance problem ( Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 99

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Hongos que causan dermatitis seborréica hasta algunos que fueron responsables de la hambruna irlandesa:  estos son algunos de los patógenos que estudia la Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 110 - Plant Pathogens Pair Perfectly

This episode: Plant viruses work together to infect better!


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TWiP 69: Malaria rising

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Yersinia pestis

As a closer view of PHIL 12265, this photograph depicts the colonial morphology displayed by Gram-negative Yersinia pestis bacteria, which was grown on a medium of sheep's blood agar (SBA), for a 72 hour time period, at room temperature. Y. pestis is the bacterium responsible for causing the inf... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 121 - Horizontal Hacks Help Harsh Habitation

This episode: Alga adapts to hot, toxic environments by copying prokaryote genes!


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Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 102

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Rastreo de Fuente de Contaminacion Microbiana (Microbial Source Tracking), o el uso de diferentes metodos para encontrar la fuente de contaminacion microbiana en aguas es el tema de hoy e... Read More

TWiP 75: Parasite wonders with Bobbi Pritt

Bobbi Pritt joins Vincent and Dickson to talk about directing a clinical parasitology laboratory and her weekly case reports at Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites.


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Cyanine dyes - Non-sulfonated and Sulfonated cyanines Lumiprobe explains

Sulfonated and non-sulfonated cyanines exhibit very similar fluorescent properties. Non-sulfonated cyanines must be dissolved in organic co-solvent (DMF or DMSO) prior to use, and added to a solution of target molecule in aqueous buffers. Recommended volume of co-solvent should be 10% for Cy3, C... Read More

Scientific American editor Fred Guterl discusses viruses and the H5N1 controversy on Jon Stewart's Daily Show

In this clip from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, guest Fred Guterl, award-winning journalist and executive editor of Scientific American, discusses his new book, "The Fate of the Species,"and touches on viruses, influenza, scientific research, and the recent H5... Read More

TWiP 65: The real world wide web

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Microbes After Hours – Ebola: On the Front Lines

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has sickened over 13,000 people and has killed over 4,800. Health workers from around the world are attempting to halt this deadly disease. On November 19th, Microbes After Hours will feature two of these health workers, Dr. Joseph Fair and Dr. ... Read More

MWV Episode 82 - Rob Knight - The Microbiome Project

Rob Knight studies the diversity of microbial communities. For every person, microbes outnumber human cells by a factor of ten. Rob has found that this large population of microbes differs based on which part of your body they inhabit (head, hands... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 114 - Popping Pathogen Provides Plasmid Prophylactic

This episode: Salmonella strain engineered to induce our cells to immunize us against diseases!


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