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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

TWiV special: MERS-coronavirus in dromedary camels

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HIV among US youth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest estimates on the number of new HIV infections in the United States. HIV remains a serious health problem, with an estimated 47,500 people becoming newly infected with the virus in the United States in 2010. About 12,000 youth... Read More

TWiV 320: Retroviruses and cranberries

Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.


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BacterioFiles 226 - Deep Dwellers Diversify

This episode: Archaea living in the deep ocean (and their viruses) have clever ways to maintain diversity and adaptability!


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 38 - Competitor Curbs Cavities

This episode: Bacteria may help prevent cavities!


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Healthwatch: PRHC Microbiology Lab

A behind the scenes look at the Microbiology Lab at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, staffed by highly trained medical laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians. Read More

NSF Launches Science360 Radio for Web, iPhone and Android

The National Science Foundation has just launched Science360 Radio, a website and app for smart phones and iDevices, that streams science-focused audio content. (Disclaimer: All of MicrobeWorld's podcasts are included.) There are over 100 shows featured and the app is free.

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A Clever Bug That is Difficile to Control

New infectious diseases emerge with worrisome frequency. Some accompany natural events such as changes in climate, while others surface with human help. Of great importance among the latter are the infections caused by Clostridium difficile (casually called C. diff). The prevalence of these infe... Read More

Differentiation of two distinct clusters among currently circulating influenza A(H1N1)v viruses

Analysis of all complete genome sequences of the pandemic influenza A(H1N1)v virus available as of 10 September 2009 revealed that two closely related but distinct clusters were circulating in most of the affected countries at the same time. The characteristic differences are located in genes en... Read More

Chi - A Fastidious Bacteriophage

Michael Yarmolinsky, Scientist Emeritus in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, explores how the virulent, double-stranded DNA phage called Chi attacks only motile strains of bacteria.

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Classification

Archaeans are single-celled creatures that join bacteria to make up a category of life called the Prokaryotes (pro-carry-oats). Prokaryotes' genetic material, or DNA, is not enclosed in a central cellular compartment called the nucleus. Bacteria and archaea are the only prokaryotes. ... Read More

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Hooray for finally mentioning G. pulchrum in episode 62, my most favorite parasite and one worthy of further discussion. As a diagnostic veterinary pathologist, I encounter this spirurid in approximately... Read More

Nature launches iPhone app

Nature magazine has just launched an iPhone application. It's essentially an eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch that gives all access to Nature and Nature News content as it is published for free until April 30th when presumably they will start charging. It's available in the app store n... Read More

How to Make a Decision: Advice for Scientists

Which grad school should you go to?… should you take that new job?… should you quit your current job?… should you stay in science?… should you get married, go for a run, eat that chocolate bar?…..

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TWiV 282: Tamiflu and tenure too

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The Application of Standards to the NIH Roadmap Human Microbiome Project

Barbara Methe, Professor in the Departments of Human Genome Medicine and Microbial and Environmental Genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), gives an overview of the Human Microbiome Project at the 9th Genomic Standards Consortium Workshop held at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockv... Read More

Squishy Science: Extract DNA from Smashed Strawberries

Fun science activity for kids!

Have you ever wondered how scientists extract DNA from an organism? All living organisms have DNA, which is short for deoxyribonucleic acid; it is basically the blueprint for everything that happens inside an organism’s cells. Overall, DNA tells an organism how ... Read More

Plasmalogens Have Evolved Twice

Howard Goldfine, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has authored a new post on Small Things Considered that looks at the interesting evolution of plasmalogens from anaerobes to plant and animal cells.

"Plasmalogens appeared early, but did not survi... Read More

A sporadic undertaking by Small Things Considered

This is the third annual Week of the Fungi on Small Things Considered, a sporadic undertaking (please excuse the pun).

"Sooner or later, but usually sooner, anyone dealing with fungi will have to deal with the issue of spore dispersal. Many fungi, mushrooms included, are a spore’s way of spre... Read More
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