In a battle against a seed eating fungus, certain chili peppers fight back by dialing up the heat. Learn more about why and how certain chili's are so hot in this video from Sciencentral. Read More
When you've collapsed in a hotel bed at the end of a day of vacationing, the last thing you want to worry about is whether a previous guest left germs behind. But germs are invisible to the naked eye, so how do hotel housekeepers — who have an average of 30 minutes to clean a room — make sure th... Read More
This year I started a new virology course at Columbia University. The course emphasizes the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell and survival and spread within a host population. The molecular basis of alternative reproductive cycl... Read More
Alan Boyle writes: Bacteria have legs? That suggestion seemed surprising to Gerard Wong, a bioengineering professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, when his students told him they were seeing some strange behavior in movies of the microbes.
"They said, 'You know, we noticed th... Read More
Dr. Carl Winter at the Univ. of California, Davis wrote this amusing music parody in the name of food safety. Enjoy! Read More
ABC News video on the late Malcom Casadaban, a University of Chicago researcher who passed away after exposure to Yersinia pestis.
"The tragic irony is that Professor Casadaban had been trying to develop a vaccine so that thousands of people around the world wouldn't die a painful, ugly death... Read More
A very promising cure against infection. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis discusses this break-through antibiotic mechanism. Read More
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
The H1N1 Rap was written, composed, produced, and performed by John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, for the HHS' www.flu.gov public service announcement contest. Out of the over 200 entries submitted, a panel of 12 video communication and public health experts determined the top 10 entries. These were put... Read More
Huw Taylor, Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Brighton, presented his inaugural lecture on Thursday 21 June 2012 entitled: People, Places and Pathogens.
Professor Taylor, who did his undergraduate degree in microbiology, said that the science of medical microbiology has del... Read More
Rutgers' Donna Fennell is reclaiming chlorine-contaminated sediments in New Jersey 's urban Meadowlands through smart environmental engineering and microbiological enrichment. Serious Sediment is a segment from CSREES' Partners Video Magazine's 19th episode, The Soil Explorers. To view the entir... Read More
Scientists have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regrow its whole head and brain—and other body parts—after amputation.
The finding is another step forward in efforts to explore how humans might one day regenerate damaged organs and tissue.
The research led by biol... Read More
Parents are buying lollipops licked by children with chickenpox to infect their kids in order to avoid the vaccine.
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Can we get bugs to do our bidding? Emory chemist Justin Gallivan has moved science another step closer to that possibility. His lab reprogrammed an innocuous strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli to "seek and destroy" the molecules of an herbicide called atrazine.
"Rather than just alterin... Read More
A movie showing gliding motility in a Paenibacillus isolate. Movie by Jon Roll, UW-Madison.
In this series of four brief video clips from Washington State University produced by Adam Ratliff and Cherie Winner for Washington State Magazine Online, microbiologist Cynthia Haseltine describes how she's working to understand the process of DNA repair and the causes of lymphoma, ... Read More
In episode 5 of Microbe Theater meet Saccharomyces cerevisiae, aka brewer's yeast. Read More
Bacteria communicate with chemical languages that allow them to synchronize their behavior and thereby act as multi-cellular organisms. This process, called quorum sensing, enables bacteria to do things they can’t do as a single cell, like successfully infect and cause disease in humans.