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Aston University's Microbiology Roadshow

This is a two day microbiology course for Year 9/10 school children to introduce them to microorganisms and their role in health and disease. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read More

Do We Need a Climate Solution for Indoors?

We typically spend close to 90 percent of our time inside - at school, work and home. While outdoor air quality is very important, so too is the quality of the air we breathe at home and the office. Yet most of us know very little about the condition of our indoor climate.  The chemicals ... Read More

Singing about Toxoplasma gondii

Musical group Dan Kahn and the Painted Bird perform their song "Parasite" live in Philadelphia. The first set of lyrics are about Toxoplasma gondii which is mentioned by name in the song, although it's hard to make all of the vocals out, the rest of the track refers to other parasites too. If so... Read More

CDC YouTube Response to WHO's Pandemic Declaration

The Secretary of Health and Human Services issued this video statement in response to the WHOs decision to raise the pandemic threat level on the novel H1N1 virus. 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

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

Creative "Extra Credit" Projects in Microbiology!

In this blog entry, I explore how students can use their creativity to learn microbiology in innovative and often artistic ways. It makes learning more personal! Read More

Google Flu Trends

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. Google has found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for "flu" is actually sick, but... Read More

Growth Factor: How Bacterial Infections Persist Through Antibiotics [Video]

Some strains of nasty bacterial infections, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), come loaded with resistance to antibiotics built right into their genes. But certain infections seem to acquire an ability to persist in the face of drugs that should knock them out—without de... Read More

Dirty Doctor' Office? No Place is Safe

Dr. Manny Alvarez, online health personality and managing editor for foxnewshealth.com, invites Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr.
Director of Clinical Microbiology & Immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, into his office to hunt for microbes.
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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

High Dose Therapy for Influenza Drug - ICAAC 2013

Critically ill patients with the pandemic H1N1 influenza who received triple the standard dose of the influenza drug oseltamivir were 7 times more likely to completely clear the virus from their system in 5 days than those who received the standard dose. This discussion addresses the healthcare... Read More

The Microbiome of the Sky: Role for Microbes in Cloud Formation?

Whether the microorganisms routinely inhabit the upper troposphere -- perhaps living on carbon compounds also found there -- or whether they were simply lofted there from the Earth's surface isn't yet known. Airborne microbes are of interest to atmospheric scientists, because they could play a r... 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

Bacteria-size Babies Among Ocean's Smallest Life (video)

An octopus in miniature is among the hundreds of larvae found in a recent Census of Marine Life survey of the tiniest creatures in the sea. Read More

Benson, Minnesota, gives thanks for turkey poo

Turkeys are not just good for Thanksgiving. They can help power a town and create jobs using just their waste.

A company in Benson, Minnesota called Fibrominn has come up with an ingenious way to turn that litter into energy - generating close to 55 megawatts! This has made Fibrominn the ver... Read More

New superbug resistant to strongest antibiotics found in Canada

A new bacteria that has emerged in India — dubbed NDM-1 and which is resistant to even the strongest antibiotics — is quickly spreading worldwide, British researchers say in a report published in the medical journal The Lancet. Click "source " to watch the video. Read More

ICAAC Overview Briefing

Members of the ICAAC Program Committee give an overview of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest.

Participants:
M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Craig E. Rubens, Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Seattle, WA
Michael J. Pucci, A... Read More

Winnipeg researcher charged with smuggling Ebola material into U.S.

Video from the CBC reports a former researcher at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is facing charges in the United States after allegedly trying to smuggle genetic material from the Ebola virus across the Manitoba-North Dakota border. This is raising all kinds of flags in Canada over se... Read More

This simulation shows a dynamic molecular model of the bacterial cytoplasm

This simulation shows a dynamic molecular model of the bacterial cytoplasm, giving us a spectacular glimpse of the crowded conditions of the interior of a cell over a brief 15-microsecond time span. The model includes 50 of the most abundant types of macromolecules reported in Escherichia coli, ... Read More
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