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Fungus on toilet seat

Culturing microbes on nutrient plate and testing for different kind of microbes on specific environment areas. This inoculated nutrient plate that was left for a period of 14 days showed the present of a few different kind of fungus species. It’s common to think that the human palm contains more... Read More

Tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus Hydatid Cyst

Echinococcus granulosus is a tapeworm parasite that in its larval form can cause hydatid disease, which is characterized by cysts forming within the victim's body. In order to complete its lifecycle, the tapeworm must infect two hosts, a carnivore and a herbivore.

The adult form of Echinococc... Read More

HIV Infection and Cardiovascular Health

Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, HIV infection has evolved from a near-certain death sentence to a manageable, chronic disease. Still, little is known about the long-term effects of HIV on human health. Two studies being presented today on cardiova... Read More

MWV Episode 72 - Jonathan Eisen - Evolvability, the Built Environment and Open Science

Jonathan Eisen is an evolutionary biologist, currently working at University of California, Davis and is the academic editor-in-chief of the open-access journal PLoS Biology.


On this episode, J... Read More

Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body (video)

When you get the flu, viruses turn your cells into tiny factories that help spread the disease. In this animation, NPR's Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

See and hear the rest of the story o... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 120 - Particles Pirate Prokaryote Protection

This episode: A virus has borrowed a bacterium's defenses to infect better!


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Should the Moratorium on Enhancing H5N1 Transmissibility End?

How can scientists safely conduct avian flu research if the results could threaten or save millions of lives? A series of Commentaries in mBio this week presents some important perspectives on the type of H5N1 influenza research that started (the ongoing) widespread controversy among both scient... Read More

HIV particles infecting a human T cell

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human T cell. Credit: NIAID, NIH Read More

TWiV 268: Transmission is inevitable

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Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) virions

This 1975 transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the presence of a number of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) virions, which are Coronaviridae family members, and members of the genus Coronavirus. IBV is a highly contagious pathogen, which infects poultry of all ages, affecting a numbe... Read More

Herpetic Legion - Reactivation

We all know that virologists love to dance. But did you know that they can also perform in a rock band?

At the recently concluded 2012 meeting of the American Society for Virology in Madison, WI, seven virologists and a neurobiologist, members of the band Herpetic Legion, entertained meeting ... Read More

Researchers Discover Bacteria That Can Produce Pure Gold

The gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24-karat gold nuggets. Pure gold.

Maybe this critter can save us all from the... Read More

TWiV 200 Letters

Luis writes:


Hi TWiVers!


I am writing to you this time because I have just read a short report in “El Pais” (the highest-circulation daily newspaper in our country) referring to the fact that five “exotic” mosquitos are establishing a permanen... Read More

TWiM #78: A bacterium grows in Brooklyn

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Michael Schmidt.


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BacterioFiles Micro Edition 136 - Swarmers Send Secret Signals

This episode: Swarming predatory bacteria may be communicating through tubes!


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TWiM #88: A century of excellence in microbiology

Host: Michele Swanson 


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Proteus mirabilis colonies

Proteus mirabilis colonies on depleted medium in false color by Sune Dano and Kasper Dyring-Anderson. From Dr. James Shapiro's lab where he studies bacterial genetics, and is interested in pattern formation during colony growth. Photo from microbialart.com

Dr. James Shapiro is a Professor in ... Read More

The Emerging Role of Social Media in Public Health

Over the past fifteen years, Internet technology has significantly changed the landscape of public health surveillance and epidemic intelligence gathering. Disease and outbreak data is disseminated not only through formal online announcements by government agencies, but also through informal cha... Read More

TWiP 71: Happy trails to you

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TWiM #77: Zombie plants and no pain, no gain

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt and Read More

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