The emergence of human infections with avian influenza viruses (H7N9 and H5N1) have raised concerns about the virus gaining the ability to spread person-to-person, potentially causing a deadly pandemic. So far the number of human cases has been limited but the mortality rates have been high. ... Read More
Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More
Filmed in Feb. 2005, genomics pioneer Craig Venter takes a break from his epic round-the-world expedition to talk about the millions of genes his team has discovered so far in its quest to map the ocean’s biodiversity. Read More
Antibiotic stewardship programs, which promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals and other healthcare centers, can not only lead to reduction in antibiotic use with no adverse effects but can also lead to significant savings, over $600,000 annually in the case of one New York Ho... Read More
Freshwater algae can dance around each other in stable groups, held together only by fluid flows in the surrounding water. In fact they have two dances, the waltz and the minuet. There is a nice video that accompanies this article as well.
Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.
"I'm always by profession a skeptic," says Dr. Emeran Mayer, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Californ... Read More
For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More
Water Lecture Series
John Mekalanos discusses the biology of cholera, driven by his investigations on the molecular genetics of the causative bacterial organism. With his many colleagues in Bangladesh, Haiti, and elsewhere, he has provided strong evidence for how this organism emerged as a hu... Read More
A behind the scenes look at the Microbiology Lab at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, staffed by highly trained medical laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians. Read More
My narration in this video might have been a little more accurate, so I'll clarify here:
Essentially we are trying to make a protein in B. megaterium fluoresce with GFP, green fluorescent protein. We are doing so by transforming it with a plasmid that gives resistance to Tetracycline, an ant... Read More
Individual blood cells flying through capillaries can now be viewed in real time. The technique, called stimulated raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, generates videos of moving cells deep inside tissue and could replace biopsies in the diagnosis of cancers.
The technique works by shining lase... Read More
This video looks at the microbial origins of the Black Death.
Journalist Helen Branswell recalls her 2011 trip to India, where she documented the efforts of health care workers to find and vaccinate the country's many children against polio. Unfortunately, in rare cases the vaccine actually causes polio. Read her in-depth report on the tricky transition to... Read More
Claire Fraser-Liggett, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gives the June 2, 2010 keynote at the "Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future" meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Read More
(ed. note - this is the final part of the BBC series The Cell)
Dr Adam Rutherford continues the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself.
He explains how it is possible to turn ageing bacteria into diesel which is capable of powerin... Read More
Your mobile phone could soon tell you whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease.
Doctors in the United Kingdom are developing the app. It will allow you to submit a sample of saliva or urine to a microchip. Plug it into your computer or smart phone and you get a diagnos... Read More
Barbara Methe, Professor in the Departments of Human Genome Medicine and Microbial and Environmental Genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), gives an overview of the Human Microbiome Project at the 9th Genomic Standards Consortium Workshop held at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockv... Read More
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More
Dr. Owen White of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine describes how the Data Analysis & Coordination Center supports the Human Microbiome Project, working with sequencing data from microbiology researchers. (info about HMP-DACC is at http://www.hmp... Read More