In recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Robin Patel speaks with the TWiM team about directing a clinical bacteriology laboratory, and how an observation made by a laboratory technologist lead to the finding that Ureaplasma species can cause a system metabolic disturb... Read More
One way that bacteria infect people is by working together. First, they build a home called a biofilm, and then use chemicals to “talk with each other.” This allows the bacteria to coordinate an attack on the infected person. Led by NSU graduate Cortney Wilson, Smith’s lab recently discovered th... Read More
New Jersey needs a State Microbe
Here is the full text of the proposal. Meeting with several legislators this evening. This is a 1 page summary, so apologies in advance to all who are detail-oriented.
This is an opportunity for legislators to agree on something and for NJ scientists and st... Read More
This is a primer on the mycorrhizae, the association of plant roots and fungi. An outstanding review article on this subject has recently appeared, authored by four Frenchmen and one American: F. Martin, A. Kohler, C. Murat, C. Veneault-Fourrey, and D. S. Hibbett. I found reading it both excit... Read More
Over the last ten-plus years of this blog's existence, one cluster of branches on the bacterial phylogenetic tree in particular has presented us with fascinating mysteries regarding basic, and seemingly unique, cellular biology. Many aspects of the species on these branches remain enigmati... Read More
On the eve of the March for Science, the TWiV team gathers at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC with guests Stefano and Susie to talk about the state of science communication.
Met with two New Jersey State Senators, two Assemblymen, a lobbyist, and two senior administrators in NJ colleges. They all think the idea of a State Microbe is great. It will give people from New Jersey something to be proud of.
More details will be posted as the story develops. Thank you. Read More