Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL's) are enzymes that enable bacteria to resist multiple antibiotics. In the past few years ESBL-producing enteric bacteria (such as E. coli) have become an increasingly common cause of community acquired infections worldwide. The source of these organisms i... Read More
For germaphobes, seeing the movie “Contagion” will probably induce chronic hand-washing and self-imposed solitary confinement. The Matt Damon-led thriller is about a disease outbreak that pretty much consumes the entire world. To promote the film, Warner Bros. Canada embraced the film’s the... Read More
A team led by University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences researchers has unraveled the genomic code of the E. coli bacteria that caused the ongoing deadly outbreak in Germany that began in May 2011. To date, 53 people have died in the outbreak that has sickened thous... Read More
In episode 52 of MicrobeWorld Video, filmed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 18, 2011, Dr. Stan Maloy talks with Diane Harper, M.D., M.P.H, Profess... Read More
The Judges' Choice for The Scientist magazine's 2011 Labby Multimedia Awards is this cute video on how microbes are essential for snow formation.
Army Maj. Jittawadee Murphy peers into a paper bucket full of freshly hatched Anopheles stephanii mosquitoes. She needs to separate out the females — the only ones that bite — so they can be infected with malaria.
It turns out that sexing mosquitoes is easy.
"We kind of trick them," says M... Read More
Summer Lab for students, architects, scientists, artists, and individuals of all backgrounds to explore design with various living matter including live tissues, bacteria, tree grafting, fungi growth control and parametric scripting. Read More
Interview with Dr. David Rasko, lead author of paper in NEJM - using latest analytic tools, experts in microbial pathogens decipher strains. Read More
University of Dayton biology professor Eric Benbow leads a study near Dayton, Ohio, on the interaction of microbes and blowflies in decomposition of pigs. Benbow and collaborators from Texas A&M University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture received a grant for nearly $500,000 from the Natio... Read More
Should we keep the outdoors out of hospitals? Ecologist and TED Fellow Jessica Green has found that mechanical ventilation does get rid of many types of microbes, but the wrong kinds: the ones left in the hospital are much more likely to be pathogens. Read More
This animation starts with the explanation of bacterial cell wall synthesis, the process targeted by ß-Lactams.
Structurally, most bacteria consist of a cell membrane surrounded by a cell wall and, for some bacteria, an additional outer layer. Internal to the cell membrane is the cytoplasm whi... Read More
Microbiology, which deals with diseases caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Read More
Space Shuttle Atlantis is set to take off Friday, July 8, as NASA’s 135th and final space shuttle mission, bringing a 30-year shuttle program to a close.
Although the program is being retired, scientific experiments will continue in space aboard the International Space Station, which serves a... Read More
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
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus likes to hide in other moist places besides the anterior nares, especially the throat, perineum, armpits, and under pendulous breasts. To determine if a patient with recurrent MRSA abscesses or other skin infections is truly a carrier and thus a candid... Read More
Terry Hazen, a microbial ecologist with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, discusses the role of microbes in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read More
Oil is an expensive resource that is rapidly becoming harder to find. Eventually, we are going to have to find a new renewable fuel source to replace it. These scientists think they already have—algae. Read More
TWiV's very own Dickson Despommier explains his vision of a future where farming is truly sustainable.
If there weren't any pesky practical limitations, what world-changing device would you invent? In the second installment of Babelgum and GOOD's new Big Ideas competition, Columbia professor... Read More
Judith Klatt is a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen. She's also a mother, keen to fulfilf both her roles with equal vigor. She's being helped by a foundation set up by Nobel laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard.It provides financial support so Judith ... Read More