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Should you consider attending ASM 2015 this spring?

The general program for the 2015 American Society of Microbiology meeting in New Orleans is out, and registration is now open. The sessions look incredible, and I've listed them below as I imagine they might resonate with many of the readers of this blog. The bolded sessions look particularly in... Read More

TWiM #94: Nitrochondria

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 94 Letters

Kieran writes:


Dear Vincent,


I have just finished listening to TWiM 92 and it was very interesting, as always. It is a pleasure to listen to all of you discuss these fascinating topics.


At the end of this episode, you talk about probiotics because it w... Read More

Video Microscope Reveals Movement in "Stock-Still" Objects

The first microscopes, in the 1500s and 1600s, transformed glass panes that looked completely transparent into a universe teeming with bacteria, cells, pollen and intricate crystals. These visionary aids were the first devices to show people that there were cells within a drop of blood. Since th... Read More

Study suggests virus impacts caterpillar's phototactic response causing them to climb

A small team of researchers with Wageningen University in The Netherlands has found evidence that suggests that a type of virus that causes a species of caterpillar to climb higher up a plant, does so by causing a change to the victim's phototactic response. In their paper published in the journ... Read More

Researchers shed light on how ‘microbial dark matter’ might cause disease

Breakthrough by scientists from UCLA, J. Craig Venter Institute and U. of Washington may be roadmap for study of other elusive bacteria.

One of the great recent discoveries in modern biology was that the human body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. But much of that bact... Read More

Merry Luxmas and Happy Microbial Holidays to All!

Here is my annual blogpost using #MicrobialSupremacy to wish all readers a very, very happy holiday season. I do this GFP and prodiosin, as well as luciferase! Enjoy a tiny bit of microbial art, relevant to the season? Read More

Cells 'feel' their surroundings using finger-like structures

Cells have finger-like projections that they use to feel their surroundings. They can detect the chemical environment and they can 'feel' their physical surroundings using ultrasensitive sensors. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows how the finger-like structures, called filopodia ca... Read More

Penicillins Reveal Additional Antibacterial Power

Tis the season for infections. And if you wind up with a prescription for penicillin or its relatives, you’re getting a gift that’ll give those unwelcome bacteria a double whammy.

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The shameful, disgusting reason why Yellowstone’s thermal springs are so beautiful

One of America’s most famed natural wonders — the vibrant, prismatic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park — looked a lot different before tourists came along.

Most famously, the Morning Glory Pool used to be bright blue; it’s now more commonly known as “Fading Glory” or, even more accurat... Read More

On the Front Lines of Ebola’s Most Pressing Mystery

Alex Moigboi was panicking. He was preparing to enter the Ebola ward wearing just a pair of gloves and a plastic gown over his scrubs. It was totally inadequate—like a firefighter entering a burning building wearing a pair of Ray-Bans—and Alex knew it. But he couldn’t find the rest of the protec... Read More

Diagnosing the past to predict the future of Salmonella infections

Different strains of Salmonella behave in different ways. Understanding how and why four closely related strains evolved to lead a more host adapted invasive life-style is at the heart of new research into the evolution of Salmonella microorganisms.

Paul Barrow, Professor of Veterinary Infect... Read More

New 'Bourbon Virus' Blamed for Kansas Man's Death

A new tick-borne virus has been discovered in Kansas and dubbed the "Bourbon virus."

The never-before-seen virus was named for Bourbon County, Kansas, where its only known victim lived. The man got sick over the summer and died, and it's taken six months for doctors at the University of Kansa... Read More

The Making of a Flu Vaccine

Inside the Australian Lab That Helps the WHO Try to Determine the Best Way to Stop the Virus.

The annual fight to keep the flu under control starts here.

Doctors are studying nose and throat swabs from flu sufferers sent from laboratories around the world, from Texas to the Solomon Islands... Read More

Bacteria are wishing you a Merry Xmas

A bacterium has been used to wish people a Merry Xmas. Grown by Dr Munehiro Asally, an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, the letters used to spell MERRY XMAS are made of Bacillus subtilis, a non-pathogenic bacterium which is found in soil and also human gut.
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Cells ‘feel’ their surroundings using finger-like structures

Cells have finger-like projections that they use to feel their surroundings. They can detect the chemical environment and they can ‘feel’ their physical surroundings using ultrasensitive sensors. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute shows how the finger-like structures, called filopodia ca... Read More

Students aim to put cyanobacteria on Mars to generate oxygen

Mars is a very harsh and hostile environment for future human explorers and like any other known planet it has no breathable air. That could change someday, and it may be soon enough for our generation to witness it, as the student team from Germany has a bold vision to make a first step to terr... Read More

Bacteria could be rich source for making terpenes

If you've ever enjoyed the scent of a pine forest or sniffed a freshly cut basil leaf, then you're familiar with terpenes. The compounds are responsible for the essential oils of plants and the resins of trees. Since the discovery of terpenes more than 150 years ago, scientists have isolated som... Read More

Buffer Zone Guidelines May Be Inadequate to Protect Produce From Feedlot Contamination

The pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 can spread, likely airborne, more than one tenth mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce, according to a paper published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The high percentages of leafy greens contaminated with E. coli ... Read More

S.aureus hemolysis on blood agar

I took these combined pictures after growing S. aureus ST151 and ST3028 on blood agar plates. Both strains were isolated from cases of subclinical mastitis The plates were incubated at 37 C for 24 or 48 hrs as shown in the picture. ST3028 is one of the novel strains recently identified in ou... Read More
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