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Microbiology, Cartoons, and Take Home Lessons!

In this blog post, I describe how I had students create their own cartoon depicting microbiological ideas and concepts that most tickled their fancy. I did this on their final exam, and the students came up with really interesting and entertaining ideas. IT's always interesting to see what stu... Read More

JAMA Viewpoint: Emerging Zika pandemic requires more WHO action now

WASHINGTON - The World Health Organization's Director-General should convene "urgently" a meeting of International Health Regulations' Emergency Committee to advise on the emerging Zika pandemic and galvanize global action, say two Georgetown University professors. Read More

New way to detect human-animal diseases tested in lemurs

DURHAM, N.C. -- Advances in genetic sequencing are uncovering emerging diseases in wildlife that other diagnostic tests can't detect. Read More

Immune response differences might determine severity of West Nile Virus disease

While most West Nile Virus (WNV) infections in humans are asymptomatic and go unnoticed, the virus causes serious and sometimes fatal neurologic illness in some people. A study published on January 21st in PLOS Pathogens suggests that an exaggerated and abnormal immune response contributes to th... Read More

GUT BACTERIA MAY BE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST NASTY GERMS

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it more and more difficult to treat infections. But research suggests that the best defense against harmful bugs could be a healthy population of “good” gut bacteria. Read More

TWiP 101: Is it round or is it flat?

The doctors TWiP solve the case of the Woman with White Worms, and explore the role of a secreted growth factor from a carcinogenic parasite in wound healing and angiogenesis.


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The neurons in our gut help the immune system keep inflammation in check ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY

The immune system exercises constant vigilance to protect the body from external threats--including what we eat and drink. A careful balancing act plays out as digested food travels through the intestine. Immune cells must remain alert to protect against harmful pathogens like Salmonella, but th... Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #4

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The fungus was yellow/orange two toned color, slimy, and had an undulating appearance. Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #3

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was greenish yellow with some orange, had a dull rough texture, was cone shaped (others had opened up and flattened out a bit more), gills were b... Read More

Mushroom/Fungus #2

After several weeks of heavy rains several different mushroom species were seen in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree in Santa Cruz, CA. The cap was beige/tan, smooth and started to invert, gills were not attached to the stem. Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print #2

Unknown organism, probable Bacillus spp, seen on palm of hand print done on MH, incubated at 37 degrees for 2 days, room temp for 3+ days then refrigerated temp for one month. Organism was beige, circular, mat towards the edges. The center was rhizoid/folded, hard to tell if there was fluid in ... Read More

Unknown organism/Palm of hand print

Unknown organism, probable Bacillus spp, seen on palm of hand print done on MH, incubated at 37 degrees for 2 days, room temp for 3+ days then refrigerated temp for one month. Organism was beige and mucoid, smooth growth on one side and rhizoid growth throughout the rest of the colony, Read More

Under the weather? A blood test can tell if antibiotics are needed

DURHAM, N.C. -- Researchers at Duke Health are fine-tuning a test that can determine whether a respiratory illness is caused by infection from a virus or bacteria so that antibiotics can be more precisely prescribed. Read More

Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Jan. 20, 2016) -- In use for more than 20 years, the varicella zoster virus vaccine for chickenpox and shingles is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found, in rare i... Read More

Infant-friendly flu vaccine developed with key protein

According to the World Health Organization, influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Those most at risk include infants younger than six months, because they cannot be vaccinated against the disease. Now, researchers at the Univ... Read More

Purple Mushroom/Fungus, underside

Purple mushroom seen after several day of heavy rain in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree. in Santa Cruz, CA. This mushrrom had been knocked over exposing the underside of the cap. The cap was smooth and almost mucoid, gills were not attached to the stem Read More

Purple Mushroom/Fungus

Purple mushroom seen after several day of heavy rain in the leaf litter and shade of a pine tree. in Santa Cruz, CA The cap was smooth and almost mucoid, gills were not attached to the stem Read More

Cooties Catcher/Hand print

I was asked to consult on a hand print experiment done in a public school in NY showing what grows on our hands and the importance of hand washing....did not know I was going to be in it. A nice start to finish hand print "experiment" in a short 2 min video. Note: 1). I was not consulted on th... Read More

How malaria fools our immune system

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) reconstructed the 3D structure of one of the proteins of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria and the antibodies that act as the first line of defense against the parasite. This research, published in Cell Re... Read More

Experimental immunotherapy zaps 2 most lethal Ebola virus strains

January 13, 2016--(BRONX, NY)--Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) have engineered the first antibodies that can potently neutralize the two deadliest strains of the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic ... Read More
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