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Too exhausted to fight -- and to do harm

An 'exhausted' army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers fight too hard they risk damaging the very body they are meant to be protecting, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. Read More

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

Microbes After Hours – Missing Microbes with Dr. Martin Blaser

Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More

Fungus in my brothers sports drink

Unopened sports drink containing a fungal contaminant Read More

The unexpectedly weird and beautiful world of lichens

A fun little read about lichens and their impressive attributes, accompanied by some beautiful photographs. (If the use of the term "kingdom Monera" gives you cause to smirk, just ignore it and keep reading.) Read More

Antimicrobial from soaps promotes bacteria buildup in human noses

An antimicrobial agent found in common household soaps, shampoos and toothpastes may be finding its way inside human noses where it promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and could predispose some people to infection. Researchers at the University of Michigan report their fi... Read More

BacterioFiles 204 - Animalcules Assist Agave Amino Accumulation

This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!


(17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)


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MMP #5: Fruitflies, microbes, and aggression with Jeremy Brownlie

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jeremy Brownlie.


Jeremy Brownlie of Griffıth University in Brisbane, Australia, talks with Jeff Fox about how bacteria influence aggressive behavior in an animal. Fruit flies infected with the wMelPop strain of Wolbachia were less aggressive than the... Read More

BacterioFiles 188 - Rat Residents Relieve Resin Roughness

This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes!


(10 MB, 10.8 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 203 - P. putida Promotes Plant Pollutant Purification

This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!


(6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)


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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

TWiV 351: The dengue code

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiM 107 Letters

Jim writes:


Hi Vince,
For your interest in listening to physics, there is a podcast called The Titanium Physicists Podcast. They use a conversational format similar to what you use. They have a panel of experts and a guest who is not a physicist but who is accom... Read More

TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Human antibodies that neutralize respiratory droplet transmissible H5N1 influenza viruses

There have been several outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza viruses affecting humans over the past decade, the causes of which have been limited to direct human contact with infected birds. Recent publications suggest that a very small number of coding mutations in the viral HA g... Read More

TWiV 249: An inordinate fondness for viruses

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier,  Read More

TWiP 61 letters


Ian writes:


Dear TWiPers,


I just finished listening to the superb Twip #56 and I am thrilled because I am a huge fish nerd. In fact I spent much of my youth catching and chasing fish on the same lovely New Jersey barrier island mentioned in that episode. ... Read More

TWiV 353: STING and the antiviral police

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

What Should First Year Students Learn About Microbiology?

Many institutions, such as my own, only have one microbiology course. In this second "Mu-Tube" video, I ask my current junior and senior Microbiology students what *they* think first year students ought to know about #MattersMicrobial. I think their opinions are interesting, and will inform my... 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
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