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Freshman Biology Creative Projects

I am a big believer that different pedagogical approaches can "reach" different students. In most of my classes, I give students an optional assignment: come up with a creative project that explores some aspect of class. This takes several steps. First, I make the students come up with an ide... Read More

Persisters - Small step towards Antibiotic resistance

Chromobacterium violaceum is a gram negative bacterium known to produce a natural antibiotic violacein which has other additional properties as well.
Here I was testing the MIC for a range of antibiotics and found a amazing result wherein i could clearly see "persisters" which will at a later s... Read More

Malaria parasite's essential doorway into red blood cells illuminated

Researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute have identified a protein on the surface of human red blood cells that serves as an essential entry point for invasion by the malaria parasite. The presence of this protein, called CD55, was found to be critical to... Read More

Liberia conducts first polio, measles immunizations since Ebola outbreak.

Monrovia, 8 May 2015 – A week-long campaign to vaccinate more than 600,000 children against polio and measles kicks off today in Liberia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the ... Read More

TWiM #103: The battle for iron

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 103 Letters

Bailey writes:


Hey Vincent, Elio, Michele and Michael!


I'm a first year microbiology graduate student at UC Berkeley and an avid listener of twim. Elio's snippet from the most recent podcast reminded me of a personal anecdote that might be useful to share with... Read More

Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More

DISEASES LOOM LARGE FOR TROPICAL CORALS

As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks. Read More

Ebola experience is a wake-up call for the WHO

"The WHO, largely unchanged since its creation, is ill-equipped to deal with the disease threats that this new world creates...the recent Ebola outbreak is a case in point. Even the WHO's director-general, Margaret Chan, said her organisation was "overwhelmed" and admitted that a crisis on that ... Read More

Ocean currents disturb methane-eating bacteria

Bacteria that feed on methane can control its concentration once it is released from the ocean floor. This can potentially stop the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. But ocean currents can easily disturb dinner, according to new study in Nature Geoscience.

There is a large, and rel... Read More

Ethics in Science - JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester (video)

JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together.

In this third episode of th... Read More

Loyola shows oral spores of harmless C. difficile prevents repeat infection

In what is a major step towards the prevention of recurring bouts of Clostridium difficile (Cdiff) infection, an international team led by Dale Gerding, MD, Hines Veterans Administration (VA) research physician and professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, ha... Read More

Hepatitis C common among HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa

A new study has found high levels of infection with hepatitis C (HCV) across Africa, particularly in people infected with HIV. Read More

Fungal contaminant on Casein media

Unknown fungal contaminant seen on Casein media after 1 month at refrigerated temperatures. Green spore formation is seen throughout the colony with white hyphal growth on the outer edge of the colony. The center was raised and had deep groves. Read More

Unknown Contaminant on Eosin Methylene Blue

An unknown fungal contaminant growing on Eosin Methylene Blue (EMB) plate. The fungal colony shows a number of interesting features where it takes up or interacts with they dyes in the medium. Some of the colonies illustrate interesting inhibitory effects on adjacent colonies or appear the inf... Read More

A Flu Epidemic That Threatens Birds, Not Humans

Although much of the country has barely noticed, avian influenza — a version of the virus that generated “Killer Bird Flu!” headlines a decade ago — is now sweeping the Midwest. Read More

Study reveals how a Rab protein controls HIV-1 replication

HIV-1 replication requires the coordinated movement of the virus's components toward the plasma membrane of an immune cell, where the virions are assembled and ultimately released. A study in The Journal of Cell Biology reveals how a Rab protein that controls intracellular trafficking supports H... Read More

Bile Esculin Agar

Contains:
bile
the carbohydrate esculin
iron salts
Differential media:
-Group D Streptococcus sp. will convert esculin into 6,7-dihydroxy-coumarin which reacts with the iron salts to form a black precipitate.
--Non Group D Streptococcus sp. do not produce the black color.
(A) Enteroco... Read More

BacterioFiles 213 - Bird Bacteria Bolster Babies

This episode: Hoopoes inoculate their eggs with protective bacteria!


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Bacterial viruses: Tools of the trade

Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich demonstrate for the first time that bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) carry genetic instructions for proteins that mediate the transport of their DNA to specialized replication sites in the host cell. Read More
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