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Earth History: Time Flies, No Matter What the Scale (Experiment)

In this two-part activity, which uses discovery and an inquiry approach, the participants will be given cartoon drawings representing significant events in the history of the Earth and asked to place them on a timeline made of colored ribbon. Then they mathematically relate the geologic time sca... Read More

TWiV 107 Letters

John writes:

Dear Doctors et al,


I'm writing to request a podcast or a discussion on colony collapse disorder. It seems that new evidence is pointing to a combination of fungus and a newly discovered virus (from a combination of academia and the military!). I know th... Read More

ASMCUE 2012 Registration is Now Open

The registration site for the 19th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, June 14-17, 2012, at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo, California, is now open. Register early and save $100 - discounted registration deadline is March 16.

Now in its ninteenth year, ASMCUE gathers over ... Read More

Milking Algae to Produce Biofuel

Researchers from Canada and India have published a thorough paper in the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Industrial Engineering & Chemical Research on various approaches, challenges and benefits of “milking” oil from single-cell algae known as diatoms.

"In this communication, ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 50 - Microbes Mop Malicious Metals

This episode: Bacteria could help plants clean up heavy metal-contaminated soils!


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An antiviral for enveloped viruses

Broad spectrum antibiotics are available that act against a wide range of bacteria, including both gram-positive and gram-negative species. In contrast, our antiviral arsenal is exceedingly specific. Nearly all the known antivirals block infection with one or two different viruses. The discovery... Read More

BacterioFiles 212 - Ghosts Get Good Guarding

This episode: Bacterial ghosts could make good vaccines for different things!


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The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More

TWiM 15 Letters

Martyn writes:

Dear Vincent and gang,

A couple of times you've mentioned pro-biotic bacteria foods.  As an ignorant layman, I wonder i... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 59 - Brine Boosts Bacterial Bond-Breaking

This episode: Bacteria and salt water combine forces to produce hydrogen gas for fuel!


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What Microbe Are You? An Activity Designed for Our Youngest Scientist

This online “personality quiz” helps young learners understand the unconventional concept that most micro-organisms are beneficial; only a fraction are harmful. This activity matches the quiz-taker with the microbe that most closely reflects his or her personality. At the end of the quiz, studen... Read More

”Build a Bacterium” Scavenger Hunt

In this activity, each student is provided with a worksheet and three index cards. Each card indicates a different cell part (e.g. LPS, capsule, DNA). Students are placed in small groups and receive a written scenario regarding a bacterium with a certain goal it must carry out. They must work t... Read More

Poliovirus vaccine safety

The contamination of the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix with porcine circovirus 1 DNA was revealed by deep sequencing. The same technique was also used to demonstrate that oral poliovirus vaccine does not contain viruses that can cause poliomyelitis. Read More

Welcome to Extreme Biology! Violin-making and fungi

Welcome to Ms. Baker and her biology students extreme biology blog! This is perhaps one of the best high school student blogs I have ever seen.

In Extreme Biology, students post about "anything biology-related." Check out the post by Amy Ciardiello, a 9th grade violinist, who writes about "v... Read More

SketchyMicro teaches Klebsiella, Serratia and Enterobacter in a really memorable way!

SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.

They take all of the microorganisms, infectious diseases, and random facts that you need to memorize for USMLE Step 1, and weave them into easy-to-remember sketches.

They narrate as th... Read More

TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses

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TWiP 94 letters


Elise writes:


Dear TWIP Trifecta,


How are you? It is lovely here in lower Manhattan, 82 F / 27 C with blue skies and not much in the way of humidity to make things wilt.


Since you are all going on the road, I’ll be on the edge of my seat waiting t... Read More

TWiV 215: Illuminating rabies and unwrapping a SARI

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What Should First Year Students Learn About Microbiology?

Many institutions, such as my own, only have one microbiology course. In this second "Mu-Tube" video, I ask my current junior and senior Microbiology students what *they* think first year students ought to know about #MattersMicrobial. I think their opinions are interesting, and will inform my... Read More

“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

In this activity, students learn about mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that exist between
microbes and other microbes, plants, and animals, prepare samples for microscopic observation from a
termite hindgut, a lichen, and a legume root nodule, and use a microscope to observe and id... Read More
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