A blog and a youtube channel has been created with the aim to join two worlds: microbes and movies.
They have an educational scope. The movie fragments included anotations related to microbiology. The first movie comented is "Arrowsmith" (1931) directed by John Ford and based in the novel of... Read More
The first video in brief set of three lectures by Joseph DeRisi gives a very general overview of malaria, the disease and Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the most deadly form. Basic research as well as drug development efforts will also be covered in parts two and three of this ser... Read More
What is wrong with this paragraph from today’s New York Times that describes the origin of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus:
Health officials confirmed Wednesday that bats in Saudi Arabia were the source of the mysterious virus that has sickened 96 people in the Middle ... Read More
Ploidy is not a term that has much currency in bacteriology, but it does make an appearance once in a while. Ploidy, as per the dictionary, is the number of chromosomes per cell. It’s a term widely used for cells that are generally uninucleated, such as our gametes and our somatic cells. The pro... Read More
Virologist John Holland passed away on 11 October 2013. I asked former members of his laboratory for their thoughts on his career and what he meant to them. Read More
Michael Schimdt, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, Director, Office of Special Programs, Medical University of South Carolina, gives a TEDx talk in Charleston, SC, about the antimicrobial properties of copper and how this mineral may significantly reduce hospital... Read More
Researchers report the detection of a strain of Seoul hantavirus (SEOV) in pet rats in England and Wales. The discovery followed an investigation of a case of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Wales. Hantavirus RNA was detected via real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reactio... Read More
Rocco Mancinelli, an astrobiologist from the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute, discusses how research has taken the first step to understanding how organisms survive and evolve outside of planet earth. Read More
The second video in brief set of three lectures by Joseph DeRisi. Read More
The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between pharmacy size and the likelihood of obtaining antibiotics without medical prescription at a pharmacy. In 2008 in Catalonia, two actors presented three different cases in a randomised sample of pharmacies and asked pharmacists for an a... Read More
El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 155 and 156 describes the story of the origin of the name "New Delhi Metallobetlactamase-1" . E... Read More
The norovirus (NoV) season in Denmark in late 2012 was characterised by an increase in the number of NoV infections caused mainly by the 2012 Sydney variant, but also by the 2009 New Orleans variant. Analysis of approximately 85% of the capsid gene from 10 Sydney 2012 and 9 New Orleans 2009 isol... Read More
Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered ponders a recent discovery that small multicellular animals, members of the Loricifera and metazoa groups, are able to survive in an anoxic environment known as L’Atalante Basin, a brine “lake” at the bottom of the Mediterranean.
"Life without air—a ... Read More
It is a well recognized uncommon cause of skin and nail infection of the hands and feet . Unlike Dermatophytosis these mould infections are not contagious. There are few reports of invasive infection caused by N. dimidiatum; most infections occurred in immunocompromised hosts. Arthrospores ar... Read More
Tracing the origin of an outbreak is a critical clue in curing a disease. But how can scientists track the beginnings of malaria, a disease that has been around for millions of years? Watch researcher Read More
A recent editorial at www.eurosurveillance.org by A. Nicol and M. Sprenger considers the possible pattern for influenza in Europe this winter and beyond.
"On 10 August 2010 Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced that the world has moved into the ... Read More
Moselio Schaechter of the Small Things Considered blog declares scientific writing is improving and highlights several articles in the 2010 issue of the Annual Review of Microbiology to illustrate his point.
"Just when some people believe that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, here... Read More
This episode: Gut bacteria may convert cortisol into important human hormones!
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Note: Episode 144 is now available too. Sorry about that. Not sure what went wrong there, but it is regrettable.
A minor player in the gut, Clostridium scindens,... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº 161 resumes the recent article by Ermolaeva et al. about the use of "cold plasma" to kill bacter... Read More
Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites: they must enter a cell to reproduce. To gain access to the cell interior, a virus must first bind to one or more specific receptor molecules on the cell surface. Cell receptors for viruses do not exist only to serve viruses: they also have cellular f... Read More