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In TWIM #60 @1:06:23 Michael Schmidt suggests that glucose for fermentation from biomass is a necessary step in production of fuel ethanol. Fuel ethanol and other low molecular weight compounds can also be produced by autotrophic anaerobic fermentation of ... Read More

TWiM #113: Waves of Change

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Romney Humphries and Read More

BacterioFiles 182 - Chloroplast Colonizers' Contradictory Conflicts

This episode: BacterioFiles teams up with The Plant Pathology Podcast to talk about how microbes living in plants sometimes team up with the plants, sometimes with plant pathogens!

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TWiP 96: Salivary pharmacopeia

The TWiPanosomes solve the case about the Young Woman who Went to Belize, and relate how sandfly saliva skews the immune response and increases risk of cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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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

BacterioFiles 184 - Fungus Friends Fabricate Fragrance

This episode: Truffle's microbiome helps produce its attractive aromas!

(12.5 MB, 13.6 minutes)

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TWiV 350: Viral gene therapy with Katherine High

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: Katherine A. High

Vincent speaks with Katherine High about her... Read More

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a dead human neutrophil. Credit: National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID). Read More

TWiP 90: A carbuncle is a large furuncle

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.

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BacterioFiles 196 - Flagellin Facilitates Flu-shot Function

This episode: Bacteria are important for a good immune response to unadjuvanted influenza vaccines!

(14.6 MB, 16 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 226 - Deep Dwellers Diversify

This episode: Archaea living in the deep ocean (and their viruses) have clever ways to maintain diversity and adaptability!

(10.3 MB, 11.25 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 231 - Creating Cancer-Killing Cultures

This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!

(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)

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TWiV 345: How a vaccine got the nod

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

Bacterial enzyme may help people quit smoking

Current smoking cessation aids fail in 80 to 90 percent of smokers. The idea behind this therapy would be to destroy nicotine before it reaches the brain—depriving a person of the “reward” of nicotine that can trigger relapse into smoking. Pseudomonas putida, a bacterium typically found in tobac... Read More


Helicobacter pylori (yellow), a common bacterium that lives in the stomach lining, increases the risk of stomach cancer (brown cells) and peptic ulcers. But over time H. pylori can reduce stomach acid and acid reflux, which may help fend off esophageal cancer. The microbe also appears to help pr... Read More

BacterioFiles 232 - Exploring Enzymes' Element Effects

This episode: Bacteria can convert soluble uranium to an insoluble form, and distinguish between different isotopes!

(8.2 MB, 8.9 minutes)

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The sorceress’s apprentice

ANYONE who walks in the woods will be familiar with witches’ brooms (pictured). Many trees sport these bushy tumours, which have a variety of causes. An important one is a group of bacteria called phytoplasma that are, in turn, carried from plant to plant by sap-sucking insects such as leafhoppe... Read More

BacterioFiles 225 - Implanting Internal Invader Immunity

This episode: Don't have immunity? Create your own! Scientists engineer cells to destroy their HIV infections using the bacterial immune system!

(14.5 MB, 15.8 minutes)

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Scientists unravel elusive structure of HIV protein

COLUMBIA, Mo. - HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the retrovirus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Globally, about 35 million people are living with HIV, which constantly adapts and mutates creating challenges for researchers. Now, scientists at the University of M... Read More

Global Video Challenge Submission - Dr. Naveed Ahmed Khan

Dr. Naveed Ahmed Khan, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, The Aga Khan University, Pakistan Read More
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