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Going viral on Science Sunday Hangout on Air

I joined Buddhini Samarasinghe and Scott Lewis on a Science Sunday Hangout on Air to talk about my career in virology: how I came to be interested in viruses, and what goes on in my laboratory. You can find hangouts and more at the ScienceSunday community.


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The science-themed art of Deb Sklut

During my visit to Berkeley, CA to record TWiV #228, I met Deb Sklut, an artist who is inspired by the power of science. I recorded a brief conversation with Deb which you can view below. Her work can be found at SqueakySqueegeeArt.etsy.com. Read More

Episode 7: All Life on Earth Depends on Microbes

This video describes the role of microbes in the production side of the global food web. Microbes transform essentially inert gaseous nitrogen into active nitrogen compounds, which then go on to make amino acids and proteins. Read More

Eric Stebbins - Understanding Bacterial Proteins (video)

Background on structural analysis of bacterial proteins, from Erec Stebbins, speaker at the 2012 Holiday Lecture "Bacteria's Deadly Design: How Earth's most prevalent life-form uses a microscopic syringe to invade and attack."
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MWV Episode 69 - Richard Cogdell - Bacterial Photosynthesis

 


Richard Cogdell is the Director of the Institute for Molecular Cell and Systems Biology at the Univer... Read More

Everyday Bacteria (video)

The Embarrassing Bodies team investigate how bacteria spreads.
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Episode 6: Botox and Hollywood

This episode describes how the bane of sausage makers and home canners became the darling of the Hollywood set. The lethal toxin made by our friend Clostridium botulinum was put to good use paralyzing facial muscles and erasing frown lines. This video has an amazing intro sequence. Read More

West Nile Virus - An ASM "Microbes After Hours" Event - 5/6/2013

2012 saw a surge of West Nile Virus infections, particularly in the central United States. What exactly is West Nile Virus and why do outbreaks occur?


Join us at ASM headquarters to learn more about the biology of this fascinating virus - how it moves between hosts, how the&... Read More

Lab Profile: Luciano Marraffini - Laboratory of Bacteriology (video)

The Rockefeller University's Luciano Marraffini is interested in understanding how bacteria evolve by incorporating DNA sequences from other bacteria or from the environment into their genomes. His research focuses on the mechanisms that control the traffic of DNA molecules between bacteria.
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Holiday Lectures on Science: Bacteria's Deadly Design (video)

Lecture by C. Erec Stebbins, Associate Professor, The Rockefeller University

When it comes to the evolution of life on earth, those who have been here longest have seniority. And after four billion years, bacteria reign supreme. Unfortunately for us, some of them have been using that time to ... Read More

Episode 5: Microbiology built the Pyramids!

Without the awesome power of microbes, these wonders of the ancient world would never have been built! Everyone knows about the awesome number of stone blocks and huge manpower requirements, but few know the important role that yeast had to play in building the pyramids. Read More

New bird flu virus adds to China health fears (Video)

Jane Lanhee Lee reports on a new spate of bird flu cases in China that has alarmed citizens grappling with earlier livestock-related health scares and reticent authorities.

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Episode 4: Microbiologists Invented Texting

This episode explains how microbiologists perfected the art of using the fewest possible letters in place of really long complicated words, long before cell phones and the internet were invented! Read More

Interactive video: Synthetic viruses

BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh explains how British scientists have used a new technique to develop a synthetic virus which heralds a major development in vaccines.

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This Week in Microbiology #53 - Live in Manchester at the SGM 2013 Spring Conference #sgmman (video)

Vincent Racaniello and co-host Laura Piddock, Ph.D., with guests Paul Williams, Ph.D., Kalin Vetsigian, Ph.D., and David Harper, Ph.D. Read More

Galveston National Laboratory missing deadly Venezuelan virus

The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which owns the $174 million facility designed with the strictest security measures to hold the deadliest viruses in the country.

Like Ebola, the ... Read More

The Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education 2013 - David Bhella, Ph.D.

David Bhella, Ph.D., MRC Centre for Virus Research, accepts the Peter Wildy Prize for Microbiology Education, awarded annually by the Society for General Microbiology for an outstanding contribution to microbiology education. Read More

Episode 3: The First Viral Video, Ever!!!!

This is the first Viral Video ever recorded! It was made in 1885 and features Louis Pasteur describing the first rabies vaccine clinical trial. This clearly makes it a viral video and not a bacterial or fungal video!

Enjoy!

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Discovery of first motor with revolution motion in a virus-killing bacteria advances nanotechnology (press release)

Scientists have cracked a 35-year-old mystery about the workings of the natural motors that are serving as models for development of a futuristic genre of synthetic nanomotors that pump therapeutic DNA, RNA or drugs into individual diseased cells. Their report revealing the innermost mechanisms ... Read More

Freiburg Biologists Study Unicellular Organisms that Occasionally Poison Themselves with a Toxin

The cyanobacterium Synechocystis produces toxins that often lead to its own demise. The biologists Stefan Kopfmann and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hess from the University of Freiburg have determined the logic governing this mechanism. The cyanobacterium Synechocystis produces several toxins. However, mo... Read More

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