Leaking septic systems or manure from adjacent rural properties are the two most common sources of fecal contamination of a well. The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is funding a new research project to refine a methodology to determine the source of well water contamination.
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Ben-Yehuda's group identified a previously uncharacterized type of bacterial communication mediated by nanotubes that bridge neighboring cells. The researchers showed that these nanotubes connect bacteria of the same and different species. Via these tubes, bacteria are able to exchange small mol... Read More
Many worry that fitness centers attract not just people to exercise, but offer bacteria a place to thrive. But a new University of Florida study of bacteria levels on gym equipment offers a surprising result, about what it didn’t find. Researchers tested dumbbells, benches, and other gym equipme... Read More
How to streak an agar plate. A how-to video produced by University College Dublin for National Digital Learning Resources, a service designed to support greater collaboration in developing and sharing of digital teaching resources and associated teaching experience across all subject disciplines... Read More
Canadians are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. As a result, people are getting sicker and are taking longer to get well. It is now not uncommon for people to be administered antibiotics through an IV because the usual drugs in pill form can't fight off their infections.
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SOUDAN, Minn. (WCCO) — Scientists in Minnesota have discovered a place like nowhere else on earth right here in Minnesota. It’s in the water found at the bottom of the Soudan Mine on the Iron Range. Where the water comes from is still a mystery, but it could possibly be from an ancient sea — a s... Read More
This silent animation created for Evolution: "The Evolutionary Arms Race" follows the progression of antibiotic resistance. When a sick person takes antibiotics, the drugs begin to kill off the bacteria. But if treatment stops prematurely, it leaves some microbes alive -- the ones with mutations... Read More
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
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
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, 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
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
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
Here's a funny video for anyone who's ever been caught in a bad, seemingly interminable research project... Read More
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
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
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 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, 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