A candid conversation with Larry Brilliant about pandemic bird flu (H5N1), the risks we face, the uncertainties, and to talk about the accuracy and inaccuracies in the mass media. This talk was presented in May of 2006, but it's interesting to watch in light of the current media environment arou... Read More
The Small Things Considered blog has just started a three-part series on oomycetes, also known as water molds.
The first piece (published today) describes oomycete biology, the other two will focus on a particular oomycete: the late potato blight pathogen.
Here's a clip:
"As you know, ... Read More
Alan Cann, senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, and colleagues Jo Badge, Stuart Johnson and Alex Moseley, have just published an article/paper on a small experiment involving student use of the microbloging service Twitter and its role in academia. Specifically, Cann and colleagues lo... Read More
Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. Google has found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for "flu" is actually sick, but... Read More
BioTorrents.net is a web service built by Dr. Morgan G.I. Langille, a bioinformatics researcher at UC Davis Genome Center, that allows scientists to rapidly share their results, datasets, and software using BitTorrent P2P file sharing technology.
Some of the service's features include:
Re... Read More
Vincent and Dick provide an overview of parasites and parasitism.
Download TWiP #1 (41 MB .mp3, 57 minutes) Read More
Here is an amazing animation depicting the life cycle of H1N1 influenza-A. It was created by a company called XVIVO for a firm called Zirus whose mission is to "provide keys to conquer viruses." According to Zirus' site their new classes of antivirotics are being used to cure and manage viral di... Read More
Hiroshi Nakaido, PBD Faculty Scientist, Structural Biology Department, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley, has authored a guest post on the Small Things Considered Blog regarding the limitations of LB medium.
"LB broth contains, per ml, 10 mg tryptone (... Read More
I was given a package of zinc lozenges when I contracted a cold a few weeks ago. That got me interested in the effect of zinc on rhinovirus replication. As a consequence I began a series of experiments to understand the mechanism of inhibition of viral replication by this metal. It's unusual tha... Read More
A recent paper in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education by Christine Vatovec and Teri Balser examines the effectiveness of using podcasts as an educational tool.
Out of 209 survey respondents, the authors found:
"The majority of students reported enjoying using the podcasts in... Read More
ASM's Fall Teleconferences Program will keep you current about the developments in your field.
Without ever leaving your laboratory or office, you can learn from expert scientists and key decision-makers hundreds of miles away. Each teleconference is an interactive live broadcast i... Read More
A musical extravaganza on the importance and execution of laboratory safety as presented by puppets.
An article published in PLoS Pathogens by Patrick Keeling, scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Evolutionary Biology Program, and assistant professor, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, answers 5 basic questions about microsporidia.
What Are Microsporidi... Read More
Flu.gov is launching a zip code based seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1 vaccine locator that works in collaboration with State health information websites. Currently, Flu.gov has a by-State only locater available now. While most States are posting new information every day about availability, distri... Read More
An overview of www.microbeworld.org, its features and how the site can be used.
Guys, what a great podcast. I am a chemical engineer with a MS in Environmental Management. I have been doing EH&S work in industrial settings for about 20 years after some years in R&D and manufacturing positions. I have always had a stro... Read More
The upcoming cold and flu season may be one of the busiest in years, with the added threat of the H1N1 virus. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) hosted a free webinar on Sept. 24 to help community leaders prepare for these potential threats to public health.
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