The TWiVrific gang reveal how integration of a virophage into the nuclear genome of a marine protozoan enhances host survival after infection with a giant virus.
In this new video episode of Virus Watch, you'll see how the Zika virus particle is built, and how it binds to an antibody that blocks infection. All in gorgeous three dimensional views provided by recent structure studies. Read More
It has been speculated that the development of neurological disease and fetal abnormalities after Zika virus infection may be due to the presence of antibodies against other flaviruses that enhance disease. In support of this hypothesis, it has been shown that antibodies to dengue virus enhance... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in the gills of fish help break down their metabolic wastes before they reach toxic levels!
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This episode: An interview with Dr. Nathan Cude, team leader at Novozymes BioAg Alliance, working on finding and bringing to market soil microbes that can help crops grow!
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"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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This episode: Polymer-coated bacteria make really good vaccines!
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Jou... Read More
Mapping and identifying all the microbes across New York City is no small feat. Just ask Jane Carlton. About three years ago, Carlton, director of the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, and professor of biology, at New York University and colleagues won an NYU grand challenge grant for the... Read More
Human well being often flourishes under conditions of cooperation with others and flounders during periods of external conflict and strife.
According to Athena Aktipis, a researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, microbes within the body--collectively known as the microbi... Read More
Hello TWiM Team,
I'm sure it's a long shot but here's hoping for #12!
I was catching up on a SciFri podcast recently and came across this story and just had to share it with you all. (Dr. Racaniello, I think Dixon would also appreciate this but I'll le... Read More
The study - from Lund University in Sweden and published in the journal Scientific Reports - investigates a skin bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes. Senior author Dr. Rolf Lood, from Lund's Department of Clinical Sciences, explains:
"The name originates from the fact that the bacterium ... Read More
Your birth year predicts—to a certain extent—how likely you are to get seriously ill or die in an outbreak of an animal-origin influenza virus, new research suggests.
Until now, scientists thought that previous exposure to a flu virus conferred little or no immunological protection against ne... Read More
Clostridium difficile is a dangerous superbug. Infections with this bacterium can cause life-threatening diarrhea, and they are most likely to affect the elderly or people with health problems who spend a lot of time in hospitals (where C. difficile flourishes). The Centers for Disease Control a... Read More
This episode: Bacteria in mosquito cells can block transmission of Zika virus!
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The TWiVites discuss Zika virus seroprevalence in wild monkeys, Zika virus mRNA vaccines, and a gamete fusion protein inherited from viruses.
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have performed the first CRISPR/Cas9 screen to discover human proteins that Zika virus needs for replication. This work, led by Abraham Brass, MD, PhD, assistant professor in microbiology & physiological systems, reveals new lea... Read More
We’ve previously covered the importance of diagnostics in disease control and treatment. This is vital to controlling disease progression and transmission, but epidemiology studies can’t always show how a disease progresses or transmits. This is where scientists need a well-characterized animal ... Read More
Many people with Parkinson’s disease also experience digestive symptoms (like constipation) for some time before their diagnosis. But until recently, research on the degenerative disease and how to treat it has focused on understanding how Parkinson’s works in the brain.
In a new study out th... Read More
Washington, DC – July 29, 2016 - Many deadly diseases that afflict humans were originally acquired through contact with animals. New research published in ASM’s Applied and Environmental Microbiology shows that pathogens can also jump the species barrier to move from humans to animals. The study... Read More
This episode: Some bacterial species use multiple strategies within a single population to deal with environmental challenges!
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Lawarée E, Gillet S, Louis G, Tilqui... Read More