Scientists who advised the World Health Organization on its influenza policies and recommendations—including the decision to proclaim the so-called swine flu a "pandemic" had close ties to companies that manufacture vaccines and antiviral medicines like Tamiflu, a fact that WHO did not publicly ... Read More
While an out-of-control gusher deep in the Gulf of Mexico fouls beaches and chokes marshland habitat, another threat could be growing below the oil-slicked surface.
The nation’s worst oil spill could worsen and expand the oxygen-starved region of the Gulf labeled “the dead zone” for its inhos... Read More
Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Read More
A relatively new strain of toxic germ is making the rounds in hospitals around the Valley.
“It’s not a supergerm,” said Dr. Bob England, Director of the Maricopa County Health Department.
“This is a stronger version of a very common strain and it can make you very sick,” Dr. England explai... Read More
This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More
I joined Marc Pelletier on episode 60 of Futures in Biotech for a conversation with Dave Brodbeck, George Farr, and Andre Nantel. We talked about primate face recognition, discovery of a new antiviral compound to treat hepatitis C virus infection, changing the length of a codon from three to fou... Read More
To mark the celebration of Microbeworld's 50th episode of the Meet the Scientist podcast, we created a time lapse video that shows exactly what it takes to produce a single episode of the show.
These YouTube videos were created by a group of microbiology students in Spring 2010. It is a spoof of the famous Clint Eastwood movie.
13-year-old Jonathan Lee asked scientists about the possible after effects from the Gulf oil spill. He wants to learn what could happen and share that information with others in an effort to help with the cleanup. Read More
A general video from the The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia featuring microbiologist Sally Roberts. Read More
Tonight we have results of an 8 On Your Side investigation into a household item that could make your family sick. Oven mitts and hot pads are a necessary culinary tool but we found most people rarely clean the accessories that come in close contact with your food. 8 On Your Side Reporter Chris ... Read More
Introduction to bioinformatics with Dr. Steve Jones, Head, Bioinformatics, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency. Read More
Can we get bugs to do our bidding? Emory chemist Justin Gallivan has moved science another step closer to that possibility. His lab reprogrammed an innocuous strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli to "seek and destroy" the molecules of an herbicide called atrazine.
"Rather than just alterin... Read More
Tanja Woyke from the DOE JGI on the "Genomic Sequencing of Single Bacterial Cells" on March 26, 2010 at the 5th Annual DOE JGI User Meeting. Read More
Morehouse College Biology students Rob Williams and Tony Gibson present on the process of Taq production and the polymerase chain reaction. Read More
Here's a great mother's day song from a biologist's perspective. Musically it is similar to a They Might Be Giants song. Enjoy. Read More
University of Michigan researchers say they have identified what appears to be a crucial step in the chain of biological events leading to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Their findings support the idea that exposure to a traumatic event can trigger genetic changes that alter the body's immun... Read More
A collaboration of two spanish groups from CSIC had solved the 3D structure of LytC. The structure explains the peculiar role that this protein plays during a process known as pneumococcal fratricide. The structure has been published in the last issue of Nature Structural Molecular Biology.