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Getting to the root of the problem

Members of Texas A&M University's Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology were on the UTMB campus taking samples to determine the health of the palm trees. Dr. Kevin Ong, director of TAMUs Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in conjunction with Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and ... Read More

Americans Want Better Bacteria Protection In Hospitals

There's a 1-in-10 chance that the next time you go to the hospital for surgery, you may get an infection -- and it could be deadly. Those findings are contained in a new survey sponsored by The Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) and Kaiser Permanente.

The report shows many Americans want hosp... Read More

Michigan State researchers show how new viruses evolve, and in some cases, become deadly (video)

Researchers at Michigan State University demonstrate how a new virus evolves, shedding light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations.

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Singing about Toxoplasma gondii

Musical group Dan Kahn and the Painted Bird perform their song "Parasite" live in Philadelphia. The first set of lyrics are about Toxoplasma gondii which is mentioned by name in the song, although it's hard to make all of the vocals out, the rest of the track refers to other parasites too. If so... Read More

Using Bacteria to Turn Sand Dunes into Architecture

Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself. Read More

How fungal spores achieve zero drag

Drafting cyclists have nothing on spore-spewing fungi. Using an aerodynamic technique, a fungus can reduce drag on its spores—sending them high and far.

One fungus, the destructive Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, spews thousands of spores nearly simultaneously to form a plume that reduces drag to n... Read More

STD? There's an app for that

Your mobile phone could soon tell you whether or not you have a sexually transmitted disease.



Doctors in the United Kingdom are developing the app. It will allow you to submit a sample of saliva or urine to a microchip. Plug it into your computer or smart phone and you get a diagnos... Read More

Building Community through Public Toilets

The Global Water Challenge (GWC) is a coalition of leading organizations in the water and sanitation sector. In this video GWC finalist David Kuria of Ecotact Limited, a Kenyan company dedicated to bringing public toilets to an area where there were only two for 60,000 people, discusses the need... Read More

Microwave technology sterilises medical equipment

Researchers have come up with a new way of sterilising medical equipment - by using a microwave.

Low-cost technology to kill harmful bacteria has been developed at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

Researchers found that by attaching a vacuum vessel to a microwave oven, atomic oxygen and ozon... Read More

Juno Mission: Planetary Protection (video)

For all of its planetary missions, NASA has established a principle of planetary protection to avoid contaminating potentially habitable worlds with microbes from Earth. By destroying itself, Juno will eliminate any chance of crashing into one of Jupiter's moons and allowing microbial stowaways ... Read More

The coevolution of an ant and a fungi

"This segment from a PBS program entitled "Evolution: Evolutionary Arms Race" illustrates the coevolution of the leafcutter ant and the fungi on which it feeds. Leafcutters have been "farming" this fungus for millions of years by feeding, fertilizing, weeding, and harvesting it. Learn how one gr... Read More

How to make diesel from bacteria (BBC video)

(ed. note - this is the final part of the BBC series The Cell)

Dr Adam Rutherford continues the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself.

He explains how it is possible to turn ageing bacteria into diesel which is capable of powerin... Read More

SketchyMicro teaches Klebsiella, Serratia and Enterobacter in a really memorable way!

SketchyMicro is a unique and effective way to learn high-yield medical microbiology for the USMLE Step 1.

They take all of the microorganisms, infectious diseases, and random facts that you need to memorize for USMLE Step 1, and weave them into easy-to-remember sketches.

They narrate as th... 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

You Are Mainly Microbe - Meet Your Microbiome (video)

Ever not felt completely like yourself? There's a good reason for that. Because a large part of you . . . isn't you. Our bodies are home to ten times as many microbes as human cells. We are walking ecosystems, each of us home to thousands of different species on and inside of us. Meet your micro... Read More

History of Beer - Seven Wonders of the Microbe World (video series)

In this video we look at the origins of beer and brewing in Ancient Egypt, and the role microbes play in the process.
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Growth Factor: How Bacterial Infections Persist Through Antibiotics [Video]

Some strains of nasty bacterial infections, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), come loaded with resistance to antibiotics built right into their genes. But certain infections seem to acquire an ability to persist in the face of drugs that should knock them out—without de... Read More

Use of a Class 1 Safety Cabinet (video)

This video shows you how a Class 1 microbiological safety cabinet works. Read More

Videos of cells could replace cancer biopsies

Individual blood cells flying through capillaries can now be viewed in real time. The technique, called stimulated raman scattering (SRS) microscopy, generates videos of moving cells deep inside tissue and could replace biopsies in the diagnosis of cancers.

The technique works by shining lase... Read More

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