Streptococcus suis infection is a zoonosis which can cause severe systemic infection in humans exposed to infected pig tissue. To date there have been relatively few reports of S. suis infection in humans, with around 700 cases reported worldwide, most of them in the last few years. In developed... Read More
I'm sure most of us have had enough of swine flu/H1N1 news, but the CDC does daily updates on their site that tally the number of cases and fatalities. To date the US has a grand total of 21,449 cases and 87 deaths. I don't think the daily number tallies are worth posting to MicrobeWorld everyda... Read More
With all the excitement about the microbes found in Greenland that have been buried below two miles of ice for at least 120,000 years and have been revived in the laboratory, there is another living microbe that's supposedly 250 million years old.
Found in a Kansas salt mine and reviv... Read More
An interesting presentation given by Yuri Gorby, an electromicrobiologist at the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego, at CalIT2 at UCSD on electronmicrobiology. Here's part of the description from SciVee.tv:
Respiratory microorganisms capture energy for growth and maintenance as they trans... Read More
Here's a movie from the University of Madison-Wisconsin depicting the steps for creating an acid fast stain.
BAC Down! Give bacteria the cold shoulder. Keep your refrigerator at 40° F or below. Use a thermometer to monitor.
The bacterium Listeria monocyotogenes can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Pregnant women, young children and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of Listeri... Read More
This comes from the Bitesize Bio site for molecular biologists. It may serve as a handy resource.
Keeping safe in the lab really only requires one thing: common sense. But if you look at what people are doing in the lab, you might think that that common sense isn’t so common after all.
Her... Read More
The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition jointly developed this video in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, university researchers, and industry representati... Read More
A new history book called the The Illustrious Dead on how typhus killed Napoleon's greatest army by Stephen Taltry, a widely published journalist who has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, Time Out New York, Details, and many other publications, is on sale now and get... Read More
A one-page primer on the H1N1 flu and what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Read More
Just when you thought that everything conceivable has been written about Charles Darwin on his bicentennial, a revealing perspective on his wife, Emma, appeared in the journal International Microbiology. Written by the distinguished science writer Mercé Piqueras, the article sheds light on many ... Read More
Here's a collection of presentations from Princeton's 2009 Spring Biosecurity Seminar Lectures. Presentations include:
Feb. 20 - George Hughes Senior Advisor, Counterterrorism and Intelligence FDA Office of Criminal Investigations
The Water Education Collaborative (WEC) has produced a kid friendly website for the residents of the Genesee Regional Watershed of Lake Ontario about the enormous impact they can have on the water quality in the area. WEC leaders teamed up with the Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County and the A... Read More
The Minnesota Zoo has published an educational site for children where you match the feces to the animal. Personally, I find this cuts close to the edge of common decency but I did learn that the ostrich is the only bird that can poop and pee separately. I have a feeling young kids will love thi... Read More
Swine flu reminded us how important washing our hands can be. Studies show that simple handwashing can decrease communicable gastrointestinal diseases by 50% and communicable respiratory diseases by 20%.
Now, with schools at special risk for swine flu, a Tel Aviv University researcher is brin... Read More
AJ Cann from the MicrobiologyBytes blog posts this video of the aseptic technique. Read More
This is a postercast by Jeffrey C. Kwong, scientist at ICES.
On Jan. 6, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia, the National Science Foundation, The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance, and BioInformatics, LLC, hosted a Cafe Scientifique on Science and Social Media. In part 2 of this 4 part video, Chris Condayan, Manager of Public Outreach for the American ... Read More