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Google Flu Trends

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. Google has found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for "flu" is actually sick, but... Read More

Biotorrents

BioTorrents.net is a web service built by Dr. Morgan G.I. Langille, a bioinformatics researcher at UC Davis Genome Center, that allows scientists to rapidly share their results, datasets, and software using BitTorrent P2P file sharing technology.

Some of the service's features include:

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TWiP 1: Introduction to Parasitism



Vincent and Dick provide an overview of parasites and parasitism.


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Animation depicting the life cycle of H1N1 influenza-A

Here is an amazing animation depicting the life cycle of H1N1 influenza-A. It was created by a company called XVIVO for a firm called Zirus whose mission is to "provide keys to conquer viruses." According to Zirus' site their new classes of antivirotics are being used to cure and manage viral di... Read More

The Limitations of the Luria-Bertani Medium

Hiroshi Nakaido, PBD Faculty Scientist, Structural Biology Department, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley, has authored a guest post on the Small Things Considered Blog regarding the limitations of LB medium.

"LB broth contains, per ml, 10 mg tryptone (... Read More

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Zinc inhibits rhinovirus replication - profvrr does an experiment

I was given a package of zinc lozenges when I contracted a cold a few weeks ago. That got me interested in the effect of zinc on rhinovirus replication. As a consequence I began a series of experiments to understand the mechanism of inhibition of viral replication by this metal. It's unusual tha... Read More

Podcasts as Tools in Introductory Environmental Studies

A recent paper in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education by Christine Vatovec and Teri Balser examines the effectiveness of using podcasts as an educational tool.

Out of 209 survey respondents, the authors found:

"The majority of students reported enjoying using the podcasts in... Read More

MTS38 - Jonathan Eisen - An Embarrassment of Genomes



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Upcoming Fall ASM Teleconferences

ASM's Fall Teleconferences Program will keep you current about the developments in your field.

Without ever leaving your laboratory or office, you can learn from expert scientists and key decision-makers hundreds of miles away. Each teleconference is an interactive live broadcast i... Read More

The Lab Safety Song

A musical extravaganza on the importance and execution of laboratory safety as presented by puppets.
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Five Questions about Microsporidia

An article published in PLoS Pathogens by Patrick Keeling, scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Evolutionary Biology Program, and assistant professor, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, answers 5 basic questions about microsporidia.

What Are Microsporidi... Read More

Flu Shot Locator

Flu.gov is launching a zip code based seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1 vaccine locator that works in collaboration with State health information websites. Currently, Flu.gov has a by-State only locater available now. While most States are posting new information every day about availability, distri... Read More

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Guys, what a great podcast. I am a chemical engineer with a MS in Environmental Management. I have been doing EH&S work in industrial settings for about 20 years after some years in R&D and manufacturing positions. I have always had a stro... Read More

ASM/SDA Handwashing Webinar


The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) hosted a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.


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In Pandemic Times Are Worms Man’s Best Friend?

A short blog on the potential for helminths as probiotics and as a potential management tool against pandemic influenza. Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 4

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"All pathogens must acquire and assimilate nutrients from their hosts i... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 3

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"The principal obstacle to successful treatment of tuberculosis is the ... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 2

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"Tuberculosis remains one of the most important causes of human disease... Read More

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