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Drink Up NYC: Meet The Tiny Crustaceans (Not Kosher) In Your Tap Water

New York City is known for having excellent tap water, but why does it taste so good? It might be the microscopic shrimp.

Tiny copepods were discovered after a reddit user uploaded photos of what they found through the other end of a microscope after adding H&E stain to New York tap water. Ac... Read More

Mushrooms of North Carolina

Mushrooms from the Smoky Mountains National Park. Read More

Food Microbiology at the University of Guelph

A student profile of food microbiologist Sylvie at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Read More

How to Gram Stain with Nik Stasulli

Nik Stasulli, graduate student in the Microbiology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, demonstrates his gram staining technique using coplin jars. Read More

ASU receives 2-year, $5.3 million DARPA award to safeguard soldiers from infectious diseases

Scientists at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have received a 2-year, $5.3 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect warfighters in the event of exposure to infectious diseases during deployment.

Dr. Stephen Albert Johnston and his... Read More

Arctic bugs may have the longest life-cycle on Earth

With a hibernation period of up to 100 million years, bacteria discovered on the Arctic sea floor may have longest life cycle of any known organism.

Casey Hubert from the Geosciences Group at Newcastle University, UK, and colleagues came across the bacteria while studying biological activity ... Read More

Antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut

Antibiotics may severely disrupt the balance of microbes living in the gut, with unforeseen health consequences, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

An intimate study of three women given ciprofloxacin showed the drug suppressed entire populations of beneficial bacteria, and at least one woman ... Read More

Bacteria Gobbling Natural Gas in the Gulf - PBS interviews David Valentine

While attention in the Gulf has mostly focused on oil, the explosion and spill also released tremendous amounts of natural gas. David Valentine, a microbial geochemistry professor at UC Santa Barbara, and his research team, have been studying the behavior and distribution of these natural gases,... Read More

Life Beyond It's Planet of Origin

Rocco Mancinelli, an astrobiologist from the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, discusses how research has taken the first step to understanding how organisms survive and evolve outside of planet earth. Read More

Sequencing the Split-gill Mushroom: Beyond Breaking Biomass

DOE JGI's Igor Grigoriev and University of Utrecht's Han Wosten discuss the split-gill mushroom, a wood-degrading fungus whose genome was published online July 11, 2010 in Nature Biotechnology.
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Good Writing Beats Bad Writing, Most Any Day

Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog declares scientific writing is improving and highlights several articles in the 2010 issue of the Annual Review of Microbiology to illustrate his point.

"Just when some people believe that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, here... Read More

How HIV Resists AZT: Virus Hijacks a Common Molecule

Rutgers researchers have discovered how HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, resists AZT, a drug widely used to treat AIDS.

The scientists, who report their findings in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, believe their discovery helps researchers understand how important anti-AIDS treatments... Read More

City-dwelling helped us evolve resistance to disease

Living in a crowded city doesn't sound like a recipe for good health, but it may have helped our ancestors protect their descendants from disease.

Some people carry a genetic sequence, or allele, that provides immunity to leprosy and tuberculosis. Mark Thomas, an evolutionary biologist from U... Read More

Paper towels beat air-dryers to fight bacteria

As cold and flu season approaches, we'll be hearing this: To stay healthy, be sure to wash your hands a lot. But to best prevent the spread of germs, you also need to dry your hands.

That point's driven home by a pair of studies published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The studies, q... Read More

Superbug: Neither Super Nor a Bug

Bacteria have developed a new way to resist a sweeping array of antibiotics, raising alarms about the spread of infections that might defy nearly all treatments.

Three Americans were recently diagnosed with the new infection, which they acquired during medical treatment in India and Pakistan.... Read More

TWiV 99: ICAAC Boston 2010

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On episode #99 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent tours the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), speaking with exhibitors and visitors, including... Read More

Crab meat products recalled after potentially dangerous bacteria found

An Oregon seafood company is recalling packaged crab meat products after testing revealed some products contained bacteria that could cause serious or fatal infections.

Hallmark Fisheries, based in Charleston, Oregon, is recalling crab meat sold under brand names Hallmark, Peacock, Quality Oc... Read More

ICAAC Boston 2010 (MWV40)

MicrobeWorld Video and This Week in Virology team up to bring you a tour of the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Boston, MA. In this episode the host of TWiV, Vincent Racaniello, speaks with exhibitors and visitors, including Professors  Read More

Repeated antibiotics alter beneficial gut germs

Antibiotics can temporarily upset your stomach, but now it turns out that repeatedly taking them can trigger long-lasting changes in all those good germs that live in your gut, raising questions about lingering ill effects.

Nobody yet knows if that leads to later health problems. But the find... Read More

Hand Washing Catching On in U.S.

Researchers who observed hand washing in restrooms in major cities say 85% of adults are washing their hands after using public facilities, a new observational study shows.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) sent observers into restrooms in s... Read More
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