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Researchers Use Innovating Methods to Study Vertical Transmission of Microbes

It has been assumed that mothers pass on gut microbes to their infants during and just after delivery, a process called vertical transmission, but because of technical restraints, the evidence of this occurring has been limited. Previous cultivation-free studies have observed the same microbial ... Read More

BacterioFiles 285 - Sultry Snow Cell Sun Screen

This episode: Algae growing in Arctic snow make red pigments that heat up their surroundings!


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ASM CEO Stefano Bertuzzi on World AIDS Day 2016

I hope we have all had an opportunity over the past holiday weekend to give thanks for what we have—it is important to step back and reflect from time to time on the many benefits and advantages we have. It can help us realize what we have achieved, and the multitude of people and resources that... Read More

A bacterial role in breast cancer development and prevention

Microbial infection is implicated in an ever-growing number of types of cancer. Adding to the already long list of microbial-associated cancers, an increasing body of evidence suggests breast cancer may also be associated with a specific microbial milieu. A report in Applied and Environmental Mi... Read More

TWiV 423: Dry, well formed, and light brown

The TWiV academia discuss induction of diarrhea by the capsid protein of an astrovirus, and association of a fungal RNA virus with white-nose syndrome of North American bats.


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Chlorhexidine use may select for colistin resistance

Infection control is a vital part of maintaining a safe healthcare facility, and the use of biocides and disinfectants to eliminate potential pathogens is an important part of infection control strategy. Pathogens can spread among patients via transfer to surfaces like doors, floors, and counter... Read More

"The end of anti-microbial susceptibility breakpoints as we know them?"

Susceptibility break points are a dirty compromise between clinical, pharmacokinetic. and epidemiological break points. Because they are a necessary compromise, there will always be disagreement, and they can never be perfect. Is there a better way? Read More

After Hurricane Matthew, Cholera Becomes a Concern

Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, and the southeast United States two days later, leaving tens of thousands without power, transportation, and in the worst cases, homes. Because of its extreme poverty, and its continuing recovery from previous natural disasters, Haiti is looking at... Read More

BacterioFiles 270 - Bacteria Block Bug Babies

This episode: Insect gut microbes can be engineered to act as birth control, population control, or disease control for bugs!


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Your next migraine might be thanks to your mouth microbes

When Antonio Gonzalez began doctoral studies in Rob Knight’s laboratory, then at University of Colorado, Boulder, the computer scientist quickly learned about microbes and their connection to human health. He soon found a connection to his wife’s health jumping out of the literature at him.

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New vaccines againts zika can prevent neurological disorders in newborn mice

Two vaccines against Zika virus developed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have successfully conveyed immunity from female mice to pups conceived weeks after the mother's vaccination.

When challenged with Zika virus within a week of their birth, both vaccines protected the p... Read More

BacterioFiles 281 - Prokaryote Partners Produce Plastic

This episode: Microbes with complementary abilities help each other grow and produce useful stuff from the air!


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TWiV 424: FLERVergnügen

Trudy joins the the TWiVlords to discuss new tests for detecting prions in the blood, and evidence showing that foamy retroviruses originated in the seas with their jawed vertebrate hosts at least 450 million years ago.


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Interlab Reproducibility in Bacterial Genotyping by Whole-Genome Sequencing

One of the most important aspects of a new laboratory protocol is its reproducibility (as previously discussed on ASM’s Microbial Sciences blog). A protocol must produce the same results when performed by different scientists at different labs, and this is especially important when considering n... Read More

Interview with David Baltimore, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews David Baltimore, PhD, California Institute of Technology, about his career and professional experience in the field of virology. Baltimore received a 1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine for work on the interaction betwe... Read More

Discovery-based research as curriculum basis: increasing student engagement through small world initiative

If you are currently a microbiologist, chances are your introductory microbiology lab course syllabus hadn’t changed for decades. The course likely culminated in each student receiving an unknown bacterial sample, the identity of which was uncovered by applying techniques learned during the seme... Read More

Melioidosis: The Most Neglected Tropical Disease

The ASM Biothreats conference covers preparation for, handling during, and analysis of infectious disease outbreaks, and includes session on research, response, and policies on biological threats and emerging infectious diseases. Most sessions cover broad topics such as emergency preparedness, v... Read More

Interview with Karla Kirkegaard, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Karla Kirkegaard, PhD, about her career and professional experience in the field of virology.


This video is one of 26 video interviews with eminent virologists that are part of the supplemental material for the Princip... Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit

In this blog post, I share the creative projects that my Biology 350 (Microbiology) micronauts created this semester. They range from video parodies, to prose poems, to short-short stories to sculptures and needlepoint. Enjoy! Read More

TWiV 427: It was a DURC and UV light

The TWiVoids discuss the March for Science, the GOF moratorium, and a classic virology paper on mapping the gene order for vesicular stomatitis virus.


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