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How to Create an Effective PowerPoint Presentation

Presenting your work is a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on your project, demonstrate the significance of your results, and make the connections that will enhance your future career. And yet, how many incomprehensible lab meetings have we all sat through? How many seminars have you attend... Read More

Return of Influenza - A "Microbes After Hours" Series

Fall is on the horizon, bringing with it freshly-sharpened pencils, vibrantly-colored leaves, and of course - the annual influenza season. In this video you will learn about the microbiology of this fascinating virus and why vaccination not only protects ourselves but higher-risk individuals all... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 50 - Microbes Mop Malicious Metals

This episode: Bacteria could help plants clean up heavy metal-contaminated soils!


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“I Can’t Live Without You!” A Close-up Examination of Microorganisms Involved in Mutually Beneficial Symbiotic Relationships

In this activity, students learn about mutually beneficial symbiotic relationships that exist between
microbes and other microbes, plants, and animals, prepare samples for microscopic observation from a
termite hindgut, a lichen, and a legume root nodule, and use a microscope to observe and id... Read More

Paul Stamets - 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways that the mycelium fungus can help save the world. Read More

BacterioFiles 175 - Bacteria Build Better Biofilms

This episode: Engineered bacteria can be made to produce many different useful kinds of biofilm!


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TWiP 84: Bigfoot

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.


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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

TWiV 108 Letters

Zephyr writes:

Hello everyone, dear doctors Racaniello, Despommier, Alan Dove and Rich Condit,


I've been a devoted listener since April 2009. Like many others listeners then I quickly caught up with all previous episodes (I'll never forget that memorable one devoted ... Read More

TWiM 15 Letters

Martyn writes:

Dear Vincent and gang,

A couple of times you've mentioned pro-biotic bacteria foods.  As an ignorant layman, I wonder i... Read More

”Build a Bacterium” Scavenger Hunt

In this activity, each student is provided with a worksheet and three index cards. Each card indicates a different cell part (e.g. LPS, capsule, DNA). Students are placed in small groups and receive a written scenario regarding a bacterium with a certain goal it must carry out. They must work t... Read More

Scientists Uncover Vast Microbial Diversity of Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

The microbial ecosystem inside the carnivorous pitcher plant is vastly more diverse than previously thought according to research published in the March 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Researchers from Louisiana State University used genomic fingerprinting te... Read More

TWiP 89: Day TWiPers

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.


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BacterioFiles 233 - Messy Microbes Maintain Mouse Microbiota

This episode: Mice in less sanitary conditions have more diverse gut communities and perhaps less allergy!


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Pandemic Potential of a Strain of Influenza A (H1N1) : Early Findings

The authors analyze the influenza outbreak in Mexico, and make an early assessment of transmissibility and severity. Read More

Robert Koch by Giancarlo Martinez

A brief video history of Robert Koch, one of the founding fathers of Bacteriology and Microbiology who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contributions and discoveries on Tuberculosis.
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Microbiology blog in spanish language: Curiosidades de la Microbiologia

"Curiosidades de la microbiologia" (Curiosities of the microbial world) is a microbiology blog writen in spanish language. The aim of the blog is academic and divulgative. It was designed as a support tool for graduate students in life science like Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Medicine,... Read More

Transposases are the most abundant, most ubiquitous genes in nature

A team of scientists based at San Diego State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of South Florida have analyzed all sequence data available in public databases from complete genomes and environmental community genomes, and found out that jumping genes (known as transposase... Read More

How To Prevent Other People’s Mistakes from Affecting Your Work

Chances are, in the course of your scientific career, you will encounter a common problem in research: losing time due to someone else’s mistake. Whether the problem is an incorrect strain or plasmid given to you by another lab, incorrectly made buffers or media from within your own lab, or, in ... Read More

Swine Influenza H1N1 US Totals: 21,449 Cases, 87 Deaths

I'm sure most of us have had enough of swine flu/H1N1 news, but the CDC does daily updates on their site that tally the number of cases and fatalities. To date the US has a grand total of 21,449 cases and 87 deaths. I don't think the daily number tallies are worth posting to MicrobeWorld everyda... Read More
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