Topic: Microbiology

January 20, 2015 Expansion Microscopy - Technology used to absorb water in diapers is also being used to blow up tiny tissues to make them more viewable by microscopes.
January 7, 2015 Cold Viruses vs. Cancer - Scientists hope to design viruses that fight cancer.
December 31, 2014 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: Beta Cells - 2014 Science Breakthroughs of the Year: Fighting diabetes with stem cells.
December 24, 2014 MRSA Skin Vaccine - Researchers are testing a vaccine against life-threatening antibiotic resistant bacteria.
December 16, 2014 Ocean Plastics - Scientists are getting a better handle on how much plastic we put into the oceans, and what effects it’s having.
November 26, 2014 Wine’s Fruity “Nose” - You can thank fruit flies for your favorite wine’s fruity “nose”.
October 28, 2014 Imaging Infections - A radioactive sweetener could help doctors spot dangerous infections.
October 21, 2014 Superspreaders - Learning about the immune system from people who catch germs but don’t get sick.
October 15, 2014 Fruit Flies & Beer - Beer owes its distinctive aroma to fruit flies.
October 6, 2014 Gut-Powered Biofuels - Human gut microbes could break down grasses into sugars for biofuel production.
September 19, 2014 Circadian Colds - Why do the symptoms of common respiratory infections often worsen at night?
September 9, 2014 Spreading Viruses - Viruses spread from room to room much more quickly than you might think.
September 5, 2014 Yawn Roundup - Tracing the roots of yawning and empathy.
September 4, 2014 Bacteria & Allergies - A bacterium with a notorious name could help prevent and treat food allergies.
August 18, 2014 Bacteria vs. Tumors - Scientists demonstrate that “biosurgery” using bacteria can shrink tumors in dogs and humans.
July 18, 2014 Mouth-to-Heart Infections - Bacteria that cause gum disease can migrate to the cardiovascular system and hide there.
July 9, 2014 Fungal Filters - Fungal filters remove harmful bacteria from water.
July 8, 2014 3-D Tissue - 3-D scaffolding in cells helps scientists understand a patient’s cancer cells and personalize treatments.
July 1, 2014 Phone Microbiome - Your cell phone has its own microbiome.
April 16, 2014 Triclosan & Staph - Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent in household products, may actually promote the growth of Staph bacteria in people heavily exposed to it.
February 25, 2014 ENCORE PRESENTATION - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY (Encore Presentation) - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.
February 6, 2014 Multiple Sclerosis Toxin - A bacterial toxin may trigger some cases of multiple sclerosis.
December 3, 2013 3-D Underwater Microscope - Scientists are testing a new 3-D underwater microscope to study tiny marine predators.
November 25, 2013 Algae Biofuel Breakthrough - Scientists have overcome a major challenge in the commercial production of biofuel.
September 24, 2013 Germy Fabrics - Objects like blankets and stuffed animals can theoretically spread illnesses, but it's not a big concern.
September 11, 2013 Gut Bacteria Transfer - Gut microbes may be crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. The latest evidence comes from a study that transplanted human gut bacteria into mice.
August 30, 2013 Prehistoric Spice Roundup - Did prehistoric humans spice up their meals with mustard?
August 15, 2013 3-D Underwater Microscope - Scientists are testing a new 3-D underwater microscope to study tiny marine predators.
August 6, 2013 Oxygen & Carnivores - Rising oxygen levels during the Cambrian period allowed for the rise of ocean carnivores and the subsequent explosion of animal diversity.
July 29, 2013 Ocean Antibiotics - Researchers have discovered a compound in the Pacific Ocean that fights both staph infections and anthrax.
July 11, 2013 Climate Change & Soil Microbes - Soil microbes are affected by climate change, which could be a big deal.
June 19, 2013 Microbe Roundup - Microscopic organisms represent a vast, unexplored territory for biologists trying to understand the earth’s ecology—including the ecology inside our homes and even our bodies.
June 14, 2013 Podcast for 14 June 2013 - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.
June 4, 2013 Obesity & Gut Bacteria - Obese and diabetic mice have less of a certain gut bacteria, and replenishing the bacteria helps them lose weight.
June 3, 2013 Malaria Parasite Defense - Researchers have found a gene that gives the malaria parasite safe harbor in mosquitoes.
May 30, 2013 Itch Molecule - Researchers have identified a molecule that's essential for itching.
May 28, 2013 Preventing Progeria - Scientists have identified an enzyme that could be responsible for one of the rarest childhood diseases of all.
May 27, 2013 Irish Potato Famine Origins - Scientists have identified the genetic variant of the fungus-like organism responsible for setting off the Irish Potato Famine.
May 3, 2013 Cryo Roundup - Researchers are using extremely cold temperatures to treat pain and cancer.
April 30, 2013 Nanosponges - “Nanosponges” in the bloodstream could mop up toxins from bacteria, bees, or snakes.
April 26, 2013 Fantastic Voyage Roundup - Researchers have developed medical implants that dissolve after they've done their job.
April 19, 2013 Fruit Fly Roundup - Fruit flies are providing researchers with insights into wound healing and Parkinson’s disease.
April 16, 2013 Carnivorous Plant Food Webs - Each carnivorous pitcher plant contains a unique food web, depending on what falls in.
April 15, 2013 Energy Drinks & Heart Disease - Energy drinks and red meat contain carnitine, a substance that promotes heart disease with the help of gut bacteria.
April 12, 2013 Cholesterol Roundup - Despite its reputation, cholesterol may be useful for treating several medical conditions.
April 3, 2013 Remote Blood Testing - Researchers have developed an implantable blood testing sensor that can monitor blood glucose levels and chemotherapy drugs, among other things.
March 29, 2013 Microbe Roundup - Fighting disease involves maintaining the healthy populations of microbes that live inside us.
March 28, 2013 Fragile X Neurons - Fragile X Syndrome, a leading genetic cause of intellectual impairments, may actually result from too much brain activity.
March 27, 2013 Humidity vs. The Flu - Low humidity may increase the transmissibility of the influenza virus indoors.
March 12, 2013 Immune System Passports - Researchers have successfully copied a molecule that protects our bodies from our own immune systems.