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Paintings are a canvas for microbial life

Art provides insight into our heritage and past. It tells a story of who we were and who we are now. Yet, art is often lost to fire, flood, or deterioration, so we go to great lengths to protect the remnants of our history. Varnish applied to paintings helps keep dust, dirt, and moisture at bay.... Read More

BacterioFiles 298 - Bacteria Boost Bone Buildup

This episode: Gut microbes can even affect formation/remodeling of bones!


(8.5 MB, 9.3 minutes)


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Journal Paper:

Yan J, Herzog JW, Tsang K, Brennan CA, Bower MA, Garrett WS, Sartor BR, Aliprantis AO, Ch... Read More

TWiM #154: Rigor, lotteries, and moonshots

At Microbe 2017 in New Orleans, the TWiM team speaks with Arturo Casadevall about his thoughts on the pathogenic potential of a microbe, rigorous science, funding by lottery, and moonshot science.


Hosts:  Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Thanking Colleagues and #ASMicrobe

In this blog post, I discuss some #MicrobialPR, and explain how I have thanked many supporters of my efforts to succeed in academia. Read More

BacterioFiles 297 - Defenders Develop Disease Decrease

This episode: Beneficial microbes defend roundworms against a pathogen and pressure it to evolve to cause less disease!


(7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)


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Micrococcus luteus on Blood agar II

Micrococcus luteus, a G+ coccus, grown on blood agar for 48 hrs side view. Colonies are circular, entire, yellow and mucoid. Read More

Micrococcus luteus on Blood agar

Micrococcus luteus, a G+ coccus, grown on blood agar for 48 hrs. Colonies are circular, entire, yellow and mucoid Read More

BacterioFiles 296 - Predator Permits Pathogen Penetration

This episode: Tiny crustaceans eat paramecia, allowing viruses to infect algae inside them!


(9.1 MB, 9.9 minutes)


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Follow-up to episode 259: Read More

TWiV Special: Trial by Error, Continued

David Tuller returns to discuss the continuing saga of the UK’s PACE trial for chronic fatigue syndrome, including the accusation that he is engaging in libelous blogging.


Host: Vincent Racaniello


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TWiM #153: Covert pathogenesis

The TWiM team ventures into preprint space with an analysis of type VI secretion across human gut microbiomes, and provide insight into urinary tract infection: how bladder exposure to a member of the vaginal microbiota triggers E. coli egress from latent reservoirs.


Hosts: Vincent Ra... Read More

Ancient Imaginations of the Microbial World

Long before microscopes were invented, ancient physicians and scholars imagined the existence of microbes.

There is one force that advances even more rapidly than human technology. That force is the imagination. In 1916, Albert Einstein imagined invisible ripples in the fabric of the universe... Read More

Nu Vert-Bleu II

Trichosporon asahii and Candida tropicalis together growing green-bluish in a chromogenic medium as a cut-out that resembles the famous Matisse's artwork Nu Bleu II. They can be found colonizing healthy skin as in the cut-out and, although both are yeast and opportunistic pathogens causing both... Read More

BacterioFiles 295 - Fly Ferries Fungus Feebleness

This episode: Fungus-eating flies transfer viruses that help make fungi less harmful to plants!


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TWiV 443: On a leaf, no one can hear you scream

The TWiVsters reveal the puppet master: an RNA virus injected with wasp eggs that paralyzes the ladybug so that she protects the cocoon until the adult emerges.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello... Read More

More on the Official New Jersey Microbe

New Jersey Senate Bill S3190 joins NJ Assembly Bill A4900 in the state legislature. The bills designate Streptomyces griseus as the official State Microbe of New Jersey. The senate bill is sponsored by Senator Sam Thompson, PhD. The assembly bill is sponsored by ASW Annette Quijano (who was born... Read More

Novel Technology for the Rapid Diagnosis of Candidemia and Invasive Candidiasis

Some cool technology out of MIT is being used to detect Candida (relatively common 40%-lethal fungal sepsis pathogen) in 3-5 hours, without the need to wait for a blood culture, with sensitivity down to 1-3 CFU/mL (depending on species) and with a species-specific readout. It uses nanoparticles... Read More

TWiEVO 19: The beauty of the story

On the latest episode of the science show This Week in Evolution, our guest is Jonathan Weiner, outstanding science writer and Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. Jonathan has written a number of amazing books about science, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Beak of the Finch; Tim... Read More

BacterioFiles 294 - Bacteria Benefit Bad Burns

This episode: Probiotic bacteria prevent deadly infections in mice with serious burns!


(6.3 MB, 6.92 minutes)


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Journal Paper:

Argenta A, Satish L, Gallo P, Liu F, Kathju S. 2016. Read More

TWiV 442: The New York Tim

Freelance science journalist Tim Requarth joins the TWiVers to explain why scientists should stop thinking that explaining science will fix  information illiteracy.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello,&... Read More

The First Person to Sequence DNA in Space: Molecular Biologist and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins

Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Rubins knew she wanted to be a scientist. She conducted experiments in her backyard and later, in high school, worked with a group at her local county public health department on peer-to-peer research, infection and patient management on HIV.... Read More
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