A green alga with throat- and stomach-like structures can swallow and digest bacteria when deprived of light, further bolstering Lynn Margulis’s widely accepted idea that the origin of the plant-powering chloroplast was a fortuitous bout of indigestion.
Termed “Endosymbiotic Theory“, the idea... Read More
I found this video on YouTube of a teacher showing a class how to streak a plate. Thumbnail photo by musicalwds on Flickr. Read More
The Rockefeller University's Luciano Marraffini is interested in understanding how bacteria evolve by incorporating DNA sequences from other bacteria or from the environment into their genomes. His research focuses on the mechanisms that control the traffic of DNA molecules between bacteria.
In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... Read More
Entry for ASM global video challenge - short description of metabolomics work on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Read More
Microalgae for CO2 Fixation - From Test Tube to Large Scale Read More
John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.
"The principal obstacle to successful treatment of tuberculosis is the ... Read More
Dr. Tanya Parish and her TB Disco Team at IDRI use microbiology to develop new drugs for TB and improve the health of the world! Read More
Research on bacterial movement tends to focus on the rod-shaped bacteria. With the aid of small waving flagella, each bacterial cell can push itself in the direction it wishes to go. They can also move in groups, forming large swarms that ripple and slide their way across Petri dishes. Spherical... Read More
In this exclusive video report, Michael Smith reviews some of the most important news out of the 2010 ICAAC and IDSA Meetings with a leading expert in the field. Read More
Doctors insert into patients what is called a central line, which can be used to administer vital medications while monitoring various critical elements within the heart and blood.
But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate shows that 250,000 patients with central lines contrac... Read More
The third video of a three part lecture by Joseph DeRisi focuses on drug development for Malaria. Read More
In Pakistan IDUs is the highest HIV infected risk group, mainly because of frequent sharing of contaminated needles, paid blood donations and unprotected commercial sex. These IDUs are serving as bridge to transfer the HIV to general population transmitting the virus to their wives and children.... 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
Forget nanobots. Who needs ‘em? Since apparently we can now directly control live bacteria and make them do our bidding. I’m in awe. The feat was accomplished – and extensively documented in the video above – by researchers at the NanoRobotics Laboratory of the École Polytechnique de Montréa... Read More
Scientists at Cambridge University believe that the immune system's main assault on viruses takes place inside infected cells, not outside as previously thought.
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Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. Since the early 1980s, there has been an overall trend of an increase in reported pertussis cases. In this video participants discuss the resu... Read More
Findings in a recent study from the Journal of Applied Microbiology show that viruses can easily be transferred from nonporous glass surfaces, like those on smart phones, right to your fingers. Dr. Jennifer Ashton showed Harry Smith some ways to clean your touchscreen mobile devices.
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Jonathan Pinsky, Cofounder of Violight, shows the first ever UV cell phone sanitizer. He demonstrates the sanitizer on my Nokia N86. Place your phone inside the portable sanitizer for three minutes and it'll eliminate up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria on your cell phone and other small electroni... Read More
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