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ICAAC 2009 Live

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ASM Live 2010

Come watch as Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews researchers on selected topics of interest from the 110th ASM General Meeting for our webcast, ASM Live.

Meeting attendees are welcome to attend and watch the live tapings as well as submit questions to the researchers. Tapings will take place in Room 32B of the San Diego Convention Center. Interviews will be broadcast live and archived online at UStream.tv and MicrobeWorld.

The General Meeting covers fundamental microbial cell biology, genetics and physiology, environmental and applied microbiology and microbial ecology, pathogenesis and clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.The  goal is to provide a program with breadth and depth that showcases state of the art science, and a program that both updates experts in their own field and allows attendees to make excursions into areas of microbiology that are outside of their realms of expertise. In doing so, ASM aims to facilitate the interdisciplinary approaches that are increasingly defining the best of microbiology.

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(To ask a question of the panel post it in the chat or tweet @microbeworld. You can also use the hash tag #asmgm)


Monday, May 24

WATCH 12: 45 p.m., PT - Can bacteria make you smarter?
Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior.  Mice fed live cultures of Mycobacterium vaccae were able to learn and complete a maze twice as fast as control mice.

WATCH 2:00 p.m., PT - Global warming may spur new fungal diseases.
The editor-in-chief of mBio™, the new online, open-access journal from the ASM, will discuss an opinion/hypothesis article he co-authored suggesting that rising global temperatures will result in new fungal infections for mammals living in temperate climates.

Tuesday, May 25

WATCH 10:00 a.m., PT - High bacterial counts in Canadian bottled water.
A Montreal study finds heterotrophic bacteria counts in more than 70 percent of bottled water samples exceed the recommended limits specified by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

  • Sonish Azam, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Ali Khamessan, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

WATCH 11:00 a.m., PT - Influenza surveillance: Should we be monitoring swine herds?
Pandemic H1N1 virus may be or may soon become endemic in large modern swine confinement facilities.  Despite this, there is a paucity of influenza surveillance that is currently being conducted among swine populations.  This interview will focus on the importance of conducting influenza surveillance among pigs and workers in these facilities such that we might quickly detect the emergence of novel influenza viruses.

WATCH 12:00 noon, PT - The role of multiple pathogens in colony collapse disorder.
New research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) identifies a new potential cause for “Colony Collapse Disorder” in honeybees.  A group of pathogens including a fungus and family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline.

  • Jay Evans, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Maryland
WATCH 2:00 p.m. PT - The Gulf Oil Spill: Microbes to the Rescue?
A scientist from the research team examining the biological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill and a researcher involved in the Exxon Valdez cleanup will examine how such spills affect marine microbes and the role of microbes in cleaning up both oil spills, what bioremediation can and can't do, and differences between the spills in the Gulf of Mexico and Prince William Sound.
  • Jay Grimes, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ronald Atlas, Co-director of the Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism, University of Louisville

Wednesday, May 26

WATCH 10:00 a.m., PT - The First Synthetic Genome: What Does This Mean for Microbiology, and for Everybody Else??
This past week saw the report of the construction of the first chemically synthesized genome that was inserted into a pre-existing cell that then expressed the genome's phenotypic properties and was capable of continuous self-replication. The implications for microbiology can be profound. For example, can microbiology now "own" synthetic biology? This work may also raise philosophical issues with broad social and ethical implications.

WATCH 11:00 a.m., PT - The role of gut microbes in obesity.
Participants will discuss research presented at the meeting that sheds new light on the role bacteria in the digestive tract may play in obesity.

WATCH 12:00 noon, PT - Persistence of pathogens in the food chain.
It is widely recognized that certain foodborne pathogens may persist in at least some sources of the food chain, while others may persist in different sources along the entire food chain.  Participants will focus on two specific pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes and Enterbacter sakazakii, and the unique mechanisms by which they continue to stubbornly persist in the food chain.

Not Just Any Bug - Cynthia Haseltine on Archaea, DNA Repair and Lymphoma

In this series of four brief video clips from Washington State University produced by Adam Ratliff and Cherie Winner for Washington State Magazine Online, microbiologist Cynthia Haseltine describes how she's working to understand the process of DNA repair and the causes of lymphoma, with the help of a microbe that has an unusual lifestyle and an uncanny resemblance to Homo sapiens.

Part 1 - Not Just Any Bug

Archaea are everywhere, yet until a few years ago we didn't know how special they are. Haseltine gives us a quick introduction.


Part 2 - Kin Under the Skin

The way Archaea repair their DNA is a stripped-down version of the way our cells do it. Haseltine takes advantage of that similarity, and the sturdiness of archaeal proteins, to figure out how damaged DNA gets fixed.


Part 3 - Top Model

How do you study a process that kills traditional lab organisms? Haseltine explains why a sulfur-eating archaeal microbe is her top choice for studying the mistakes in DNA repair that lead to lymphomas and other cancers.


Part 4 - "I Love My Job"

Haseltine reveals an essential attribute for any scientist: a sense of wonder.


Source - wastatemagazine.blip.tv

The Virus That Cures - Bacteriophage

This is an interesting documentary about superbugs, such as MRSA, antibiotic resistance and Russia's research into bacteriophage (viruses that attack bacteria) as a treatment for people with bacterial-related diseases. This video was produced in 1997 by the BBC, but despite the air date, there is still a lot of useful information contained in the dialogue, especially since phage therapy is largely overlooked in Western Europe and the Americas to this day.

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