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Congrats on BoingBoing! That's big in geek world.
Mark, would you mind if we used one of the images from your blog post for ASM's Facebook photo of the day? We'll link back to your blog post.
Your poor dog, for those of you unfamiliar with this beast, its a worm or more precisely approximately 40 different types of worms or nematodes that can infect a wide range of animals, including humans. It is principally transmitted through dirt as the free living larvae contact the skin, they penetrate and move their way through the animal. This parasite was first described by the French in the 19th century who were stationed in colonial Vietnam who were suffering from severe, persistent diarrhea. However, the principal presentation in people, is a localized pruritic (itching) red (erythematous) rash at the site of penetration by the worm. Some may develop a dry cough (tracheal irritation) as the wee beasties (larvae) migrate from lung up the throat where they are then swallowed resulting in what the French saw in colonial Vietnam (severe and persistent diarrhea). Good news today, for humans, we often don't know we are infected and thus have no symptoms, however, like the colonial French, some humans can become critically ill. The CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/strongyloides/) has great set of pictures with treatment options for people, with Ivermectin (200µg/kg (1-2 days) being the first line drug for both the acute and chronic forms of the disease. Your dog probably picked it up while being a dog. Playing and rolling in the dirt or burying bones is a prime risk factor of acquisition of the parasite. As to why after treatment no improvement? There is always the demon of resistance to drug, hypersensitivity to debris left by the dead parasite subsequent to treatment or even potentially re-infection. Your vet will be able to address such issues. Humans can protect themselves from infection by simply wearing shoes while interacting with potentially infested soils, as the worm is after all one of the unseen forms of life on our planet. Via Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.
Thanks Colin! Great post on your blog too.
Samantha you are correct. I think the original author should have referenced a "bacterial lipopolysaccharide" not "an oral bacterium called lipopolysaccharide." The actual bacterium is Porphyromonas gingivalis as you pointed out. Thank you.
Thanks Anne!
These are great images of Rhizopus microsporus. Thank you for sharing!
YouTube stats from embeds take some time to appear in YouTube analytics, usually several hours if not more. I'd check your YouTube stats tomorrow to see how it is doing.
Thank you for this video MicroMinutes. I acually went and checked out some of your others on YouTube. BTW, in the future if you use the full YouTube URL (instead of the shortened one) your video will automatically embed on MicrobeWorld.
Looks like your test worked Natalie!
You can also watch Solving the Puzzle on MicrobeWorld.
Great image. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Jim, the Bambuser test screen is just the embed of the live stream player from Bambuser.com. The counter is actually the current time. When we go live from ICAAC the test screen will disappear and be replaced by video from the event.
Great list Jonathan. There is a lot to check out. And you're right, MicrobeWorld is not "bloggy", it's designed to be a user-run aggregator of microbe-related content across the web.
This is a follow up for Alberto. Unfortunately our partners who created the app tell us that while they "know it is frustrating for international users there isn't much they can do about it right now." I'll keep you posted if anything changes in the near future.
Hi Alberto Catalana, I will look into it and post back here as soon as I find out. I see no reason why they can't.
We are running a bit late. Please be patient.
You may want to check your source link as it currently points to a domain for sale notice for bacteria.org.
Great video! It visually depicts the concept of quorum sensing in a nutshell (or in this case under a minute).
I think the issue is that if you fact check with the author of the study you are writing about you risk getting a biased assessment. However, this doesn't mean you shouldn't fact check it with an independent source.
Hi Mohammad, Yes, that is a perfect use of this image since the author licensed it under Creative Commons - Attribution + Noncommercial see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. At MicrobeWorld we encourage people to license their content in this manner so it can be used for educational purposes without all the bureaucracy that often goes with seeking permissions.
Good catch Rebecca. It's a shame such a lovely infographic has to be ruined by something that is easily fact checked on Google.
