One of the many interesting controversies that microbiologists can ponder today is whether the alarming proliferation of antibiotic-resistant strains is primarily a consequence of the widespread use of antibiotics in humans and in animal husbandry. An examination of bacteria isolated from terres... Read More
El podcast del Microbio Nº173 deals with the recent Science paper by Jon Lyall et al. about the creation of transgenic chi... Read More
This episode: Bacterial antivirus system could treat chronic herpes virus infections!
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El podcast del Microbio Nº220 summarize the post on Geobacter bacteria wrote by Suzzane Winter and published in Moselio Sch... Read More
PLoS One has published an interesting paper that considers using smart phones for scientific field data collection and suggests mobile apps could also be beneficial for recruiting ‘citizen scientists’ to contribute data easily to central databases through their mobile phone.
Here's the abstr... Read More
A rare educational Disney animated short film from 1951 with a character called Common Sense who warns about the dangers of the common cold. Read More
This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells!
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On episode #70 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Dickson, and Alan consider a broad spectrum antiviral against enveloped viruses, how a plant virus induces chemical signals in the host ... Read More
Our vaccine unit here at NIH did a study of malaria vaccine with some promising results. I know Dickson has been a champion of conquering malaria.
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
This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic!
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Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.
Guests: Wa... Read More
Jeff Fox of Microbe magazine talks with Nancy Connell of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) on the recent National Research Council report on the FBI’s scientific investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks Read More
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Guest: Peter L. Salk
Vincent meets up with Peter L. Salk to talk about development ... Read More
Our survey: PowerPoint Show Format
If you have Microsoft’s PowerPoint, you can download our 17-image slide show.
Note: controls will appear in the lower left corner of your monitor. You may also use your arrow keys to move forward and back... Read More
Merry Youle of Small Things Considered looks at several bacteria that have borrowed "tail-like particles" from phages and fashioned from it a targeted bacterial killer for their own use.
"These efficient killers are indeed related to phage. One gene cluster in the P. aeruginosa PA... Read More
Here is another great article, closing out "Fungi Week" on Elio Schaechter and Merry Youle's Small Things Considered blog.
"Huge amounts of money and effort are going into making automotive fuels using biological processes, but a fully satisfactory answer is not yet at hand. Well, fungi may c... Read More
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S 810), which would prohibit the use of chimpanzees in medical research, may be voted on in the Senate this week (it was approved by a Senate committee in July). The purpose of this act is to phase out invasive research on great apes and the use of ... Read More