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Sugar governs how antibodies work in the immune system

The immune system is our biological defense shield. Antibodies protect the organism against invading pathogens such as viruses or bacteria. In the case of certain autoimmune diseases, however, this defense behavior is misdirected: The antibodies don't just target foreign substances; they also at... Read More

TWiP 105: Survival of the fattest

The TWiPanosomes solve the case of the Young Man from Anchorage, and discuss how cestode parasites increase the resistance of brine shrimp to arsenic toxicity.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

Vaginal Microbes Influence Whether Mucus Can Trap HIV Virus

Washington, DC —October 6, 2015— HIV particles are effectively trapped by the cervicovaginal mucus from women who harbor a particular vaginal bacteria species, Lactobacillus crispatus. The findings, published this week in mBio, an online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiolo... Read More

In very ill, probiotics don't prevent 'superbugs' from colonizing intestinal tract

Compared with routine medical care, probiotics administered to critically ill patients in intensive care units showed no benefit in preventing the colonization of drug-resistant microbes in the intestinal tract, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More

High rate of Texas bugs carrying Chagas disease

A deadly parasite that causes Chagas disease is widespread in a common Texas insect, according to a new study by University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researchers. The finding suggests that the risk of Texans contracting the disease may be higher than previously thought. Read More

MMP #7: A virtual robot with its own virtual microbiome telling it what to do with Warren C. Ruder

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Warren C. Ruder.


Warren C. Ruder of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia talks with Jeff Fox about efforts to develop an electronic model system that incorporates a robot for a host and two sligh... Read More

Great wave off Candida

Candida albicans is a yeast species that is part of the commensal microbiota of the body. Weakened or impaired immune system can lead to yeast infections mostly produced by Candida albicans, although other species like Candida parapsilosis, Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis among others ar... Read More

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where r... Read More

Flu remedies help combat E. coli bacteria

Trillions of bacteria populate the human gut - which makes them more common than any other cells in our body. The composition of this bacterial population is very variable and influenced by our diet. Diseases, but also antibiotic treatments can induce significant shifts in this equilibrium. If e... Read More

TWiM #127: Subway Snowblowers and Men in Black

The TWiM team explores microbes in snowblower vents on the ocean floor, and cleavage of antibody molecules by a Mycoplasma protease.


Image (right): Photograph of the ‘Subway’ snowblower vent on the sea floor at Axial Seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge. Visible are white ‘snow’ in the vent a... Read More

BacterioFiles 246 - Prowling Protist Predator Packs

This episode: Amoebas in soil gang up on and eat much larger roundworms!


(10.5 MB, 11.3 minutes)


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Journal Paper
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Fungi at root of plant drugs that can help, or harm, sick monarch butterflies

Previously, biologists at Emory University and the University of Michigan discovered that butterflies use plant toxins as a drug to cure their offspring of parasitic infections. Now they've dug a little deeper and found that the fungi associated with the roots of milkweed plants change both the ... Read More

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in South London parks

Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Read More

TWiM 116 letters

 


David writes:


Dear Twimeriti,


Thank you for your lovely show. I started with Twiv after taking Dr Racaniello's online virology course, and have since moved to Twip and Twim, all very instructive and pleasant.


Yesterday my daily Twix dose... Read More

TWiM #128: A moonlighting phage protein

A eukaryote without a mitochondrion, and using a phage enzyme to eliminate intracellular bacteria are two topics discussed by the TWiMers on this episode.


Image (right): An entry in the ASM Agar Art Contest which bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the TWiM hosts.


Host... Read More

Periodontitis and Heart Disease: Researchers Connect the Molecular Dots

Washington, DC – September 11, 2015 - Periodontitis is a risk factor for heart disease. Now a team of researchers has shown that a periodontal pathogen causes changes in gene expression that boost inflammation and atherosclerosis in aortic smooth muscle cells. The research is published ahead of ... Read More

Drug Resistant Microbes were Found in African Wildlife

BOC Sciences-Drug resistance has always been one of the issues that scientists work hard to find ways out for better diseases treatment, as it hinders many drugs that were developed with much effort from taking effect in the body. And till now, there is little known about the formation of antibi... Read More

TWiV 379: A mouse divided

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

MdlM116: La importancia de los virus como patógenos emergentes en América Latina

Los virus son considerados por la mayoría como patógenos en todo tipo de entidades biológicas.  Sin embargo la gran mayoría de los virus son inocuos a sus células hospedero.  Nuestro invitado de hoy, el Dr. Paolo Zanotto es investigador y profesor en la Universidad de Sao Paolo, Bra... Read More

TWiM 118 Letters

Chris writes:


Dear Vincent, I have a fun question for your panel about Mars
I was watching NASA talk about how Mars' atmosphere was stripped away and was wondering about Mars bugs. Here are some fun (probable) facts I learned.
When life was ... Read More

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