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Alarming Uptick of Deadly Superbugs in Hospitals

America's hospitals are places of healing and hope. But they're also home to a growing threat. You may have heard of MSRA - a dangerous infection that can often be treated with antibiotics. Now there's a new class of superbugs - infections striking patients with little or no effective treatment ... 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

Bacteria rewired to flash in sync

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.

The bacteria have been engineered to fluoresce in synchronised bursts to produce waves ... Read More

Video on how Swine Flu/H1N1 Spread

A Bayesian phylogeographic reconstruction of the early H1N1 spread.

“This helps reveal hidden information about the spatial spread of the virus,” said Marc Suchard, a University of California at Los Angeles biomathematician and co-author of the analysis, which was published last week in Publi... Read More

How an agar plate is made, from creation to distribution

While this is largely a promotional video for bioMerieux, it's still interesting know how agar plates are manufactured, tested and distributed. The footage is well done. Read More

Cell Organization and Cell Motility (Part 1) by Julie Theriot

This lecture covers the biochemical basis of actin-based motility (focusing on the pathogen Listeria as a model system for this process), the biophysical mechanism of polymerization-based force generation, and an evolutionary perspective of cell shape in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The first par... Read More

Disrupting Cellular Communication - James Cameron style

Students at Rutgers University-Camden created this mash-up of Avatar with the focus of their Spring 2010 term paper for their General Microbiology class. Read More

Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

How would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.

It’s the kind of ba... Read More

E.O. Wilson: Help build the Encyclopedia of Life

As noted entomologist E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. Wilson states that as we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life we're steadily, methodically, and vi... Read More

The Role of Vitamin D Supplements in Preventing and Treating Disease - ICAAC 2013

There is much interest in the role of nutrients and micronutrients in the support of host defense against infections. However, there is controversy in the ability of supplements to help prevent or treat infections. Speakers discuss research on the role of vitamin D supplements to prevent and/or ... Read More

The Ghost Map - Author Steven Johnson on the 1854 Cholera Outbreak in London

Author Steven Johnson discusses The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society. Read More

Outbreak of Salmonella Infection (1954)

A film commissioned by the U.S. Air Force that shows a demonstration of what happens during the course of a Salmonella outbreak. The video examines source and means of contamination, factors aiding the survival and transfer of the organism, conditions of environment and general food handling pra... Read More

MWV Episode 86 - The Microbiology of Cheese

Have you ever wondered why mozzarella bubbling and stretching between pizza slices is so different from the earthy flavors of blue-veined gorgonzola? The diversity of cheeses we love are created by encouraging and manipulating the growth of specific microbes. The American Socie... Read More

Handwashing Dance

Employees and physicians of the Detroit Medical Center sing and dance to remind everyone that hand sanitization is key to controlling infection and keeping everyone healthier! Read More

TWiV 234: Live in Denver

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Kathy Spindler<... Read More

Myra McClure on XMRV

Myra McClure, Professor in the Division of Infection and Immunity, University College of London, U.K., has focused on retroviruses for much of her research career. I discussed the potential role of the retrovirus XMRV in prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome with Dr. McClure during ICAAC ... Read More

Inside the Mind's Eye: Communicating Science in a New Media Era (MWV41)

Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people get their news. Immediate access to information presents new opportunities as well as challenges for science communication. Watch Carl Zimmer, science wr... Read More

Good Cholesterol: Part of Innate Immunity?

Trypanosome Lytic Factor (TLF) has emerged as a novel arm of innate immunity that is only present in humans and select non-human primates. TLF was originally discovered in human blood as a minor form of High-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as a good cholesterol, that rapidly kills the Afri... Read More

The Secret Life of a Microbiologist - Rachel Collins

Who would have ever thought that a microbiologist would also be a professional wrestler? Rachel Collins is not one to mess with in the series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" produced by PBS.

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The Effects of Fracking on the Microbial Ecology of Groundwater

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. What effect does this process have on the microorganisms that naturally exist in the water in this process?

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