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Mad Dogs and Microbiologists

Guest blogger William C. Summers, Yale University School of Medicine, authors a post at Small Things Considered about the potential for a new rabies vaccine as evidenced in a recent PLoS paper titled "Effective preexposure and postexposure prophylaxis of rabies with a highly attenuated recombina... Read More

Teacher Resources from Small Things Considered

The Teachers' Corner of Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog includes a collection of posts suitable for teaching purposes. The posts are organized into subject areas geared for a typical microbiology course. According to the blog this material has been used for various... Read More

Microsoft's H1N1 Flu Self-Assessment Test

Microsoft has licensed an online H1N1 self assessment test from Emory University.

"During flu season this year, emergency rooms and doctors' offices might become crowded with patients seeking help for flu symptoms. This assessment is based on material licensed from Emory University. It is mea... Read More

TWiV 55

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I was listening to TWIV episode #50, concerning the recent article from Ila Singh’s group about the prostate cancer – XMRV connection, on the same day the NY Times reported a study from Judy Mikowitz et al., finding an association between ... Read More

MTS37 - Hazel Barton - Cave Dwellers



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$25,000 Research Awards in Pneumococcal Vaccinology

To honor the memory of Robert Austrian for his pioneering and important research on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases, Wyeth is sponsoring research awards for young scientists in the field of pneumococcal vaccinology.

Wyeth has selected the International Symposium of Pneumococci and Pne... Read More

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Supply Status

In an era of transparency, the CDC is doing it's part by posting every Friday the H1N1 vaccine supply status for all states and U.S. territories. Click "source" to view the status of allocations, orders and shipments. Read More

New AAM Report out Now - Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem

The American Academy of Microbiology has just published a colloquium report entitled "Antibiotic Resistance: An Ecological Perspective on an Old Problem."

According to the report, it is possible to co-exist with resistance by- developing new strategies to prevent resistance from spreading and... Read More

CDC 2009 H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Fact Sheet - What You Should Know About Flu Antiviral Drugs

Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu in your body. While CDC recommends flu vaccine as the first and most important step in preventing flu, antiviral drugs are a second line of defense against the flu. Click "source" to read t... Read More

Oct 15 is Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day starts October 15, 2009. This international awareness day is brought to you by the Academy for Educational Development, CDC, UNICEF and several other partners. The strategy for the United States is being led by the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival which is preparing a med... Read More

Understanding cell organization

Franklin M. Harold, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington has authored an interesting guest post on www.SmallThingsConsidered.us that examines the process of cell structural organization and assembly:

"Structural organization is one of the most conspicuous features of cells, a... Read More

MTS36 - Dennis Bray - Living Computers



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All for one, and one for all! Symbiosis in a warming world

In what appears to be a warming world, understanding how plants can tolerate and prosper at elevated temperatures is an intriguing topic. Small Things Considered's Associate Blogger Mark O. Martin looks at the symbiosis between panic grass, a virus, an endophytic fungus, and elevated temperature... Read More

Vaccination guide for expats

Planning a move abroad? Dr Sneh Khemka, Medical Director for Bupa International, gives us a brief guide to some of the most commonly required travel vaccinations and medicines for destinations around the world.

If you’re moving outside Western Europe, the United States or Australasia, you sh... Read More

Anatomy of a Pandemic

CBCNews.ca has a really great interactive time line that "illustrates some key dates in the evolution of the first pandemic of the 21st century."

Click "source" to view. Read More

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The Good-Enough Clockus of Prochlorococcus

Fine Reading: The Good-Enough Clockus of Prochlorococcus by Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog reviews a recent report from Ilka Axmann's lab in Berlin that concerns the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus and it's biological clockworks.

"The authors propose that their da... Read More

Treating IBD with probiotics? Use caution.

Researchers from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, analyzed three strains of the common probiotic Lactobacillus for their immunological properties and efficacy to treat or prevent inflammatory bowel disease in mice. The results suggests that each probiotic strain should be char... Read More

Climate Change, Marine Mucilage and Microbial Pathogens in the Mediterranean Sea

A recent paper published in PLoS suggests that the warming of the Mediterranean Sea's surface water is turning "marine snow," mostly organic detritus falling from the upper layers of the water column, into marine mucilage, a gelatinous evolving stage of marine snow, which can reach huge dimensio... Read More

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