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Viruses use 'hive intelligence' to focus their attack

This video from Geoffrey Smith and his team of virologists at Imperial College London shows how vaccinia virus spreads through cells. What's interesting about this is that when the virus leaves one cell in search of another to infect, vaccinia would bounce off of or hop over cells that were alre... Read More

Fratricide between pneumococci and crystal structure of LytC

A collaboration of two spanish groups from CSIC had solved the 3D structure of LytC. The structure explains the peculiar role that this protein plays during a process known as pneumococcal fratricide. The structure has been published in the last issue of Nature Structural Molecular Biology.

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The rise of MRSA - What are you going to do about it?

A short video documentary that highlights the rise of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and it's impact on human health. Read More

Digitizing Biology with J. Craig Venter

A video from the DOE JGI '09 User Meeting on March 27, 2009 featuring Craig Venter's keynote talk "Reading and Writing the Genetic Code."

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Touch Surfaces and how microbes spread

With the advent of the rapid spread of H1N1 it is often a challenge to explain the need to be vigilant about hand hygiene. CNN's Randi Kaye reporting on Anderson Cooper 360 reports on how germs from one sneeze can spread to hundreds, maybe thousands. The video has a great animation and illustr... Read More

Studying Cyanobacteria (video)

Microbiologists at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are studying how cyanobacteria - some of the smallest and most primitive marine microbes - adapt to different environmental factors. Read More

This Week in Virology - Live in Philly (MWV29)

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Microbe Theater - Episode 1

This video, or anime if you prefer, was inspired by the manga series called "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture." Manga is a Japanese word for comics, the literal translation is "whimsical pictures." This manga follows the life of a first-year college student named Tadayasu Sawaki who has the speci... Read More

Robert Koch by Giancarlo Martinez

A brief video history of Robert Koch, one of the founding fathers of Bacteriology and Microbiology who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contributions and discoveries on Tuberculosis.
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Return of Influenza - A "Microbes After Hours" Series

Fall is on the horizon, bringing with it freshly-sharpened pencils, vibrantly-colored leaves, and of course - the annual influenza season. In this video you will learn about the microbiology of this fascinating virus and why vaccination not only protects ourselves but higher-risk individuals all... Read More

Antibiotics: Is a Strong Offense the Best Defense? Part 1 (MWV21)

 



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The Exxon Valdez and Bioremediation

As we hear more and more news about the environmental disaster currently underway in the Gulf, there has been much talk about how microbes can be utilized to biodegrade the oil. In this 7 minute video posted on YouTube we see how scientists successfully implemented a bioremediation plan during t... Read More

Virus Battery (M13 Bacteriophage)

Those portable electronic gadgets that many of us cant do without are getting more and more high tech. But they still run on old-fashioned batteries. Scientists at the MIT are hoping to change that. Read More

MWV Episode 77 / This Week in Virology 250: Wookie Viruses

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Robert Garcea


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Biology By the Numbers

Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog has brought to our attention a new internet resource called Bionumbers. "It enables you to find in a minute (or less) any common biological... Read More

Bacteriophage (Hybrid Medical Animation)

Video of a T4 bacteriophages targeting E. coli bacteria. Read More

Communication breakdown: A new way to overcome antibiotic resistance

Interfering with communication among bacteria can prevent them from mounting a unified and perhaps deadly assault on their host organism, research by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators shows. The finding suggests a different kind of medicine that could be less likely than tradi... Read More

Dance your Ph.D. 2010 - Mechanism of Integration of NBU1, a Bacterioides Mobilizable Transposon

Here's the second place winner in Science Now's "Dance Your PhD 2010" worldwide dance competition.

The microbiology of the bowels has never been danced so gracefully. Read More

Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes Explained

In a recent article I submitted ("It’s time retire the prokaryote"), the authored proposed that most of us don't know what a prokaryote is and in fact the term as a whole is flawed and should be retired by all microbiologists. Since I'm not a microbiologist by trade, he was right, at least on th... Read More

C. elegans micro-injection

This video shows the process of injecting a a construct with gene manipulated DNA into a C. elegans worm. The outcome in this case was the rolling worm with the green fluorescent protein in it that localized to the body wall muscle, giving the worm the four green stripes along his body. Read More

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