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16S Alphabet Soup: A Quick Guide

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

BacterioFiles 290 - Lichens' Little Lodgers

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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Freshman Biology, #SciArt, and The Amoeba Sisters

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

TWiV 438: Drs. TWiV go to Washington

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.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello... Read More

New Jersey State Microbe

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

After the Book, Henrietta Lacks' Family Continues to Engage in Patients' Rights

The HeLa cells derived from Henrietta Lacks have played a vital role in many scientific advances, including production of the polio vaccine. But the unethical manner in which they were collected raises questions on patients' rights, privacy, and other important issues - issues on which her famil... Read More

TWiM #150: Microbiology is where it's at

In recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Robin Patel speaks with the TWiM team about directing a clinical bacteriology laboratory, and how an observation made by a laboratory technologist lead to the finding that Ureaplasma species can cause a system metabolic disturb... Read More

New Jersey Microbe

New Jersey needs a State Microbe

Here is the full text of the proposal. Meeting with several legislators this evening. This is a 1 page summary, so apologies in advance to all who are detail-oriented.

This is an opportunity for legislators to agree on something and for NJ scientists and st... Read More

“Too soft, too generous, too nice, and too slow…”

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?
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5th Global Chemistry Congress

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

State Microbe for New Jersey

New Jersey needs an Official State Microbe to honor New Jersey scientists and the world-changing contributions of microscopic life from New Jersey. The Official State Microbe should be Streptomyces griseus for many reasons.

New Jersey currently has no Official State Microbe, and it should. Ne... Read More

Staying Safe in Space

The thought of bringing alien life forms to Earth or of creating dangerous mutant microorganisms during space travel might seem straight out of a science fiction movie. But are these concerns real­ly that far fetched? As our interest in astrobiology (the study of life in the universe) grows, the... Read More

An Unseen Step to Diagnoses: Specimen Handling

Collecting, transporting, and storing patient specimens plays a major role in infection diagnoses. ASM provides a number of resources regarding best practices and the latest research regarding specimen collection! Read More

Researchers Discover Antifungal Agent From Pathogen Box Project

Researchers report they have used the Pathogen Box to identify a novel, highly potent antifungal agent with activity against two of the most common fungal pathogens of humans. Read More

SHIFTS IN MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT ALL ECOSYSTEMS

“As we experience unprecedented environmental impacts from climate change, microbes rapidly adapt to their surrounding conditions faster than other organisms. Because microbes control biogeochemical cycling of elements essential for life, this impacts every ecosystem on earth. In addition, these... Read More

TWiV 437: Kathy's new spindle virus

The TWiVsters reveal new giant viruses that argue against a fourth domain of life, and discovery of viruses in the oceanic basement.


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Nova Southeastern University Researchers Studying How to Disrupt Bacteria to Treat Infections

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

Gut microbes contribute to age-associated inflammation, mouse study shows

Inflammation increases with age and is a strong risk factor for death in the elderly, but the underlying cause has not been clear. A new study reveals that gut microbes are one of the culprits behind age-associated inflammation and premature death in mice. Imbalances in the gut microbes in older... Read More

NIH scientists advance understanding of herpesvirus infection

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

Lactate from human cells may trigger key step in invasion by meningitis-causing bacteria

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
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