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TWiP 88: French foreign lesion

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel discuss how a secreted protein from the protozoan parasite Theileria transforms its host cells via a cellular proto-oncogene.

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TWiM 109 Letters

Geoffrey writes:

Dear Doctors:

I just went to my semi-annual dental appointment and I thought of a potentially interesting oral health monitor - the plaque biofilm that they scrape off your teeth during the cleaning. Brush immediately before the cleaning ... Read More

Treating gum disease with oral microbiota transplants

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about half of American adults have periodontal disease, which affects gum tissues and the bones supporting the teeth. Apparently, the prevalence of periodontal disease increases with age, with the highest prevalence for those that smoke, thos... Read More

Chickenpox continues to decline in US thanks to vaccination

Since the chickenpox vaccine became available in the U.S. in 1995, there has been a large reduction in chickenpox cases. Hospitalizations and outpatient visits for chickenpox have continued their decline after a second dose of the vaccine was recommended to improve protection against the disease... Read More

BacterioFiles 207 - Microbe Messages Mire Malaria Movement

This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria!

(10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)

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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed. Read More

TWiV 348: Chicken shift

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit

Vincent and Rich discuss fruit fly viruses, one year without polio in Nigeria, and a permissive Mar... Read More

TWiP 92 letters


David writes:

Dear Vincent, Dickson and Daniel,

I am one of the co-authors (from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) of the PloS Pathogens paper you highlighted on the malaria parasite as part of TWiP 91 on June 20th. Thank... Read More

BacterioFiles 203 - P. putida Promotes Plant Pollutant Purification

This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants!

(6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)

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TWiV 351: The dengue code

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Brain infection study reveals how disease spreads from gut

Diagnosis of deadly brain conditions could be helped by new research that shows how infectious proteins that cause the disease spread. Read More

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

It goes by many names: Delhi belly. Montezuma's revenge. The Aztec two-step. But doctors use one not-so-glamorous term: traveler's diarrhea. Read More

BacterioFiles 227 - Microbe Menaces Meningitis

This episode: Colonizing ourselves with friendly bacteria could drive out more risky ones, such as those that cause meningitis!

(9.8 MB, 10.6 minutes)

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Traitors in our midst: Bacteria use toxins to turn our own bodies against us

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Researchers who have revealed a highly efficient way that bacteria use toxins to interrupt the immune response say that until now, the trickery of these toxins has been underappreciated in science. Read More

BacterioFiles 205 - Colon Community Counterattacks Cholera

This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera!

(10.5 MB, 11.5 minutes)

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Better Chocolate with Microbes

For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, to their surprise, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentati... Read More

BacterioFiles 233 - Messy Microbes Maintain Mouse Microbiota

This episode: Mice in less sanitary conditions have more diverse gut communities and perhaps less allergy!

(8.15 MB, 8.8 minutes)

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Researchers identify cause of heart damage in sepsis patients

Researchers at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH) have discovered a common cause of heart damage in patients with sepsis.

Sepsis is the most common cause of death in hospitalised critically ill people and affects up to 18 million people world-wide ann... Read More

BacterioFiles 193 - Milk Modifies Monkey Microbes

This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile!

(7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)

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BacterioFiles 204 - Animalcules Assist Agave Amino Accumulation

This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer!

(17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)

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