On March 18, 2010, Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School and ASM President, gave a presentation to a group of graduate and postdoctoral students on why scientists need to be able to communicate effectively. This talk opened up the 2010 ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute that... Read More
Over the past fifteen years, Internet technology has significantly changed the landscape of public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence gathering. Disease and outbreak data is disseminated not only through formal online announcements by government agencies, but also through informal cha... Read More
Andrew Dopheide has created an animation that illustrates signaling and quorum sensing.
"A solitary bacterium cannot form a biofilm by itself - it must wait until a group of bacteria has gathered. With no fingers to count on, how do bacteria know when there are enough others nearby? Bacteria ... Read More
For germaphobes, seeing the movie “Contagion” will probably induce chronic hand-washing and self-imposed solitary confinement. The Matt Damon-led thriller is about a disease outbreak that pretty much consumes the entire world. To promote the film, Warner Bros. Canada embraced the film’s the... Read More
Seasonal flu vaccines are targeted for strains of the influenza virus that public health officials believe will be most prevalent in the upcoming season. While the vaccine primes the immune system to protect against those specific strains, what does it mean for other future strains of the virus.... Read More
Naturally-occurring bacteria made quick work of tons of methane gas released in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers reported Friday. Science columnist Robert Lee Hotz and University of California Santa Barbara microbiologist David Valentine talk with Kelsey Hubbard about the environment... Read More
We all know that virologists love to dance. But did you know that they can also perform in a rock band?
At the recently concluded 2012 meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, WI, seven virologists and a neurobiologist, members of the band Herpetic Legion, entertained meeting ... Read More
There is a long history of anecdotal evidence to suggest that cranberries and other alternative therapies to long-term antibiotics can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections but are they really as effective as antibiotics or even a viable alternative for people who do not want to take antibi... Read More
Natural selection is a kind of search engine. Given enough time, and suitably vast populations, it should find the best solutions repeatedly. So why are bacteria still bacteria? And why did all complex life on our planet share an ancestor that only arose once in four billion years? In this lectu... Read More
BirdWhisperer46's YouTube channel, described as "Videos Through A Microscope," has a great collection of HD videos of microbes.
In his most recent video BirdWhisperer46 can't identify what he's captured. Can you identify the microbe(s) in this video?
Please leave a comment here or on his Y... Read More
Scientists have discovered bacteria that eats toxic material and, well, poops pure gold. This microbial magician, named Cupriavidus metallidurans, when placed in a minilab full of gold chloride, a nasty toxin, gobbled up the poison and, in about a week, processed it out as 24-karat nuggets of th... Read More
A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's Universe series. Read More
Come join us and be a part of the audience at ASM Live, the live internet talk show of asm2015 targeted towards health reporters and science writers highlighting various sessions and presentations at the meeting. Microbiologi... Read More
Although as recently as 1980 measles was estimated to cause 2.6 million deaths globally, due to highly effective and safe vaccines, measles elimination has been achieved in a number of countries globally as well as in the region of the Americas. Expansion of measles control strategies and activi... Read More
Does beer have anti-virus powers? According to a new study funded by Japanese beer company Sapporo Breweries, a "key ingredient" found in the world's most popular alcoholic beverage may very well help stave off winter sniffles.
Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a ... Read More
SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.
Dissatisfied with the current medical microbiology board review resources, SketchyMicro decided to take things into their own hands. Their review course takes the plethora of microorganis... Read More
This TED video captures Caig Venter's official announcement that his team created the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. He explains how they did it and why the achievement marks the beginning of a new era for science. Read More