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From Polenta to Peptone - The Evolution of Bacterial Growth Media

In the fall of 1918, the Italian chemist and pharmacist Bar­to­lo­meo Bizio studied the common occurrence of po­len­ta (corn meal mush) sometimes taking on a "brilliant red color." The red color was believed by the populace to be blood, and thus a miraculous portent. For many decades, farmers ha... Read More

UTHealth study paves the way for Clostridium difficile treatment in pill form

Frozen and freeze-dried products for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) are nearly as effective as fresh product at treating patients with Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Publi... Read More

Phage therapy shown to kill drug-resistant superbug

Scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis lung infections.

Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aer... Read More

Cleveland takes new steps to tackle 'superbugs'

A new entity, Case VA CARES, will combine firepower from both organizations in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Staff will carry out new research, work to modify existing antibiotics, try and discover new ones, and use decoys to trick uncooperative bacteria.

More and more, bacteria a... Read More

Microscopy Meets Photography, 200 Years Later

Robert Koch published the first photographs of individual bacteria in 1877, nearly 200 years after Antoni van Leeuwenhoek sent drawings of bacteria in a letter to the Royal Society. Long before cameras were linked with microscopes, generations of microscopists relied on their own eyes, pencil, a... Read More

A variety of Lichens II

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the yello... Read More

A variety of Lichens

Several species of Lichens seen on rocks in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada after soaking rains. These are Crustose lichens that grow on the bare surface of the rocks are hard and etch the rocks as they grow crumbling the rock. Possible species seen (ie best guess from ID guide) are the y... Read More

New insights on how pathogens escape the immune system

The bacterium Salmonella enterica causes gastroenteritis in humans and is one of the leading causes of food-borne infectious diseases. During the infection, the germ is able to trick the immune system. Researchers led by Nirmal Robinson from the Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research CECAD fou... Read More

Drug lead identified in fight against TB

An international collaboration led by University Professors Richard Payne, from the School of Chemistry, and Warwick Britton, from the Sydney Medical School and the Centenary Institute, has discovered a new compound which could translate into a new drug lead for TB.

The group was drawn to soi... Read More

Why Did Jacques Monod Not Become Ole Maaløe

I was asked recently why Jacques Monod did not followup on his early work on bacterial growth. In­stead, he happily veered in a different direction and went on to become one of the fathers of Mo­le­cu­lar Biology. Together with François Jacob, he proposed the operon model and other key break­thr... Read More

Testing staphylococci for oxacillin resistance - why is it so complicated?

Be honest – do the cases in the lefthand table make you break into hives? It’s not an uncommon response! S. aureus is a sneaky bacterium, throwing susceptibility curve-balls like those to the left on a regular basis. Not to mention the non-aureus staphylococci, which we are now routinely identif... Read More

Learn how to create your own agar art masterpiece

Step inside the creative process with Agar Art 2015 winners Maria Peñil Cobo, Mixed Media Artist, and Mehmet Berkmen, PhD, Staff Scientist at New England Biolabs. During their multi-year collaboration, Maria and Memo have created astonishing works of art using living microbes. Find out how they ... Read More

Shoe Swab Mix

his was a swab taken form the bottom of a shoe incubated for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then held at room temp for 48 hrs then held at refrigerated temp's. A variety of colony morphology is seen, rhizoid, mucoid, etc. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More

Tell Us Your Story about You and Your Proteins

We would like to know the experience when you work with your proteins (recombinant protein, native protein, lysate etc.), no matter it is success or failure. Did you get on well with the protein or still “fight” with it? Tell us your story. But, no, no, no, we don’t want to hear your presentatio... Read More

TWiM #148: Neanderthal Dentistry

Vincent, Elio, and Michael reveal what Neanderthals ate from analysis of DNA in their teeth, and new CRISPR-Cas systems found in the genomes of uncultured microbes.

Hosts Vincent Racaniello, Read More

TWiM 148 Letters

Sol writes:


Oh I hope I win!
I love your podcast...
I listen to all these kind of science podcasts.
Like are we there yet? Planetary radio, star talk, science Friday, etc


Dale writes:


Hi TWIM Team
 
I am ... Read More

Bother Free Moving By Movers And Packers Bangalore

Bangalore is one the #best place which is an overall prevalent for its land assessment and this is the motivation behind why individual are wanting to #move here. There are uncountable organizations for Movers and Packers in the Bangalore List with their sites and distinctive #rates giving depen... Read More
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