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TWiM 39 Letters

Merry writes:

Writing the sprint event for the Microbial Olympics published recently by Nature Reviews Microbiology was surely my most fun writing assignment ever! The idea for this feature articl... Read More

TWiV 178 Letters

Josh writes:


Hello TWiV Doctors,


Two short things:


1. You probably already heard the TWiV shout-out you got on NPR's Morning Edition on Friday, March 30th. It's here:  Read More

TWiM 29 Letters

Charlotte writes:

At the beginning of Twim #28 Michael articulated his love for math and around minute 12 his desire for "ground truthing" the number of times one touches their face. In response I o... Read More

TWiV 183: Bats out of hell



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Read More

Open hospital windows to cut risk of bacterial infection

A microbiologist says hospital managers should take note of what Florence Nightingale said a century and a half ago - that open windows were the hallmark of a healthy ward.

Jack Gilbert, who works at Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, in the US, puts forward the view that natur... Read More

TWiP 40 Letters

David writes:

Love the TWIPs! I'm a helminth user (25 hookworm for allergies), so your programs are fascinating!


Dr. Racaniello, after listening to TWIP 33 where you were discussing the history of your surname, I thought I'd give your listeners a way to remember you... Read More

TWiP 41 Letters

Adam writes:

What up Doc's?


I'm writing to voice my complete disagreement with the sentiments of Sven Urban, in his letter on TWIP 38, that you as hosts are prone to engage in a ‘degree of banter which is distracting'.


I'm sure Dickson does not mind being ant... Read More

TWiV 185: Dead parrots and live Wildcats



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Karaba, Read More

TWiV 187: The mummy



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit


Vincent and Rich discuss recovery ... Read More

Fouchier anticipates resuming H5N1 studies soon

The lead researcher of one of the controversial H5N1 avian influenza transmission studies in ferrets said today that he hopes scientists can resume work on the studies in about 2 weeks, after key groups have discussed the issues.

Dutch researcher Ron Fouchier, PhD, of Erasmus University, said... Read More

Irregular, concentric, undulate, opaque colonies

Irregular, concentric, undulate, opaque colonies on the surface of a nutrient agar plate. Taken from the Wistreich Collection, appearing exclusively on MicrobeWorld. Read More

Gut bacteria ‘biome’ differs in obese people

For the first time, the vast array of bacteria in the human gut has been studied as a complex, integrated biological system, rather than a set of separate species.

The new approach, which reveals patterns that correspond with body weight, treats the human microbiome as a cohesive “supra-organ... Read More

Cell Transportation Network

Like a major city, our cells use a complex transportation network to deliver molecular goods to different destinations. A protein called kinesin (blue) is in charge of moving cargo around inside cells and helping them divide. It's powered by biological fuel called ATP (bright yellow) as it scoot... Read More

One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment

The health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably interconnected. Disruption of the environment often creates new niches for the evolution of infectious diseases, and provides opportunities for the transmission of pathogens to animals or humans. The majority of infectious disea... Read More

The Latest News from the Human Microbiome Project

The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been a 5-year endeavor to produce community resources to support the field of human microbiome research. Although the HMP has already produced hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, in the past week 2 major HMP Consortium papers as well as 20+ companion pap... Read More

Microbiology Today article on This Week in Virology at the Society for General Microbiology (UK) meeting in Dublin

The Society for General Microbiology (UK) publication Microbiology Today has a two page feature by Paul Duprex, Ph.D., Boston University, on Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., Columbia University, and his popular podcast This Week in Virology. The article discusses Racaniello's use of new media to sprea... Read More

Microbial Colonization and the Host: Do the Colonists Reshape the Landscape?

Traditionally, colonization of a host has been described in terms of a microbial community that does not affect the host, but recent research (such as the Human Microbiome Project) suggests that colonizing microbes are having an effect not only on the host, but on each other. Participants discu... Read More

TWiV 177: Live in Dublin



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Connor Bamford, Read More

TWiV 187 Letters

Don writes:


thank you all for sharing your knowledge in such a comprehensible manner. Thank you also for your stand against bureaucratic censorship in the H5N1 research, and your win. I have two questions. Is H5N1 a highly specific test for a human ge... Read More

TWiV 178: T-Sharp on how tequila mosquito



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Read More

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