Archaeans are among the earliest forms of life that appeared on Earth billions of years ago. It’s now generally believed that the archaea and bacteria developed separately from a common ancestor nearly 4 billion years ago. Millions of years later, the ancestors of today's eukaryotes split off... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 144 is based in Merry Youle's post "Microbial Matchmakers" published in the blog "Small Thing C... Read More
I have found that students become involved, energized, and enthusiastic when I give them opportunities to explore topics in my classes using their own creative approaches and interests. So this semester, in my Biology 111 course at the University of Puget Sound, I found that students explored f... Read More
In the Nº 104 of the "El podcast del microbio" I resume the recent findings on pathogenesis by Fusarium. En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 104 ... Read More
This is a paper from the Geomicrobiology lab at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. It was recently published in a special issue of Geomicrobiology Journal focused on geomicrobiology of subsurface microorganisms in cave environments.
In this study we attemp... Read More
The Twivsters discuss how reverse transcriptase encoded in the human genome might produce DNA copies of RNA viruses in infected cells.
In the Nº 102 of the "El podcast del microbio" I discuss the panspermia theory and the results of the satellite Foton M3 experiment. En el p... Read More
Readers of this blog will remember the furor sparked by Fouchier’s experiments in 2011 in which he developed an avian influenza H5N1 isolate that could transmit among ferrets by aerosol. When Fouchier was ready to publish the results, the Dutch government required that Fouchier apply for an expo... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 170, 171 and 172 are dedicated to the history of the development of Penicillin as a therapeutic... Read More
Despite evidence that housing plays an important role in the eradication of malaria, it is often overlooked.
As World Malaria Day gets closer each year, organizations release an increasing number of reports on the progress achieved and what needs to be done to eliminate the disease. Despite v... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 150 is dedicated to the microsporidia and the virus that causes Colony Collapse Disorder. El p... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº178 is about the %-seconds rule depicted in the animated motion picture "Osmosis Jones". El podca... Read More
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed the benthic microbial fuel cell (BMFC) as a persistent power supply for marine-deployed applications. The BMFC operates on the bottom of marine environments where it oxidizes organic matter residing in sediment with oxygen in overlying water. The... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº259 describes some funny microbiological goofs in Spanish newspapers. El podcast del Microbio Nº 259 d... Read More
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released early estimates of the effectiveness of this season’s influenza vaccine in preventing influenza infection. Estimated vaccine effectiveness is 62%. But even if you get infected after immunization, you are likely to have reduced illness, ... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº261 summarizes the NEJM paper about the use of antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV infection,... Read More
Our bodies are made up by cells containing our own DNA. Plus 10 times as many with foreign DNA. The bacteria found on our skin, and inside our organs (intestine, vagina, mouth, nose, etc.) are referred to as our “microbiome”, outnumber our own cells by 10 to 1, and make up a vital organ with ind... Read More
Students learn in many different ways than simply taking tests. In my Microbiology course, I have students write a length term paper (a "Microbiography"). As part of this process, students create one page "summaries" of their microbial topic, which I call "Nanobiographies." In this blog post,... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº273 summarize the paper by Wei et al ( Cell Host & Microbe, 2012) about the possible link betwween dia... Read More