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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

Superbug, Be Gone

A short documentary by Daniel Vasquez about a new strategy of combating antibiotic resistance. Read More

MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology.


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The Microbiology of Cheese - Live June 10 at ASM Headquarters

Have you ever wondered why mozzarella bubbling and stretching between pizza slices is so different from the earthy flavors of blue-veined gorgonzola? The diversity of cheeses we love are created by encouraging and manipulating the growth of specific microbes. The American Socie... Read More

Do Cranberries Prevent UTIs?

There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibi... Read More

Welcome to Extreme Biology! Violin-making and fungi

Welcome to Ms. Baker and her biology students extreme biology blog! This is perhaps one of the best high school student blogs I have ever seen.

In Extreme Biology, students post about "anything biology-related." Check out the post by Amy Ciardiello, a 9th grade violinist, who writes about "v... Read More

Craig Venter announces synthetic life

This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More

The Emerging Role of Social Media in Public Health

Over the past fifteen years, Internet technology has significantly changed the landscape of public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence gathering. Disease and outbreak data is disseminated not only through formal online announcements by government agencies, but also through informal cha... Read More

Seasonal Flu Vaccine and Pandemic Flu Severity

Seasonal flu vaccines are targeted for strains of the influenza virus that public health officials believe will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. While the vaccine primes the immune system to protect against those specific strains, what does it mean for other future strains of the virus.... Read More

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the AIDS vaccine trial in Thailand and its success.

Dr. Satyajit Rath of India's National Institute of Immunology discusses the recent AIDS vaccine trial being conducted in Thailand and its success. Via Newsclick.in Read More

The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body (video)

When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR's Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

See and hear the rest of the story o... Read More

Iconography of Contagion (MWV24)

 



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Meet the Bacteria That Produces Pure Gold

Scientists have discovered bacteria that eats toxic material and, well, poops pure gold. This microbial magician, named Cupriavidus metallidurans, when placed in a minilab full of gold chloride, a nasty toxin, gobbled up the poison and, in about a week, processed it out as 24-karat nuggets of th... Read More

Glass Microbiology

This is a video that highlights the work of Luke Jerram, a artist who makes glass sculptures of some of the worlds most deadly viruses. For work that represents something so deadly to so many across the globe this work is truly beautiful and amazing.

Visit his webpage at http://lukejerram.com... Read More

Killing bacteria with viruses for safer food (video)

Food-borne diseases encompass a wide spectrum of illness and are a public health problem worldwide. As biotechnology labs around the world work to develop vaccines to fight bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli, they are understanding other ways to attack bacteria naturally. VOA's Philip Alexio... Read More

Antimicrobial copper - video demonstration

Professor William Keevil, microbiological researcher and Head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton, oversees an experiment in which a small amount of liquid containing between 1 -- 10 million bacteria (MSRA culture) is placed on both a copper coupon and a stainless steel co... Read More

Microbiology of Plastic Debris (video)

Volunteer Emelia DeForce and Chief Scientist Giora Proskurowski discuss the three-pronged approach they are using to study microorganisms living on floating plastic debris. Read More

Uncovering Beauty in Proteins to Fight the Pneumococcal Fratricides

From time to time, we dip into the microbiology blog by César Sánchez, Twisted Bacteria, and, with his permission, "borrow" a post such as this one about pneumonia and pneumococci, fratricide at the cellular level, and a pretty protein. And there's a video too!

Snippet:

"A few days ago I w... Read More

TWiV 200: Threading the NEIDL

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