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The Role of the Microbiome in Infection Control - ICAAC 2013

The disruption of the human microbiome through use of antimicrobials is a topic of growing interest among healthcare epidemiologists, not only because it is a major risk factor for C. difficile infection (CDI), but also because it could be a driving force behind the introduction and proliferatio... 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

MWV 102 - 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 ā€“ the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More

Shingles Vaccine Coverage Low in Elderly Americans - ICAAC 2013

Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime. Despite the approval and recommendation by the FDA of a shingles vaccine for adults over 50, only 16% of American seniors over 60 are vaccinated. Vaccinations are even lower for those aged 50-60. A... Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... 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

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

Human Interferon Kills Resistant H7N9 Influenza - ICAAC 2013

During the April 2013 avian influenza A (H7N9) outbreak, more than 130 human infections with H7N9 were reported. Most patients had severe respiratory illness and 44 people have died. Studies suggest that the H7N9 virus has developed resistance to oseltamivir. A human interferon already in use fo... Read More

Indigo V Expeditions - Ocean Health Monitoring

Though tiny, marine microbes are one hundred times more abundant in the ocean than there are stars in the galaxy. They play critical roles in converting carbon dioxide to organic matter and in regulating nutrient cycling, Without healthy functioning microbial communities, we would not have any a... 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

Microbes are going to save the world | Bonnie Bassler (video)

Should we only consider bacteria as harmful to our bodies?

Bonnie Bassler is a molecular biologist who has made a stunning discovery: bacteria 'talk' to each other using chemical signals that enable them to act as a unit, mount attacks and coordinate defence. This phenomenon of bacterial com... 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

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

Finding and treating children with leprosy in the Amazon region of Brazil

Dr. John Spencer is a mycobacteriologist studying leprosy at Colorado State University. He has collaborators in the northern state of Para, Brazil, who visit schoolchildren in about 10 different cities in the Amazon region and elsewhere to diagnose and treat kids and family members who have t... 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

ASM GM 2014 - Where Pathogens Can Linger on Airplanes

Many air travelers are concerned about the risks of catching a disease from other passengers given the long time spent in crowded air cabins. New research shows disease-causing bacteria can linger on surfaces commonly found in airplane cabins for days, even up to a week. Participants discuss ... Read More

ICAAC 2014 - New Antimicrobial Strategy Silences NDM-1 Resistance Gene in Pathogens

Researchers have created a synthetic DNA analog that can bind to and silence the gene responsible for NDM-1, a severe form of antibiotic resistance that can make ... Read More

A video explanation of Ebola Virus.

A video explanation of Ebola Virus. Drawn and narrated by Armando Hasudungan. Read More
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