Science writer Rebbecca Skloot recently appeared on the Colbert Nation to discuss her new book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. When Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cancer in 1951, doctors took her cells and immortalized them in test tubes. Since then these cells have led to signi... Read More
Planes are scheduled to take to the air tomorrow night to begin spraying a swath of Southeastern Massachusetts with pesticide targeted at mosquitoes carrying eastern equine encephalitis, Governor Deval Patrick announced today at a news conference in Lakeville.
The planes, which will cover Bri... Read More
Every day from 10 AM - 4 PM Eastern Standard Time, the Smithsonian Institution hosts Microtheater: A tremendous array of organisms is too small to be seen with the naked eye. This microscope cam offers an up-close glimpse of such little-known life forms as paramecia, rotifers, amoebas, and volvo... Read More
Researchers at CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder Campus found a connection between the unique bacteria found on an individual's hand and the bacteria left on commonly used devices such as computer keyboards and mice. The study holds future promise for forensic uses. Listen to CU Resear... Read More
Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment. Read More
Jonathan Eisen wants to make a field guide for microbes. Eisen, who is a professor at the University of California at Davis, likens what he wants to create to the field guides that exist for birds. With DNA sequencing and better tools, Eisen thinks we can map the diversity of microbes on humans ... Read More
Very cute animated video about the microbial ecology of the human body. You are your microbes - Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin from TedEd. Read More
Death is what fungi are all about. By feasting on the deceased remains of almost all organisms on the planet, converting the organic matter back into soil from which new life will spring, they perform perhaps the most vital function in the global food web. Fungi, which thrive on death, make all ... Read More
The quickest way to learn about Protist. 36 seconds later, you're informed. Read More
Dickson Despommier talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, "urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal far... Read More
Sewage that overflows into urban creeks and streams during periods of heavy rain can promote the spread of West Nile Virus, an Emory study finds.
The analysis of six years of data showed that people living near creeks with sewage overflows in lower-income neighborhoods of Southeast Atlanta ha... Read More
Global pandemics, like swine flu, are often caused by viruses that have jumped from animals to people. Scientists in Cameroon are working with local bush meat hunters to monitor this viral transmission. They hope that their work will help us predict and prevent outbreaks like swine flu in the fu... Read More
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are giving rise to new challenges to the infectious disease community. Soldiers fighting in those countries are acquiring infections that are not normally seen by doctors in the United States. Participants discussed these foreign infections and the challenges... Read More
The Department of Environmental Protection opened a new microbiology lab at a Brooklyn water treatment plant today, to help monitor and enhance the cleansing of wastewater and local waterways.
New Yorkers produce 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day, and now a new microbiology lab in ... Read More
A blog and a youtube channel has been created with the aim to join two worlds: microbes and movies.
They have an educational scope. The movie fragments included anotations related to microbiology. The first movie comented is "Arrowsmith" (1931) directed by John Ford and based in the novel of... Read More
AJ Cann from the MicrobiologyBytes blog posts this video of the aseptic technique. Read More
Here's a great video published by Science News which shows a newborn bacterial cell stand up, walk away from its sister cell, and then detache from the surface. Credit: Courtesy of Gerard Wong, University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering, California NanoSystems Institute.
Security concerns at laboratories doing research on infectious diseases mean that most of us will never get a look at the inner workings of such labs, the most secure designated as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4). But because its BSL-4 lab is not yet operational, the National Emerging Infectious Disea... Read More
Trypanosome Lytic Factor (TLF) has emerged as a novel arm of innate immunity that is only present in humans and select non-human primates. TLF was originally discovered in human blood as a minor form of High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as a good cholesterol, that rapidly kills the Afri... Read More