@Felix - Okay, a new version has been uploaded to our content delivery network. I tested it out in iTunes and it works for me (so did the last one BTW). Please let me know if you have any issues with it. Also, you should unsubscribe to TWiP and then re-subscribe to download the new version.
It will happen this evening.
A new version of this file be uploaded shortly. I'll report back here when it's complete.
Rory, You've got the best teases for content on MicrobeWorld hands down! Thanks.
@Dave - the Ow.ly link doesn't work.
Michelle Ozbun was great to listen to. I think she's worthy of being TWiV's 5th wheel :)
Hello, contact Vincent Racaniello here about the use of images that have been posted in the TWiP posts. If you use the search function on this site you will be able to find images with their specific copyright designations. In most cases (with the exception of images in the public domain) you should contact the author of the image for their usage in a book since it is ultimately for commercial purposes.
This blog post by Zimmer is a good read. It's worth checking out.
This is a fantastic video. Really well done.
Absolutely amazing!
I will pass your idea on to Vincent Racaniello who hosts This Week in Microbiology.
I think this is a candidate for a featured video.
This actually reminds me more of a Napster of science than a wiki leaks of science because what's being distributed here is not secret, undisclosed research or communication, it's published research behind paywalls. The site by the way is http://scienceleaks.blogspot.com/.
Great show!
Welcome to the colony Jesse! :)
Hi Andrew. We have actually just fixed this as of this weekend. Please let me know if you don't see any improvement. You can also try to unsubscribe and resubscribe in iTunes to see if that helps as well. Thanks for the feedback.
Here's another take on this same story.
Thanks for the kind words Suzanne! Editing comments is a good idea. We have a host of new features rolling out soon, unfortunately that's not one of them :( We'll keep it in mind for future updates. BTW, we have vastly improved tags if you haven't noticed.
Both missing videos "Global Warming May Spur New Fungal Diseases" and "Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds?" are now posted for your viewing pleasure.
I'm with you Rory! Thanks for the amazing images you've been uploading over the past few weeks.
Do to our server crash the recording for "Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds?" did not happen.
Michael, there is a problem with your file and it isn't working. You can re-upload using the edit button when you are logged in. It's by the print and email buttons. Your file isn't a Keynote file is it? It needs to be a .ppt file. I'm looking into it on the backend as well.
The ASM Live recording for "Global Warming May Spur New Fungal Diseases" crashed in mid-stream. Unfortunately, it is not available for post viewing.
Another engaging episode Jesse. I really enjoyed it. Will you be at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego?
FYI - on Tues. May 25th at noon PT we will be live streaming an interview with Jay Evans, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland about colony collapse disorder.
Thank you for the amusing Morris Day & The Time visual reference, LOL.
Thanks for sharing the great video Manuel. FYI - you can embed most videos on the site just by entering their source URL as the link you want to share - this works for YouTube, Scivee, Vimeo, Metacafe, Daily Motion, BigThink and a few more. Or, you can customize video by using code such this {youtube}VIDEOID{/youtube}. This code also works for 30 other video sites as well. I will add all the popular codes and more details to the FAQ this week for reference.
FYI - You may have noticed on the front end under the Most Recent or Most Popular view you see a bit of code. This is due to a character limit we have for that view. This is a bug we will be looking into. In the mean time, I have edited your post to have the description come first so the code for the audio doesn't get cut off before the closing tag.
I think the target is educators and students, although researchers and the general public can find value in your podcast too. You distill down some complex papers in your episodes which is very helpful for getting people interested in the science and helps explain the importance of the results in way anyone can understand.
Jesse, I enjoy your podcast a lot. My only comment would be that it would be great if you could put them out once a week instead of every other week. I find this to be a great resource for keeping up with the latest research published. I usually listen to it on my commute to work. I think in time you will become even more comfortable on the mic, but that comes with experience and practice. Hope this helps.
NIce. LOL You know I am going to have to change the formula now ;)
Good job Jason! I love how you don't try to sensationalize or purposely generate unrealistic concerns over microbes for these kinds of stories. In the US, when these types of clips air, they are often wrapped in alarmist language and are designed more for shock value than educational value.
