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I just found your podcast and I love it! You have some wonderfully witty banter.


I am only on my 4th episode (that's what you call a podcast segment right?), and have a question pertaining to my original reason for ... Read More

A single amino acid change switches avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9 viruses to human receptors

Two back-to-back papers were published last week that provide a detailed analysis of what it would take for avian influenza H5N1 and H7N9 viruses to switch to human receptors. A single amino acid change in the viral hemagglutinin protein is sufficient to quantitatively change binding of the viru... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 280. Vacunas, lo tomas o lo dejas. (Vaccines: take it or leave it)



























Last March, there was a measles outbreak in the Spanish town of Alicante due to the lack of effective vaccination as a result of... Read More

Microbiology Dilution Series Demonstration

Here's a nice demonstration video by Dr. Conor O'Bryne from the Dept. of Microbiology at National University of Ireland, Galway, showing how to perform a serial dilution on a liquid food sample (in this case raw unpasteurised milk). The raw milk sample is diluted down to 1/1000 in a sterile dil... Read More

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Treating IBD with probiotics? Use caution.

Researchers from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, analyzed three strains of the common probiotic Lactobacillus for their immunological properties and efficacy to treat or prevent inflammatory bowel disease in mice. The results suggests that each probiotic strain should be char... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº164 and 165. Lotka and Volterra



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 164 and 165 are dedicated to the history of the development of the Lotka-Volterra model. El podc... Read More

World Health Day – 7 April 2011 Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow

Antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem but one that is becoming more dangerous; urgent and consolidated efforts are needed to avoid regressing to the pre-antibiotic era.

For World Health Day 2011, WHO is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resis... Read More

Exploring the role of the Internet in influencing anti-vaccination decisions

This paper provides a psychological perspective on the possible effect of the Internet on the decision against vaccination. The reported importance of the Internet in health decisions is still low, but rising; especially the amount of interactive use of the Internet is increasing, e.g. due to th... Read More

Taq Polymerase and the PCR

Morehouse College Biology students Rob Williams and Tony Gibson present on the process of Taq production and the polymerase chain reaction. Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 286. Mutaciones tempranas en el VIH (Early mutations in HIV)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 286 summarize the article by Henn et al published in PLoS: Pathogens about the impact of early minor ... Read More

TWiV 282: Tamiflu and tenure too

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El podcast del Microbio Nº159. Herpes are forever



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 159 : Herpes Simplex Virus-1. Read More

El podcast del Microbio N224. Fin de la Segunda Temporada (End of Second Season)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº 224 is a "season finale" special. It will be back in october. Thanks!. El podcast del Microbio ... Read More

NIH head defends new center for translational science

Head of the US National Institutes of Health Francis Collins was asked some tough questions by a House of Representatives subcommittee examining the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NCATS. The goal of the new center, opened in 2012, is to reduce the amount of time needed... Read More

Collection of Microbial Discovery Activities for K-12

The American Society for Microbiology has posted a collection of Microbial Discovery Activities designed for K-12 teachers to facilitate the incorporation of microbiology within science courses. Activities come from the community at large. All submissions are reviewed by the ASM Committee on K-1... Read More

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An Inactive Mine Provides Active Opportunities

Elio Schaechter of Small Things Considered describes the work by members of Jill Banfield’s lab at Berkeley on a unique set of mine-dwelling microorganisms dubbed ARMAN (for Archaeal Richmond Mine Acidophilic Nanoorganisms). These microbes illustrate many surprising characteristics such as "thei... Read More

Physical Virology

A post by Manuel Sánchez, host of the Spanish blog, Curiosidades de al Microbiologia, on an article entitled "Physical Virology " that appeared in Nature Phyisics, discuses the ideas and potential of a new discipline that studies viruses from a physical perspective.

"Viruses are able to spont... Read More

HIV gets the zinc finger

Because all animal viruses initiate infection by binding to a receptor on the cell surface, this step has long been considered a prime target for antiviral therapy. Unfortunately, drugs that block virus attachment to cells have never shown much promise. Another approach, which is to ablate the r... Read More
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