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 Jeff Fox, features editor for Microbe magazine, talk with Clyde Hutchison from the J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego, and Jeffrey F. Miller, University of California-Los Angeles, about this achievement and its potential.
Jay Grimes, a scientist from the research team examining the biological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, and Ronald Atlas, a researcher involved in the Exxon Valdez cleanup, 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.
Moderated by Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe magazine, at the American Society for Microbiology's 2010 General Meeting in San Diego, CA.
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.
Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine interviews Sonish Azam, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, and Ali Khamessan, C-crest Laboratories, Montreal, from the 110th ASM General Meeting for our webcast, ASM Live.
A C-crest 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).
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.
The Research Triangle Park blog in Raleigh-Durham, NC will be live streaming many of the sessions from ScienceOnline 2010, a three day event that "brings together scientists, physicians, patients, educators, students, publishers, editors, bloggers, journalists, writers, web developers, programmers and others to discuss, demonstrate and debate online strategies and tools for doing science, publishing science, teaching science, and promoting the public understanding of science."
While Sunday, January 17, is the last day of the event, the core of the presentations happen today.
With fingers crossed! The Research Triangle Park folks will be successfully broadcasting sessions from Room D. Watch live here or over on the UStream Channel ScienceOnline2010.
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9:00 - 10:05 am - The Importance of Meatspace: Science Motels, science freelancing and science coworking – Brian Russell and Paweł Szczęsny
10:15- 11:20 am - Rebooting Science Journalism in the Age of the Web – Ed Yong, Carl Zimmer, John Timmer, and David Dobbs
11:30-12:35 pm - Talking Trash: Online Outreach from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Miriam Goldstein, Lindsey Hoshaw and Annie Crawley
2:00 - 3:05 pm - Science and Entertainment: Beyond Blogging – Tamara Krinsky and Jennifer Ouellette
3:15 - 4:20 pm - How does a journalist figure out “which scientists to trust”? – Christine Ottery and Connie St Louis
4:40 - 5:45 pm - Web Science: An examination of the World Wide Web and how it is transforming our society – Arikia Millikan and Nate Silver
Sunday Schedule9:00 - 10:05 am - Broader Impact Done Right – Karen James, Kevin Zelnio, Miriam Goldstein, Jeff Ives and Beth Beck
Ian Mackay, SASVRC, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nathan Bartlett, Imperial Coll., London, , United Kingdom
Ronald Turner, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, United States
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 they present.
David Aronoff, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Clinton Murray, Brooke Army Medical Ctr, Fort Sam Houston, TX, United States
Amy Patick, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Emeryville, CA, United States
Gaston De Serres, Associate Professor, Laval University, Quebec, Canada