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Bacteria Genetically Engineered to Grow in Stripes

Scientists from California and Hong Kong genetically engineered bacterial cells so that they spontaneously grow in concentric rings. The number of rings can be controlled by altering expression of a single gene. They say the findings could shed light on the complex patterning that takes place du... Read More

University of Florida research on Zinc and Immunity

This video from the Research Report at the University of Florida highlights the ir latest findings on the important role of zinc in the immune system.


















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Edible Food Wrap for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Your Thanksgiving leftovers might get wrapped in plastic, or stored in a container, but before long they'll go bad. Now researchers have created new technology that could significantly extend the life of your food, and improve food safety overall. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, it... Read More

Kissing vs. Shaking Hands: You decide

I stumbled across this web video while on a search for resources about the importance of hand hygiene. Show this to your class and they will never forgot about the need for hand hygiene. With the recent outbreak of the new variant of H1N1 also known as Swine flu, you might be seeing this vid... Read More

Billion-year-old Bacteria Could be Medical Goldmine

Researchers say the Gulf of Mexico is filled with a hidden treasure ā€” treasure that could help cure deadly diseases.
University of Florida scientists are tracking bacteria they say could become medicine's newest secret weapon.
In the warm waters off Craig Key, Hendrik Luesch, a UF College of P... Read More

Contagion - This summer's new action thriller movie

Laurie Garrett, MicrobeWorld Twitter follower and author of "Betrayal of Trust" and "The Coming Plague", recently @ replied us to let us know that she was involved in the making of a new Warner Bros. movie entitled "Contagion" that's set for release on September 9, 2011. According to IMDB the mo... 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

Immunization Week 2011

In 2011, for the first time, countries across the WHO regions of Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe and the Western Pacific are taking part in simultaneous immunization weeks. This unprecedented collaborated effort between the regions is building public and professional awareness of... 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

The Quest (Part 1 of 10)

Join Dr. Karl Stetter on a mission to find the closest living relative of the first life on Earth as he discovers a strain of bacteria he names "Thermatoga."



















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Grim worst-case scenario for swine flu (video)

According to the CDC, deaths from this year's flu season could be double the average. Moreover, the pattern of infection is different than that of the regular flu; children and young adults are more at risk and H1N1 spreads easily. This three minute video gives an overview of the CDC's latest an... 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

Bonnie Bassler on the secret, social lives of bacteria

This recent talk at TED by Bonnie Bassler on bacterial communication (aka quorum sensing) was a viral hit among the science geeks on Twitter. It is a very educational and well thought out presentation that is great for personal viewing or showing in the classroom. It's a must watch! Read More

The Scientist 2009 Science Video Award Winners

The Scientist magazine has just announced the 2009 The Future of Science Video award winners. Click "source" to view the complete list of winners.


Below are two examples of the several types of videos honored:


The Tree of Life by The Wellcome Trust
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Breakthrough on Hepatitis C drug (BBC video)

Scientists at the Welsh School of Pharmacy say the first human clinical trials on a new drug to treat infections caused by the Hepatitis C virus have been successful.

Researchers say the new medication could now become an approved treatment.

300,000 people suffer from Hepatitis C in the UK... Read More

Dengue Fever PSA (Queensland, Australia)

An animated public service announcement from Queensland, Australia on how to prevent catching Dengue Fever. Read More

Alarming Uptick of Deadly Superbugs in Hospitals

America's hospitals are places of healing and hope. But they're also home to a growing threat. You may have heard of MSRA - a dangerous infection that can often be treated with antibiotics. Now there's a new class of superbugs - infections striking patients with little or no effective treatment ... Read More

Book trailer for microbiology-themed thriller novel PETROPLAGUE

This is a short trailer advertising a new science thriller novel loaded with accurate microbiology. I'm the author, so I'm biased, but reviewers have said about PETROPLAGUE "the science is utterly believable" and it's in "the top five on my best of 2011 list". You can read an excerpt for free ... Read More

Self-healing concrete

A video of Henk Jonkers of Delft University of Technology, recipient of the Delft Design & Engineering Award, describing self-healing concrete made with bacteria that will lead to enormous savings on building and structural maintenance and repair costs. Read More

The Merlot Microbiome

Plants associated bacteria play a key role in host productivity and health. These bacteria are phylogenetically diverse and form interactions considered neutral, beneficial or detrimental. A better understanding of these interactions will have a direct impact in agriculture by promoting sustaina... Read More
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