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Scientists Develop New Flu Vaccines for Man’s Best Friend

Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed, for the first time, two new vaccines for canine influenza. This research is not only important for improving the health of our furry friends, but for keeping us safe, too. Dogs that have been infected with... Read More

Register for NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop

Organized by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), NeLLi: From New Lineages of Life To New Functions Workshop aims to foster discussions centered on how to capture, define, quantify, and functionally characterize microbial and viral diversity. Metagenomic and single-cell sequence data have provi... Read More

TWiV Special: Vincent Munster on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolavirus

At the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, Vincent speaks with Vincent Munster about the work of his laboratory on MERS-coronavirus and Ebolaviruses.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes

Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous ill... Read More

#microMOOCSEM2: Twitter as a tool to knock down walls and build bridges

The second edition of microMOOCSEM, the massive online open microbiology course by Twitter supported by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM), will star on March 7. Twitter can be a weapon of mass destruction, but we are going to show again that this social network is an excellent tool for ... Read More

Cell in Love

Happy Valentine's day!
Love is scientifically proven! Look to this microscope picture I took of my heart-shaped HaCaT cell in love with Staphylococcus aureus !
Even our microscopic cells need love.. and so we do! Read More

Beautiful bacillus II

At the start of each semester students do environmental swabs. 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. Seen is a beige matt colony, rhizoid and raised in the center edges fuzzy (not s... Read More

Sunlight or bacteria? Scientists investigate what breaks down permafrost carbon

A Florida State University researcher is delving into the complexities of exactly how permafrost thawing in the Earth’s most northern regions is cycling back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide and further fueling climate change.

Answer: It has a lot to do with tiny little bugs called micro... Read More

Create a masterpiece with your favorite microbes!

ASM's Agar Art 2017 contest is now open for submissions! Since 2015, Agar Art has provided an outlet for the creativity of ASM members and publically showcased the fun and diverse world of microbes. The contest has been covered by media outlets ranging from Discovery to BBC News.

Enter by su... Read More

ASM celebrates women in the microbial sciences

February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which recognizes “the critical role women and girls play in science and technology.” The United Nations (UN) General Assembly only recently established an annual international day in December 2015 to promote gender equality, ... Read More

Disease “superspreaders” were driving cause of 2014 Ebola epidemic

A new study about the overwhelming importance of “superspreaders” in some infectious disease epidemics has shown that in the catastrophic 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, about 3 percent of the people infected were ultimately responsible for infecting 61 percent of all cases.

The issue ... Read More

Association of maternal HSV-2 antibodies and autism spectrum disorder risk

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no known single cause, and its growing incidence has led many researchers to study its influencing factors. While claims of vaccine relatedness are outright false, there are other variables that may contribute to a propensity toward ASD development, including e... Read More

Un Tour d'Horizon

When biochemists deciphered the genetic code in the 1960s (the triplet 'al­pha­bet' for amino acids whose defined order make up the protein 'words' ) it was – and still is – the most compelling evi­­dence for a common "descent with modifications" (Charles Darwin) of all life on Earth: the al­pha... Read More

TWiM 146 Letters

Jonathan writes:


Hello TWiM Team,


I'm sure it's a long shot but here's hoping for #12!


I was catching up on a SciFri podcast recently and came across this story and just had to share it with you all. (Dr. Racaniello, I think Dixon would also appreciate this but I'll le... Read More

Kansas State University is the 'Silicon Valley for biodefense,' according to Blue Ribbon Study Panel

What Silicon Valley is to technology, Kansas State University is to biodefense.

When former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense visited the Manhattan campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university ce... Read More

Two Lichens

Pictured are tow lichen's living on a wooden rail after heavy rains in the Santa Cruz hills. The branching lichen (Cladonia spp) is growing up through the flat lichen (Parmelia spp). Lichens are a fungus and algae or cyanobacteria, or both, that live and function as one organism in a symbiotic... Read More

Structure of a lipid A phosphoethanolamine transferase suggests how conformational changes govern substrate binding

Interesting research on multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria and the proteins they use to evade drugs and the immune system. Read More

Antibiotic Resistance, Soap, and False Advertising

In September 2016, the FDA published an article barring consumers from purchasing and using certain antibacterial soaps. The article described the scientific evidence supporting disuse of antibacterial products, including liquid, foam, gel hand soaps, bar soaps, and body washes. We now know that... Read More

Experimental malaria vaccine offers durable protection against many strains in NIH trial

An investigational malaria vaccine has protected a small number of healthy U.S. adults from infection with a malaria strain different from that contained in the vaccine, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The National Institute of ... Read More

Shoe Swab III

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. Colony was yellow with rhizoid raised growth with a mat appearance. Image taken using transmitted light shooting through the agar to see the un... Read More
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