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Taq Polymerase and the PCR

Morehouse College Biology students Rob Williams and Tony Gibson present on the process of Taq production and the polymerase chain reaction. Read More

Design and Testing of Protein Combinatorial Libraries

In this video Stephen L. Mayo, Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, discusses the challenges of designing new proteins that fold into a particular structure or perform a particular function. One method is to computationally design a protein based solely up... 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

ICAAC 2013 C.difficile Update with Kelly Daniels and Philip Chung

Patients getting medical care can catch serious infections called healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). While most types of HAIs are declining, one -- caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile --continues to grow. C. difficile causes diarrhea linked to 14,000 American deaths each year. Pa... Read More

An Interview with Moselio Schaechter, Editor-in-Chief of 'The Encyclopedia of Microbiology'

A discussion with Professor Moselio Schaechter, Distinguished Professor, emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, about his book the Encyclopedia of Microbiology.

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Pandemics in Retrospective

Now that we have experienced several months of the H1N1 pandemic, what have we learned about how it was handled? Watch Dr. Nicole Lurie (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Dr. Kathryn Edwards (Vanderbilt University), discuss the public health responses to H1N1. Participants compar... Read More

The synergy between microbiology and photography (Video)

Pablo Rojas' lecture on Microbiology, "Progressive synergism between photography and microbiology — an aesthetic approach," at "Science Slam" in Berlin.
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B.C. government puts Listeria report under wraps

The B.C. government defends its decision to withhold a report on Listeria bacteria found in smoked salmon in the province.

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Gulf oil spill could widen, worsen ‘dead zone’

While an out-of-control gusher deep in the Gulf of Mexico fouls beaches and chokes marshland habitat, another threat could be growing below the oil-slicked surface.

The nation’s worst oil spill could worsen and expand the oxygen-starved region of the Gulf labeled “the dead zone” for its inhos... Read More

Anthrax and Bacteria (video)

Anthrax and bacteria that form spores, Interview with Adam Driks, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola Medical Center. Read More

New Vaccine Technologies: Needle-free Vaccines #ICAAC (Video)

Needle-based vaccine injections require highly trained health workers and an optimally performing system for effective mass vaccination campaigns. The universal fear of needle sticks is an indicator of the need of convenient and viable alternative modes of delivery. New technologies are making n... Read More

Microbes in Space

Microbes collected from Northern California and throughout the nation will soon blast into orbit for research and a microgravity growth competition on the International Space Station (ISS). This citizen science project, known as Project MERCCURI, is led by UC Davis microbiologists, who are inves... Read More

Progress and Promise in HIV/AIDS

Antiretroviral therapy provides life-saving medicine to HIV-infected people but it is not a cure. Long-term exposure to the drugs and the virus itself shorten a person's life, even if they don't develop AIDS. Two HIV/AIDS Disease Teams led by scientists at UCLA and the City of Hope are focused o... Read More

More than bread and beer: The National Collection of Yeast Cultures (video)

Do you eat bread? Or drink beer? If so you've probably consumed yeast products from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures.

Yeasts are one of the earliest, if not the earliest, biological tools used by people. Brewers' yeast, Saccharomyces cerivisae, features widely in products we consume... Read More

You Are Your Microbes

Very cute animated video about the microbial ecology of the human body. You are your microbes - Jessica Green and Karen Guillemin from TedEd. Read More

The many faces of group A streptococcus: “flesh eating bacteria” (includes video)

The “flesh eating bacteria” is actually a relatively rare bacterial infection technically known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The most common organism that causes this devastating disease is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep), however other bacteria have been implicated (Clostrid... Read More

In Haiti, Wounds, Infectious Diseases Are Top Concerns

Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti left some 300,000 people homeless. Many are clustering in public places without food, clean water or sanitation. It's the perfect environment for the spread of communicable disease. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on health concerns Haitians face in the wake of Tuesday'... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 10

As we near the end of Microbe Theater, we get to see what our animated friends look like in real life.

By the way, in this episode they refer to "Tadayasu" several times. Tadayasu is the main, human character in the original Japanese anime story "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture" that ... Read More

A Role for Statins in Infectious Disease? #ICAAC

Statins are well-known as a class of drugs that are used to help lower cholesterol but recent evidence suggests they might be good for more than your heart. They may play a role in preventing and treating certain bacterial infections including pneumonia and sepsis. Presenters at ICAAC discuss ... Read More

Ice Nucleation Bacteria, Twitter, and Me!

In this post from my microbiology/education blog, I discuss a post on Boing Boing recently that used a video I had made of ice nucleation bacteria. Ice nucleation bacteria are very interesting of course, and I link to the Boing Boing post. In addition, I provide an additional video of students... Read More

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