On my recent trip to record TWiV #111 at Florida Gulf Coast University, I visited Rich Condit in Gainesville. There he told me a story about how the bacteriophage T7 polymerase/promoter system was developed. It’s an interesting tale that demonstrates how important scientific advances often have ... Read More
Researchers at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center have discovered a breakthrough experimental treatment for lung cancer.
The treatment is part of a lung cancer vaccine that exposes the body to a protein that the lung cancer produces. This protein production helps the body buil... Read More
Did you ever have a question where you thought microbes were at fault but weren't certain... A group of faculty from Wando High School from Mount Pleasant South Carolina recently visited the laboratory of Dr. Michael Schmidt, a professor of Microbiology at the Medical University of South Caroli... Read More
A vintage piece of STI (or VD as they were known back then) education, courtesy of our nation's fighting sailors. Personally, I think Count Spirochete is due for a comeback - he's much cooler than this cartoon spirochete I dug up via G-image search.
Props to the good people @ Wired.com for dig... Read More
Disruptions in ancient relationships with healthy microorganisms in soil, food, and the gut may be contributing to the increasing rates of people suffering from depression.
A new study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, finds that the modern world has become so clean, that people ar... Read More
How would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.
It’s the kind of ba... Read More
Dr. Owen White of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine describes how the Data Analysis & Coordination Center supports the Human Microbiome Project, working with sequencing data from microbiology researchers. (info about HMP-DACC is at http://www.hmp... Read More
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The Goddard Center for Astrobiology and the NASA Astrobiology Institute focus on this amazing field through research, experimentation, and work with scientists from all over the world. In this v... Read More
Individual blood cells flying through capillaries can now be viewed in real time. The technique, called stimulated raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, generates videos of moving cells deep inside tissue and could replace biopsies in the diagnosis of cancers.
The technique works by shining lase... Read More
The Hawaiian bobtail squid and its resident bacteria, Vibrio fischeri, have a powerful and still somewhat mysterious symbiotic relationship. The luminescent bacteria populate a small pouch on the squid’s underside called the light organ, and provide a sort of “Klingon cloaking device.” They prod... Read More
A suspected case of cholera has landed in Miami. The disease has killed some 2,000 people and put 30,000 others in hospitals in Haiti.
The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) confirms that a man fell ill with cholera-like symptoms Thanksgiving Day while on an American Airlines flight from Santo... Read More
Who would have ever thought that a microbiologist would also be a professional wrestler? Rachel Collins is not one to mess with in the series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" produced by PBS.
Video fragment of the episode "Let the seller beware" from CSI Las Vegas (third season). The presence of the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans in a crime scene helps Grissom and his boys to resolve the case. Here we can found some of the science behind that TV episode
Dickson Despommier talks about Vertical Farming: A 21st century hunger and conservation solution that promises, "urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal far... Read More
A video created by students from Stanford University and a faculty member of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in support of their paper "In Living Color: Bacterial Pigments as an Untapped Resource in the Classroom and Beyond" published in PLoS Biology hopes to inspire others to exp... Read More
Your mobile phone could soon tell you whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease.
Doctors in the United Kingdom are developing the app. It will allow you to submit a sample of saliva or urine to a microchip. Plug it into your computer or smart phone and you get a diagnos... Read More
Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating in vivid and jaw-dropping detail the complex inner machinery of living cells.
Click "source" to view this amazing video. Read More
The deadly Cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread to the country's capital Port-au-Prince, with scores of cases confirmed and numerous suspected deaths reported.
The waterborne disease, which thrives in unsanitary conditions, has already killed more than 580 people who had been forced to live i... Read More
Doctors insert into patients what is called a central line, which can be used to administer vital medications while monitoring various critical elements within the heart and blood.
But a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate shows that 250,000 patients with central lines contrac... Read More