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Microbes After Hours: The Necrobiome - Microbial Life After Death

What happens to us after we die?  A decomposing corpse becomes its own mini-ecosystem, hosting insects, scavengers and multitudes of microbes.  Microbes from the environment, the corpse, as well as the insects and scavengers are blended together and work to recycle tissues back to t... Read More

Call for Entries! ASM's 2016 Agar Art Contest

Create a log phase masterpiece with your favorite microbes!

Submit a photo of your original, agar-based art, plus a short description of your piece that engages the general public, by Friday, May 6, 2016 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. Anyone with an active American Society ... Read More

Announcing ASM's Agar Art 2016 Winners

Thank you to everyone who created a log phase masterpiece, to our esteemed judges, and to everyone who voted for People's Choice on Facebook! We received 117 amazing entries from 26 countries and 17 U.S. states. Special congratulations to our winners! View this year’s winners... Read More

TWiM 116: Chewates and coconuts

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TWiM #114: Milestones in Blue

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter and  Read More

MWV 99 - Microbial Monsters: #algae #vampirococcus #halloween

Watch the pilot episode of BioFilms in which we explore some creepy microbes just in time for Halloween. Learn how algae can suffocate a pond of all its life, discover the vampire bacterium known as Vampirococcus who literally sucks the life out its victims, and watch out for those sweet Hall... Read More

TWiM #117: Finding the comammox

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, Read More

MWV 102 - Missing Microbes with Dr. Martin Blaser

Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More

TWiM #123: A microbial MAGE

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter

Spe... Read More

TWiP 98: Resistance is not futile

The TWiP-lets reveal Balamuthia infection in the Children from Peru, and discuss resistance to pyrethroids uncovered by RNA sequencing of Anopheles mosquitoes.

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MWV 100 - Milestones in Blue: TWiM live at the University of Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson record l... Read More

Largest HIV transmission study conducted

A new study has found that neither gay men nor heterosexual people with HIV transmit the virus to their partner, provided they are on suppressive antiretroviral treatment.

The PARTNER study, which is the world's largest study of people with HIV who have had condomless sex with their HIV ... Read More

TWiM #118: Spore-drops keep fallin’ on my head

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson... Read More

MWV 101 - Profiling the Poglianos (TWiM 115)

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano

Vincent take This Week in Microbiology to th... Read More

TWiP 99: You get your polar bear from your nana

The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Professor Who Went to Brazil, and discuss an amazing case of a tapeworm that turned into a tumor in an AIDS patient.

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BacterioFiles 236 - Film Formation Favors Fossilization

This episode: Gut microbes' activity in decaying brine shrimp help promote fossilization of their soft parts!

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TWiM #124: Fungal pirates

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt.

Vincent, Michael, and Michele reveal how a fungal protease blunts the innate immune response and promotes pathogenicity. 

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BacterioFiles 240 - Water Worms Make (carbon) Monoxide Meals

This episode: Marine worms and their microbial symbionts can live on the toxic gas carbon monoxide!

Reminder: this is the last episode for at least a few weeks while I am wrapping up my PhD. See you again when I'm done!

(11.1 MB, 12.1 minutes)

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TWiM #122: Mayonii, microRNAs and the microbiome

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michele Swanson, and Michael Schmidt.

Vincent, Michele, and Michael reveal the discovery of a new species of the spirochaete that causes Lyme disease, and fecal microRNAs that shape the gut microbiome. Read More

TWiM #119: Power of one

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Read More

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