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