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‘Dirt cheap’ seaweed chips spot disease

Microsponges derived from seaweed are a key component of a tiny programmable chip designed to sniff out diseases such as HIV and cancer.

The microsponges are 280-micrometer beads of agarose, a cheap, common, lab-friendly material made from seaweed and often used as a matrix for growing live c... Read More

Could a smallpox vaccination scar ruin swimsuit season? Paul Offit on the Colbert Report

Paul A. Offit, M.D., a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology, appears on a recent episode of Comedy Central's Colbert Report.

Offit is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives eve... Read More

Google: It's alive! Microbiologists use bacteria to cook up logo...

Grow Google debuted on YouTube Monday the 31st of January. Today is Thursday and it has been viewed 45K times since the two microbiologists, Professor Edward Johnson and his graduate student Clayton Wright agreed to help Dr. Johnson's son produce a video for the Google Demo Slam competition. ... Read More

Frederick Hayden on influenza antivirals

Frederick Hayden, Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, U.K., has focused on the use of antiviral agents to prevent and treat respiratory viral infections. I discussed the use of antiviral drugs to treat influenza with Dr. Hayden during ICAAC Boston 2010... Read More

Twitter in Bioinformatics

This is a good demo on how to use the Twitter client TweetDeck to monitor real time information about bioinformatics (or any field for that matter). Read More

Antigen Switching in Malaria - A Classroom Activity

High school students and their teachers participate in a simple activity to demonstrate the interaction between the var antigens malaria parasites display and the patient's immune system. Read More

Bad Project (Lady Gaga spoof)

Here's a funny video for anyone who's ever been caught in a bad, seemingly interminable research project... Read More

More than a game: Researchers design video games that feature real microorganisms

Do video games change behavior? This question may be the subject of debate for years, but researchers have now shown the answer to be yes—for microorganism behavior, at least.

A research group led by Stanford bioengineering professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse has developed several real video games,... Read More

See how they grow on the nanoscale: Monitoring single bacteria without a microscope

With an invention that can be made from some of the same parts used in CD players, University of Michigan researchers have developed a way to measure the growth and drug susceptibility of individual bacterial cells without the use of a microscope.

The new biosensor promises to speed treatment... Read More

Researcher uses living cells to create 'biotic' video games (video)

Video game designers are always striving to make games more lifelike, but they'll have a hard time topping what Stanford researcher Ingmar Riedel-Kruse is up to. He's introducing life itself into games.

Riedel-Kruse and his lab group have developed the first video games in which a player's ac... Read More

MOSAR - Combating antimicrobial resistance of bacteria in hospitals

MOSAR aims to significantly advance our knowledge regarding the control of antimicrobial resistance of bacteria responsible for major and emerging nosocomial diseases in hospitals, which are now spreading into communities. MOSAR will examine the factors determining the dynamics of spread of AMRB... Read More

Derek Smith on antigenic cartography

Derek Smith, Professor of Infectious Disease Informatics, University of Cambridge, U.K., has developed a method for visualizing antigenic evolution by creating two-dimensional maps in a process called antigenic cartography. These maps are made with data that provide information on the antigen... Read More

Bonnie Bassler on ASM's upcoming General Meeting in New Orleans for 2011

For information about the American Society for Microbiology's General Meeting visit http://gm.asm.org/ Read More

Rich Condit reminisces

On my recent trip to record TWiV #111 at Florida Gulf Coast University, I visited Rich Condit in Gainesville. There he told me a story about how the bacteriophage T7 polymerase/promoter system was developed. It’s an interesting tale that demonstrates how important scientific advances often have ... Read More

Researchers Optimistic Over Experimental Lung Cancer Vaccine

Researchers at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center have discovered a breakthrough experimental treatment for lung cancer.

The treatment is part of a lung cancer vaccine that exposes the body to a protein that the lung cancer produces. This protein production helps the body buil... Read More

Medical Myths with Michael G. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Did you ever have a question where you thought microbes were at fault but weren't certain... A group of faculty from Wando High School from Mount Pleasant South Carolina recently visited the laboratory of Dr. Michael Schmidt, a professor of Microbiology at the Medical University of South Caroli... Read More

Nuthin' fights STI's like cartoon awareness films

A vintage piece of STI (or VD as they were known back then) education, courtesy of our nation's fighting sailors. Personally, I think Count Spirochete is due for a comeback - he's much cooler than this cartoon spirochete I dug up via G-image search.
Props to the good people @ Wired.com for dig... Read More

Feeling depressed? Get dirty

Disruptions in ancient relationships with healthy microorganisms in soil, food, and the gut may be contributing to the increasing rates of people suffering from depression.

A new study published in Archives of General Psychiatry, finds that the modern world has become so clean, that people ar... Read More

Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

How would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.

It’s the kind of ba... Read More

The Human Microbiome Project & DACC

Dr. Owen White of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine describes how the Data Analysis & Coordination Center supports the Human Microbiome Project, working with sequencing data from microbiology researchers. (info about HMP-DACC is at http://www.hmp... Read More
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