In this episode of Virus Watch, I show how to do my favorite assay in all of virology - the plaque assay.
Microbes are excellent at adapting to stressful situations, which is part of the reason antibiotic resistance is a problem today. Constant exposure to antimicrobials such as triclosan have selected for resistant strains, rendering the compound ineffective. This is why the FDA recently banned t... Read More
In an attempt to preserve and defend the good name of the salmon fished in his state, Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA), introduced in 1969 a bill in the US Senate proposing to change the name of Salmonella to the more inoccuous sounding Sanella. In some circles it may seem comforting to th... Read More
We would like to know the experience when you work with your proteins (recombinant protein, native protein, lysate etc.), no matter it is success or failure. Did you get on well with the protein or still “fight” with it? Tell us your story. But, no, no, no, we don’t want to hear your presentatio... Read More
Researchers report they have used the Pathogen Box to identify a novel, highly potent antifungal agent with activity against two of the most common fungal pathogens of humans. Read More
Taxonomic profiling is a challenging first step when analyzing a metagenomic sample. This work presents a method that facilitates fine-scale characterization of the presence, abundance, and evolutionary relatedness of organisms present in a given sample but absent from the training database. We ... Read More
A new study shows that when heat-susceptible bacteria living symbiotically in the guts of insects are exposed to increased temperatures, both the bacteria and the insect are negatively impacted and can die. The study, reported online this week in the journal mBio®, illustrates another way globa... Read More
Collecting, transporting, and storing patient specimens plays a major role in infection diagnoses. ASM provides a number of resources regarding best practices and the latest research regarding specimen collection! Read More
Be honest – do the cases in the lefthand table make you break into hives? It’s not an uncommon response! S. aureus is a sneaky bacterium, throwing susceptibility curve-balls like those to the left on a regular basis. Not to mention the non-aureus staphylococci, which we are now routinely identif... Read More
In what ways might medical laboratories now be perceived as factories? And where does the similarity end? Read more...
Bacteria of the microbiome are essential aspects of human health. The best example is in the human gut. Home to nearly three pounds of bacteria (with recent estimates at 3.8·1013 bacteria), our gut uses its microbiome to neutralize toxic byproducts of digestion, stimulate digestion, assist with ... Read More
Interesting research on multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria and the proteins they use to evade drugs and the immune system. Read More
Scientists from Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan) found a species of bacteria that can grow on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and treat it as the energy and carbon source, providing a biologic way to break down plastics. Read More
Smithsonian.com delves into the weeds of horizontal gene transfers (HGT) in bacteria. A feat that is largely unique to bacteria, it allows bacteria to trade DNA with other bacteria.
Bacteria can "exchange DNA as easily as we might exchange phone numbers, money or ideas".
Explore some of ... Read More
Looking to change people's behavior with regards to microbiology sampling? Look no further than the result report... Read More
Eva Harris, PhD, University of California, Berkley, is interviewed by Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University, New York, about the status of Zika virus in Nicaragua. Harris has developed a multidisciplinary approach to study the molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, cl... Read More
“We Are Very Much Thankful to:
Prof. Vincent Racaneillo (USA) - Columbia University
A. Prof. Andrew Marsh (UK) - University of Warwick
A. Prof. Gulfaraz Khan (UAE) - United Arab Emirates University
Dr. Ryan McNamara (USA) – University of Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Sharon Kuss (USA) - UT Southweste... Read More
Daniel Haeusser, an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, discusses the misconception of assuming that photosynthesis exists as single process of strict coupling between energy conversion and carbohydrate production. Read More
I am talking here specifically about automation of the bacterial culture process, using Kiestra TLA (installed in my own lab early 2016), Copan WASP, etc. A useful bullet point summary for those who are considering a business case for their own laboratory. Read More