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The many faces of group A streptococcus: “flesh eating bacteria” (includes video)

The “flesh eating bacteria” is actually a relatively rare bacterial infection technically known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The most common organism that causes this devastating disease is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep), however other bacteria have been implicated (Clostrid... Read More

Trailer for "Under Our Skin"

From Underourskin.com - A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic larger than AIDS. Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the sto... Read More

The Alaska Ocean Blob Mystery Revealed - It's an Algal Bloom

Several media outlets from Time Magazine to local Alaska papers have confirmed that the 15 mile long organic blob floating in the Chukchi Sea, the waters between Alaska and Siberia, is indeed an algal bloom. But how com... Read More

Cleaning Office Environments of Microbial Contaminants

Here's a poster presentation by Luke Johnson from Canada's Carleton University on "Cleaning Office Environments of Microbial Contaminants," or how to best clean up an office space after a biothreat incident such as anthrax. Johnson was this year's recipient of the American Industrial Hygiene As... Read More

Know Your Mushrooms - The Documentary

Larry Evans, president of Western Montana Mycological Association, along with fellow mycologist, Gary Lincoff, introduce film audiences to the weird world of mycology in the new documentary "Know Your Mushrooms." With a psychedelic soundtrack produced by The Flaming Lips, director Ron Mann's doc... Read More

NBC's Today Show Segment on Germs in Your Kitchen

The staff of NBC's Today Show gets their kitchen swabbed by Dr. Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at NYU, and John Oxford, chair of the Hygiene Council. The results? Well, you'll just have to watch.

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Kary Mullis' Next-gen Cure for Killer Infection

A very promising cure against infection. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis discusses this break-through antibiotic mechanism. Read More

Not Just Any Bug - Cynthia Haseltine on Archaea, DNA Repair and Lymphoma

In this series of four brief video clips from Washington State University produced by Adam Ratliff and Cherie Winner for Washington State Magazine Online, microbiologist Cynthia Haseltine describes how she's working to understand the process of DNA repair and the causes of lymphoma, ... Read More

The link between DNA sequencing and disease diagnosis

Dr. Paul Keim, famous for identifying the anthrax strain during the anthrax letter attacks back in 2001, is featured in this video about the importance of rapid detection of disease through DNA sequencing.

Dr. Keim was also a guest on Meet The Scientist featured here at MicrobeWorld. Listen ... Read More

What Makes a Chili Hot? Real Hot!

In a battle against a seed eating fungus, certain chili peppers fight back by dialing up the heat. Learn more about why and how certain chili's are so hot in this video from Sciencentral. Read More

What's it like to be a microbiologist in Canada?

If you have ever wondered what it's like to a microbiologist in Canada then this is the video for you. It's nice to see the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education promoting these employment opportunities. Found on YouTube. Read More

The Virus That Cures - Bacteriophage

This is an interesting documentary about superbugs, such as MRSA, antibiotic resistance and Russia's research into bacteriophage (viruses that attack bacteria) as a treatment for people with bacterial-related diseases. This video was produced in 1997 by the BBC, but despite the air date, ther... Read More

T4 bacteriophage targets E. coli

T4 bacteriophages targeting E. coli bacteria. Bacteriophages are small viruses that infect bacteria and kill them by multiplying and essentially filling the bacterial cell to bursting. This is a great animation. Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 6)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 5)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 4)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 3)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 2)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

Life at the Extremes: Microbes, Salt and Pressure (Part 1)

Adrienne Kish, an astrobiologist with an interest in the microbiology and molecular biology of extremophiles exposed to the types of environmental conditions found on planetary bodies such as Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, presents a lecture entitled "Life at the Extremes: Micerob... Read More

How an agar plate is made, from creation to distribution

While this is largely a promotional video for bioMerieux, it's still interesting know how agar plates are manufactured, tested and distributed. The footage is well done. Read More

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