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Tag: Bacteria

University of Oxford: Good Germs; Bad Germs

Invisible to the naked eye, yet a constant presence, microbes (‘germs’) live in, on and around us. The researchers in this project collaborate with members of the public to explore and experiment on the microbial life in their kitchens (and in one instance – a cat) and starts to unpick what we really mean by …

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Caltech: Gut Feelings: How Intestinal Bacteria Regulate Emotion and Behavior – S. Mazmanian

Caltech celebrated the launch of Break Through: The Caltech Campaign—an ambitious fundraising initiative that will help secure the Institute’s future. The celebration began with a symposium for the entire campus community: faculty, students, staff, alumni, family, and friends. A faculty member from each division explored briefly a seminal question and its potential to change the …

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TED: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances …

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Gresham College: Germs, Genes and Genesis: The History of Infectious Disease – Professor Steve Jones

We have an idea of where to place the cradle of civilization, but where is the cradle of disease? Where do infectious diseases come from? Some come from animals, but we gave some back (as cattle picked up TB from farmers). Leviticus discusses the problem of leprosy at some length and even develops an early …

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American Museum of Natural History: SciCafe: Microbes in the House

Americans spend an estimated 92% of their time indoors, yet we know little about the diversity of microbes that exist in the built environment. This collection of microbes is influenced by where we live, whom we live with, and what we do, but it also can have an effect on us and our health. In …

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University of California: Our Microbiome – Health Matters

Did you know that you have up to ten times as many microbial cells on your body as you have human cells? What are these tiny microbes doing and how did they find their way to you? Rob Knight, PhD joins our host David Granet, MD to discuss how these cells that make up our …

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Berkeley Lab: Javier Ceja-Navarro | Do Insects Contain the Secrets to Sustainable Food and Energy Production?

Berkeley Lab scientist Javier Ceja-Navarro discusses his research on the microbial populations found the guts of insects, specifically the coffee berry borer, which may lead to better pest management and the passalid beetle, which could lead to improved biofuel production.  

TED: Rob Knight | How our microbes make us who we are

Rob Knight is a pioneer in studying human microbes, the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies that have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in …

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AMNH: Countdown to Zero | Defeating Disease in the 21st Century

What does it take to defeat infectious diseases in the 21st century? The American Museum of Natural History and The Carter Center invite you to explore the innovative collaborative approaches being developed around the world to combat disease. Join former President Jimmy Carter, who is joined by Dr. Jane Carlton, director of the Center for …

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AMNH: SciCafe | Antibiotics and Obesity

Physician and microbiologist Martin Blaser discusses how changes in the human microbiome – through the overuse of antibiotics for example – may be contributing to an increase in chronic conditions including obesity, allergic disorders, and diabetes.  

Ultraviolet light zaps superbugs at UPMC hospitals

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant is the latest to use UV robots for another layer of disinfection in their facility. Mark Hundley, director of environmental services at UPMC Passavant, explains their disinfecting robot, Violet.  

Battling Drug-Resistant Superbugs: Can We Win?

The CDC estimates that at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and at least 23,000 people die annually from these infections. Additional risks are posed from other types of organisms once sensitive to antimicrobial medicines and now resistant. This Forum event examined the public health menace posed by antimicrobial resistance …

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Karl Klose: Rise of the Superbug – Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

As founder and director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, with 19 infectious disease laboratories, Dr. Klose’s research focuses on understanding bacterial pathogenesis in order to develop effective vaccines and therapeutics. Please note: Due to a power outage at the event, there is a gap in the middle section of this talk. …

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Conan MacDougall: Antibiotic Use and Co-Existence with the Microbial World

Antibiotics are considered a miracle of modern medicine — our “magic bullets” that kill harmful microorganisms and spare our bodies in the war against infection. Conan MacDougall explains that the story is much more complex. Most of the bugs that would do us harm usually co-exist with us on our skin, in our gut — …

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Kary Mullis: A next-gen cure for killer infections

FILMED FEB 2009 • POSTED JUL 2009 • TED2009 Drug-resistant bacteria kills, even in top hospitals. But now tough infections like staph and anthrax may be in for a surprise. Nobel-winning chemist Kary Mullis, who watched a friend die when powerful antibiotics failed, unveils a radical new cure that shows extraordinary promise. Kary Mullis won …

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The ‘Bio’ in Biofuels: New Energy from Ancient Life

Hosted by The University of California, this talk on bacteria producing hydrogen. We all know that hydrogen is a clean and efficient source for energy, for example used in future cars with fuel cells. However, production of hydrogen is actually dirty and expensive using current mainstream methods – something that bacteria could change in the …

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SLAC Public Lecture: Chasing Super Bugs with Smarter Drug Design

Lecture Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011. When our grandparents were young, there was no such thing as an antibiotic. Diseases like tuberculosis were invariably fatal. In the twentieth century, the fortuitous discoveries of penicillin from a mold and streptomycin from soil made a revolution in medicine. Today, we have even more powerful antibiotics, but also …

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Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao: Break down plastics with bacteria

FILMED FEB 2013 • POSTED JUL 2013 • TED2013 While in only 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic, specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. [KGVID width=”720″ height=”400″]http://www.ourprg.com/Video/MirandaWang_2013-480p.mp4[/KGVID]

Jessica Green: We’re covered in germs! How to make them happy

FILMED FEB 2013 • POSTED MAR 2013 • TED2013 In this TED talk Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments? Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes, some good for us and some bad for us. [KGVID width=”720″ height=”400″]http://www.ourprg.com/Video/JessicaGreen_2013U-480p.mp4[/KGVID]