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MWV 97 - TWiV #352 Science Art with Michele Banks

Video version of This Week in Microbiology episode 352. Show host Vincent Racaniello goes to Washington, D.C., to visit artist Michele Banks and discusses science-themed art, science communication and her career path as an artist. 

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In very ill, probiotics don't prevent 'superbugs' from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More

A new virus in liver cancer

More than a cause of a simple infection, viruses are often involved in the development of serious diseases. Such is the case with liver cancer, which often develops in an organ that has been weakened by hepatitis B or C virus. Researchers at Inserm, the Paris Public Hospitals (AP-HP), Paris Desc... Read More

One small step

As a microbiologist I wanted a keepsake footprint for my 3-month old daughter with a "personal touch"; while she was napping, I gently placed her foot on a horse blood agar plate. This just may be her first step into a future career in science, if not microbiology. Read More

Drug Resistant Microbes were Found in African Wildlife

BOC Sciences-Drug resistance has always been one of the issues that scientists work hard to find ways out for better diseases treatment, as it hinders many drugs that were developed with much effort from taking effect in the body. And till now, there is little known about the formation of antibi... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

TWiV 352: Science art with Michele Banks

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Michele Banks

Vincent meets up with Michele Banks in Wash... Read More

One in four hepatitis C patients denied initial approval for drug treatment

New Haven, Conn. -- Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. Read More

TSRI & Janssen study makes major advance toward more effective, long-lasting flu vaccine

LA JOLLA, CA - August 24, 2015 - Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes--work that could one day eliminate the need for repeate... Read More

Microbe Medley

Have you ever wondered what kinds of microbes live on the surface of your lips? Only a small fraction of our friendly microflora can be cultured, but this colorful assortment was collected when an LB agar plate was kissed and then allowed to incubate on the benchtop for several days. The colonie... Read More

Serratia in liquid culture

This is a picture of Serratia marcescens cultures grown overnight in LB at 25 degrees C. The one on the left shows the dark pink pigment that is produced by wild type strains. The ones in the middle and on the right are pigment mutants of S. marcescens created by transposon mutagenesis. Read More

Fly ash converting bactria

In coal based thermal power plant residue fly ash is a major problem it creates pollution of air and soil. Few part of it can be consumed as raw material of cement. It contains SiO2, Al2O3, mainly . Is there any Bactria which can convert it chemically . Read More

Flu remedies help combat E. coli bacteria

Trillions of bacteria populate the human gut - which makes them more common than any other cells in our body. The composition of this bacterial population is very variable and influenced by our diet. Diseases, but also antibiotic treatments can induce significant shifts in this equilibrium. If e... Read More

Chestnut leaves yield extract that disarms deadly staph bacteria

Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have found. Read More

ASM agar Art

The American society of microbiology logo was replicated on the agar plate.
The outlined microscope was made on Trypic soy agar (TSA) using an environmental isolate. This environmental isolate was identified using DNA sequencing to be Micrococcus luteus. M. luteus is a Gram-positive obligate a... Read More

phage by phage

During my PhD I used to routinely make sure my Lactococcus lactis cultures were pure and the correct strain by sporting a strain-specific bacteriophage on a lawn of the particular host I was working with. One evening I decided to see if I could draw images using phage lysis on lawn... Read More

the 'clover' made our day

Aspergillus fumigatus isolated from nail samples,growing on SDA agar.The green pigmentation and white coloured parameter forms a 'clover' shape and it makes our day more joyful and fun Read More

Neisseria sicca on blood agar

Neisseria sicca grown on blood agar at 37 degrees C for 5 days. A Gram (-) diplococcus organism that is part of the normal mucosal membranes and does not normally cause disease. Read More

New Compound for Alcoholism Treatment

BOC Sciences-A new beta-carboline compound shows great potential for alcoholism treatment. At present, no side effects caused by the new compound have been found in the trials on rats. The compound was developed by research team from Wisconsin in Milwaukee, US. With further successful tests and ... Read More

Statistical advances help unlock mysteries of the human microbiome

Advances in the field of statistics are helping to unlock the mysteries of the human microbiome--the vast collection of microorganisms living in and on the bodies of humans, said Katherine Pollard, a statistician and biome expert, during a session today at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JS... Read More
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