Alan Cann of Microbiology Bytes may have said it best on his Twitter response.
Speaking of bush meat. Virologist Nathan Wolfe talks quite a bit about this subject at a recently live-streamed event MicrobeWorld filmed at Busboys & Poets in DC last month. Click here to watch the video.
Thanks Vincent for another interesting interview. If you are reading this and would like to know the latest on XMRV research please listen to this well rounded conversation on the topic. Stephen Goff does a great job on discussing the potential links between XMRV, prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I love how the fake April fools item makes it to the top of the most popular submissions on the site. And yes Ramy, PLoS is certainly one of the more innovative journals out there. But more and more are following their example. ASM's new mBio is a case in point. There is also Nature's Preceedings which is similar in spirit to the faux news release from AAAS.
Nathan Wolfe talks quite a bit about bush meat and virus transmission in this live talk that was recently hosted by the Koshland Science Museum in DC.
Congrats on being selected for the featured photo of the week.
Here's Facebook's follow up to the study.
The salt deposit building design image is amazing looking.
You can edit your own posts by clicking the pen and paper icon that appears to the right of Print and Email This on the same line as the title of your submission. Links on front end submissions have been disabled for security reasons, but I will look into rethinking that idea.
Another fine episode. Thanks! I am not sure if you are a fan of ASM's Facebook Fan Page but I promoted BacterioFiles for you on the wall.
Bacteria found include:
Campylobacter, which can cause food poisoning; Clostridium, Corynebacterium, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia — all of which are associated with pneumonia and other infections; E. coli; and a number of Staphylococcus species that underlie serious hospital-associated infections.
This is great. I love DIY solutions. Thanks for sharing.
Hey Jesse, thanks for launching BacteroFiles. I listened to it on my way to work this morning. I'm now a subscriber. By the way, you can embed a audio player in your MicrobeWorld submission by using the following code {mp3remote}THE-URL-OF-YOUR-MP3-FILE{/mp3remote} Make sure you are using the squirrelly-looking brackets.
Thanks for your recent submissions Suzanne. We appreciate it.
Good idea Don. I added the title and link to her book on Amazon in the post itself.
Thanks Jonathan. I appreciate it when scientists publicly comment on news stories like this to help frame the information accurately and within context of the data. Try this link as the one above is broken to read Jonathan's blog post about it.
Thanks for sharing this. The idea of eating a petri dish cookie seems a little dangerous to me, LOL. I also dug around on the site and found the sugar cookie recipe is from (Martha Stewart). I may try to make these over the weekend.
Susan, You have definitely built an interesting collection of material. It looks as if you have designed a curriculum for an introductory microbiology course. Thanks for taking the time to do this. It's definitely an interesting use case for the site and we appreciate your efforts. Let me know if there are any features you think can be improved or would like implemented. By the way, it would be great if you would make your profile public. Chris
Congrats on making it into the WSJ Jason! That's fantastic.
Thanks for the great feedback David. I agree that throwing food out after one day in the fridge is a little extreme, but I feel it's better to be cautious when it comes to foodborne illness. Please note that there is a disclaimer in the credits that points out all statements and opinions are not to be considered official statements of the Society. In the next food-related video we do, we'll make sure to consider your well thought out observations. As far as eating pizza that's been left out all night, I wouldn't touch it. But hey, that's me. I myself have had a serious bout of foodborne illness that required hospitalization, so I am probably a little more wary than most folks. The golden rule is that you shouldn't consume food that has been left out for more than two hours.
What a wonderful idea. Unfortunately this article doesn't mention the proposed bacterium by name which is why I a. Giving this 3 stars. The cheese making microbe under consideration is Lactococcus lactis What would you propose would be your State's microbe?
LOL, the first sentence is the best!
FYI - You need a paid subscription to Science to access this article.
This is definitely a fresh take on how to ensure food safety. Hopefully all of their tests and research pan out.
