Mavenites, there have been reports in the news recently of unprecedented numbers of cases of measles in California, New York, and Ohio and a whooping cough epidemic has been declared in California. What is the reason for these outbreaks, the likes of which have not been seen in many decades?
In chapter 6 of the 4th edition of Microbiology: A Systems Approach, there is a discussion of bacteriophage and both the lytic and lysogenic cycles of viruses. Later on in chapter 9, there is a discussion of the F factor and high-frequency recombination in bacterial conjugation. … MORE
[Featured Image courtesy Michelle Banks at Artologica]
Lovely Assistant here. Do you ever feel the need to display your microbiology passions for all the world to see? Me too. Here are a few of my favorite artists and artisans. [Note: Neither the Lovely Assistant nor the Maven receives any kickbacks, remuneration, or free swag for these endorsements. We just … MORE
Mavenites, this is my first installment of my “Textbook Spotlight” series (replacing the “Sneak Peak series), highlighting sections from the latest edition of “Microbiology, A Systems Approach.” This entry from Chapter 14: Host Defenses I is augmented with some new information from our friend Jason Tetro writing for Popular Science.
The Grapefruit Diet, Atkins, South Beach, The Zone Diet, The Paleo Diet… Mavenites, May 29th is “World Digestive Health Day,” and in our 6th installment of “Make Friends With Your Gut Microbiota,” we’re going to discuss why your gut microbiota makes you fat…or thin. We briefly discussed in a previous installment of … MORE
Mavenites, the random number generator has spoken: Susan Roberts is the lucky winner of our one-year blog anniversary giveaway! Congratulations Susan! Please contact me at microbiologymaven (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address, and the iPad mini will be on its way!
Mavenites: a few weeks ago, I gave you a screen shot from my latest video adventure, and now here it is for your enlightenment and entertainment! It’s an amusing illustration of the exponential growth of bacteria…in coffee form:
I’m interested to hear your feedback. What did you think of the video? Is it something you’d … MORE
In 2008, I attended my first American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. I met my good friend and fellow microbiology professor Julie Oliver there, and we had an amazing time together. We attended an opening plenary lecture given by Dr. Stuart Levy, … MORE
Chocolate: it’s been your go-to comfort food forever, you’ve heard that dark chocolate had antioxidants and improved cardiovascular health, and now your gut microbiota weighs in: YES, chocolate is good for you! In research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, chemists at the Louisiana State College of Agriculture studied the precise … MORE