Tagged: bacteria

Monday Micro: What I did on my holidays Part I - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 06, 2013

Apologies for the lack of Monday Micro posts over the last few months. I’ve been away on holiday. And this is one of the things I got up to…. I went to SkepchickCON at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy convention in Minneapolis, USA. There I did a session with some bioluminescent bacteria, where I got participants to draw … Read More

Astrosquid! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 27, 2013

What is the value of blue-skies research? This is a question often asked by politicians and the public. Why should public money be spent funding science that seems to have no obvious benefit beyond generating scientific knowledge? The simple answer is that it can be almost impossible to predict what new avenues that scientific knowledge will open up. Take … Read More

Monday Micro – roller derby micro! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 18, 2013

There were a smorgasbord of micro stories to choose from this week, but how could I pass up a story which combines microbes, open access and gorgeous women on roller skates?! James Meadow and colleagues, from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, have just published a paper looking at the … Read More

Living photographs - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 21, 2012

Zachary Copfer creates living pictures by spreading bacteria on nutrient agar, then selectively irradiating them to kill some. He’s done a series of full head-and-shoulders portraits of famous scientists. Einstein is shown in the agar plate above; everyone should recognise the esteemed gentleman to the right. He even has … Read More

Antibiotic myths - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 10, 2012

Dr Michael Addidle, a clinical microbiologist with Pathlab in Tauranga, has written a very nice article* in the Clinical Microbiology Journal, debunking some of the urban myths around antibiotic resistance. Alas the article is behind a pay wall so I thought I would summarise a few of the myths here. Myth 1: Antibiotics were invented in the 1930s Nope. We … Read More

SciFund Challenge – Target achieved! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 20, 2012

Glowing bacteria attract over $3000 for science in 15 days! For those who don’t know, this month I am taking part in the SciFund Challenge, raising money for my research using the RocketHub crowdfunding platform. My project, Evolution in Action, involves studying how infectious microbes evolve to cause disease and I am raising money to sequence the … Read More

Round 2 of the SciFund Challenge is now live! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2012

I’ll be spending the next 31 days trying to raise money for my research using the crowd funding model on the RocketHub platform, where contributors exchange small donations (in the 10-100 dollar ballpark) in return for ‘rewards’. As a microbiologist who makes glow-in-the-dark bacteria for a living, my rewards are things like sending donors a picture of their name … Read More