MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology. On this episode, Jonathan talks about "evolvability," the probability that organisms can invent new functions. To do this, he has been using genome data in conjunction with experimental information to try and understand the mechanisms by which new functions have originated. Another area of interest for Eisen is the...

Science Nation - Lab in a Can

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Monitoring water quality is vital to make sure dangerous bacteria doesn't creep into our drinking water or overcome sewage treatment plants. With support from the National Science Foundation, engineers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have developed the Environment Sample Processor (ESP), a "DNA lab in a can." The size of a trash can, it can be placed in the open ocean or at water treatment facilities to identify potentially harmful bacteria, algae, larvae and other...

The Biology of Genomes (2008) with David Bentley Interviewed by Chris Gunter

Dr. David Bentley is Vice President and Chief Scientist at Illumina Inc, developing new DNA sequencing technology for fast, accurate sequencing of complex genomes. His major research interest is the study of human sequence variation. He was previously Head of Human Genetics and founding Member of the Board of Management at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, where he played leading roles in the Institute's contribution the human genome reference sequence, The SNP Consortium and the...

The Biology of Genomes (2008) with Michael Ashburner Interviewed by Orli Bahcall

Michael Ashburner (1942-) is Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge and is the former Joint-Head of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI).He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and the University of Cambridge, where he received his undergraduate degree (1964) and Ph.D. (1968), both in genetics. He then went to the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow with Hershell Mitchell. In 1979, he returned to the Department of Genetics in...

Deep-Ocean Metagenomics: Comparative Investigations of Microbes Inhabiting Hydrothermal Vents and the Cold Deep Ocean

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The deep-ocean accounts for the majority of the water on our planet. While the cold deep-ocean is the dominant nutrient-challenged ecosystem, hydrothermal vents represent oases along tectonically active areas of the seafloor. Hydrothermal vents and the surrounding cold deep-ocean each support unique communities of microbes and viruses that have become highly adapted to local conditions. Through cycles of infection and host cell lysis, bacteriophages (viruses that specifically infect...

Epigenomics of Cancer - Prof. Wei Li (Part 1, 2009)

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Prof. Wei Li lectures on studies of transcription factor binding sites and histone modifications using ChIP-chip and Chip-seq assays. Part of the Computer Aided Discovery Methods 2009 course offered at Baylor College of Medicine.

Biology of Algae

submitted by: scivee-team

An overview of the biology of algae and microorganisms.

Amazing Earth 1

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A documentary about volcanic eruptions, their causes and effects on Earth and the geological implications of those events in history and in the future - Part 1.