This year I started a new virology course at Columbia University. The course emphasizes the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell and survival and spread within a host population. The molecular basis of alternative reproductive cycl... Read More
Anthrax and bacteria that form spores, Interview with Adam Driks, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More
A team of engineers and chemists at Brigham Young University has created a silicon microchip they say can reliably detect specific proteins or viruses from even small samples at low concentrations. Their invention, which is forthcoming in the paper version of the journal Lab on a Chip, work... Read More
Symbiosis: bacteria and higher organisms.Video on how a bioluminescent marine bacterium called Vibrio fischeri colonizes a specific tissue of Euprymna scolopes, a small Hawaiian squid. Discussion by Karen L. Visick, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More
Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman, and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute, talks about creating synthetic life at TEDMED 2009, a medical technology and healthcare conference based on quality conversations as it relates to personal and public health. Read More
The Micro eGuide present how to make a smear from broth. Read More
The Micro eGuide presents how to use a Bunsen Burner. Read More
The Micro eGuide presents how to make a smear from a colony! Read More
Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti left some 300,000 people homeless. Many are clustering in public places without food, clean water or sanitation. It's the perfect environment for the spread of communicable disease. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on health concerns Haitians face in the wake of Tuesday'... Read More
The Micro eGuide presents how to perform a tube transfer. Read More
An introduction to viruses created by Salman Khan of The Khan Academy, a one person, not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere.
While the Kahn Academy has over 25 videos devoted to topics in biology, there are hundreds more in a va... Read More
The final episode of Microbe Theater - a wrap up of the series. Read More
As we near the end of Microbe Theater, we get to see what our animated friends look like in real life.
By the way, in this episode they refer to "Tadayasu" several times. Tadayasu is the main, human character in the original Japanese anime story "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture" that ... Read More
The Micro eGuide presents Aseptic Techniques: Pipette Transfers. Read More
Glowing bacteria that flash on and off together are pointing the way towards implants made of engineered cells that would deliver precise doses of drugs or hormones at specific times of the day.
This video from Geoffrey Smith and his team of virologists at Imperial College London shows how vaccinia virus spreads through cells. What's interesting about this is that when the virus leaves one cell in search of another to infect, vaccinia would bounce off of or hop over cells that were alre... Read More
In the last tutorial I posted from the Micro eGuide you learned a method for practicing proper streaking technique. In this video we learn how to put this technique into practice and streak a plate properly. Read More
How to make Surströmming, "soured herring," a northern Swedish delicacy consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Careful though, several major airlines have banned this canned delight by declaring it "potentially explosive" since the fermentation process in the can is ongoing.
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The Micro eGuide has a great series of really short tutorial videos that teach basic lab procedures. Here is the first in the series that demonstrates how to practice plate streaking. Read More
In this video from India's NDTV, reporters address growing public anger against the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reportedly making swine flu pandemic bigger than it really was. Health experts in India say this isn't the first time WHO has pushed for programmes, even though they are not ne... Read More