Do you think that our species is exempt from "kill-the-winner" predator-prey dynamics? (KTW is the colloquial term for the cyclical dynamic by which phages promote community evenness by reducing the numbers of the most abundant bacterial strains.) Read more →
by Elio Think about it: understanding what goes on inside any cell is hard enough. Add to that the complexities of being rod-shaped, and the mind starts to boggle. People have wondered about this aplenty. For sure, many expeditions have set out to explore the poles of rod-shaped bacilli—how they... Read more →
by Mark Martin At my small liberal arts undergraduate institution, there is only one microbiology course, and it is generally taken by seniors. Here is an image of my Spring 2011 students, and below is the logo that the talented artist Kaitlin Reiss came up for our class T-shirts. One... Read more →
by S. Marvin Friedman New infectious diseases emerge with worrisome frequency. Some accompany natural events such as changes in climate, while others surface with human help. Of great importance among the latter are the infections caused by Clostridium difficile (casually called C. diff). The prevalence of these infections is related... Read more →
The purpose of this blog is to share my appreciation for the width and depth of the microbial activities on this planet. I will emphasize the unusual and the unexpected phenomena for which I have a special fascination... (more)
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