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Using Bacteria to Turn Sand Dunes into Architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. Read More

Building Community through Public Toilets

The Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector. In this video GWC finalist David Kuria of Ecotact Limited, a Kenyan company dedicated to bringing public toilets to an area where there were only two for 60,000 people, discusses the need... Read More

Glass microbes

I am always looking for microbe-themed art; I keep a list of my findings at Microbe Art. I’ve just discovered a new artist: Jane Hartman of Trilobite Glassworks. From her website: Trilobite Glassworks features stained glass and fused glass decorative as well as functional pieces all designed and... Read More

TWiM #84: Microbiology Down Under

Host: Vincent Racaniello.


Special guests: D... Read More

TWiV 278: Flushing HIV down the zinc



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Read More

TWiP 71: Happy trails to you



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier Read More

A Guide to Swine Flu (SciAm)

As swine influenza reaches the U.S., a guide to what you need to know and what happens next. Plus, a look at pandemics past... Read More

Global warming may spur new fungal diseases (MWV37)

Watch Dr. Jeff Fox, Features Editor for Microbe Magazine talk with Arturo Casadevall, MD, Ph.D., the editor-in-chief of mB... Read More

Emerging Gastrointestinal Pathogen Linked With Human Fecal Contamination

A gastrointestinal pathogen associated with fecal contamination was present in 97 of 129 water samples taken from four beaches on the Lake Erie coast of Ohio according to research published in the August issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (click source to download a .pdf of the jour... Read More

Oral Activated Charcoal Prevents Experimental Cerebral Malaria in Mice and in a Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial in Man Did Not Interfere with the Pharmacokinetics of Parenteral Artesunate

Safe, cheap and effective adjunct therapies preventing the development of, or reducing the mortality from, severe malaria could have considerable and rapid public health impact. Oral activated charcoal (oAC) is a safe and well tolerated treatment for acute poisoning, more recently shown to have ... Read More

Whooping cough predicted to double in 20 years, new vaccination strategies will be needed

A new paper in PLoS recommends two vaccination strategies to better prevent whooping cough.

"In the absence of adolescent or adult vaccination, pertussis incidence among adults is predicted to more than double in 20 years. Implementing an adult program in addition to childhood and adolescent... Read More

Cyanobacteria: Growing a Green Future Around the Clock

Spencer Diamond and Britt Flaherty, PhD students at UCSD, Spencer in the Susan Golden Laboratory and Britt in the James Golden Laboratory, author a post on Small Things Considered about the green potential for cyanobacteria.

"With such famous bacteria as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtili... Read More

BacterioFiles 157 - Azotobacter Assists Algae

This episode: Nitrogen-fixing bacteria could provide nitrogen to algae in biotech processes!


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Cheap Exports: The Economics of Protein Production

Daniel Smith, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has a post on the Small Things Considered blog related to his recent paper, Economical Evolution: Microbes Reduce the Synthetic Cost of Extracellular Proteins, ... Read More

60 of the World's most memorable research papers

The Royal Society, founded in London in 1660 and one of the world's oldest scientific institutions, is marking the start of its 350th year by putting 60 of its most memorable research papers online. Several of these documents include papers by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, and even Antoni... Read More

TWiV 95 Letters

Jim writes:

Some listeners might benefit from reading "The Treatment; why is it so difficult to develop drugs for cancer" in the May 17, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, a nine page article (pp 68-77).


This link goes to the digital edition ( http://archives.newyorker.co... Read More

Hunters and Grazers

Most fungi can best be described as grazers, but a few are active hunters.

Hunter fungi prey on tiny protozoa and worm-like creatures called nematodes.

Some produce a sticky substance on their hyphae, which then act like flypaper, trapping passing prey.

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TWiV 217: I just flu in and my arms are shot



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, ... Read More

TWiM 62 Letters

Robert writes:
In TWIM #60 @1:06:23 Michael Schmidt suggests that glucose for fermentation from biomass is a necessary step in production of fuel ethanol. Fuel ethanol and other low molecular weight compounds can also be produced by autotrophic anaerobic fermentation of ... Read More

Inhibition of XMRV by a weapon of mass deamination

All mammalian genomes contain genes encoding Apobec proteins. Several members of this protein family (the name stands for apolipoprotein B mRNA editing complex) are induced by interferon and are intrinsic antiretroviral proteins. Apobec proteins inhibit the replication of XMRV, a new human retro... Read More

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