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MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner Bassler speaks bacteria language

Princeton microbiology professor Bonnie Bassler, 2002 MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, spoke to a crowd of faculty and students Tuesday at Smith.

Bassler's talk, titled "Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria," addressed t... Read More

HIV Replication Animation

Description of the process the HIV virus uses to penetrate CD4 cells. This is a great animation. Read More

ASM Live 2011: Using Whole Genome Sequencing and Social Network Analysis to Track Disease

Using a novel methodology combining whole genome DNA sequencing and social network analysis, public health officials are able to solve a tuberculosis outbreak that was an absolute mystery by traditional epidemiologic methods.

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Jennifer Gardy, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control... Read More

The Rise and Control of Gram-Negative Resistance #ICAAC (Video)

The launch of new antibiotics in the 1980s led many in the scientific field to believe that fight against bacteria had been won. Since then, at least one group of bacteria known as Gram-negatives (which includes pathogens responsible for hospital-acquired pneumonia and bloodstream infections as ... Read More

T4 bacteriophage targets E. coli

T4 bacteriophages targeting E. coli bacteria. Bacteriophages are small viruses that infect bacteria and kill them by multiplying and essentially filling the bacterial cell to bursting. This is a great animation. Read More

San Diego Living - Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Food Safety Tips from Heather Buonomo, Dept of Environmental Health, San Diego. Read More

Is the Era of Bacterial Culture Ending? #ICAAC

As technology continues to move forward, fast DNA-based tests can offer diagnosis in hours compared to the days it can take for a bacterial culture to grow, often with the same level of certainty. Still, cultures remain the definitive gold-standard for confirming diagnosis. Have we finally rea... Read More

Scientists Use Bacteria to Power Simple Machines

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University, Evanston, have discovered that common bacteria can turn microgears when suspended in a solution, providing insights for design of bio-inspired dynamically adaptive materials for energy.
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Swine Flu and the Next Pandemic with Palese, Worobey, Bloom, Koplan and Hoffman

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Bigthink.com has posted a 45 minute panel discussion on swine flu and the next pandemic. Moderator and editorial chairman for Bigthink.com, Paul Hoffman prefaces the discussion by saying:

"The reason we are here today is of course to di... Read More

Return to Zambia (MWV17)

 



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A New Age (Part 10 of 10)

Explore the future of microbes and how they can improve the quality of life on Earth through genetic engineering, bioremediation and electronics.


















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Cell Phone Bacteria (video)

This spot done by Nicole Brady of KOB-TV in Albuquerque shows how many Germs can accumulate on your Cell Phone. Read More

Scientific American editor Fred Guterl discusses viruses and the H5N1 controversy on Jon Stewart's Daily Show

In this clip from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, guest Fred Guterl, award-winning journalist and executive editor of Scientific American, discusses his new book, "The Fate of the Species,"and touches on viruses, influenza, scientific research, and the recent H5... Read More

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

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 of Oct and will be ... Read More

Feeling depressed? Get dirty

Disruptions in ancient relationships with healthy microorganisms in soil, food, and the gut may be contributing to the increasing rates of people suffering from depression.

A new study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, finds that the modern world has become so clean, that people ar... Read More

Twitter's @JATetro Speaks to Food Safety on CTV (Canada)

I've been following Jason Anthony Tetro, a microbiologist at the University of Ottawa, on Twitter (@JATetro) for quite some time. He's a fountain of microbiological knowledge and always willing to engage followers. As it turns out he's also great on TV. Click the source link above to see Tetro ... Read More

MWV Episode 73 - Shutting Down the Government: Yellow Fever and Anthrax

How can something too small to be seen with the naked eye be powerful enough to bring down something like the U.S. Government? It turns out that microbes, mostly invisible, have the extraordinary capacity to affect our lives – through outbreaks of disease and the spread of fear. Twice in hist... Read More

DIY Science - Jason Bobe of DIYbio speaks on NPR

The "Do It Yourself" biology movement is growing among real scientists and citizen scientists in homegrown or garage-based labs around the U.S. As this NPR piece reports "they're studying things like DNA and E. coli bacteria in home laboratories. And for now, the industry is largely unregulated.... Read More

Antibody Therapies for C. difficile

Clostridium difficile infection is an important cause of intestinal disease, primarily affecting hospitalized patients exposed to antibiotics. Infection has been associated with prolonged hospital stays and excess healthcare expenditures. In recent years, C. difficile infections have become more... Read More

Water filter turns filthy water drinkable

Much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it -- inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. This is a pretty amazing demo. Read More

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