Virginia Campbell,MD, host of the Brain Science Podcast, has published a very interesting interview with Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book Autism’s False Prophets. In the interview, Campbell and Offit explore "the scientific evidence that vaccines DO NOT cause autism, but also examine why the c... Read More
The spring semester has begun at Columbia University, which means that it is time to teach my virology course. The fourth annual installment of my virology course, Biology W3310, has begun. This course, which I taught for the first time in 2009, is intended for advanced undergraduates and conven... Read More
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
El podcast del Microbio Nº213 summarize the recent finding of marine bacteria that digest plastic published in Nature. El p... Read More
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
Paul Duprex joins the TWiV team to discuss the current moratorium on viral research to alter transmission, range and resistance, infectivity and immunity, and pathogenesis.
Neisseria meningitidis may cause septicemia (bacteria in the blood) and meningitis (infection of the membrane surrounding the brain), but the bacterium colonizes the nasopharynx in 10-20% of the human population without causing disease. Although understanding how the bacterium changes from a com... Read More
Three years ago today, on 13 January 2011, the last case of poliomyelitis was reported in India. This achievement represents a remarkable turnaround for a country where control of the disease had for years been extremely difficult. As recently as 2009 there were 741 confirmed cases of polio caus... Read More
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
After searching through hundreds of potential chemicals, German immunologist Paul Ehrlich discovers a compound that can selectively kill the parasitic spirochete that causes syphilis. The following year, he sends 65,000 free samples of the drug, now known as the first modern chemotherapy agent, ... Read More
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
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
A paper just published in nature:
reports an effective antibiot... Read More
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
Since the first observations that the human retrovirus XMRV is associated with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), new studies have been carried out to determine the role of the virus in these diseases. The results have been conflicting: XMRV (and related retroviruses) have been ... Read More
Eric asked for “advice on how to bridge the gap between clinical medicine, public health, and virology research.” I asked Scott Hammer MD for his thoughts on this question. Here is Dr. Hammer’s response:
Thanks for forwarding this comment. In response, I’d inform y... Read More
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