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Using Routine Surveillance Data to Estimate the Epidemic Potential of Emerging Zoonoses: Application to the Emergence of US Swine Origin Influenza A H3N2v Virus

A simple new method better assesses the risks posed by emerging zoonotic viruses (those transmissible from animals to humans), according to a study published in PLOS Medicine this week. Dr. Simon Cauchemez and colleagues from Imperial College London in the UK and the Centers for Disease Control ... Read More

A saga of HeLa cells

We have been using HeLa cells in my laboratory since 1982, when I arrived at Columbia University Medical Center fresh from postdoctoral work with David Baltimore at MIT. I brought with me a line of HeLa cells and used them for 30 years for our research on viruses. Here is a story of how we lost ... Read More

Physician Guidlines for Identifying Swine Flu from IDAC

The Infectious Disease Association of California has issued guidelines for clinicians to help them identify possible patients suffering from this strain of swine flu.
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Programmed Cell Death Activates Latent Herpesviruses

Researchers have found that apoptosis, a natural process of programmed cell death, can reactivate latent herpesviruses in the dying cell. The results of their research, which could have broad clinical significance since many cancer chemotherapies cause apoptosis, was published ahead of print in ... Read More

Architecture of a bullet-shaped virus

Since electron micrographs first revealed the bullet-shaped morphology of vesicular stomatitis virus (a virus related to rabies virus), understanding the architecture has been elusive. It was known that the RNA genome is wrapped in a helical structure by the viral nucleocapsid (N) protein, but h... Read More

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Discover Your Inner Scientist: Wolbachia In Nashville 2013

A CNN iReport about an integrative lab series known as the Wolbachia in Nashville includes area high school students from School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt with the purpose of bringing real-world scientific research on microbes into high school biology classes. Angela Eeds, director with... Read More

Fourth Season of El Podcast del Microbio: Francisco Javier Balmis



























The new season of El podcast del Microbio has begun. The radio broadcast Nº 331, 332 and 333 are dedicated to Francisco Javier Balmis, the Spanish physician who headed an 1804 expedition to Spanish America t... Read More

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Supply Status

In an era of transparency, the CDC is doing it's part by posting every Friday the H1N1 vaccine supply status for all states and U.S. territories. Click "source" to view the status of allocations, orders and shipments. Read More

Why do viruses cause disease?

Virulence, the capacity to cause disease, varies markedly among viruses. Some viruses cause lethal disease while others do not. For example, nearly all humans infected with rabies virus develop a disease of the central nervous system which ultimately leads to death. In contrast, most humans are ... Read More

Youtube Channel about microbiology at the movies

A blog and a youtube channel has been created with the aim to join two worlds: microbes and movies.

They have an educational scope. The movie fragments included anotations related to microbiology. The first movie comented is "Arrowsmith" (1931) directed by John Ford and based in the novel of... Read More

TWiP 70 letters


Robin writes:


Cysticercosis.


While it is true that Taenia saginata tends to be benign as helminthic infestations go in humans, the same cannot be said for Taenia solium.


In both cases, ingestion of (encysted) larvae leads to enteric infestation wi... Read More

Interview of Dr. Tim Sandle

Q) Dr. Tim Sandle, the well known researcher, professor, author and science communicator. It is much interesting for me to take an interview of an eminent person who is well known for the communicating science. Starting from your early childhood life, how you used to take science as that time?
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A few reminiscences on Hilary Koprowski

Virologist Hilary Koprowski died on 11 April 2013 at the age of 96. His main accomplishments are nicely summarized in the New York Times, but for a more comprehensive overview of his life, I highly recommend his biography Listen to the Music by Roger Vaughan. I did not have many opportunities to... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 201. No compartas tu flauta (Don't share your flute)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº201 summarize an article published in General Dentistry about the risk of infection by sharing mu... Read More

Virologists plan influenza H7N9 gain of function experiments

A group of virologists lead by Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier have sent a letter to Nature and Science outlining the experiments they propose to carry out with influenza H7N9 virus. Avian influenza H7N9 virus has caused over 130 human infections in China with 43 fatalities. The source of the... Read More

SCASM - Molecular Microbiology Methods Workshop: Verification, Validation and Quality Systems

The workshop will provide an overview of molecular method verification and validation and the application of biostatistics, which are now critical to the operation of a microbiology laboratory. The workshop will focus on current CLIA regulations for verification and implementation of user define... Read More

Stop Action Videos, Animation, and Bdellovibrio

My wife, who is a mathematician and artist, made a stop motion video using Play-Doh that represents the life cycle of the bacterial predator, Bdellovibrio. This brings together interesting microbes, animation, and thoughts about what students might do to understand processes in microbiology! Read More

Lactococcus lactis - from brie to biofuel

According to researchers from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Wisconsin's favorite microbe, Lactococcus lactis, could aid in the production of biofuels by helping break down plant matter.

Scientists discovered that the scaffolding proteins on the surface of the microbe can be metaboli... Read More

Environmental Risk factor database: Bugs and Genes II: Alzheimer's , Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Bipolar disoder and Schizophrenia.

This is a database of environmental risk factors, often viruses, bacteria and parasites, that have been implicated in Alzheimer's disease, Bipolar disorder, Multiple sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Parkinson's disease , all accessible from the home page. In general the degree of risk conferred by... Read More

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