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Cultured cells

This image of laboratory-grown cells was taken with the help of a scanning electron microscope, which yields detailed images of cell surfaces.

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TWiV 193: Live at ASV in Madison

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

TWiV 174: Dog runs and mooing miRs

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Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, and  Read More

TWiM 28 Letters

Daniel writes:

I would like to point out that the idea of "Fitness Factors" was originally published by Brussow et al 2004 (Microbial Molec Biol Reviews68:560) and did not originate from Mi... Read More

Synthetic Biology Expands Beyond Bacteria

Synthetic biology is getting a boost. So far, most researchers have designed their synthetic circuits using transcription factors found in bacteria. However, these don’t always translate well to nonbacterial cells and can be a challenge to scale. Now, researchers have come up with a new method t... Read More

TWiV 174 Letters

Mark writes:


Hi TWIVers,


I love your podcast! I am a postdoc in Joe DeRisi's lab at UCSF and I know that right now I am supposed to be aiming for a faculty job. But my real goal is to discover something cool enough to end up on TWIV.


A... Read More

More evidence for mild influenza H5N1 infections

Influenza H5N1 virus frightens many because of the widely quoted case fatality ratio of >50%, which is based on the number of deaths among the fewer than 600 cases confirmed by the World Health Organization. Such fear is misguided, because it is likely that the fatality ratio is far lower. For e... Read More

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird

When 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses in the name of research.

The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a cal... Read More

TWiP 37: Dracunculiasis

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


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ASM Live Denver 2013

Be part of the studio audience for the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Dean of th... Read More

Skin Bacteria Are Your Friends

Americans have been on an antibacterial kick for the past several years. Our hand soap, dish soap, and body wash have morphed into an arsenal of bug-killing napalm, eliminating all but the heartiest of bacteria.

And there are, indeed, some scary microbes crawling around out there—Staph and C.... Read More

TWiM #30: Unraveling melioidosis and insulin resistance

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TWiM #37: Microbial Jekyll and Hyde

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TWiM 37 Letters

Pat writes:

Hi Vincent,

I'm a regular TWIM listener and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology (I enjoyed your visit ... Read More

Dallas mayor declares emergency over West Nile virus

The mayor of Dallas declared a state of emergency in the ninth largest U.S. city on Wednesday to combat the spread of West Nile virus infections, which have been more prevalent than usual in Texas and other states this year.

There have been more cases of West Nile virus reported so far this y... Read More

What the Germs in Your Bellybutton Say About You

At one time or another, every human goes through the rather introverted and personal experience of omphaloskepsis.

The term, better known as navel-gazing, originally described the act of self-reflection through a complete physical and mental focus on the bellybutton. The practice has been rec... Read More

ASM Live at ICAAC Denver 2013

Be part of the studio audience for the American Society for Microbiology 2013 live internet talk show, ASM Live at ICAAC. Host Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., P... Read More

Origin of the H5N1 storm

I still wonder why the influenza virus H5N1 ferret transmission studies generated such fear and misunderstanding among the public, the press, and even some scientists. I still cannot fully explain what transpired, but now that the papers have been published some new clues have emerged. Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 79 - Stratospheric Strain's Super Sparks

This episode: Finding stratospheric electricity-producing microbes!



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Cordyceps: attack of the killer fungi

Sir David Attenborough and the Planet Earth team discover the weird world of the Cordyceps; killer fungi that invades the body of an insect to grow and diminish the insect population. Fascinating animal and wildlife video from the BBC epic natural world masterpiece 'Planet Earth'. Read More

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