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One more link between peas and carrots!

Remember the carotenoids? These antioxidants that also let golden staphylococci resist phagocytosis (1)? A recent study in Science Magazine (2) demonstrates, for the first time, the ability of animals (insects: the pea aphids that infect peas and other plants) to synthesize carotenoids. Well, they didn’t exactly inherit it vertically from their ancestors,...

Show me which bacteria you left behind and I will tell you who you are!

Beware! Don’t leave a bacterial fingerprint behind you in a “crime scene” or elsewhere! Your skin is more than what you think it is. Even if you don’t leave a “visible” fingerprint on my laptop monitor, on your car windows, or anywhere else, you are leaving millions of bacteria there. What’s new? We all new that our fingers are a wonderful niche where...

Pigs can’t fly, but their viruses flew!

The common idiom states that pigs cannot fly. I don’t think this statement can be easily debated. However, the swine flu viruses now seem to have flown around the globe quickly (with cases in New Zealand, New York, Canada, California, and of course Mexico). As always, with such things that one cannot easily interpret, both news agencies and conspiracy...

The parasite of our parasite is our friend?!

I don’t know how to introduce it!! I have only few minutes to tell you simply that all what we teach you is already old, very old!! All what is published in new textbooks is also old. Even what is in journals is already old! The third millennium’s science is really quick. In the advance online section of the journal Nature comes the news: viruses are...

To learn about microbes, think like a microbe!!

Adopt a Microbe! a very interesting blog that artistically represents microbes, makes you think like one of them, then you will definitely know them better. I think each microbiology student should have his own way of representing a microbe: draw a picture of them, write a song, even a play!

When your job is to discover microbes and give them names…

Dr. Mostafa Elshahed–a graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University (FOPCU), Class of 1993–will give a seminar about his research to uncover the hidden soil microbiome. Dr. Elshahed was a demonstrator in the Department of Microibology and Immunology at FOPCU who got his PhD from the University of Oklahoma and is currently an assistant professor...

Are identical twins really identical?

To many of you who come and ask about identical twins and how genetically identical they are, this is an interesting documentary movie (less than 15 minutes) about the effect of epigenetic factors on gene expression. The movie can be viewed here. So, away from Shakesperian plays where two twins are separated since their birth, even in similar geographical...

Now all Part I lectures are on the e-learning site!

Finally, all Part I lectures (Chapters 2-7) are now on the e-learning platform (click here). The site is relatively easy to use and browse; however, it is a bit different from forums and blogs, that’s why some of you may not find it familiar. Below are some tips to help you find your way between the courses: When you go to the site, you have to create...

Fall2007 Competition: More Winners at Stage II

Here are the winners of stage II of the competition: Group A: The winners are those (top FIVE) who found the largest number of bacteria where quorum sensing and biofilm formation have been discovered. Any spelling mistake negatively affected the score. Those who listed the references got extra points. Radwa Raed Sharaf رضوى رائد شرف (second fastest,...

Many winners… and many thanks to all participants!

I am really impressed with the number of correct answers to the group A and B competitions, not that it was hard to find the correct answers, but because you took time to search, find, and send the answers rapidly in the middle of all the study load you have in college. This time I overlooked تغاضيت عن spelling mistakes in writing the organism names;...

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