The World Health Organization has decided not to recommend destruction of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus. This debate has been ongoing since 1980, when the disease was declared eradicated. WHO has indicated that no new experiments on smallpox virus will be permitted, only conclusion of o... Read More
The NIH Human Microbiome Project, initiated in 2008, is a five-year endeavor at capacity building and creating a community resource to support this emerging field. As a part of developing community resources, the HMP is announcing: 1) key findings on a very large study of the microbiomes of heal... Read More
As a developmental biologist and post-doc, I greatly enjoy your show which gives me both information and distraction from pipetting small volumes from one tube to another in the lab. Recently, my lab enjoyment was cut short by a w... Read More
Posting my paper "Stalking the Fourth Domain in Metagenomic Data: Searching for, Discovering, and Interpreting Novel, Deep Branches in Marker Gene Phylogenetic Trees" as a resources to Microbe World. Read More
A blog post discussing some ways to keep track of what is going on at the ASM General meeting. Read More
This episode: Plants call to bacteria for help!
For or Against the "Too Clean Theory?": An Infection Control Debate
I’m not sure that any one person is completely for or against the Too Clean Theory. The intention of this article is to bridge the gap between the wide spectrum of opinions by showing how responsibility and moderation ultima... Read More
Get grade school and middle school students excited about science! ASM has peer-reviewed classroom and outreach activities that can be utilized in K-12 classrooms. One such activity: Extract DNA from a banana. In under two hours, students can visibly see DNA extraction results from a small piece... Read More
Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine talks with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on the recent National Research Council report on the FBI’s scientific investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks Read More
Is the effect of silver nanoparticles related to electron transport? What determines which metals will be antimicrobial (copper, silver) and which won't be (iron)?
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In 1983, identical twins boys simultaneously received a contaminated blood transfusion immediately after birth, and were subsequently diagnosed with HIV-1. Years later, one of the twins is faring very well and has a near normal immune system, while the other is in poor health and has experienced... Read More
Viruses, bacteria and other pathogens are implicated in a number of human diseases including Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, muliple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, cancers and many othe... Read More
The official app for the ASM GM 2011 is now in the iTunes store and it's free. If you are attending the meeting in New Orleans, or even if you're not, grab the app and let us know what you think. The app is for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Click the source link above to be taken to the iTunes App ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº209 is about the mistakes done by Craig Venter in the quotes inserted in the artificial genome o... Read More
This episode: A bacteria-virus system for developing useful enzymes!
"In a recent Opinion piece in Trends in Microbiology, Gemma Reguera invites us to think outside the box. The box in question harbors the notion that communication between microbes is chemical, and only chemical. Here, the author cuts through the confines of this perspective to point out that mic... Read More