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Marine Microbiology, Twitter Friends, and Shrunken Coffee Cups

In this blog entry, I discuss how marine microbiology is fascinating to students, as well as the topic leading me (via social media) to other marine microbiologists. One of those marine microbiologists made me a "shrunken coffee cup" (shrunken due to being carried below a kilometer of depth on ... Read More

Early Origins

Archaeans are among the earliest forms of life that appeared on Earth billions of years ago. It’s now generally believed that the archaea and bacteria developed separately from a common ancestor nearly 4 billion years ago. Millions of years later, the ancestors of today's eukaryotes split off... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 273: Diabetes y microbiota intestinal (Diabetes and intestinal microbiota)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº273 summarize the paper by Wei et al ( Cell Host & Microbe, 2012) about the possible link betwween dia... Read More

El podcast del microbio Nº261. Terapia antiretroviral y prevención del VIH (Antiretroviral therapy and HIV prevention)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº261 summarizes the NEJM paper about the use of antiretroviral therapy for prevention of HIV infection,... Read More

TWiP 66 letters

 


Andre writes:


Dear Vincent,


To my great delight, I just discovered your podcasts twiv, twim and twip.


The first twip I heard, about Strongyloides stercoralis, although informative and interesting, seemed to have several inaccuracies. I w... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº130 y 131




























Nº130 and 131 of "El Podcast del Microbio" is dedicated to the New York Times article (Nov 5, 2010) about the search for... Read More

Freshman Biology Creative Projects!

I have found that students become involved, energized, and enthusiastic when I give them opportunities to explore topics in my classes using their own creative approaches and interests. So this semester, in my Biology 111 course at the University of Puget Sound, I found that students explored f... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 252: Prejuicios, anticonceptivos y SIDA (prejudices, contraceptives and AIDS)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº252 summarizes the results from Hel et al published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases about the use of... Read More

How many viruses on Earth?

How many different viruses are there on planet Earth? Twenty years ago Stephen Morse suggested that there were about one million viruses of vertebrates (he arrived at this calculation by assuming ~20 different viruses in each of the 50,000 vertebrates on the planet). The results of a new study s... Read More

Using Wordcloud-Reponses to Discover How Students Perceive Concepts in the Classroom

In this blog, I share some "first word that comes to mind" responses of my freshman biology class to the words "germ," "bacteria," "cell," and "DNA." The way that we perceive an idea or concept definitely impacts our relationship with it. Thus, finding out what students think, coming into our ... Read More

Phage-related chromosomal islands in gram positive bacteria

Here is an interesting paper regarding pathogenic islands of staphylococci. It is extremely interesting from an evolutionary standpoint, a pathogenic standpoint, and as a virus fan such as myself, a virological standpoint. It is kind of old so I am not sure if u covered it. It later was inclu... Read More

Diatoms

Microbiology

This includes the current issues regarding the microbial technlogy. Read More

Receptor for new coronavirus-EMC identified

Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites, which means that they must enter a cell to reproduce. As virions are too large to diffuse passively across the plasma membrane, cellular pathways for uptake of extracellular materials provide entry routes. The first step in entry is adherence of viru... Read More

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Threat to Global Health - Part 2

John D. McKinney, Global Health Institute, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), provides an overview of the natural history of TB infection and the global impact of TB on human health.

"Tuberculosis remains one of the most important causes of human disease... Read More

Effectiveness of this season’s influenza vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released early estimates of the effectiveness of this season’s influenza vaccine in preventing influenza infection. Estimated vaccine effectiveness is 62%. But even if you get infected after immunization, you are likely to have reduced illness, ... Read More

How to streak a plate

I found this video on YouTube of a teacher showing a class how to streak a plate. Thumbnail photo by musicalwds on Flickr. Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 254: Microbiota y cerebro. (Microbiota and brain)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº254 summarize the findins of Bravo et al published in PNAS about the modulation of emotional behaviour... Read More

ASM's Social Media Presence (PowerPoint) #ASMGM 2010- 2nd Talk - Sarah Pick - Twitter

Some highlights of Twitter in 15 minutes - how scientists might use hashtags, why using Twitter can be good tool, etc Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº134. NDM-1 resistance reported in Spain



























El Podcast del Microbio" Nº 134 talks about the report of NDM-1 resistance in Spain . "El Podcast del Microbio" nº 134 habl... Read More

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