Bacteria, unlike people, get more orderly when they're in large crowds. In this computer simulation, a few E. coli bacteria start out oriented perpendicular to the walls of a container (blue rods). As they multiply, the growing mass arranges into tidy columns parallel to the container walls (red... 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.
"Carrying signs that read "Save the Microbiology Department," about 60 students, professors and staff members gathered Wednesday at noon to protest Montana State University's decision to dissolve their department.
While student organizers succeeded in gathering a well-mannered crowd outside M... 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
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
The human body hosts more than ten thousand different kinds of microbes. Most of these bacteria aren't harmful - in fact, many of them actually aid the immune system. From the Smithsonian Channel.
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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
Over the past few decades there appears to have been a never-ending stream of emerging diseases from AIDS to SARS and now MERS. Predictions are that global warming will bring... Read More
Watch our new animation on biofilms and microbial communities, with some gene transfer, cooperation and competition added for good measure! We focus on the basics of biofilm biology for a public audience and some of the ways that we benefit from the microbial communities that surround us, whethe... 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
Wyss researchers have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid, an innovation that could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemicals in bulk. Because the production methods use photosynthesis -- the process by which living th... 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
Matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF)
The principle is the bacteria grown on a solid medium and transferred to a steel plate. The sample be shot with a laser and fragments are separated by size / charge. Fragment patterns are a fingerprint that can be used bot... Read More
The Scientist magazine has just announced the 2009 The Future of Science Video award winners. Click "source" to view the complete list of winners.
Below are two examples of the several types of videos honored:
The Tree of Life by The Wellcome Trust
Rapid detection of antibiotic resistance is vital in assessing the appropriate antibiotic therapy for an infection. Participants will present data on two new inex... Read More
Employees and physicians of the Detroit Medical Center sing and dance to remind everyone that hand sanitization is key to controlling infection and keeping everyone healthier! Read More
Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Lunch will follow.
* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More
A quick demonstration of how my Microbial Mania can impact the holiday season! Read More
Scientists from California and Hong Kong genetically engineered bacterial cells so that they spontaneously grow in concentric rings. The number of rings can be controlled by altering expression of a single gene. They say the findings could shed light on the complex patterning that takes place du... 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