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eBay – The other source of lab equipment

While almost all of you are probably familiar with the power of eBay to bring you everything from concert tickets to electronics to your very own Batmobile, you may not have realized that the world’s largest garage sale also has quite a collection of laboratory equipment. I’ve been turning to th... Read More

H1N1 Pandemic Flu Hits Pregnant Women Hard

Pregnant women who get the H1N1 pandemic strain of flu are at high risk of experiencing serious complications for themselves and their unborn child, a new study finds.

According to the report, there has not been much data about the effect of the novel H1N1 flu on pregnant women and their fetu... Read More

Discovery May Lead to Safer Drinking Water, Cheaper Medicine

A discovery that may pave the way to helping reduce health hazards such as E. coli in water could also make chemicals and drugs such as insulin cheaper to produce and their production more environmentally friendly.

By creating a three-dimensional model, Queen's University biochemistry profess... Read More

Genome of bacteria responsible for tuberculosis of olive tree sequenced

Researchers at the Public University of Navarra, the Polytechnic University of Madrid (CBGP), the University of Malaga, the University of Wisconsin and the Valencian Institute of Agricultural Research have managed to sequence the genome of the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis in the olive t... Read More

Electrons In, Biofuel Out

Is “microbial electrosynthesis” the future of biofuel? Corn fermentation is one oft-used way to make biofuel, but making ethanol this way is often criticized as inefficient, and since it requires corn (or some other crop), it requires farm land and other farming resources that might otherwise b... Read More

TWiV 84 letters

TWiV 84 letters



Matthew writes:


Hi Twiv,


Firstly, love the podcast, I listen to it on my way to work. Don't change a thing!


I recently wrote to you asking about the possible link between a high-arginine diet and herpes simplex outbreaks in... Read More

TWiV 84: Gators go viral

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On episode #84 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent and Rich spoke with Dave Bloom and Grant McFadden about their work on herpesviruses and poxviruses in this episode recorded before an aud... Read More

MIT Team Extends Use of Virus Template to Assemble Li-ion Anode Materials; Biologically Activated Noble Metal Alloys

An MIT team including Drs. Gerbrand Ceder and Angela Belcher has synthesized gold (Au) and silver (Ag) alloy nanowires as anode materials for Li-ion batteries using multiple clones of the M13 bacteriophage virus. A paper on their work was published 27 May in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

This... Read More

Split-Virus Vaccine Better of Two H1N1 Shots

Of the two vaccines used in the U.K. to protect against pandemic H1N1 influenza, the adjuvanted split-virus vaccine offered better protection for children than the non-adjuvanted whole-virus vaccine, but caused more side effects, a phase II study showed.

After two doses, there were higher ser... Read More

Tooth brushing habits linked to a healthy heart

Forgetting to brush your teeth not only leads to stinky breath, there's a good chance it might also lead to heart disease.

That's the finding of a new study that looked at how toothbrushing practices affect the heart. It found that people who don't brush their teeth too often are more at risk... Read More

BacterioFiles Episode 13

In this show, I report on four exciting stories: bacteria made to clean up pesticides, new findings from microbial fossils, fighting bacteria with bacteria, and cells with synthetic genomes.


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Whooping cough still with us, still dangerous

Two days after her second son, Dylan, was born in 2005, Mariah Bianchi let out yet another deep-chested cough, this time in the hospital, where she was recovering from the delivery.

She had been coughing for two weeks; she had coughed so badly that her contractions started early.

A pediatr... Read More

Gold nanorods deliver antiviral punch

Future pandemics of seasonal flu, H1N1 and other drug-resistant viruses may be thwarted by a potent, immune-boosting payload that is effectively delivered to cells by gold nanorods, report scientists at the University at Buffalo and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Via Fu... Read More

Glowing Bacteria Light Up Ocean

This photo shows a petri dish swabbed with a culture of bioluminescent marine bacteria. The bacteria give off light using a process known as quorum sensing that is controlled by four small RNA molecules within each of them.

When only one bacterium is present it has the ability to produce li... Read More

Vaccination key to preventing childhood pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers at the University of Warwick, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi, Kenya, have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appears to be the predominant virus detected among infants and children hospitalized in Kenya with severe pneumonia, according to a study in the Ma... Read More

NPR's Science Friday: Cleaning Up the Oil

(featuring former ASM President Dr. Ronald Atlas)

Efforts to implement a 'top kill,' pumping heavy mud into the broken riser pipe coming from the Deepwater Horizon oil well, are in progress, with hopeful signs. As oil experts continue to work to seal the gushing leak from the Deepwater Horizo... Read More

New Ebola Drug 100 Percent Effective In Monkeys

The Ebola virus first emerged in 1976, striking fear with the uncontrollable bleeding it causes and mortality rates up to 90 percent. Ever since then, scientists have been struggling to find a way to treat the infection or protect against it.

There has been progress, but nothing quite like t... Read More

Honeybee Death Mystery Deepens

A one-two punch by a gut parasite and viruses may help explain the mysterious decline in U.S. honeybees seen over the last four years.

Bees infected with both the fungal parasite Nosema ceranae and with any one of a handful of RNA viruses were much more likely to have come from hives on the d... Read More

El podcast del Microbio Nº 113 y 114: Ancestros comunes

The Nº 113 and 114 of "El podcast del microbio" summarize the Nature's article: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry". En "El podcast del microbio" Nº 113 y 114 se resume el artículo aparecido en la revista Nature: "A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry... Read More

Magic in Solution: An Introduction and Brief History of PCR

If you missed the opportunity to hear Carl Wittwer talk about the history of PCR and his invention of the LightCycler, the video is now available on line.

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has become a fundamental tool in molecular research and clinical testing. Our presenter, Carl Witter, ... Read More
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