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The Latest News from the Human Microbiome Project

The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been a 5-year endeavor to produce community resources to support the field of human microbiome research. Although the HMP has already produced hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, in the past week 2 major HMP Consortium papers as well as 20+ companion pap... Read More

Microbiology Today article on This Week in Virology at the Society for General Microbiology (UK) meeting in Dublin

The Society for General Microbiology (UK) publication Microbiology Today has a two page feature by Paul Duprex, Ph.D., Boston University, on Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., Columbia University, and his popular podcast This Week in Virology. The article discusses Racaniello's use of new media to sprea... Read More

Circular, opaque colonies

Circular, opaque colonies on the surface of a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Microbial Colonization and the Host: Do the Colonists Reshape the Landscape?

Traditionally, colonization of a host has been described in terms of a microbial community that does not affect the host, but recent research (such as the Human Microbiome Project) suggests that colonizing microbes are having an effect not only on the host, but on each other. Participants discu... Read More

TWiV 177: Live in Dublin



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Connor Bamford, Read More

TWiV 166: Breaking and entering



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier Read More

TWiV 187 Letters

Don writes:


thank you all for sharing your knowledge in such a comprehensible manner. Thank you also for your stand against bureaucratic censorship in the H5N1 research, and your win. I have two questions. Is H5N1 a highly specific test for a human ge... Read More

TWiV 178: T-Sharp on how tequila mosquito



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Read More

TWiV 192: Viral tertulia



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and  Read More

TWiV 181 Letters

Spencer writes:


I would like to propose the book:


Netter's Infectious Diseases, 1e as a lis... Read More

TWiV 186: From Buda to stump grinding



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

Why Science? Microbiology (video)

Explore Research at the University of Florida: Keith Schneider, an Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida, explains what made him want to become a scientist originally, and what he enjoys about his career and research now. Read More

TWiV 173: Going to bat for flu research



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove Read More

TWiM 31 Letters

Peter writes:

Dear TWiM Team


A fascinating article from New Scientist this week.


Standard medical teaching is that the foetus is sterile and that the microbiome only begins to develop post natal.


New research from Spain indicates that the microbiome s... Read More

TWiV 163: What Rous wrought



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier Read More

Vaginas Host Dynamic Battleground for Microbes, Study Finds

The human vagina is a lively place, full of beneficial bacteria that discourage nasty microbes from invading. Now, new research finds this ecosystem is even more mysterious than previously realized.

Not only do women vary widely in what sorts of microbes call the vagina home, the study finds,... Read More

Fungi that steal genes from bacteria

In order to survive in complex and interesting environments in the wild, bacteria have a whole arsenal of chemical products that they make within the cell. These chemicals are used for signalling, defence and communication between bacterial cells. One particular group of these chemicals is calle... Read More

Millions of germs fly when you enter the room

A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour, a new study finds.

The bacterial material is largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor when someone enters.

“We live in this microbial soup, and a big ingredient is our own m... Read More

Small Things Considered: Where Mathematicians & Biologists Meet

Mathematics and Biology have a long history together. It goes back to early studies on epidemiology (such as John Snow‘s on cholera and the Broad Street pump), and includes Ross’s quantitative studies that show how malaria can be controlled by careful analysis of data. And, of course, there are ... Read More

Bacteria's slimy biofilm could help humans

Bacteria and other microbes love living in slimy communities that cling to riverbed rocks and swimming pool walls, contaminate factory equipment and medical implants, and sometimes coat the teeth as plaque. When such microbe gatherings stick to a hard surface, they’re called biofilms. They're al... Read More

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