Synthetic biology hit the headlines when Craig Venter recently announced the creation of Synthia – the first organism with a computer as a parent.
JCVI-syn1.0, as the artificial microbe is officially known, will become a poster child for synthetic biology. But it was created from known geneti... Read More
Joanne Manaster is a woman on a mission. She loves science and she wants to introduce kids to everything there is to love about science.
So this summer, her mission is to stimulate the minds of children and teens everywhere by challenging them to read non-fiction science books. In collaborati... Read More
Microbial communities in the Gulf of Mexico have surely been impacted by the oil disaster over the last couple of weeks. Labs are now beginning to assess the damage done by collecting water onto filter membranes and shipping the filters back to their labs for DNA analysis.
A frequent question... Read More
On episode #85 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Michael Gale discuss the origin, pathogenesis, prevention, of hepatitis C virus, and how it evades innate immune responses.
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Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More
Robert H. Silverman, one of the authors on the study implicating the new human retrovirus XMRV as an etiologic agent of chronic fatigue syndrome, has written an excellent review article on the current status of research on the virus. The article is behind a paywall at Nature Reviews Urology, so ... Read More
This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More
Have you ever read a research article with qPCR data and wished that the authors had given you more information about what they did or how they did it? Or have you ever felt your data was more heavily scrutinized and criticized compared to others? The MIQE guidelines serve to normalize the field... Read More
Hi Dick and Vincent,
I still love both of your podcasts and was very pleased when Dick referred to Claudius as I love the books about him. This malaria themed podcast made me realize that the historical part of parasitism is so interesting (I'm ... Read More
Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of malaria, with emphasis on clinical aspects of the disease.
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Bacteria have been sexually promiscuous, swapping genes with gusto, for a very long time. More than 15% of E. coli's genome has arrived via horizontal gene transfer (HGT), with some 200 installments having turned up since it diverged from Salmonella 100 million years ago. And, as you are probabl... Read More
Most of you are probably back to work after the ASM conference in San Diego. It was a great conference with a lot of exciting talks and posters and we hope you enjoyed our beautiful city.
MO BIO Labs presented four posters at ASM and the PDFs are now available online for viewing. These were t... Read More
While almost all of you are probably familiar with the power of eBay to bring you everything from concert tickets to electronics to your very own Batmobile, you may not have realized that the world’s largest garage sale also has quite a collection of laboratory equipment. I’ve been turning to th... Read More
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I recently wrote to you asking about the possible link between a high-arginine diet and herpes simplex outbreaks in... Read More
On episode #84 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich spoke with Dave Bloom and Grant McFadden about their work on herpesviruses and poxviruses in this episode recorded before an aud... Read More
The Nº 113 and 114 of "El podcast del microbio" summarize the Nature's article: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry". En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 113 y 114 se resume el artículo aparecido en la revista Nature: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry... Read More
If you missed the opportunity to hear Carl Wittwer talk about the history of PCR and his invention of the LightCycler, the video is now available on line.
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has become a fundamental tool in molecular research and clinical testing. Our presenter, Carl Witter, ... Read More
Are you looking for help and more explanations about the proper controls for PCR and how to prepare standard curves? If you are, then you may want to attend this online seminar by expert, Ian Kavanagh, from Thermo Scientific R&D. He is going to give a 30 minute presentation on the subject Tuesda... Read More
A serious shortcoming of current influenza virus vaccines is the need to reformulate them every year or two as the virus undergoes antigenic drift. Many virologists have been captivated by the idea of a more universal vaccine that would endure longer, perhaps a decade or more. The identification... Read More