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TWiV 163 Letters

Ronnie writes:


Hello Professor Vincent,


First of all, thank you for your wonderful podcasts! I'm a CFS sufferer and also a student Applied Science so I'm interested in many of the topics discussed for those two reasons and always learning new things.


I... Read More

Vorticella

A single Vorticella species. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

World's First Malaria Vaccine Works in Major Trial

An experimental vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline halved the risk of African children getting malaria in a major clinical trial, making it likely to become the world's first shot against the deadly disease.

Final-stage trial data released on Tuesday showed it gave protection against clinical and s... Read More

A third dose of MMR is safe but do we really need one?

It was recently reported - at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 15th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research - that the rate of adverse effects from a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is the same as those of the second dose. This was conducted as part of a C... Read More

Researcher seeks to understand link between obesity, flu severity

The recent H1N1 flu pandemic was found to be particularly dangerous to obese people, and a Wayne State University researcher is looking for clues as to why.

Emily Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has begun... Read More

Cash crisis hits disease battle

Efforts to tackle diseases which kill millions each year could be badly affected by a severe shortfall in donations to a worldwide funding body.

The Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria will make no new grants until 2014, and there is a threat to some existing projects.

It asked inter... Read More

Scientist Who Led XMRV Research Team Let Go

Judy A. Mikovits, the embattled scientist who led the research team that found a possible link between the retrovirus XMRV and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, has been terminated from her job as director of research at the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease in Reno, N... Read More

The arsenic-life affair - challenges of scientific discourse in a new media age

Tom Clynes has written a thorough article about Felisa Wolfe-Simon, the scientist who published a hotly debated paper on the discovery of a microbe that could survive on arsenic in place of phosphorus, one of the elements considered essential for all life. In the article Clynes looks at all side... Read More

Plastic fantastic – the future of biodegradables

Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a thermoplastic polyester which occurs naturally in bacteria as Ralstonia eutropha and Bacillus megaterium. Even though PHB is biodegradable and is not dependent on fossil resources, this bioplastic has been traditionally too expensive to produce to replace petrol... Read More

Adjusting to High Temperatures: Researchers Discover Multifunctional Enzyme Active in Metabolism

Gluconeogenesis is the ability to re-synthesize sugar out of simpler chemical building blocks. It is a central pathway of the metabolism in humans as well as simple bacteria. Researchers have been unable to scientifically analyse this conclusively until now.

Together with the research groups ... Read More

BESC researchers tap into genetic reservoir of heat-loving bacteria

The identification of key proteins in a group of heat-loving bacteria by researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center could help light a fire under next-generation biofuel production.

Scientists have long been on the hunt for cost-effective ways to break down complex pla... Read More

Giant Pandas Beat Meat-Eating Heritage with Specialized Microbes

Giant pandas don't digest bamboo by themselves. Microorganisms in their guts may help the endangered animals to subsist on plants despite a gut that is better suited to eating meat, finds an analysis published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pandas (Ailuropod... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 256 y 257: Falso culpable (false guilty)



























El podcast del Microbio Nº256 and 257 summarize the recent findings about that shows no link between XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Sy... Read More

New GM Crops Could Make Superweeds Even Stronger

Herbicide-resistant superweeds threaten to overgrow U.S. fields, so agriculture companies have genetically engineered a new generation of plants to withstand heavy doses of multiple, extra-toxic weed-killing chemicals.

It’s a more intensive version of the same approach that made the resistant... Read More

Trichomonas vaginalis Parasite

An electron micrograph depicts the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite adhering to vaginal epithelial cells collected from vaginal swabs. A non-adhered parasite (right) is pear-shaped, whereas the attached parasite is flat and amoeboid.

Credit: Image courtesy of: Antonio Pereira-Neves and Marlene... Read More

TWiP 38: How to Trichomonas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson tack... Read More

TWiV Live in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, March 26 2012

Join Vincent Racaniello and guests Connor Bamford, ... Read More

TWiM #32: Not the shadow biosphere



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Microbiology art gallery for engaging large classes

By adding some art to his “Fundamentals of Microbiology” science course at the University of Waterloo, Biology professor Josh Neufeld has found a way to engage his students with the topic in a fun and creative way.

BIOL 140, explains Neufeld, is a large introductory course divided across thre... Read More

Genetic Engineering - Seven Wonders of the Microbe World (video)

This video explores the ways in which humans are learning to exploit microbes to produce medicines, fuel and food.
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