Thanks Jason! I love how you are CTV's go to microbiologist. We need one of you here in the US.
Check out this documentary on phage therapy by the BBC if you are interested in this topic.
LOL, I was jut about to post this story and it got tagged as a duplicate. Soap it off or eat it later!
Thank you for the Scott Hammer interview. This was really enlightening in regards to the potential impact of the Thai HIV clinical trial success.
This is a good article that outlines the difficulty of ensuring the food safety of ground beef.
Thanks! This adds some balance to the Raw Milk video that was just posted earlier! LOL
FYI Polly was born at 5:50 p.m. ET 9-22-09 in DC weighing in at 7 lbs 10 oz and 19" tall :)
I liked this.
Check out Seattle local NBC affiliate KING5 News' report and video segment here.
I haven't called the number. I assumed it's the director of video's number. Did you call it?
This would definitely be welcome news. Any H1N1 flu experts care to explain why you would need two shots anyway? What's the challenge?
I downloaded this app for my iPhone to check it out. I have to say the web experience at HealthMap.org is much better. However, there is a message in the app's info section that they are struggling to meet higher than expected demand which has been resulting in slower performance. The information about outbreaks is sourced from a variety of trusted news outlets and international reporting groups. The fact that individuals can submit outbreaks is interesting as well, I am sure there is a vetting process for accuracy but there doesn't seem to be any related language in the submission disclaimer, other than HealthMap doesn't take responsibility for errors or inaccuracies in any submission - which is standard for end user submission sites/services. The best feature, in my opinion, is the apps push notifications by disease type and your geo-location. I signed up for West Nile Virus and the more general category "foodborne illness", and there are plenty more to choose from. Overall it's a fun app to check out, but I am not sure if I will use the app everyday - especially since it allows me to select the alerts I want.
I'm glad you enjoyed the Falkow lecture.
I'm jealous. You have a great little sister. This is like a modern day version of the homemade birthday card. BHappy birthday, by the way :)
This Q microbe has been in the news over the past couple of years, but this article provides a nice overview on the economics and scalability of taking research from the lab to industry.
I believe we beat the Huff Post to the punch on this one . From July 15 http://microbeworld.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=894
Thanks Garth. We actually have a MicrobeWorld Video episode that addresses the risks of cheese and queso fresco definitely comes up in it. See the video here.
Not being an expert in respirators, are there any options other than the N95 studied that offer protection against influenza? Or, in other words, what should a discerning consumer look for in a protective "surgical type" mask if they want to protect themselves from exposure or from exposing others?(I assume the masks work both ways?)
Being able to read an audience is an art form and takes a lot of experience, in my opinion. But that doesn't mean scientists shouldn't try. The more you communicate and learn from mistakes the better off you are for it.A lot of what this blog post talks about is the fear of ridicule from fellow scientists and the stigma of being "entertaining." It's unfortunate that people succumb to this peer pressure.Hopefully that attitude will become "sooooo 20th century." (There's my pop culture reference)
I am not familiar with this pathogen but the USDA says the disease it causes is commonly known as Southern wilt, bacterial wilt, and/or brown rot of potato.
Caroline, >Are you sure you uploaded a file for this? The download link is responding that the file is not found. You can easily remedy this by clicking the edit box to the right of your submission title and re-upload the file. If you are linking to an article, make sure you put the URL into the link field - not the upload field. Thanks.
Thanks for posting this Betsy. I know Lovley has been working with Geobacter for a long time now, perhaps 10 years. It's interesting to see that they are tinkering with the microbes genetic make up to make it more efficient and powerful. I'm waiting for the day I can carry around a microbial fuel cell powered iPhone :)
Beat you to it! See http://is.gd/1WiUF
I know, I must of clicked play 10 times at least.
Thank you for posting this Fiona. What interesting to me about this post is that it kind of ties in to the New Scientist article on memristors and slime molds in terms of "anticipatory response." Here's the link.
