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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

"Crowdsourced" Microbes Heading to the Space Station

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 science-themed art of Deb Sklut

During my visit to Berkeley, CA to record TWiV #228, I met Deb Sklut, an artist who is inspired by the power of science. I recorded a brief conversation with Deb which you can view below. Her work can be found at SqueakySqueegeeArt.etsy.com. Read More

Merry Microbial Holidays!

Wishing every single microbial enthusiast and their families the merriest of microbial holidays! And how better than with bioluminescent ornaments on a Luxmas Tree! Read More

A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn al... Read More

How Cells Know Which Way To Go

Two new studies shed light on how cells sense and respond to chemical trails. Amoebas aren’t the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial to development, wound healing and immune response in animals, not to mention cancer metastasis. In two new studies from Johns Hopkins, researchers answer lo... Read More

Hookworm egg containing moving larva

Wet mount examination of a stool specimen showing 2 eggs of the parasitic worm Hookworm. The eggs contain larva that are moving inside the egg and appear to be ready to hatch. Hookworm adult worm lays eggs that have a segmented ovum having 4-8 blastomeres and are not bile stained. Video captured... Read More

Nothing to Sneeze At

Although we all know that sneezes and coughs transmit infections, little research had been done to model how they work. To address this knowledge gap, Lydia Bourouiba and John Bush of MIT’s Applied Mathematics Lab used high speed cameras and fluid mechanics to reveal why we’ve grossly underestim... Read More

What causes atherosclerosis and why do foamy macrophages persist and cause heart disease?

This slide deck was presented at the 2014 Canadian Hypertension Conference in Gatineau, Quebec Canada in October 2014 and provides an alternative mechanism by which foamy macrophages may be created and contribute to heart disease. HERV-K102 particle production mediates foam cell formation in mac... Read More

ASM GM 2014 - The Effect of Pancreatic Cancer on the Oral Microbiome

In the United States, approximately 40,000 people die every year due to pancreatic adenocarcinoma, making it the fourth leading cause of cancer related death. Patients diagno... Read More

Freshman Biology Creative Projects

I am a big believer that different pedagogical approaches can "reach" different students. In most of my classes, I give students an optional assignment: come up with a creative project that explores some aspect of class. This takes several steps. First, I make the students come up with an ide... Read More

Science Take: Bacteria's Private Line

The first of New York Times new Science Take series examines how a kind of bacteria can organize coordinated, wavelike attacks on prey using a stealth communication system.

Click "source" to VIEW VIDEO. Read More

Clearing the BAR to oral vaccines

A new technology under development by an academic–industry partnership protects oral vaccines from destruction by the digestive system. From the mouth to the small intestine, the digestive system presents a series of challenges designed to protect us by killing ingested bacteria. If a microbe su... Read More

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

Salmonella Outbreak Out of Control

As the government shutdown lurches on, the Centers for Disease Control struggle to curb a West Coast salmonella outbreak.


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Microorganism not yet cultivatable or difficult to cultivate in the laboratory

My global video challenge is about microorganism not yet cultivatable or difficult to cultivate in the laboratory. With new microorganism cultivation techniques is possible the discovery of new microorganisms. Read More

Dissected 18-Foot Oarfish Filled with "Little Monsters"

Biologists dissected tissue samples from an oarfish carcass found in California and discovered the creature was hosting quite a few parasites.

“Our findings say that these are actually majorly parasitized fish,” says Armand Kuris, professor of zoology at the University of California, Santa Ba... Read More

Episode 5: Microbiology built the Pyramids!

Without the awesome power of microbes, these wonders of the ancient world would never have been built! Everyone knows about the awesome number of stone blocks and huge manpower requirements, but few know the important role that yeast had to play in building the pyramids. 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.


James Kremer, Mic... Read More

Ant Agriculture: Smithsonian Scientist Sunshine Van Bael

Community ecologist Sunshine Van Bael of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama details her work and role in understanding the world's first known farmers leafcutter ants, plant-insect-fungal interactions, endophytic fungi, and their dynamic relationships with the surrounding envi... Read More
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