Actin is shown in red. From Clarke, M., and Maddera, L. (2006). Phagocyte meets prey: Uptake, internalization, and killing of bacteria by Dictyostelium amoebae. Eur. J. Cell Biol. 85:1001-1010; reproduced with permission from Elsevier. Honorable mention 2013 Bioscapes Competition. Dr. Margaret ... Read More
This episode explains how microbiologists perfected the art of using the fewest possible letters in place of really long complicated words, long before cell phones and the internet were invented! 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
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
Description: The myth that high cholesterol causes heart disease has survived only because the true culprit has not yet been apprehended. In this myth buster, the suspect has been identified as a newly described “protector” foamy virus unique to humans, which goes under the aliases of HERV-K102... 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
Here's an amazing video from PBS Digital Studios' “Under H2O” series, with micro images of corals.
Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaii, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new t... 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
Most gut bacteria are beneficial, aiding food digestion, producing vitamins, and protecting against harmful bacteria. If left unchecked, however, harmful bacteria can excrete... Read More
By the dawn of the 19th century, tuberculosis had killed one in seven of all people that had ever lived. Doctors believed it was hereditary, but had begun to observe that fresh air and outdoor living could sometimes change the course of the illness. Physician and TB patient Edward Trudeau was co... 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
In honor of the Bay Area Science Festival, a group of passionate microbrewers, scientists, and yeast cultivators make 3 original brews to compete in a blind tasting at Nerd Nite in San Francisco, California.
Want to learn more about the microbes involved in brewing? Please check out the Micro... Read More
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
This video has been made for the ASM Global Video Challenge. A new video, in which I talk about the common misconception that soil can filter all manure-borne pathogens and prevent them from reaching groundwater. I try to dispel this myth and proof that some pathogenic bacteria can migrate hundr... Read More
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
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
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
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. How can we possibly harness evaporation and say, run the engine of a car, lift heavy weights, and generate electricity? While investigating the mysterious wrinkles seen in the protective coats of bacterial ... Read More
Hundreds of antibiotics are on the market but only a few are effective to treat tuberculosis. Developing new drugs is a long (10-15 years) and expensive (~$800 millions) process. Identification of synergistic combinations using drugs approved for other therapeutic applications can allow the intr... Read More