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TWiV 348: Chicken shift

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More

TWiV 353: STING and the antiviral police

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

Treating gum disease with oral microbiota transplants

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about half of American adults have periodontal disease, which affects gum tissues and the bones supporting the teeth. Apparently, the prevalence of periodontal disease increases with age, with the highest prevalence for those that smoke, thos... Read More

MdlM114: ASM ¡En Vivo! desde Nueva Orleans

La Microbiología en España, la metagenómica y patógenos emergentes, son tres temas a ser discutidos hoy en La Radio el Mundo de los Microbios.  Este episodio es una grabación hecha durante la Conferencia General de la Sociedad Americana para la Microbiología en Nueva Orleans, Louisiana e... Read More

BacterioFiles 190 - Bacteriophages Bust Biofilm Beacons

This episode: Engineered phages can both kill bacteria and disrupt their communications!

(14.8 MB, 16.2 minutes)

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Journal Paper

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BacterioFiles 212 - Ghosts Get Good Guarding

This episode: Bacterial ghosts could make good vaccines for different things!

(9.8 MB, 10.7 minutes)

Show notes: 
Journal Paper

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TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

fluorescent from Chicago River!

A group of students (Adrienne Linzemann, Jose Aveja, Elsa quintero), staff (William Thompson), and faculty (Farahnaz Movahedzadeh) from Harold Washington College participated in Chicago River interdisciplinary project with the leadership of VP Margie Martyn, and isolated Pseudomonas fluorescens ... Read More

BacterioFiles 245 - Plant Prokaryotes Produce Protective Plaques

This episode: Bacteria around rice roots help protect plants from arsenic toxicity!

(10.1 MB, 11 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 254 - Clostridium Consolidates Combustibles Conversion

This episode: Engineering bacteria to convert cellulose directly into useful biofuels and chemicals can be tricky!

(13.9 MB, 15.2 minutes)

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TWiM #120: Snakes in trouble

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Elio Schaechter.

Vincent and Elio marvel in the finding that a phage tail-like struc... Read More

TWiP 97 letters

Jerry writes:


Nancy writes:

I mean, Scabies?
I hope the gentleman contracted them via a freshly contaminated, unlaundered hand towel.

Thank you for all you do, guys.


Steve writes... Read More

TWiV 351: The dengue code

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Physarum polycephalum Different view

Physarum polycephalum, slime mold, grown in a large perti plate on moist paper towels using oatmeal as the food source. Culture was grown in the dark at room temperature. The paper towel was moistened every day with tap water. After 3 week’s the culture formed sporangia (fruiting bodies). Image ... Read More

TWiM #130: Interkingdom interactions at ASM Microbe

The TWiMers get together at ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston to speak with David and Vanessa to talk about their work on regulation of bacterial virulence in the gut by bacterial adrenergic sensors, and the physiological mechanisms that make us ill and that help us recover.

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MaConkey Agar (Mac)

Organisms grown on MacConkey Agar at 37 degrees for 24 hours.
-Important Ingredients: crystal violet, bile salts, neutral red (color indicator), lactose
-Differential: used to identify and isolate lactose fermenting G- enteric bacteria mainly Enterobacteriaceae. Strong lactose fermentation pr... Read More

BacterioFiles 251 - Mycophagous Myrmicinae Mutualist Microbes

This episode: Gut bacteria seem to help ants with very restrictive diets flourish more!

(10.6 MB, 11.5 minutes)

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Journal Paper

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Apply Now! ASM Communications and Marketing Fellowship for 2015


Are you an early career scientist who is interested in public outreach? Do you want to share your love of microbiology with the world?  Consider applying to the American Society for Microbiology’s Headquarter Communications Fellowship.  This 6-month fellowship in Wash... Read More

TWiP 100: Driving past a milestone

The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Woman from Bolivia with Belly Pain, and discuss a method for population modification of malaria mosquitoes using a Cas9-mediated driver gene.

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Soap Compound Could Make It Easier For Staph Bacteria To Colonize In Your Nose

A common ingredient in antibacterial soap can be found in some people's noses, and the presence of this ingredient could be promoting the colonization of Staph bacteria, according to a small new study in the journal mBio.

Researchers from the University of Michigan found triclosan in the nasa... Read More
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