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I am the bacterium that lives in your intestine

Feeling lonely! Just remember you are not alone. A huge number of bacteria live in your body, and most of them are in your intestine. But you do not need to be worried about it, because they will not hurt you in a normal situation. In fact, the relation between humans and their microbiota is an... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Co-contribution of rotavirus vaccines (RVs) and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) in reduction of pediatric hospital burden

Ron Dagan, Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Israel will discuss his research that showed how the introduction of both pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) and rotavirus vaccines (RVs) led to the rapid an... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Gilead's Stribild Demonstrates Improved Safety and Efficacy Among Women Who Switched from a Multi-Pill Antiretroviral Drug Regimen

Dr. Sally Hodder, Director of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, will share the results from WAVES, the First International Phase 3 HIV Study to Enroll Only Women. Women are routinely underrepresented in HIV clinical trials although they account for half of the globa... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Seth Bordenstein (Including Current News!)

This blog post describes a "video meeting" between Seth Bordenstein and my freshman writing class in the Fall of 2014. My freshman class revolved around ideas in symbioses and parasitism, so Seth's ideas regarding holobionts and the hologenome were particularly apt. Furthermore, last week Seth... Read More

How I Became a Microbial Supremacist...

In this third installment of my "Mu-Tube" video series about microbiology and microbiology education, I discuss how I was initially labeled a "microbial supremacist" as a joke, and then embraced the title with enthusiasm. I also show many examples of the microbiology-related art I use to encour... Read More

Meningitis model shows infection's sci-fi-worthy creep into the brain

DURHAM, N.C. - Scientists at Duke Medicine are using transparent fish to watch in real time as Cryptococcal meningitis takes over the brain. The resulting images are worthy of a sci-fi movie teaser, but could be valuable in disrupting the real, crippling brain infection that kills more than 600,... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Bordetella parapertussis Outbreak in Southeastern Minnesota in 2014

Vytas Karalius, Medical Student at Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Robin Patel, director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic discuss an outbreak of Bordetella parapertussis in Southeastern Minnesota and examine the efficacy of the vaccine against different spe... Read More

Picornavirus Overview Video - SketchyMicro USMLE Microbiology Review

The Picornavirus Overview Video is the first video in our virus package. It introduces the Picornivirus family, covering general characteristics. More detail about each virus within the family is covered in those virus' individual videos. Read More

Microbes After Hours – Missing Microbes with Dr. Martin Blaser

Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More

ASM Live at #ICAAC / ICC - Silicone Vaginal Rings Deliver Antiviral Drugs, Protect Women against HIV

Meriam Memmi, PhD candidate at University Jean Monnet of Saint-Etienne, France discusses her research which led the creation of a new birth control device with additional protective properties against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs of viral origin constitute a major public health c... Read More

Freshman Symbiosis Course and Jack Gilbert!

As my Fall semester approaches, I am reflecting on last Fall. I taught a freshman seminar course revolving around symbioses and parasitism, and was fortunate to have many well known scientists be willing to "virtually visit" my class! Here is my report from last year on the great Jack Gilbert.... Read More

Cooties Catcher/Hand print

I was asked to consult on a hand print experiment done in a public school in NY showing what grows on our hands and the importance of hand washing....did not know I was going to be in it. A nice start to finish hand print "experiment" in a short 2 min video. Note: 1). I was not consulted on th... Read More

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. Read More

High containment: inside the £145M virus lab

Ever wondered what considerations go into a brand new £145M virus research laboratory? The new award-winning building at The Pirbright Institute has taken some brave and bold steps in design to contain high-risk microbes. High containment labs are usually buried deep inside a building to keep da... Read More

Paper-based test can quickly diagnose Ebola in remote areas (video)

BOSTON, Aug. 18, 2015 -- When a fever strikes in a developing area, the immediate concern may be: Is it the common flu or something much worse that requires quarantine? To facilitate diagnosis in remote, low-resource settings, researchers have developed a paper-based device that changes color, d... Read More

My first "Mu-Tube" video promoting microbial literacy: What does "microbiology" mean to students?

For my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound, I decided to ask my new crop of "micronauts" what the word "microbiology" meant to them on the first day of class. Here are their answers. My wife Jennifer Quinn and I put this together using art from former students. Hopefully, thi... Read More

Smartphone adapted for use as a video microscope to detect parasites in blood in under resourced communities

This is a good news story all around. UC Berkeley engineers, Michael D'Amrosio and Matthew Bakalar (UC Berkeley Bioengineering) with medical personal from NIAID, Dr. Thomas Nutaman and his collaborators from Cameroon and France collectively took the omni-present global resource, a standard smar... Read More

Why do some infections persist? Blame bacterial socialism, says new study

New research to be published January 13 in the journal Scientific Reports shows that some bacterial cultures adopt an all-for-one/one-for-all strategy that would make a socialist proud in preparing for the possibility of an antibiotic onslaught. Read More

HOW MAPLE SYRUP COULD IMPROVE ANTIBIOTICS

A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments.

The findings, which will appear in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics ... Read More
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