This episode: Spraying cyanobacteria could turn deserts into useful land!
(9.3 MB, 10.13 minutes)
Hemorrhagic fevers are among the most graphic viral diseases, inspiring movies, novels, and a general fear of infection. They are characterized by an abrupt onset and a striking clinical course involving bleeding from the nose and mouth, vomiting with blood, and bloody diarrhea. The most famous ... Read More
Should you ever visit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York, be sure to go see the food blender that was used to carry out the well known Hershey-Chase experiment. The blender is located in the Szybalski Reading Room of the Carnegie Library. After entering the front door of the ... Read More
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
This episode: A bacteria-virus system for developing useful enzymes!
Would you like to read a concise and well-written review about how genomics has influenced our understanding of infectious diseases? Click "source" above for a satisfying account by David Relman, one of the leading contributors to this field.
After summarizing the dizzying accelerating pace a... Read More
This episode: Discovery of a bacterium infected by two distinct organisms at the same time!
This episode: Bacteria could reduce mercury's toxicity in their environment!
(6.5 MB, 7 minutes)
Methanotrophs (bacteria that use methane for their carbon and energy) secrete siderophore-like compounds that are usually used to chelate copper and make it more bioavailable, but ... Read More
En este episodio de "El podcast del microbio" presentamos los últimos datos sobre la epidemiología del Virus Respiratorio Sincitial (SRV)... Read More
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
There is no evidence for further spread among humans of a novel coronavirus recently isolated from two individuals with severe respiratory illness. This conclusion has been drawn after scrutinizing the travels (figure) and contacts of a Qatari adult who was transferred to intensive care in Londo... Read More
This episode: Ahmed Gomaa and I discuss how to keep some microbes and get rid of others using bacteria's own immune system!
(15.1 MB, 16.5 minutes)
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
This episode: Plants open up their roots to let bacteria in!
From my microbiology-associated blog, where I discuss teaching and research in microbiology at a small liberal arts institution. Read More