Smithsonian.com delves into the weeds of horizontal gene transfers (HGT) in bacteria. A feat that is largely unique to bacteria, it allows bacteria to trade DNA with other bacteria.
Bacteria can "exchange DNA as easily as we might exchange phone numbers, money or ideas".
Explore some of ... Read More
“We Are Very Much Thankful to:
Prof. Vincent Racaneillo (USA) - Columbia University
A. Prof. Andrew Marsh (UK) - University of Warwick
A. Prof. Gulfaraz Khan (UAE) - United Arab Emirates University
Dr. Ryan McNamara (USA) – University of Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Sharon Kuss (USA) - UT Southweste... Read More
Classrooms and schools are among the most germ-ridden environments humans interact with. With illness plaguing the building year-round, every appliance is a source of sickness and contamination. In a recent experiment, BioCote, in partner with several product manufacturers, coated one UK classro... Read More
Daniel Haeusser, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, discusses the misconception of assuming that photosynthesis exists as single process of strict coupling between energy conversion and carbohydrate production. Read More
Microbes around us is an introductory open on line course of microbiology. Key words are: bacteria, virus, biodiversity, microbial evolution, extremophiles, microbiota, rumen, nitrogen cycle, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, biodegradation, biofuel, microbial engineering, infectious disea... Read More
I am talking here specifically about automation of the bacterial culture process, using Kiestra TLA (installed in my own lab early 2016), Copan WASP, etc. A useful bullet point summary for those who are considering a business case for their own laboratory. Read More
Eva Harris, PhD, University of California, Berkley, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about the status of Zika virus in Nicaragua. Harris has developed a multidisciplinary approach to study the molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, cl... Read More
"What is the best way to test for Trichomonas vaginalis in a cost effective manner? It's a classic trade-off between money and assay sensitivity." Read More
The remarkable transformation in the control of infectious diseases by antibiotics is one of the glorious stories in microbiology. But now, almost inseparable from their discovery and application, is its nasty sequel, the rapid evolution of antibiotic resistance. We continually read reports of... Read More
Molecular diagnosis is creeping into many areas of bacteriology, but the diagnosis of wound infection remains "stubbornly" culture based. What are the barriers to using molecular methods on wound swabs, and are there any potential solutions?... Read More
Jonna Mazet, PhD, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about emerging pathogen surveillance and public health. Dr. Mazet is the Principal Investigator and Global Director of the novel viral emergence early warning proje... Read More
It is (almost boringly) obvious that cell-to-cell communication is vital in multicellular organisms. To function properly, all cells in a tissue have to know – and let their neighbors know – where exactly they are, which tasks they're performing right now, when it's time to differenti... Read More
In this post from my research and teaching blog, Microbes Rule, I show off some Hallowe'en inspired microbiological goodness! Enjoy! Read More
Too many carbapenems used in your hospital? Worried about carbapenem resistance? There is no magic bullet... Here is a suggested bundle to consider utilising to reduce carbapenem use. As with all bundles, it may be difficult to show a measurable effect with each individual component, but when al... Read More
It is not unexpected that the contemplation of bacteria and archaea should focus so much on the nature and importance of their cell envelopes. Here, after all, is the interface between the cell's interior and the outside world. It is also what a host perceives early on when becoming infected.... Read More
While teaching geomicrobiology to Undergraduate student i found some strange and intersting view regarding the topic.
Excerpts from the topic
"But when I came to 2nd part, explaining microorganism, this was the part which left me most confused and should I say most star... Read More
The TWiX cabal discuss sexual transmission of Zika virus in mice, and how immune escape enables herpes simplex virus escape from latency.
Barry Bochner with Biolog, Inc., presents an ASM Virtual Lecture on phenomics, a relatively new technology that can be applied with diverse microbial cells to expand our understanding of the effect of genetic or environmental changes on cells.
ASM’s virtual lectures are conducted by fellows ... Read More
Wesley Morovic explains his journey from a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin to DuPont. Learn more about what he does, how he got to his position, and what you should do to get there. Read More
Ian Goodfellow, PhD, Cambridge University, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about state of lab capacity in Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Goodfellow made the decision to go to Sierra Leone during the late summer of 2014 after following the media covera... Read More