Category Archives: Video

A nice introduction to bacterial growth (video)

Related: LabWork: Bacterial growth Saturday Cinema: Logarithmic growth of bacteria

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Saturday Cinema: Hunting the next killer virus

Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu – and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

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The Pathogenicity of Pandemic Influenza Viruses

Dr. Peter Palese describes how reconstructing the extinct 1918 pandemic influenza virus by reverse genetics can help us better understand molecular basis of virulence and the mechanisms by which pandemic influenza viruses are transmitted.

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Slip Sliding Away

When fish school, birds flock, insects and bacteria swarm, a population of similar individuals cruises along similar, sometimes cyclic, paths. How do the members of a swarm anticipate the movement of others to coordinate movement with them? And how do … Continue reading

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Saturday Cinema: Earth's mass extinctions – are bacteria to blame?

Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but “Medea Hypothesis” author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth’s mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.

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An introduction to genomics

What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better … Continue reading

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Digitizing Life

MicrobiologyBytes has discussed before Craig Venter’s attempts to create a synthetic microorganism. In 2008, Venter described his work at the TED Conference, and his talk is well worth watching: Related: Mycoplasma laboratorium, the first synthetic organism The end of the … Continue reading

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What the heck do you microbiologists do all day long?

Nice microbiology video from the Royal Sussex County Hospital NHS Trust.

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Aseptic technique video series

Following on from the microscope basics video series, YouTube user lgines continues to produce the goods with a useful series of videos on aseptic technique: Preparing a bacterial culture (broth to broth): Preparing a bacterial culture (broth to plate): Preparing … Continue reading

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