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Happy #MicrobialHalloween From My #Bio350 Students (Plus Some Happy #ParasiticHalloween Wishes)!

I enjoy mixing Hallowe'en with my classes. In this blog post, I show how my microbiology students do exactly that, with humor and style. In addition, my freshman writing students do the same with their course on symbioses and parasitism. Enjoy...and #HappyMicrobialHalloween! Read More

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and viruses and my ice bucket challenge

Many people have a new awareness of the disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge initiated by the ALS Association. Fewer might know that retroviruses have been proposed to play a role in the development of the disease. Read More

ASM Live 2015 - A Critical Role of the Plant Microbiome for Immunocompetency #asm2015

Panelists discuss how much like the microbes in our gut, the plant microbiome also elicits a low-level immune response in the host plant. The researchers try to unravel the complexity of the plant microbiome to understand its functions and benefits to plant health.

Guest:

James Kremer, Mic... Read More

First results from an Oxford University trial of an Ebola vaccine (video)

A trial of a GSK/NIH candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University suggests the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile and is able to generate an immune response.
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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere

STICK an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to surv... Read More

DNA binding by C. crescentus VapBC1 (video)

The video shows the structural changes in the Caulobacter crescent VapBC1 protein complex during DNA binding, including how the antitoxin “tails” containing the protein palindromic sequences switch positions.

Link to the research article in Nucleic Acids Research http://nar.oxfordjournals.org... Read More

Creative Classroom: The ticks ‘come marching in’ in singing professor’s microbiology class

At the end of a recent “Medical Microbiology” class taught by Dr. Sheldon Campbell, students clapped, cheered heartily, and stomped their feet on the floor. A couple of them even shouted “Encore!”

It’s not quite the reaction one would expect from medical students who just spent 45 minutes lea... Read More

ASM GM 2015 - An Epidemiological Survey of Toothbrush Contamination in Communal Bathrooms

 


Data confirms that there is transmission of fecal coliforms in communal bathrooms at Quinnipiac University and that toothbrushes can serve as a vector for transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms.
















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Lauren Aber... Read More

New Tools in Fight Against Virus that Attacks the Brain

Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). This disease – which is caused by the JC virus – is most frequently found in people with suppressed immune systems and, until now, scientists have had no effect... Read More

New Tools against Biofilms [Video]

As you might expect for organisms that are billions of years old, bacteria have evolved lots of tricks to protect themselves in often-hostile surroundings. One of their most effective strategies is to coat themselves with a gooey layer, known as biofilm, which insulates them from predators, hars... Read More

Can we conquer infectious disease? (video)

Soon, we'll have smarter, more effective vaccines. What does that mean for the future of disease?
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Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made the Earth Habitable

Paul G. Falkowski, Distinguished Professor Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Geology, takes viewers deep into the microscopic world to explore how microbes made life on Earth possible—and how human life today would cease to exist without them. Read More

Ebola: a new pandemic? (video)

Ebola is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with the body or with body fluids of an infected person. Ebola virus is NOT a respiratory virus and is NOT transmitted through the air. It is not a gastrointestinal virus either, so it is NOT generally transmitted via water or foo... Read More

China battles virus that has killed two pandas and left third critical

A deadly virus has claimed the lives of two of China's beloved giant pandas and left a third in critical condition.

Chinese state media reported this week that veterinarians are using antiviral therapy to treat five-year-old Feng Feng, after medical tests showed serious damage to the panda's ... Read More

Enterovirus D68 sickens more than a dozen in New York

More than a dozen cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in New York state, according to officials.

"EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness ... sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma," the NYS Department of Health said in a statement... Read More

More than glitter: Scientists explain how gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs

A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells.

A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Margaret McFall-Ngai

Last Fall, the great Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai "virtually visited" my freshman writing class at the University of Puget Sound to discuss symbiosis and Microbial Supremacy with my new students. I had my students read some papers by Dr. McFall-Ngai (including the wonderful "Animals in a Microbial ... Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 6

"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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TED Talk: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

Dr. Lisa Dyson is developing a way to sustainable produce agriculture using technology developed in the 1960's for space travel. Using carbon dioxide, hydrogen from water, and microbes called hydrogenotrophs, the "closed loop" carbon cycle can create carbon-rich crops. This technology has the po... Read More

The Leeuwenhoek´s "animalcules" (video)

A drop of water under the microscope. Read More
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