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Microbiology Dilution Series Demonstration

Here's a nice demonstration video by Dr. Conor O'Bryne from the Dept. of Microbiology at National University of Ireland, Galway, showing how to perform a serial dilution on a liquid food sample (in this case raw unpasteurised milk). The raw milk sample is diluted down to 1/1000 in a sterile dil... Read More

This Week in Virology - Live in Philly (MWV29)

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Laurie Garrett: What can we learn from the 1918 flu?

In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful TED talk to a University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are may be more relevant than ever today as we strive to understand the potential threat from s... Read More

Al Jazeera Explores Swine Flu and Media Reporting

This is a great look at how traditional media and new media have impacted the public perception of swine flu/H1N1. Well worth watching. Read More

Because Bacteria Can Live in Your Hair Piece

If your toupe or wig is not feeling so fresh, finally there is a product for you. This has got to be one of the cheesiest commercials I have ever seen for a sanitizing product. Thankfully I still have a full head of hair! Read More

Cheese and Microbes (MWV28)

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T4 Virus infecting a bacteria

Awesome CGI animation of a T4 virus infecting a bacterium. Read More

How Swine Flu Works

Stumbled across this short video on MetaCafe.com. Probably not the best one out there, it would be great to see a more comprehensive one. Read More

Viruses vs Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes

A comparison of viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Read More

Serious Sediment

Rutgers' Donna Fennell is reclaiming chlorine-contaminated sediments in New Jersey 's urban Meadowlands through smart environmental engineering and microbiological enrichment. Serious Sediment is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To view the entir... Read More

Paul the Prokaryote

Here's an amusing cartoon/video about a lowly bacterium that tries to takeover the world. The creater admits that there are a lot of inaccuracies in it, but it's still fun to watch. Can you identify the inaccuracies? Read More

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SDSU Live - Swine Flu/H1N1 Live Panel

San Diego was one of the primary regions of the H1N1 outbreak, inducing a lot of public anxiety and media coverage. They had a confirmed case of H1N1 on our campus and their child care center closed down because on the number of kids with flu-like
symptoms. The campus spent a lot of time on ou... Read More

Rating Pandemics: Tweaking the WHO Scale for Next Time…

The title pretty much sums up the main thrust of the post, which also includes section on cheap, rapid diagnostic tests that not only can identify known pathogens, but provide quite a bit of information about novel pathogens (link to a great Pop!Tech video lecture by Ian LIpkin). There's also a ... Read More

Bonnie Bassler on the secret, social lives of bacteria

This recent talk at TED by Bonnie Bassler on bacterial communication (aka quorum sensing) was a viral hit among the science geeks on Twitter. It is a very educational and well thought out presentation that is great for personal viewing or showing in the classroom. It's a must watch! Read More

Touch Surfaces and how microbes spread

With the advent of the rapid spread of H1N1 it is often a challenge to explain the need to be vigilant about hand hygiene. CNN's Randi Kaye reporting on Anderson Cooper 360 reports on how germs from one sneeze can spread to hundreds, maybe thousands. The video has a great animation and illustr... Read More

Kissing vs. Shaking Hands: You decide

I stumbled across this web video while on a search for resources about the importance of hand hygiene. Show this to your class and they will never forgot about the need for hand hygiene. With the recent outbreak of the new variant of H1N1 also known as Swine flu, you might be seeing this vid... Read More

MUSC Professor Michael Schmidt, Ph.D, on Swine Flu (H1N1)

Michael Schmidt, Ph.D, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a specialist in pandemic flu preparations, gives an overview of the Swine Flu virus and explains how it first reached South Carolina. Click Source to view. Read More

The Ghost Map - Author Steven Johnson on the 1854 Cholera Outbreak in London

Author Steven Johnson discusses The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society. Read More

Swine Flu Public Service Announcement from 1976

In 1976 there was a Swine Flu scare in the US. This is a public service announcement from that time. Read More

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