OK, I am going to throw out Elizabeth Hazen who discovered the the world’s first useful fungus-killing antibiotic known as Nystatin. The FDA approved its use in 1954. Nystatin royalties totaled $13.4 million before the patent expired in 1974. Hazen who worked with Rachel Brown on its development donated half of the proceeds to a non-profit group that subsidized scholarly research. The other half went to an educational program called the Brown-Hazen Fund which supported medicine and biology research for female scientists.
Thanks Karen for retweeting this too. Have a great 4th of July :)
I would vote this comment up if we had that option!
Looks like the post went through despite not allowing for TIFFs.
For those of you who want to jump right to the article, here's the direct link http://www.sgm.ac.uk/pubs/micro_today/pdf/050903.pdf
Good points Ray!
This is an interesting study in part because I don't think it takes into account basic home economics and the recession. Prior to the market crash I was a stickler for "use by" dates, now that it's tougher to make ends meet I use the "nose" and "quick taste" test more often. Sure, I may be flirting with disaster but at least I'll have the money for my co-pay ;)
I'm not sure I would take the naming of this mushroom after myself as a compliment LOL
Not to mention when you stay home you don't inadvertently spread the bug to your coworkers!
The irony is pretty think here. Antimicrobial skincare products laden with disease-causing bacteria. It makes one wonder how effective these consumer products actually are.
Testing out this comment with @Sciencegangsta
How old are all of these photos that you have been uploading?
This seems like some under reported news. I would expect someone caught smuggling vials of HIV and Ebola into the US would be labeled a terrorist right off the bat in this climate. There really isn't a lot of info to go off of in the article.
Are there any studies available on the effects of Tamiflu on pregnant women?
How did you get the website to work if the field wasn't appearing?
Nice title :P
LOL, I may try this recipe at home. I wonder why you would add extra chicken wings to it - maybe for extra concentrated chicken broth taste? I like the recommendation that the unused cooked meat makes for great chicken parmesan.
I think this idea is definitely worth expounding upon, and could be especially useful if it has the critical mass of users/searches indexed. Obviously an "Oprah" effect could lead to false positives but I think that sort of thing could be ferreted out rather easily. If can't be determined that there was a media or news effect, then it may be worth investigating. However, there are other ways to do similar projects for different infectious diseases where you can vet the participants a little better than the entire public.
Turns out a few days later that the NY Times interviewed a researcher who debunks this story. Here's an excerpt: It is essentially a blend of Eurasian swine flu and North American swine flu, but Western hemisphere strains have had an avian segment on the PB2 gene for at least 10 years and a human component on the PB1 gene since 1993, said Henry L. Niman, a biochemist who tracks flu mutations. “The original report is correct,” Dr. Niman said of the C.D.C.’s analysis. The rumors, he added in an e-mail message, stem from “someone who really doesn’t know how to analyze sequences (or is being misquoted.)” Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/health/01origin.html?_r=1
I fixed it. With embedding video we do it ""automagically"" All you need to do is enter in the link to the page the video is on. However, it brings up a good question that may require a sentence of explanation on the submit page. Supported video sites include YouTube, SciVee.tv, DailyMotion, MetaCafe, DNAtube and afew more. Unfortunately CNN is not one of those sites. In cases like these you just have to click the source URL.
You have a bad link there. I tried to fix it but I can't seem to find the video online.
This latest episode #30 covers Swine Flu in depth. It's another great episode.
I am glad this CDC link is getting around to folks.
CDC just updated this to 8 people in the US as of 2:30 today.
Awesome find Tim. This is cool.
LOL The title of this makes it look like the Peanut Corporation of America is really called the "Salmonella Peanut Company""
I am curious as to whether there is a difference between cooked deserts and those that are not. i.e. desserts made from raw eggs or tap water, or even raw milk.
This is a great story and important as an example of social microbiology. Good find!
This session is going to rock
This would be great if they could bring something like this to market quickly.

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