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Source of Justian Plague Sequenced?

01/29/2014
In a fascinating story that was presented on NPR by Nell Greenfieldboyce we learn that the source of the Justian Plague (541-543AD) was recently identified by sequencing blood extracted from the dental pulp of the teeth associated with two skeletons recovered from Munich. For many years it was ...

NPR-Morning Edition-Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

11/18/2013
A true radiogenic moment this morning on NPR, how our gut flora might guide the workings of our minds. The story revolves around the concept of gut feelings... and has some of the science to support it. Check out the story and very cool animation.

Worse Fears Realized? Completely Drug Resistant TB has emerged in India

01/10/2012
Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) was first encountered in 2006. Now as we enter 2012 we learn that a strain of MTB totally resistant (TDR) to all current antimicrobials has entered the Indian sub-continent . This new strain to India, TDR-MTB first emerged in ...

Get your gut sequenced?

09/09/2011
Having trouble finding that perfect gift for that special someone. In story posted in the Scientist you can learn of a new non-profit program entitled "MyMicrobes" where they are calling interested people to have the microbiome of the gut sequenced. It only will cost 2,100 but the organizers ...

A call to arms...Preserving the Body's Flora...

08/26/2011
This recent interview of Martin Blaser by the Scientist is a great primer and will serve as good introduction/ update on the importance of protecting our friendly flora and the impact that the increased use of antibiotics may be having on our health and the well being of our microbiome. ...

Google: It's alive! Microbiologists use bacteria to cook up logo...

02/03/2011
Grow Google debuted on YouTube Monday the 31st of January. Today is Thursday and it has been viewed 45K times since the two microbiologists, Professor Edward Johnson and his graduate student Clayton Wright agreed to help Dr. Johnson's son produce a video for the Google Demo Slam competition. ...

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint Presentation) #ASMGM 2010-First Talk, Michael Schmidt

05/25/2010
Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010. I was the first speaker. The slides provide an overview of social media, its tools and the value proposition it might ...

Sid the Science Kid Flu Vaccination Special Episode from Flu.gov

11/18/2009
Stumbled onto this great resource provided by the folks at Flu.gov. HHS and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research worked with the Henson Company to produce a special episode of the PBS kids TV show "Sid the Science Kid". This first aired on PBS on the 26th ...

Plos Currents Beta Influenza Site

09/02/2009
For those of you interested in keeping up with the emerging scientific literature of the H1N1-swine variant of influenza I would like to call your attention to the following site: PLoS Currents:Influenza. This resource contains a moderated collection of resources, scientific results and ideas about this emerging ...

Touch Surfaces and how microbes spread

05/03/2009
With the advent of the rapid spread of H1N1 it is often a challenge to explain the need to be vigilant about hand hygiene. CNN's Randi Kaye reporting on Anderson Cooper 360 reports on how germs from one sneeze can spread to hundreds, maybe thousands. The video has ...

Kissing vs. Shaking Hands: You decide

05/02/2009
I stumbled across this web video while on a search for resources about the importance of hand hygiene. Show this to your class and they will never forgot about the need for hand hygiene. With the recent outbreak of the new variant of H1N1 also known ...

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