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New study suggests link between Toxoplasma gondii parasite and suicide attempts (press release)

New research appearing in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry adds to the growing work linking an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite to suicide attempts. Michigan State University’s Lena Brundin was one of the lead researchers on the team.

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TWiV 184: Reforming science

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and  Read More

West Nile Virus - An ASM "Microbes After Hours" Event - 5/6/2013

2012 saw a surge of West Nile Virus infections, particularly in the central United States. What exactly is West Nile Virus and why do outbreaks occur?


Join us at ASM headquarters to learn more about the biology of this fascinating virus - how it moves between hosts, how the&... Read More

MWV Episode 74 - David Bhella - Electron-cryomicroscopy

Dr. David Bhella studies the structural components of viruses using the techniques of electron-cryomi... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 113 - Bdelloids Derive Different Domains' DNA

This episode: Bdelloid rotifers borrow genetic material from all over the place!


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 97 - Prokaryote Partners Produce Power

This episode: Scientists match up bacteria to produce extra fuel from plant waste!



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Insect wings shred bacteria to pieces

The veined wing of the clanger cicada kills bacteria solely through its physical structure — one of the first natural surfaces found to do so. An international team of biophysicists has now come up with a detailed model of how this defence works on the nanoscale. The results are published in the... Read More

As Plant Virus Jumps to Bees, Does it Cause Colony Collapse?

Another potentially significant answer in the long-running mystery behind colony collapse disorder (CCD) may have just emerged: Researchers have found a virus that typically infects plants has been systemically infecting honeybees in the United States and China.

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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 111 - Custom Community Controls Clostridium

This episode: Figuring out which bacteria help fecal transplants work so well against C. difficile!


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 94 - Commensals Calibrate Counterattack

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TWiM #49: Grape-like clusters

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TWiM #84: Microbiology Down Under

Host: Vincent Racaniello.


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Bespoke microbiome therapy to manage plant diseases

In this paper we describe the perspective of following the achievements in medicine, where gut microbiome transplants are proving to be a powerful method to overcome several gastrointestinal disorders and many other physiological problems, to possible solve diseases in plants. There is strong si... Read More

TWiM #75: Pellicles on pickle jars

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt and Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 117 - Helicobacter Helps or Hurts Health?

This episode: Helicobacter pylori seems not to be more harmful than helpful!


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TWiP 66: A nitrile warhead for Chagas disease

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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MWV Episode 71 - TWiM Live at ASM GM in Denver


Host Vincent Racaniello, co-hosts Moselio Schaechter and Michael Schmidt, and guests highlight research on a phage s... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 107 - Lipases Liberate Light-Linked Lipids

This episode: Scientists engineer cyanobacteria to release biofuels at high temperatures!



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CDC Anthrax Blunder: Numbers Could Climb Higher

More than 80 people may have been exposed to airborne anthrax bacteria in an embarrassing mishap at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the numbers may go even higher, officials said Friday.

“Right now we have an excess of 80 individuals,” CDC deputy director Dr. Il... Read More

Using Wordcloud-Reponses to Discover How Students Perceive Concepts in the Classroom

In this blog, I share some "first word that comes to mind" responses of my freshman biology class to the words "germ," "bacteria," "cell," and "DNA." The way that we perceive an idea or concept definitely impacts our relationship with it. Thus, finding out what students think, coming into our ... Read More
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