One of the many interesting controversies that microbiologists can ponder today is whether the alarming proliferation of antibiotic-resistant strains is primarily a consequence of the widespread use of antibiotics in humans and in animal husbandry. An examination of bacteria isolated from terres... Read More
Here's a nifty resource for young people from the Lenape Regional High School District in New Jersey. It's a bacteria coloring exercise in which young people can learn about the different shapes and forms bacteria take. Click "source" to download the .pdf file. 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
Love the TWIPs! I'm a helminth user (25 hookworm for allergies), so your programs are fascinating!
Dr. Racaniello, after listening to TWIP 33 where you were discussing the history of your surname, I thought I'd give your listeners a way to remember you... Read More
Vincent and Dickson discuss l... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº270 and 271 are an Spanish language adaptation of Carl Zimmer's article: "Mammals made by viruses" (... Read More
This episode: Biofilms help keep seaweed surfaces clear of barnacles!
How cool is that to be listening to you all reading my emails with Peter Sandman while I am stuck in traffic.
I loved the discussion and want to send a big thank you to Michael for joining in and giving us the missing perspective of what the NSABB ... Read More
This episode: Probiotics could help prevent folate deficiency!
Vince, here is the text of my post on Peter S site. I was disappointed in the quality of his article as I have much previous experience with his work and see him as the "David Baltimore of Risk Communication". If you could get him on as a guest you would e... Read More
Enterococci had been generally regarded as benign commensals, a part of our healthy intestinal microbiota. They were even invited in, being used as probiotics. But then, in the late 1970s, the first multiple drug-resistant strains appeared, and vancomycin-resistant strains followed in 1981. In r... Read More
One of two papers on avian influenza H5N1 virus that caused such a furor in the past six months was published today in the journal Nature. I have read it, and I can assure you that the results do not enable the construction of a deadly biological weapon. Instead, they illuminate important requir... Read More
Nearly four months ago I stood at the front of a crowded classroom at Columbia University and began teaching the third year of my undergraduate virology course. Twice a week we discussed the basic principles of virology, including how virions are built, how they replicate, and how they cause dis... Read More
This episode: Engineered bacteria help reverse type 1 diabetes in mice!
Tapetes microbianos, y observatorios microbianos: la entrevista de hoy la hacemos a la Dra. Lilliam Casillas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Campus de Humaca... Read More