Membrane proteins are the “gatekeepers” that allow information and molecules to pass into and out of a cell. Until recently, the microscopic study of these complex proteins has been restricted due to limitations of “force microscopes” that are available to researchers and the one-dimensional res... Read More
A new study that claims to present evidence of alien life is being met with a healthy dose of skepticism in the scientific community.
On July 31, a team of British researchers sent a balloon into the stratosphere over England, where it collected samples at an altitude range of 14 miles to 17 ... Read More
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
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
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
A study into Shark Bay's microbial mats has detected activity of anaerobic microbes under oxic conditions—highlighting unknown complexities in microbial systems.
The study aimed to provide insight into past environments and to understand how microbial communities contribute to biogeochemical ... Read More
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
I have long believed that there are many ways for students to learn. In several of my classes, I encourage students to use "creative" approaches to explore course concepts. In the Fall of 2015, here is what my micronauts in my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound came up with..... Read More
My research is about a vaccine... Respiratory syncytial virus is the leading respiratory cause of hospitalization in infants and young children in the United States and in the world. There is still no vaccine licensed against this pathogen.
The major obstacle to vaccine development has been the... Read More
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
Scientists fear the mosquito-borne virus, Chikungunya, which has infected tens of thousands of people in Papua New Guinea, could spread to Australia.
The virus, which originated in Africa, is similar to dengue and causes debilitating joint pain, rashes and fever.
Amid an outbreak of the vi... Read More
Australian researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) have launched a global search to discover antibiotics capable of combating superbug bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics. Read More
A reliable and early diagnosis for Enteric fever like typhoid and paratyphoid fever is essential for early treatment and saving millions. Thats why TPTest is important to us. Read More
The American Society for Microbiology hosted a live podcast of This Week in Virology with Vincent Racaniello with co-host Alan Dove that includes guests Paul Duprex, Director of Cell and Tissue Imaging Core, Boston University, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL), and Ju... Read More
The most well-known advances in nanotechnology have led to dramatically smaller devices that provide us very fast, compact and "smart" electronics including computers, cellphones, and games. In the process we have transformed the way that we communicate with each other. Along with these advances... Read More
Working with a nearly 200-year-old sample of preserved intestine, researchers at McMaster University and the University of Sydney have traced the bacterium behind a global cholera pandemic that killed millions – a version of the same bug that continues to strike vulnerable populations in the wor... Read More
My Global Video Challenge submission showcasing how my personal life has empowered my dissertational research. The mythbuster that I focus on is the hospital environment as an unexpected reservoir of pathogens that can lead to hospital-associated infections (HAIs) in the immunocomprised, the e... Read More
My global challenge video...... Read More
NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot talks with Dr. David Coil about Project MERCCURI, which will study a "crowdsourced" collection of microbial samples scheduled to launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX-3 mission.
Follow along with Project MERCCURI at: http://spacemicro... Read More
The armed guards at Mali's Bamako Senou International Airport had never seen a German shepherd before. The only dogs they were familiar with were the small, scrappy mixed breeds that are common in West Africa. So when Dana, a wolf-like purebred from California, stepped off a plane and into the a... Read More