Tuesday, June 10, 2014

~Microbiology and Forensic Science free online course~

Here is a free Microbiology online course,complete the course and get certificate of accomplishment.

What's it about?

Have you ever thought about infectious diseases and why we get infected? What is the causative agent? In this course you will be touring through four modules, starting by taking a close look at the bacterial cell structure and functions which will then lead you to the study of viruses.
You will go through the differences in the different types of cells which will allow you to distinguish the two major groups of bacteria and techniques. Next, you will focus on Forensic Microbiology, its history and how this discipline has evolved. Finally, we will look at the latest molecular techniques used for detecting microbes’ genetic material.

What's involved?

9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment2 Jun - 8 Jun
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment9 Jun - 15 Jun
8 videos, 7 quizzes, 1 assessment16 Jun - 22 Jun
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment23 Jun - 29 Jun

What will I learn?

  • Bacterial cell structure and function
  • Viruses and their structure
  • How Forensic Microbiology has evolved
  • Different types of Forensic Microbiology
  • Differences in Forensic Science versus Forensic Microbiology
  • How to read a scientific journal and review one in a case study
  • Genotyping techniques
  • The role of DNA and RNA in Microbiology and Forensic Science
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 36 minutes.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

~Industrial Microbiology: An Introduction by Michael J. Waites, Neil L. Morgan, John S. Rockey, Gary Higton ebook~

Of major economic, environmental and social importance, industrial microbiology involves the utilization
of microorganisms in the production of a wide range of products, including enzymes, foods, beverages, chemical feedstocks, fuels and pharmaceuticals, and clean technologies employed for waste treatment and pollution control.
Aimed at undergraduates studying the applied aspects of biology, particularly those on biotechnology and microbiology courses and students of food science and biochemical engineering, this text provides a wide-ranging introduction to the field of industrial microbiology. The content is divided into three sections:
  • key aspects of microbial physiology, exploring the versatility of microorganisms, their diverse metabolic activities and products
  • industrial microorganisms and the technology required for large-scale cultivation and isolation of fermentation products
  • investigation of a wide range of established and novel industrial fermentation processes and products
Written by experienced lecturers with industrial backgrounds, Industrial Microbiology provides the reader with groundwork in both the fundamental principles of microbial biology and the various traditional and novel applications of microorganisms to industrial processes, many of which have been made possible or enhanced by recent developments in genetic engineering technology.
  • A wide-ranging introduction to the field of industrial microbiology
  • Based on years of teaching experience by experienced lecturers with industrial backgrounds
  • Explains the underlying microbiology as well as the industrial application.
Content is divided into three sections:
1. key aspects of microbial physiology, exploring the versatility of microorganisms, their diverse metabolic activities and products
2. industrial microorganisms and the technology required for large-scale cultivation and isolation of fermentation products
3. investigation of a wide range of established and novel industrial fermentation processes and products
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Biotechnology is a fast-developing 21st century technology and
interdisciplinary science that has already made an impact on commercial and non-commercial aspects of human life, such as stem cell research, cloning, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, bioenergetics, and information technology. This book, appropriate for novices to the biotechnology / genetics fields and also for engineering and biology students, covers all of the fundamental principles of these modern topics. It has been written in a very simple manner for self-study and to explain the concepts and techniques in detail. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of the standard topics, such as cell growth and development, genetic principles (mapping, DNA, etc), protein structure, plant and animal cell cultures, and applications, the book includes up-to-date discussions of modern topics, e.g., medical advances, quality control, stem cell technology, genetic manipulation, patents, bioethics, and a review of mathematics.
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~Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction, 6th Edition T.A Brown~

Known world-wide as the standard introductory text to this important and exciting area,
the sixth edition of Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis addresses new and growing areas of research whilst retaining the philosophy of the previous editions. Assuming the reader has little prior knowledge of the subject, its importance, the principles of the techniques used and their applications are all carefully laid out, with over 250 clearly presented four-colour illustrations.
In addition to a number of informative changes to the text throughout the book, the final four chapters have been significantly updated and extended to reflect the striking advances made in recent years in the applications of gene cloning and DNA analysis in biotechnology.
Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis remains an essential introductory text to a wide range of biological sciences students; including genetics and genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and applied biology. It is also a perfect introductory text for any professional needing to learn the basics of the subject. All libraries in universities where medical, life and biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies available on their shelves.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

~Smartphone to digital microscope conversion~

This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as high as 175x, plant cells and their nuclei are easily observed!   
addition to allowing the


observation of cells, this setup also pr
oduces stunning macro photography.

The cost of this project is just $10 (not counting the smartphone), and it only takes about 20 minutes to build. You can be viewing cells with your smartphone within the hour!
Materials required:

3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
9x 5/16” nuts
3x 5/16” wing nuts
5x 5/16” washers
¾” x 7” x 7” plywood  -- for the base
⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the camera stage
⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the specimen stage
laser pointer focus lens
LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)


Assorted bits

To get the lens from the laser pointer start by unscrewing the front cone and the back cover of the tube.  Remove the batteries.  Using the eraser end of a pencil, push the innards out of the front of the tube.  The front of this assembly (the side 
without the spring to contact the batteries) is where the focus lens sits.  Unscrew the small black piece of plastic in front of the lens and the lens will come free.                                                                    

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

~Vaccinology: Principles and Practice. W. John W. Morrow, Nadeem A. Sheikh, Clint S. Schmidt, D. Huw Davies~

Covering all aspects of vaccine research and development in one volume, this authoritative
resource takes a comprehensive and systematic approach to the science of vaccinology focusing not only on basic science, but also on the many stages required to commercialize and navigate the regulatory requirements for human application, both in the United States and Europe.
  • Reviews in detail the process of designing a vaccine, from the initial stages of antigen discovery to human application
  • Includes evaluation of vaccine efficacy and safety
  • Details clinical trial design, including regulatory requirements
  • Discusses the emerging field of active cellular immunotherapy
Vaccinology: Principles and Practice provides an invaluable resource for clinicians, scientific and medical researchers, lecturers and postdoctoral fellows working in the field of vaccines.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

~Cellular and Molecular Immunology by K. Abbas~

An exceptionally lucid guide to the latest immunology concepts! Through five
best-selling editions, readers worldwide have appreciated this book's in-depth yet straightforward, richly illustrated approach to this complex subject. Now, sweeping updates incorporate the latest discoveries about innate immunity, the organization of lymphoid organs, and many other cutting-edge topics. Plus, online access via STUDENT CONSULT makes this an even more powerful learning resource!
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