GREEN REVOLUTION: MICROBES

submitted by: nsf
In Bruce Logan's lab at Penn State Univeristy, researchers are working on developing microbial fuel cells (MFC) that can generate electricity I while accomplishing wastewater treatment. In a project supported by NSF, they are researching methods to increase power generation from MFCs while at the same time recovering more of the energy as electricity. Through their research projects, Logan’s team has already proven that they can produce electricity from ordinary domestic wastewater, as...

GREEN REVOLUTION: DISCOVER

submitted by: nsf
A trip to Snowy River, a bright white crystalline formation found deep within Fort Stanton Cave in New Mexico, reveals a lot about life and energy in unexpected places. Host Lisa Van Pay meets Diana Northup and Monica Moya, researchers who study life in caves. As they explore the cave they ask questions, think of possible answers and ways to test them, and discuss how to share their findings with the community. Together, science and engineering have resulted in advancements that have changed...

DNA and the hidden world of microbes

submitted by: phylogenomics

Introduction to the study of microbial diversity using DNA sequencing

Mary Ann Moran at the 2011 DOE JGI User Meeting

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Mary Ann Moran of the University of Georgia on "Metatranscriptomics of Marine Microbial Communities" at the 6th annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting on March 24, 2011.

This Week in Microbiology Live in NOLA (MWV50)

submitted by: MicrobeWorld

In episode 50 of MicrobeWorld Video, Vincent, Michael, and Stanley recorded episode #8 of the podcast This Week in Microbiology live at the 2011 ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, with guests Andreas Baümler, Nicole Dubilier, and Paul Rainey. They spoke about how pathogens benefit from disease, symbioses between chemosynthetic bacteria and marine invertebrates, and repetitive sequences in bacteria.

A genomic encyclopedia of bacteria and archaea

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A talk by Jonathan Eisen at the GME 2007 Conference

PhyloMETAGenomics

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Talk for Metagenomics Conference

Pam Silver at the 2011 DOE JGI User Meeting

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Pam Silver of Harvard University on "Designing Biological Systems for Sustainability and Programmed Environmental Interface" at the 6th annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting on March 23, 2011.

Staphylococcus aureus phenotype switching: an effective bacterial strategy to escape host immune response and establish a chronic infection

submitted by: Ben_Norman
Staphylococcus aureus is a frequent cause for serious, chronic and therapy-refractive infections in spite of susceptibility to antibiotics in vitro. In chronic infections, altered bacterial phenotypes, such as small colony variants (SCVs), have been found. Yet, it is largely unclear whether the ability to interconvert from the wild-type to the SCV phenotype is only a rare clinical and/or just laboratory phenomenon or is essential to sustain an infection. Here, we performed different...
Authors: L Tuchscherr, E Medina, M Hussain, W Volker, V Heitmann, S Niemann, D Holzinger, J Roth, R Proctor, K Becker, G Peters, B Loffler

Intestinal microbiota and human health

submitted by: COMED2010
The central objective of the MetaHit project is to establish associations between the genes of the human intestinal microbiota and human health and disease. The research work is focused on two disorders of increasing importance in Europe, Inflamatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and obesity. First, we need to establish an extensive reference catalog of microbial genes and genomes present in the human intestine. The second challenge is to develop tools to determine which genes and genomes of the...