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Did van Leeuwenhoek actually observe yeast cells in 1680?

Nanne Nanninga, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Cytology, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, authors a guest post on Small Things Considered that questions whether van Leeuwenhoek actually observed yeast cells in 1680.

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TWiP 7: Tapeworms are fantastic!



Vincent and Dickson continue their discourse on tapeworms, covering the fish and dog varieties.


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Malaria presented by Joseph DeRisi Part 3: Drug Development

The third video of a three part lecture by Joseph DeRisi focuses on drug development for Malaria. Read More

Malaria presented by Joseph DeRisi: Part 2 Research

The second video in brief set of three lectures by Joseph DeRisi. Read More

Malaria presented by Joseph DeRisi - Part 1: Malaria: Background and Overview

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

When Swine Flew: A presentation on how social media impacted messaging around H1N1

Andre Blackman (aka @mindofandre on Twitter and author of the Pulse + Signal blog) recently shared a presentation on Slide Share that reviews the CDC and the public health community's innovative use of soc... Read More

MTS47 - Peter Daszak - Stalking the Wild Microbe



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Inhibitors of XMRV

Xenotropic murine leukemia virus related virus (XMRV) has been implicated in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Because XMRV is a retrovirus, it might be susceptible to antiviral drugs that are licensed for the treatment of AIDS. AZT (azidothymidine) was previously found to bloc... Read More

The most important paper ever in microbiology

Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics on Twitter) has a new post on his The Tree of Life blog that looks at why the paper "Phylogenetic structure of the prokaryotic domain: The primary kingdoms" by Carl Woese and George Fox may be the most important paper (see http://www.pnas.org/content/74/11/5088.ful... Read More

Are two tails better than one? A look at the Acidianus two-tailed virus

Merry Youle of Small Things Considered fame has a new post on the site that looks at the Acidianus two-tailed virus.

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"Why two tails? Why such long tails? The researchers note that ATV is the only virus of an acidophilic hyperthermophile known to lyse its host, albeit only under st... Read More

Speculation Surrounding Sporulation in the Mycobacteria

Tim Sampson, a graduate student at Emory University in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program, looks at two research papers with conflicting conclusions about the presence of endospores in very late stationary phase cultures of Mycobacterium marinum, a common model for acute Mycobacte... Read More

Will the iPad Replace Your Lab Notebook?

The release of the iPad this week may bring the long-expected replacement of the paper-bound lab notebook by electronic notebooks one step closer. But are scientists, particularly PIs, comfortable with electronic lab notebooks?

The rise of the tablets
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TWiV 76: XMRV with Professor Stephen Goff



On episode #76 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent speaks with Stephen Goff about the origin of the retrovirus XMRV and its association with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome.


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Helicobacter pylori: a poor man's gut pathogen?

The epidemiology of H. pylori infection is characterized by marked differences between developing and developed countries, notably among children. In addition, congruent lines of evidence point out to socioeconomic factors and living standards as main determinants of the age-dependent acquisitio... Read More

Do you want to know what is in your vaccines?

The recent discovery of contaminating porcine circovirus 1 DNA in Rotarix underscores the power of deep sequencing to ensure the purity of viral vaccines. The price of deep sequencing is now low enough that it is possible to use this technology to examine not just viral vaccines, but any biologi... Read More

Customize your Firefox Browser with a MicrobeWorld Persona

With the launch of Firefox 3.63, the new version of the popular browser allows users to easily "skin" their browser's appearance.

If you visit the link under "Source" above and you are using the latest version of Firefox, you will be able to wear MicrobeWorld's team colors while you surf the... Read More

Microbiology Education and Social Media

At the Spring 2010 meeting of the Society for General Microbiology In Edinburgh Vincent Racaniello spoke about ‘Social Media in Microbiology Education and Research’. In his presentation he gives a comprehensive overview of how he uses these new communication tools to promote the science of virol... Read More

Lens-less Microscopy aka Kryptonian Vision

Jennifer Gutierrez is a microbiology graduate student in the Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University and University of California at San Diego. In her guest blog post on Small Things Considered she describes a new imaging technique dubbed "lens-less microscopy."

As part of the di... Read More

Renew your Knowledge of Microbiology

Enjoy this scientific spring scavenger hunt and find the answers to these 10 questions on the history of microbiology. The birth of microbiology revolved around many key discoveries beginning around the mid to late 1600’s. These discoveries were at the cutting edge of science at the time and th... Read More

Deep sequencing reveals viral vaccine contaminants

Use of the rotavirus vaccine Rotarix in the US has been temporarily suspended because the vaccine was found to be contaminated with porcine circovirus 1 DNA. The discovery was made in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Delwart, who has provided insight into what was found in Rotarix, and why he was anal... Read More

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