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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 135 - Prodigious Pandora Particles Perceived

This episode: New giant virus discovered, with a genome larger than that of some eukaryotes!




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Microbiology, Art, and Pedagogy

In this blog entry, I discuss some recent work at the intersection of art and microbiology. I go on to show how this intersection can be useful in the classroom. Read More

E.O. Wilson: Help build the Encyclopedia of Life

As noted entomologist E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. Wilson states that as we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life we're steadily, methodically, and vi... Read More

Toxoplasmosis: A T.Gondii Host-pathogen interactome

This parasite interacts with many host proteins and modifies the expression of many more genes creating an interactome with almost 3000 links. In addition it exchanges substrates and metabolites with the host, modifying many biochemical parameters. T.Gondii disrupts multiple signalling network... Read More

Claire Fraser-Liggett on “Complex microbial communities: We’re not in Kansas anymore”

Claire Fraser-Liggett, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gives the June 2, 2010 keynote at the "Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future" meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Read More

TWiV 107: Warning - this virus contains email



On episode #107 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Rich answer listener questions about poliovirus, social media, dengue, influenza, evolution, gel filtration, and much more. Read More

TWiV 221: Bunya there, done that



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Read More

The Effect of Universal Influenza Immunization on Mortality and Health Care Use

This is a postercast by Jeffrey C. Kwong, scientist at ICES.





























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National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28

ASM is a supporter of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and is providing three simple suggestions to enhance your Lab Week experience.


Inform friends/family about tests you perform - Read More

TWiV 220: Flu watches the clock while T7 gets a CAT scan



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Alan Dove, and Kathy Spindler


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Nature launches iPhone app

Nature magazine has just launched an iPhone application. It's essentially an eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch that gives all access to Nature and Nature News content as it is published for free until April 30th when presumably they will start charging. It's available in the app store n... Read More

A Clever Bug That is Difficile to Control

New infectious diseases emerge with worrisome frequency. Some accompany natural events such as changes in climate, while others surface with human help. Of great importance among the latter are the infections caused by Clostridium difficile (casually called C. diff). The prevalence of these infe... Read More

TWiP 56 letters

Suzanne writes:


Your discussion about technology and fixing things here before we go out into space made me wonder if space exploration might turn out to be like investigative science. In the process of exploring space we might run across the means of fixing our probl... Read More

Some general tips for how to keep up w/ American Society for Microbiology Mtg #ASM2011

A blog post discussing some ways to keep track of what is going on at the ASM General meeting. Read More

Single-minded Mission

Viruses exist for one purpose only: to reproduce. To do that, they have to take over the reproductive machinery of suitable host cells.


Upon landing on an appropriate host cell, a virus gets its genetic material inside the cell either by tricking the host cell to pull it inside, like ... Read More

Microbiology Education and Social Media

At the Spring 2010 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology In Edinburgh Vincent Racaniello spoke about ‘Social Media in Microbiology Education and Research’. In his presentation he gives a comprehensive overview of how he uses these new communication tools to promote the science of virol... Read More

Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do #health #vaccines

Since vaccines have been so successful at controlling diseases like smallpox and polio in the United States, we often take our relatively epidemic-free world for granted. But less than a lifetime ago, these diseases and others were still real threats to health. Despite vaccines’ successes, many ... Read More

Christopher Columbus Foundation-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Life Sciences Awards

Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports American industry dedicated to protecting human health through the testing, manufacturing and marketing of biomedical products. As scientific innovation of biomedical products begins at the lab bench, the Ch... Read More

Inside the Mind's Eye: Communicating Science in a New Media Era (MWV41)

Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people get their news. Immediate access to information presents new opportunities as well as challenges for science communication. Watch Carl Zimmer, science wr... Read More

Polio immunizers murdered by Taliban

Maryn McKenna summarizes what we know about the murder of six people working as polio vaccinators who were targeted in three separate coordinated attacks in Pakistan. This comes in the wake of the CIA ruse in 2011 who used an immunization campaign to find Osama Bin Laden. Read More

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