This episode: Cable bacteria and algae set up electric grid in sediments!
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Paul Duprex joins the TWiV team to discuss the current moratorium on viral research to alter transmission, range and resistance, infectivity and immunity, and pathogenesis.
Researchers at Harvard and Yale have used some extreme gene-manipulation tools to engineer safety features into designer organisms.
This work goes far beyond traditional genetic engineering, which involves moving a gene from one organism to another. In this case, they're actually rewriting th... Read More
Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,
I like your idea of a TWIP coffee mug prize (or maybe a mug discount).
In this second case study you presented, the present symptoms are pretty vague, but his history is interesting. Also since with ... Read More
This fungal colony, in association with a few others, was grown on SDA and appears to be an antibiotic producer. The compounds that it's producing appear orange and red. The colony grew and began producing compounds on the agar after five days incubation at 30 degree Celsius. This plate is part ... Read More
As my Fall semester approaches, I am reflecting on last Fall. I taught a freshman seminar course revolving around symbioses and parasitism, and was fortunate to have many well known scientists be willing to "virtually visit" my class! Here is my report from last year on the great Jack Gilbert.... Read More
Streptomycetes are a member actinomycete family. Streptomycetes are usually found in soil and are important decomposers. They are aerobic, gram-positive, filamentous rods that create branching hyphae. They also produce more than half of the world's antibiotics, and are therefore very valuable in... Read More
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters... Read More
The TWiVocytes answer questions about Ebola virus, including mode of transmission, quarantine, incubation period, immunity, and much more.
A sample of Proteus mirabilis was inoculated on to a TSA plate by taking a sterile swab and placing a drop in the center of the plate. The plate was then incubated at 37 degrees for 8 hrs. Swarming motility can be seen as a clear halo and finger like projections coming from and around the grow... Read More
Matt Daugherty writes:
I just listened to the latest TWiM. Thanks for covering our horizontal gene transfer paper! It was great to hear you all talk about it and give your thoughts.
With regards to the selective pressure for retention of the Dae’s in genomes o... Read More
Its warm and sunny Spring weather here in California’s Bay Area. The fourth year
Speaking of water, below is a humorous incident that could be used to draw
MIT-WHOI Graduate student Kristen Hunter-Cevera describes the challenges and obstacles involved with growing marine microbes (in her case, Synechococcus) in a laboratory setting, and outlines the value of her research in understanding marine biogeochemistry. Read More
Until this year, the world had recorded 1,640 deaths from Ebola since the virus was discovered in 1976.
Then Ebola appeared in West Africa.
So far this year, 887 people have died of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday.
To put that into perspective, more than ... Read More
Why not eat locusts? Assuming you can find any fuel to cook em, and apart from deficiency illnesses, I've always wondered why people didn't hunker down and harvest them for emergency food. Did original peoples endure swarms by eating them? Did Euro food ... Read More
Inspired by the current Agar Art Contest and the gorgeous red of a recently isolated Serratia, I thought I'd try out my first bacteria "sketch." Using Serratia, Citrobacter, and an E. coli on Hektoen Agar I whipped up this goey DNA double helix! Read More
Should scientific journals publish gain-of-function (GOF) studies, especially those involving pathogens with pandemic potential? While journal editors at the American Society for Microbiology have done so after careful consideration, some scientists expressed concern over that decision. A series... Read More
Suzanne writes (re Aphids):
The best way to get rid of aphids in the garden (the ants in my yard love to herd them onto my okra) is a sharp stream of water from the hose. Aphids wash right off! They don't tend to come back right away, either.