Nervous in San Diego writes:
Dear Professors of TWiM,
I am in need of some assistance in Identifying a bacteria species. I am unable to locate a match in Bergey's Manual. Our copy is 20 years out of date. I know the photo isnt great, it was taken with a cell phone. The colonies are hot pink and were cultured on TSA slant. It is gram + micrococci, i... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.
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Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,
For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentati... Read More
This article provides the preliminary results of a possible treatment/ Biological control agent for White Nose Syndrome (WNS) cause by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. It is estimated that over 5.5 of North American bats have died due to this deadly disease. Recently this method of treatment descri... Read More
In midsummer 1986, five years after starting my poliovirus laboratory at Columbia University, I received a letter from Frederick L. Schaffer, a virologist at the University of California, Berkeley, asking if I would like to have his collection of poliovirus stocks. He was retiring and the sample... Read More
Groundbreaking research on the universality and diversity of microorganisms is now challenging the life sciences to upgrade fundamental theories that once seemed untouchable. To fully appreciate the change that... Read More
This image results from a project called "Initiation to microbiology investigation" accomplished by young students, where they collected a sample from a table surface and by inoculation they put it in CLED (cystine lactose electrolyte deficient) medium. Beautiful colonies of bacteria and fungu... Read More
Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel reveal last week's case study and introduce a new one concerning a patient who traveled to Belize.
This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!
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Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Thijs Ettema.
Thijs Ettema of Uppsala University in Sweden talks with Jeff Fox about a deep-sea archaeon, named Lokiarchaeum for the underwater volcano between Greenland and Norway near where it was found, that might be related to the last common anc... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review how Viagra might be used to block transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.
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This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
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Tom talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system infections of global importance, Ebola virus, and running the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor.
Toxoplasma gondii is estimated to chronically infect nearly one-third of the world's population, causing the condition Toxoplasmosis. It is most commonly associated with handling cat feaces and is a particular threat to pregnant women and immune-compromised individuals, such as HIV/AIDS patients... Read More
I just went to my semi-annual dental appointment and I thought of a potentially interesting oral health monitor - the plaque biofilm that they scrape off your teeth during the cleaning. Brush immediately before the cleaning ... Read More
DAKAR, Senegal - New Ebola cases were in the single digits another week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, showing that contact tracing efforts are yielding results.