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India has been free of polio for three years

Three years ago today, on 13 January 2011, the last case of poliomyelitis was reported in India. This achievement represents a remarkable turnaround for a country where control of the disease had for years been extremely difficult. As recently as 2009 there were 741 confirmed cases of polio caus... Read More

Do Hand Sanitizer and Liquid Hand Soap Remove Viruses?

While reading my back issues of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), I came across an interesting paper that detailed an in-depth study on the effectiveness of hand cleaners to remove Norwalk virus (NV) from intentionally contaminated hands.

Yes that’s right – intentionally contamina... Read More

Classifications: What Difference Does it Make?

Does a bacterium’s cell wall, shape, way of moving, and environment really matter?

Yes! The more we know about bacteria, the more we are able to figure out how to make microbes work for us or stop dangerous ones from causing serious harm. And, for those of us who like to ponder more philosop... Read More

Collection of Microbial Discovery Activities for K-12

The American Society for Microbiology has posted a collection of Microbial Discovery Activities designed for K-12 teachers to facilitate the incorporation of microbiology within science courses. Activities come from the community at large. All submissions are reviewed by the ASM Committee on K-1... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 205: Streptomyces en las antenas



























El podcast del Microbio Nº205 summarize the recent finding by Kroiss et al. of the antibiotic production by symbiotic Strep... Read More

TWiV 284: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier Read More

Curious about the Human Microbiome?

The American Academy of Microbiology has released its newest report on the human microbiome. Based on the deliberations of some of the leading experts, the report answers common questions people have about this new field of science. While there is still much to be learned, this report presents t... Read More

Robert A. Weisberg, 1937-2011

Robert A. Weisberg was a Scientist Emeritus at NCI until the time of his death on 1 September 2011. Previously he was Chief of Microbial Genetics at NICHHD, a position he retired from in 2008. He was a pioneer in the study of the bacteriophage lambda. His research lead to seminal contributions a... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº 214: El ataque de las hormigas zombi



























El podcast del Microbio Nº214 summarize the recent work on Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a fungus that parasitize ants, taki... Read More

HIV gets the zinc finger

Because all animal viruses initiate infection by binding to a receptor on the cell surface, this step has long been considered a prime target for antiviral therapy. Unfortunately, drugs that block virus attachment to cells have never shown much promise. Another approach, which is to ablate the r... Read More

Human virus transfers oncogenic molecules horizontally

This is a paper that speaks of horizontal gene transfer in cancer, something that is against the widely recognized model of cancer development of a vertically evolved system that gives rise to tumors. Albeit, this system involves an in vitro model of a EBV induced cancer, viruses have historica... Read More

Pandemics in Retrospective

Now that we have experienced several months of the H1N1 pandemic, what have we learned about how it was handled? Watch Dr. Nicole Lurie (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Dr. Kathryn Edwards (Vanderbilt University), discuss the public health responses to H1N1. Participants compar... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº185. ¿Qué hacemos con la viruela? (What do we do with smallpox?)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº185 deals with the discussions inside WHO about the fate of the last vials with smallpox virus. E... Read More

Bacteria Living Without Phages?

Are there environments where there are abundant bacteria and no phages? Sounds like one of our Talmudic Questions, but this one has a specific answer, and that answer is Yes. That environment was found within a cystic fibrosis (CF) lung.

This story comes from a pair of papers recently publish... Read More

Audio interview with Tina Valbh of Pharmaka Consulting on new hepatitis C drugs

Jeff Fox of Microbe Magazine discusses new hepatitis C drugs with Tina Valbh of Pharmaka Consulting Read More

TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral

Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello


Guests: Wa... Read More

ASM 2010 Posters: The results of fruitful collaborations with scientists all over the world

Most of you are probably back to work after the ASM conference in San Diego. It was a great conference with a lot of exciting talks and posters and we hope you enjoyed our beautiful city.

MO BIO Labs presented four posters at ASM and the PDFs are now available online for viewing. These were t... Read More

A virology course for all

The spring semester has begun at Columbia University, which means that it is time to teach my virology course. The fourth annual installment of my virology course, Biology W3310, has begun. This course, which I taught for the first time in 2009, is intended for advanced undergraduates and conven... Read More

A Global Metabolic Shift Is Linked to Salmonella Multicellular Development

Bacteria can elaborate complex patterns of development that are dictated by temporally ordered patterns of gene expression, typically under the control of a master regulatory pathway. For some processes, such as biofilm development, regulators that initiate the process have been identified but s... Read More

Candida's Unstable Chromosomes & Unorthodox Sex

Dean Dawson, Associate Member of the Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has authored a post on Small Things Considered which explores Candida's chromosomal instability and unorthodox reproduction process.

"Who hasn't heard of Candida? I... Read More

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