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HIV Epidemic in IDUs is at the Verge of Explosion in Pakistan

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

Galveston National Laboratory missing deadly Venezuelan virus

The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which owns the $174 million facility designed with the strictest security measures to hold the deadliest viruses in the country.

Like Ebola, the ... Read More

Rating Pandemics: Tweaking the WHO Scale for Next Time…

The title pretty much sums up the main thrust of the post, which also includes section on cheap, rapid diagnostic tests that not only can identify known pathogens, but provide quite a bit of information about novel pathogens (link to a great Pop!Tech video lecture by Ian LIpkin). There's also a ... Read More

Massive mushrooms and zombie fungi

Giant woven willow sculptures of some of the UK's edible mushroom varieties have sprung up on the lawns at Kew Gardens in west London. Kew's experts look after the largest collection of dried fungi in the world - which also includes more sinister, inedible varieties.

Kew's fungarium is openin... Read More

Galapagos Water Quality (Video)

Researchers travel the beautiful San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago studying the water quality and the impact that humans and animals have had on it. Video by Pat Davison.

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MWV Episode 89 - The Water Supply

Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms ... Read More

Interactive video: Synthetic viruses

BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh explains how British scientists have used a new technique to develop a synthetic virus which heralds a major development in vaccines.

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Jessica Green: Are we filtering the wrong microbes?

Should we keep the outdoors out of hospitals? Ecologist and TED Fellow Jessica Green has found that mechanical ventilation does get rid of many types of microbes, but the wrong kinds: the ones left in the hospital are much more likely to be pathogens. Read More

How to streak a plate

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

Scientists go with their gut for bacterial bio-fuel

Scientists in South Korea say they have produced gasoline from genetically modified Escherichia coli, a bacteria more commonly associated with food poisoning in humans. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, say their work could one day lead to a new and su... Read More

Eric Stebbins - Understanding Bacterial Proteins (video)

Background on structural analysis of bacterial proteins, from Erec Stebbins, speaker at the 2012 Holiday Lecture "Bacteria's Deadly Design: How Earth's most prevalent life-form uses a microscopic syringe to invade and attack."
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Breaking Big: Small scale studies on basic biology of bacteria may have a big impact on tick-borne disease research

Tick-borne diseases are a global health problem. Based on data from large cross-sectional surveys conducted in the U.S., the CDC increased estimates of Lyme disease incidence in 2012 from approximately 30,000 new cases to over 300,000 in 2012. In comparison, the CDC estimates roughly 56,000 annu... Read More

Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis

This video contains images of LaDuke hot spring in Gardiner, Montana, along the Yellowstone River, near Yellowstone National Park. The images show the rich mat community of chlorophototrophic bacteria that grow along the hot spring's effluent channel. The dark-green-colored organisms are mainly ... Read More

Global Video Challenge - Atef Elgendy

Educational awareness about good bacteria may change to bad and dangerous and harmful bacteria for human and environment. Phenotypes changes through SP transduction. Good bacteria changes to bad and dangerous one. Read More

Inhibiting Dengue Virus Capping Enzyme- ASM Global Video Challenge

The Geiss Lab at Colorado State University is dedicated to finding ways to prevent or inhibit dengue virus (flavivirus) infection. Dengue virus causes significant worldwide suffering and death, and there are no drugs or treatment options currently available. We are investigating the viral cappin... Read More

The Quest for a Field Guide to the Microbes - a talk by Jonathan Eisen

A talk by Jonathan Eisen for the "Science in the River City" gathering of science teachers. Read More

How Your Morning Commute Resembles a Fungus

In many fungi, the DNA storage compartments called nuclei are not prisoners of the cells they reside in, the way they are in animals and plants. Instead, fungal nuclei are free to move about the cabin. They flow through the joined, tube-shaped cells of fungi like busy commuters, and experience m... Read More

Eben Bayer: Are Mushrooms the New Plastic?

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

Anatomy of the HIV Virus (video)

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CGSociety First prize winner AutoPACK Visualization Challenge. Christopher Harkins (Charkins) from Louisville, KY, USA wins the VIDEO First Prize for 'Anatomy of the HIV Virus'.

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“I am ecstatic and honored by placing first. I really thought t... Read More

ICAAC 2014 - Antibiotic Stewardship: Saving Drugs, Saving Money

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

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