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Bat SARS-like coronavirus: It’s not SARS 2.0!

A study on the potential of SARS-virus-like bat coronaviruses to cause human disease has reawakened the debate on the risks and benefits of engineering viruses. Let’s go over the science and then see if any of the criticisms have merit. Read More

BacterioFiles 263 - Germ Jettisoned Jellyfish Genes

This episode: Microscopic parasites of fish and worms actually came from jellyfish-like animals, after losing most of their genome!

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MdlM117: Chagas, una infección olvidada...., por los países industrializados con Michael Levy

Hoy tenemos la suerte de contar con la compañía de Michael Z. Levy, Catedrático Asistente de Epidemiología en el Departamento de Bioestadística y Epidemiología de la Universidad de Pennsylvania, EE.UU.

Michael ha sido un incansable trabajador en el area de control/eliminación del vect... Read More

TWiV 396: Influenza viruses with Peter Palese

Vincent speaks with Peter Palese about his illustrious career in virology, from early work on neuraminidases to universal influenza virus vaccines.

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guest:&nbs... Read More

Ebola crisis provides framework for responding to outbreaks like Zika virus

PRINCETON, N.J.--As world leaders grapple with containing the Zika virus, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides valuable lessons for how to respond to infectious disease epidemics, according to a policy report published by researchers at Princeton University and the Wellcome Trust. Read More

Fungus Causing Fatal Infections in Hospitalized Patients Has Unique Growth Patterns

Washington, DC – August 17, 2016 – The multidrug-resistant yeast Candida auris, which has caused fatal infections in some hospitalized patients, has at least two different growth patterns and some of its strains are as capable of causing disease as the most invasive type of yeast called Candida ... Read More

Link between small mammals and evolution of hepatitis A virus to humans discovered

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) are part of an international team led by the University of Bonn, Germany, who have found a link between the origin of hepatitis A virus (HAV) and small mammals. With the emergence of Ebola virus from bats and hantav... Read More

Tardigrade genome sequencing reveals unprecedented horizontal gene transfer

Tardigrades are small animals (~1.5 mm in length) renowned for their ability to survive in many extreme environments. From wikipedia "...they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water (100 °C), pressures about six times greater than those ... Read More

Infectious diseases bring millions of elderly to emergency departments each year

Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among elderly US adults. Read More

TWiV 389: Alphabet hepatitis with Stan Lemon

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guest: Stan Lemon

Vinc... Read More

Is brushing your teeth harming your gut microbiome?

In the 1960’s, the microbicide triclosan, was introduced in the United States, and soon after, human weight started to increase dramatically. For some time, researchers have wondered whether triclosan could have played a role in disrupting endocrine dysfunction and contributing to the obesity ep... Read More

Agar Art 2016 Contest Submit by May 6

We hope you've started plating your dishes! Here are some of the 2016 entries thus far. Show us your creative streaking! For contest entry rules visit: www.microbeworl.org/art. Submissions close May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M.EST.Entries pictured from left to right: Symbol of ASM, A Once in a Lifetime Ki... Read More

BacterioFiles 266 - Solar Cyborg Cells Capture Carbon

This episode: Adding exotic elements to convert spore-forming bacteria into light-capturing cyborgs that convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals!

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Testing the evolution of resistance by experiment

One of the hallmarks of bad science writing is the claim that any research to do with bacteria will lead to new antibiotics. In this case, however, the scientists backed up their claim. They took bacteria notorious for nosocomial infections (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and exposed them to a toxin, ... Read More

MMP #11: Reexamining the emergence of land plants based on an analysis of the cell walls of charophycean green algae.

Host: Jeff Fox with special guests, Øjvind Moestrup, Peter Ulvskov, and Jesper Harholt.

Øjvind Moestrup and Peter Ulvskov, both at the University of Copenhagen and Jesper Harholt at Carlsberg Laboratory, also in Copenhagen, Denmark, talk with Jeff Fox about their hypothesis about terr... Read More

American Society for Microbiology - Zika Virus Press Conference 2016 @ASMZika

Watch a panel of Zika virus experts who speak about the latest developments on Zika virus research and a wide range of fields that touch on flaviviruses.

Moderated by:

Lynn Enquist, Ph. D.
ASM President and Zika conference convener, Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and Pro... Read More

Burkholderia multivorans evolves in bursts in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients

Leonilde M. Moreira, PhD, has been studying the Burkholderia complex for 15 years. The bacteria, known for causing pneumonia or septicemia in some individuals, can survive for prolonged periods in moist environments. During the last 10 years, it has become one of the more predominant bacteria se... Read More

TWiM 132 Letters

William writes:

Hi TWiMers;

It is a nice late July evening here in Berkeley - 60F/15.5C - no fog, but we have had a bit less than usual summer fog this year.

Ran across this article which is fascinating  because it falls into the category of "what... Read More

TWiV 398: Permission to be intuitive

Vincent speaks with Sandy Weller about her career and her work on the mechanisms of synthesis, maturation, cleavage and packaging of viral DNA genomes.

Host: Vincent Racaniello 

Guest: ... Read More

Vibrio cholerae population structure changes in a matter of weeks

Although the Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio cholerae (right) is normally associated with human pathogenic disease, most V. cholerae cells spend their lives in an aquatic environment, and only a few of the many serotypes are able to cause disease. When strains acquire the right genetic makeup – s... Read More
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