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At the Ends of the Earth: Antarctic Extremophiles

Dr. Laurie Connell, of the University of Maine, is involved in a number of research projects spanning from the development of field detection instruments for the detrimental potato wart, to the analysis of paralytic shellfish toxins, to the extreme microbial habitats at the southern most region ... Read More

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Ricardo writes:
Again and again, You do it over and over. Your podcast is everything about teaching. I'm expecting every monday morning for the download to finish so I can have my "pleasure  drive" to Ponte de Lima (a secondary campus from UFP). Episode 72 was really goo... Read More

TWiV 80: How much X could a woodchuck chuck?

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On episode #80 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich speak with Michael Bouchard about hepatitis B virus discovery, replication, and pathogenesis.


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Lab Stuff I Wish I Could Use In My Kitchen

Do you ever take a look at what you’re doing in the lab and think, “Wow, this would really come in handy at home?” Here are a few of the things I use in the lab that I would love to have in my kitchen:

1. Stir plates and stir bars would be incredibly useful for cooking those dishes that need ... Read More

Development of an HIV-1 Specific Microbicide Using Caulobacter crescentus

A recent paper published in PLoS One looks at the strategy of manipulating surface proteins on the aquatic bacterium, Caulobacter crescentus, to prevent HIV infection.

Abstract:

The development of alternative strategies to prevent HIV infection is a global public health priority. Initial e... Read More

Can a plant virus make you sick?

It has been estimated that approximately one hundred trillion bacteria colonize the human intestine. That’s about ten times the number of cells that constitute the entire human body. These bacteria are believed to have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with their hosts. What is known about th... Read More

El podcast del Microbio: Virus Respiratorio Sincitial





























En este episodio de "El podcast del microbio" presentamos los últimos datos sobre la epidemiología del Virus Respiratorio Sincitial (SRV)... Read More

Superbug - Journalist Maryn McKenna discusses MRSA

Maryn McKenna, a contributing writer for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and media fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, discusses MRSA in this promotional video for her new book "Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA."


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Design and Testing of Protein Combinatorial Libraries

In this video Stephen L. Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, discusses the challenges of designing new proteins that fold into a particular structure or perform a particular function. One method is to computationally design a protein based solely up... Read More

Genetics researcher Francisco Ayala discusses his life, his work and creationism

Evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala wasn't always attracted to life in the laboratory. As a young man in Spain, Ayala was ordained as a Dominican priest. Within a year, though, he gave up it up to study genetics at Columbia University. Since then, Ayala's research has focused on parasitic pr... Read More

A plant virus that switched to vertebrates

Viruses can be transmitted to completely new host species that they have not previously infected. Usually host defenses stop the infection before any replication and adaptation can take place. On rare occasions, a novel population of viruses arises in the new host. These interspecies infections ... Read More

True or False: All Metazoans Need O2

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

ASMCUE Microbrew Sessions

Abstracts submitted for this year's ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators "Microbrew: Mixing Ideas for Successful Teaching Strategies in
Microbiology" sessions are now available.

Just 23 days left until San Diego, hope to see you there!

Jennifer Herzog
Chair, ASMCUE 2010 Steering ... Read More

Do We Need a Climate Solution for Indoors?

We typically spend close to 90 percent of our time inside - at school, work and home. While outdoor air quality is very important, so too is the quality of the air we breathe at home and the office. Yet most of us know very little about the condition of our indoor climate.  The chemicals ... Read More

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Ben writes:


I really enjoyed your podcast about reverse transcription.  I was wondering what makes retroviruses like HIV impossible for our bodies fight off.  Are there any retroviruses that can be eliminated from the body?


Paula writes:


I was browsing on the "Chronic ... Read More

TWiV 79: Red hot chili viruses

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On episode #79 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Alan converse about making published science accessible to everyone, global eradication of poliomyelitis, and whether a plant virus c... Read More

Beer consumption increases human attractiveness to malaria mosquitoes

A recent paper published in PLoS One looks at the relationship between alcohol consumption and Anopheles gambiae (the primary African malaria vector).

BACKGROUND:
Malaria and alcohol consumption both represent major public health problems. Alcohol consumption is rising in developing countrie... Read More

Why Write? Communicating Your Results to Further Scientific Knowledge (MWV36)

On March 18, 2010, Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School and ASM President, gave a presentation to a group of graduate and postdoctoral students on why scientists need to be able to communicate effectively. This talk opened up the 2010 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute that... Read More

The Attendee's Guide to Scientific Meetings, Part II

In December of last year, Julian Davies, Professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society, authored an amusing post that essential... Read More

The Basics: How Alkaline Lysis Works

Alkaline lysis was first described by Birnboim and Doly in 1979 (Nucleic Acids Res. 7, 1513-1523) and has, with a few modifications, been the preferred method for plasmid DNA extraction from bacteria ever since. The easiest way to describe how alkaline lysis works is to go through the procedure ... Read More

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