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It seems that Bacteria has its own theme song and here it is. Bacteria rock video. Read More

2013 ICAAC Overview Briefing

Members of the ICAAC Program Committee present highlights by day of the ICAAC meeting and discuss sessions of particular interest. Host: Michael Schmidt, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Participants: Craig E. Rubens, Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, Seattle... Read More

Futures in Biotech 56: RNA viruses and more

Vincent Racaniello, host of This Week in Virology, appears in the latest episode of Futures in Biotech with Marc Pelletier.

With a focus on RNA viruses, Vincent and and Marc are joined by Stanford University School of Medicine Professor Karla Kirkegaard and discuss where RNA viruses came from... Read More

Chinese company Sinovac gets greenlight to mass produce H1N1 vaccine

Click "Source" to view the video via Scientific American/Reuters. Read More

First wild grass species and model system for energy crops sequenced

As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works toward developing sustainable sources of clean renewable energy, perennial grasses have emerged as major candidates for the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels from feedstocks. However, little is known about the specific biological traits of ... Read More

Microbiology, Creativity, and Extra Credit!

I have long believed that there are many ways for students to learn. In several of my classes, I encourage students to use "creative" approaches to explore course concepts. In the Fall of 2015, here is what my micronauts in my Microbiology course at the University of Puget Sound came up with..... Read More

Disease Diagnostics: Lab on a Chip for Next to Nothing

Lab tests for disease diagnosis can be very expensive and cumbersome for many regions of the world. George Whitesides, American chemist and professor of chemistry at Harvard University, has an answer that can be manufactured with just paper and carpet tape at virtually zero cost. Filmed at TEDxB... Read More

Invisible You – The Human Microbiome with Sculpter Rogan Brown

Rogan Brown tells the story behind his work ‘Cut Microbe’, an intricate paper sculpture based on a single bacterial form. Read More

Galveston National Laboratory missing deadly Venezuelan virus

The Galveston National Laboratory lost one of five vials containing a deadly Venezuelan virus, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch, which owns the $174 million facility designed with the strictest security measures to hold the deadliest viruses in the country.

Like Ebola, the ... Read More

Microbiology Dilution Series Demonstration

Here's a nice demonstration video by Dr. Conor O'Bryne from the Dept. of Microbiology at National University of Ireland, Galway, showing how to perform a serial dilution on a liquid food sample (in this case raw unpasteurised milk). The raw milk sample is diluted down to 1/1000 in a sterile dil... Read More

Microbe Theater - Episode 2

In episode 2 of Microbe Theater you get to meet Penicillium chrysogenum, Cladosporium trichoides and Alternaria alternata. Read More

TWiM #102: Happiness is the spore-formers in your gut

The TWiM team discusses evidence that serotonin synthesis is regulated by spore-forming members of the gut microbiota. Read More

The Quest for a Field Guide to the Microbes - a talk by Jonathan Eisen

A talk by Jonathan Eisen for the "Science in the River City" gathering of science teachers. Read More

TEDTalks: Michael Specter: The Danger of Science Denial

Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA). Read More

Local Economic Impact of Swine Flu in Mexico City

Freelance reporter Deborah Bonello looks at the impact swine flu is having on the local economy in Mexico City. To visit her site for the full story go to http://www.mexicoreporter.com/?p=2080. This video is in English. Read More

Should You Map Your Microbiome?

Biologists are beginning to understand how the trillions of microbes in and on our bodies shape our health. But differences between any two people’s microbial populations are enormous. Most people share around 99 percent of their DNA with the person next to them, but they have a significantly sm... Read More

How societal, economic factors play into rise of drug-resistant bacteria (PBS NewsHour video)

Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? New strains of bacteria are on the rise, landing normally healthy people in the hospital with life-threatening, drug-resistant infections. Ray Suarez talks to David Hoffman, the journalist who led the investigation for Frontline's "Hunting the Nightmare... Read More

"Never Really Alone" with Ed Yong!

Each Fall, I teach a freshman writing class about symbioses and parasitism. I was very lucky to get some pretty famous people to "Skype" or "Google Hang Out" in to visit my class. Last Fall, one of my "tele-speakers" was the fabulous science writer and very funny fellow Ed Yong. The students ... Read More

Fungi: Death Becomes Them - CrashCourse Biology #39 (video)

Death is what fungi are all about. By feasting on the deceased remains of almost all organisms on the planet, converting the organic matter back into soil from which new life will spring, they perform perhaps the most vital function in the global food web. Fungi, which thrive on death, make all ... Read More

A Citizen Microbiology project on the Built Environment

There is a growing popular and policy interest in the microbiome, and the possibilities of more nuanced or ‘probiotic’ ways of living with germs. To date however there has been limited public engagement with the science and technology of metagenomics. The project engages with the growing scienti... Read More
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