Glowing bacteria that flash on and off together are pointing the way towards implants made of engineered cells that would deliver precise doses of drugs or hormones at specific times of the day.
This video from Geoffrey Smith and his team of virologists at Imperial College London shows how vaccinia virus spreads through cells. What's interesting about this is that when the virus leaves one cell in search of another to infect, vaccinia would bounce off of or hop over cells that were alre... Read More
In the last tutorial I posted from the Micro eGuide you learned a method for practicing proper streaking technique. In this video we learn how to put this technique into practice and streak a plate properly. Read More
How to make Surströmming, "soured herring," a northern Swedish delicacy consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Careful though, several major airlines have banned this canned delight by declaring it "potentially explosive" since the fermentation process in the can is ongoing.
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The Micro eGuide has a great series of really short tutorial videos that teach basic lab procedures. Here is the first in the series that demonstrates how to practice plate streaking. Read More
In this video from India's NDTV, reporters address growing public anger against the World Health Organisation (WHO) for reportedly making swine flu pandemic bigger than it really was. Health experts in India say this isn't the first time WHO has pushed for programmes, even though they are not ne... Read More
How to make nattou. Nattou is a traditional Japanese breakfast food that consists of fermented soybeans. Apparently this staple has been enjoyed for more than 10,000 years and represents an important part of traditional Japanese cuisine. Read More
Oryzae is back and this time he's hanging out with the "habitual skin microbes." Note that the subtitles around 0:46 are a little confusing and may be incorrect, possibly due to a translation issue. Since I do not understand Japanese I can't tell for sure.
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Science writer Carl Zimmer and host of MicrobeWorld's Meet the Scientist Podcast presents a talk in Vancouver BC hosted by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Zimmer discusses Darwin and the evolution of diseases, including H1N1.
The talk was posted in six par... Read More
In episode 5 of Microbe Theater meet Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer's yeast. Read More
Meet E. coli O157:H7 and some other unidentified "large intestine microbes." Read More
The aptly named Germ Terminator aims to conquer the world of germ-ridden shopping carts in supermarkets and other stores by using ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria on the carts' handlebars.
The origin of the Germ Terminator began when Danny Glenn, Fleet Cleaning Supply chief executive officer... Read More
Hyperthermophiles are microorganisms that can live in extremely hot conditions. Instead of photosynthesis, these organisms perform chemosynthesis to produce energy. Click "source" above to watch the Learning Channel's "It Came From Outer Space: Hyperthermophiles". Read More
Learn all about yeast in this fun minute-long animation featuring Aspergillus awamori, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus sojae and Aspergillus niger. Read More
In episode 2 of Microbe Theater you get to meet Penicillium chrysogenum, Cladosporium trichoides and Alternaria alternata. Read More
Part one of five from the Discovery Channel series 'Understanding Bacteria'. Look for appearances from American Society for Microbiology past-presidents Dr. Stanley Falkow and Dr. Abigail Salyers. Really a great documentary, very watchable and interesting.
You can watch the entire 52... Read More
This video, or anime if you prefer, was inspired by the manga series called "Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture." Manga is a Japanese word for comics, the literal translation is "whimsical pictures." This manga follows the life of a first-year college student named Tadayasu Sawaki who has the speci... Read More
The "Do It Yourself" biology movement is growing among real scientists and citizen scientists in homegrown or garage-based labs around the U.S. As this NPR piece reports "they're studying things like DNA and E. coli bacteria in home laboratories. And for now, the industry is largely unregulated.... Read More