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What do Freshmen Know About Microbiology?

We believe that college students need more microbiology, earlier in their first year biology curriculum. Thus, we interviewed first year biology students regarding some basic concepts in microbiology. We see this as a "call to arms": more microbiology, earlier in the curriculum! Read More

Science Comedian Brian Malow (MWV5)


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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

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

Al Jazeera Explores Swine Flu and Media Reporting

This is a great look at how traditional media and new media have impacted the public perception of swine flu/H1N1. Well worth watching. Read More

Antibiotic Compound from Wasp Venom

Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are part of the innate immune system that is widely distributed in nature, acting as a defense mechanism against invading microorganisms. AMPs have potent antimicrobial activity against a range of microorganisms including fungi, bacteria and viruses. In view of grow... 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

Inside the Mind's Eye: Communicating Science in a New Media Era

Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people get their news. Immediate access to information presents new opportunities as well as challenges for science communication. Join Carl Zimmer for a discussion ... Read More

MWV Episode 76 - Jeffrey Almond - Vaccine Development

Dr. Jeffrey Almond began his career as an academic virologist studying influenza. Eventually Jeffrey started his own lab and began studying picornaviruses working on an oral polio vaccine strain.

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Regulatin' Genes Y'all

This is a very fun video about regulating genes done hip hop style. 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

Bacteria Dance

A video compilation of bacteria dancing, set to music. Created by Jan Martinus Stalmans. Read More

Signaling and quorum sensing video

Andrew Dopheide has created an animation that illustrates signaling and quorum sensing.

"A solitary bacterium cannot form a biofilm by itself - it must wait until a group of bacteria has gathered. With no fingers to count on, how do bacteria know when there are enough others nearby? Bacteria ... Read More

Antibiotics: Is a Strong Offense the Best Defense? Part 2 (MWV22)


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MWV95 - The Power of Fungal Genetics

Final Cover ImageASM's Cultures magazine traveled to Colombia to speak ... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 8

How to make nattou. Nattou is a traditional Japanese breakfast food that consists of fermented soybeans. Apparently this staple has been enjoyed for more than 10,000 years and represents an important part of traditional Japanese cuisine. 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

MWV Episode 92 - Ebola: On the Front Lines

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has sickened over 14,000 people and has killed over 5,100. Health workers from around the world are attempting to halt this deadly disease. On November 19th, the American Society for Microbiology featured two of these health workers, Dr. Joseph ... Read More

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

Measles: What's Next?

Although as recently as 1980 measles was estimated to cause 2.6 million deaths globally, due to highly effective and safe vaccines, measles elimination has been achieved in a number of countries globally as well as in the region of the Americas. Expansion of measles control strategies and activi... Read More

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