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The Microbes We're Made Of (video)

The human body hosts more than ten thousand different kinds of microbes. Most of these bacteria aren't harmful - in fact, many of them actually aid the immune system. From the Smithsonian Channel.

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Claire Fraser-Liggett on “Complex microbial communities: We’re not in Kansas anymore”

Claire Fraser-Liggett, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, gives the June 2, 2010 keynote at the "Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future" meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Read More

TWiV Special: DA Henderson, smallpox eradicator

Donald “D.A.” Henderson, a physician, educator, and epidemiologist who led the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox, died at 87 years of age on Aug. 19, 2016. Vincent was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with DA Henderson in 2014 about his career, the smallpox era... Read More

Videos of cells could replace cancer biopsies

Individual blood cells flying through capillaries can now be viewed in real time. The technique, called stimulated raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, generates videos of moving cells deep inside tissue and could replace biopsies in the diagnosis of cancers.

The technique works by shining lase... Read More

ASM GM 2014 - The Next Emerging Threat

Over the past few decades there appears to have been a never-ending stream of emerging diseases from AIDS to SARS and now MERS. Predictions are that global warming will bring... Read More

Safer, with more benefits: Parents' vaccine views shifting

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Over the same time period that multiple outbreaks of measles and whooping cough made headlines around the country, parents' views on vaccines became more favorable, according to a new nationally-representative poll. 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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Jeffrey Way on producing sugar from cyanobacteria

Wyss researchers have engineered photosynthetic bacteria to produce simple sugars and lactic acid, an innovation that could lead to new, environmentally friendly methods for producing commodity chemicals in bulk. Because the production methods use photosynthesis -- the process by which living th... Read More

Handwashing Dance

Employees and physicians of the Detroit Medical Center sing and dance to remind everyone that hand sanitization is key to controlling infection and keeping everyone healthier! Read More

A Plethora of Phenotypes

My narration in this video might have been a little more accurate, so I'll clarify here:

Essentially we are trying to make a protein in B. megaterium fluoresce with GFP, green fluorescent protein. We are doing so by transforming it with a plasmid that gives resistance to Tetracycline, an ant... Read More

How to make diesel from bacteria (BBC video)

(ed. note - this is the final part of the BBC series The Cell)

Dr Adam Rutherford continues the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself.

He explains how it is possible to turn ageing bacteria into diesel which is capable of powerin... Read More

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

STD? There's an app for that

Your mobile phone could soon tell you whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease.



Doctors in the United Kingdom are developing the app. It will allow you to submit a sample of saliva or urine to a microchip. Plug it into your computer or smart phone and you get a diagnos... Read More

ICAAC 2010 - Opening Briefing

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

* M. Lindsay Grayson, Austin Hospital/Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
* Craig Rubens, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seatt... Read More

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

MWV 106 - This Week in Virology: Boston Quammens

Four years to the day after filming 'Threading the NEIDL', Vincent and Alan return to the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories BSL4 facility at Boston University where they speak with science writer David Quammen during the Emerging Infectious Disea... Read More

How to identify bacteria and fungi by MALDI-TOF

Matrix-assisted laser desorption / ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF)
The principle is the bacteria grown on a solid medium and transferred to a steel plate. The sample be shot with a laser and fragments are separated by size / charge. Fragment patterns are a fingerprint that can be used bot... Read More

Bonnie Bassler: Discovering bacteria's amazing communication system

Bonnie Bassler, ASM President-elect, gave a rousting presentation on how bacteria communicate at TED that has Twitter and the rest of the online science-interested community buzzing. Read More

Microwave technology sterilises medical equipment

Researchers have come up with a new way of sterilising medical equipment - by using a microwave.

Low-cost technology to kill harmful bacteria has been developed at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

Researchers found that by attaching a vacuum vessel to a microwave oven, atomic oxygen and ozon... 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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