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Happy Luxmas To All!

In this blog post, I reflect a bit on the ups and downs of 2016, then share some Luxmas themed art. Read More

TWiV 424: FLERVergnügen

Trudy joins the the TWiVlords to discuss new tests for detecting prions in the blood, and evidence showing that foamy retroviruses originated in the seas with their jawed vertebrate hosts at least 450 million years ago.


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Peanuts and Probiotics

The world has a problem: an exploding human population, which will require crop yields to double by 2050 without increasing crop acreage. Solving this problem will necessitate help from some of the smallest members of Earth’s population using a concept that has both George Washington Carver and ... Read More

Genetically engineered mosquitoes resist dengue fever virus

After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever--a mosquito-borne viral disease--continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. Now, researchers have reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that the mosquitos that carry dengue virus (D... Read More

HIV therapy could be contributing to syphilis outbreak: UBC study

Drugs used to treat HIV could affect how the body responds to syphilis, inadvertently contributing to a current outbreak, a new study suggests.

In this study, researchers investigating the outbreak hypothesize that medications used in highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the gold sta... Read More

Happy New Year 4

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics.... Read More

Are Medical Laboratories becoming Factories?

In what ways might medical laboratories now be perceived as factories? And where does the similarity end? Read more...

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Malaria elimination: Vaccines should be tested on larger groups of volunteers

To find an effective vaccine against malaria it is crucial to test candidate vaccines on larger groups of people than previously thought - according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology. The researchers from Erasmus MC Rotterdam and Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen de... Read More

Penn study identifies potent inhibitor of Zika entry into human cells

A panel of small molecules that inhibit Zika virus infection, including one that stands out as a potent inhibitor of Zika viral entry into relevant human cell types, was discovered by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Publishing in Cell Reports t... Read More

Malaria transmission may increase when more parasites are transferred via mosquito bite

Mosquitos carrying a greater number of malaria-causing parasites may be more likely to cause infection in the people they bite, according to a new study published in PLOS Pathogens.

More than 100 years have passed since scientists first discovered that infectious mosquitos inject malaria-caus... Read More

Happy New Year 3

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dish.
A New Years way of examination of antimicrobial activity: Inflict on a Petri dish, a microorganism in the shape of a New Years tree, and then add some antibiotics. T... Read More

Interview with Harmit Malik, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews Harmit Malik, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Harmit is interested in a variety of problems that could all be classified under the genetics of evolutionary conflict. He studies rapidly evolving proteins as a hallmark... Read More

TWiM #143: E-scaffolds and receptor transfer

Vincent, Michael, and Michele explain the use of an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.


Hosts: Vincent... Read More

TWiM 143 Letters

Peter writes:


Greetings TWiM Team


Thinking about the revised estimates for the number of bacterial and human cells in the body from 10:1 to about 1:1, I was wondering what the microbiome cell to self cells ratio is for different species.


I pr... Read More

ReSeqTB Data Platform now available to public

The Rapid Drug Susceptibility Testing Consortium (RDST), coordinated by the Critical Path Institute (C-Path) through the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative, announces the public launch of the Relational Sequencing TB Data Platform (ReSeqTB). ReSeqTB is a data-sharing platform an... Read More

'FishTaco' sorts out who is doing what in your microbiome

A growing body of evidence indicates that the trillions of microbes that live on and inside our bodies affect our health. Collectively, these resident microbes form our microbiome.

In a new paper appearing in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, researchers at the University of Washington report ... Read More

Escherichia coli falls in love :)


Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
When E. coli falls in love, she starts to resemble her host, a human, and she begins to think like him, with her hart. Consequently, she changes her name to Elis... Read More

Happy New Year 1

Dear ASM,

It will be a great pleasure for me and my group if you can post on your Facebook page attached photo of Petri dishes.
The upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays are bringing joy to our laboratory, where the microorganisms are symbolically growing in the shape of a Snowman. Left ... Read More

A Microbial Death Star

Star Wars – an epic story of war between the forces of good and evil in a galaxy far, far away. The Death Star – the ultimate weapon of destruction. The story is science fiction, but it could be considered an analogy for the constant battle between our immune system and microbial pathogens. Beli... Read More

Viral escape hatch could be treatment target for hepatitis E

The technique that the hepatitis E virus — an emerging liver virus historically found in developing countries but now on the rise in Europe — uses to spread could present a weak spot scientists can exploit to treat the disease, according to a new study.

Princeton University-led researchers re... Read More
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