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#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

TWiM #145: Anything but Academic

Vincent meets up with Catharine Bosio, Michael Merchlinsky, and Shilpa Gadwal at the ASM Biothreats meeting to talk about careers for scientists outside of the ivory tower.


Host: Vincent Racaniello


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Melioidosis: The Most Neglected Tropical Disease

The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... 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

Shoe Swab II

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. Read More

Shoe Swab

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. Read More

Colorful Handrail Swab

Swab taken of the wooden handrail outside the classroom. Incubated on TSA for 24 hrs, room temp for 48hrs the held at refrigerated temperatures. Color developed once the plate was held in the refrigerator and colonies continued to grow. Several yellow circular mucoid colonies as well as an oran... Read More

SHoe imprint mix

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Interesting mix of a variety of bacteria (Bacillus spp) and possible yeast. Read More

Handrail swab

Swab taken of the wooden handrail outside the classroom. Incubated on TSA for 24 hrs, room temp for 48hrs the held at refrigerated temperatures. Beige colony was mucoid in the center with some rhizoid features, mat and spreading around the outside, possible Bacillus spp or yeast. Read More

Shoe Imprint II

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Colony (possible Bacillus spp or yeast) was mucoid with rhizoid raised growth, lobate edges. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More

Shoe Imprint

Imprint of a tennis shoe done on a large TSA plate, grown for 24 hrs at 37 degrees C, held at room temp for 48 hrs then stored in the refrigerator. Colony (possible Bacillus spp or yeast) was mucoid with rhizoid raised growth, lobate edges. 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

BacterioFiles 285 - Sultry Snow Cell Sun Screen

This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!


(6.8 MB, 7.5 minutes)


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Ne... Read More

TWiV 427: It was a DURC and UV light

The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.


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Cloning competition drives student and mentor excellence

Mentoring scientific teams in a project-oriented competition, like engineers can do through the ASCE Concrete Canoe National Competition or the SAE Supermileage Competition, is rare in the microbial sciences. Mentoring a team through this experience allows scientists impart different skills than... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus IIII

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 elongated (not circular) colony, rhizoid and raised in the ... Read More

Beautiful Bacillus III

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, mucoid in the cen... 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

Beautiful Bacillus

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

Shoe Swab

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 hrss then held at refrigerated temp's. Seen is a yellow matt colony with a cup like mounding and rhizoid (brain like... Read More
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