A team of European scientists say they have discovered a compound that can prevent the spreading of coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks that have killed about 1,000 people worldwide.
A team of scientists led by Edward Trybala from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden,... Read More
Vincent visits the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Australia and speaks with Linfa about his work on bats and bat viruses.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello
The TWiVome discusses an miRNA based strategy to mitigate risk of gain of function studies, and identification of a second receptor required for Lassa virus entry.
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This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!
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Ten years ago this month I wrote the first post at virology blog, entitled Are viruses living? Thanks to EE Giorgi for pointing out the ten year anniversary, and also for publishing an interview with me at her blog, Chimeras. Here is how this blog got started. Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel explain how trypanolytic factor forms membrane channels to lyse trypanosomes, and present a new case study.
Unknown organism isolated from a swab taken off the bottom of a shoe. Students were asked to swab something in the classroom. One swab was done on the bottom of a shoe and incubated on a TSA plate for 48 hrs at 37 degree’s C. The organism was difficult to scrape so a small chunk of the organis... Read More
This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!
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A streak plate of Strep pyogenes on blood agar, stock culture used for class, was kept at room temp for 1 month. Before disposal a contaminant, presumably environmental, was seen on the plate. The pigment was opaque tan/yellow and with a mucoid surface. Lobate marigins with raised irregular-rh... Read More
Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to and within the US, transmission of the virus, and much more.
This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!
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Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.
This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs!
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Many people have heard that human urine is devoid of germs, but a new study seems to question that idea.
"Doctors have been trained to believe that urine is germ-free," Dr. Linda Brubaker, dean of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "These ... Read More
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!
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Nocardia asteroides isolation from blood specimen. On culture, chalky white colonies were seen on blood agar. Image courtesy MicrobeWorld user Kyriakos Zaragkoulias, Specialty Registrar (StR) in Medical Microbiology at General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”, Greece.
Vincent speaks with John Coffin about his career studying retroviruses, including working with Howard Temin, endogenous retroviruses, XMRV, chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, and his interest in growing cranberries.
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Gram stain of B. subtilis showing characteristic G +streptobacillus morphology. Read More
Organisms grown in Fluid Thioglycollate Media w/out resazurin dye is a reducing media that uses sodium thioglycollate to chemically combine with dissolved oxygen to deplete the oxygen in the media. All organism except for Neisseria sicca were grown for 48 hours at 37 degrees C. Neisseria sicca i... Read More