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Upcoming Fall ASM Teleconferences

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

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint Presentation) #ASMGM 2010-First Talk, Michael Schmidt

Click "source" to download a PowerPoint presentation on ASM's social media presence that I gave at the ASM General Meeting in San Diego on May 24, 2010. I was the first speaker.

The slides provide an overview of social media, its tools and the value proposition it might provide to microbio... Read More

TWiV 276: Ramblers go viral

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 Host: Vincent Racaniello


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First West Nile virus infections confirmed in humans in Greece

Between early July and 22 August 2010, 81 cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease were reported in the region of Central Macedonia, northern Greece. The median age of cases was 70 years. Encephalitis, meningoencephalitis or aseptic meningitis occurred mainly in patients aged 50 years or older. ... Read More

outreach activities-Extract DNA from a banana with your 4-8th graders!

Get grade school and middle school students excited about science! ASM has peer-reviewed classroom and outreach activities that can be utilized in K-12 classrooms. One such activity: Extract DNA from a banana. In under two hours, students can visibly see DNA extraction results from a small piece... Read More

BacterioFiles 172 - Sunlight-Snackers Seize Sparks

This episode: Some photosynthetic bacteria can use electricity for their metabolism to make useful stuff too!


(9.2 MB, 10 minutes)


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Clinical Trials for Beginners

Judy Stone, MD, an infectious disease specialist experienced in conducting clinical research, is the author of an upcoming series of blog posts about the ABC's of clinical trials. In the first post she tackles the origin of clinical trials in which she highlights the history of many famous micro... Read More

DNA Disruptor

Viruses can act as miniature couriers. When they infect, they may inadvertently take up a bit of their host’s DNA and have it copied into their progeny. When the offspring viruses move on to infect new cells, they may insert this bit of accidentally pilfered DNA into the new hosts’ genome. This ... Read More

What is Dual Use Research? (Video)

Learn more about the issue of dual use research in the life sciences by watching the following educational video produced by the NIH. Read More

Genetics researcher Francisco Ayala discusses his life, his work and creationism

Evolutionary geneticist Francisco Ayala wasn't always attracted to life in the laboratory. As a young man in Spain, Ayala was ordained as a Dominican priest. Within a year, though, he gave up it up to study genetics at Columbia University. Since then, Ayala's research has focused on parasitic pr... Read More

TWiV 59

Nick writes:


I’m a bit behind in my Twiv listening, but I’d like to comment on something you said in Twiv 47. You have reminded us several times in the past that “viruses are not alive” and you embellished on this during Twiv 47 by saying that if they are not alive, they can’... Read More

BacterioFiles 166 - Metamorphosis Microbes Mapped

This episode: Discovering how butterflies' bacteria change from caterpillar to adult!


(7.5 MB, 8.1 minutes)


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TWiP 64 letters

Richard writes:


Good morning, day, evening (depending on your time of day). Esteemed professors!


Firstly my weather report, for Weston super Mare, uk.


It is currently 3 centigrade (feels like 2C), dew point 4C, humidity 78%, there has been 1m... Read More

Digital Disease Detection — Harnessing the Web for Public Health Surveillance

Wow, the NEJM is really knocking out some great "perspectives" in their most recent issue.

The Internet has become a critical medium for clinicians, public health practitioners, and laypeople seeking health information. Data about diseases and outbreaks are disseminated not only through onli... Read More

TWiV 242: I want my MMTV

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Interview of Dr. Zakaria Ahmed (The Shining star of Bangladesh)

I am International Outreach Coordinator of We The Microbiologist, a group to outreach the excellence and passion for Microbiology. I communicated Dr. Zakira Ahmad, for a formal interaction to discuss his excellence. I am glad beyond expectation that I had been called to his home with a warm welc... Read More

A retrovirus makes chicken eggshells blue

When you purchase chicken eggs at the market, they usually have white or brown shells. But some breeds of chicken produce blue or green eggs. The blue color is caused by insertion of a retrovirus into the chicken genome, which activates a gene involved in the production of blue eggs. Read More

How They’re Different

Although many archaea have tough outer cell walls, these walls contain different kinds of amino acids and sugars than those found in bacteria. Archaeal cell membranes also are chemically distinct from bacterial membranes with differing lipid structures and chemical links. This means that drug... Read More

TWiV 297: Ebola! Don't panic

The TWiVites present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.


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BacterioFiles 179 - Functionless Phages Feel Fatiguing

 This episode: Defective phages in bacterial genomes can still have burdensome effects! Why do the bacteria keep them around?


(10.4 MB, 11.3 minutes)


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