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Zika virus and microcephaly

Three reports have been published that together make a compelling case that Zika virus is causing microcephaly in Brazil. Read More

TWiP 98 letters

Robin writes:

Balamuthia mandrillaris

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TWiV 383: A zillion Zika papers and a Brazilian

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove and  Read More

TWiM 126 Letters


Anthony writes:
An Abandoned Sailor’s Infirmary in NYC Where Cholera Bacteria Was Discovered
http://untappedcities.com/2016/03/... Read More

TWiV 381: Add viruses and Zimmer

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Predicting UTI antibiotic resistance

By now, the news of a colistin-resistant E. coli isolate from a patient in the United States is widespread, with many major news sources covering the story. Most outlets highlighted the ease of future transfer of the plamid-borne mcr-1 gene between bacteria, the role of agricultural antibiotic u... Read More

BacterioFiles 257 - Phage Fibers Fight Phyllosphere Foes

This episode: Bacteria have repeatedly captured and used the tails of phages to fight each other!

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Journal Paper:

Hockett KL, Renner T, Baltrus DA. 2015. Read More

MMP #12: Hydrogen from ground rocks can furnish microbial ecosystems with energy to drive growth.

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Jon Telling.

Jon Telling of Bristol University in Bristol, United Kingdom talks with Jeff Fox about his findings suggesting that the grinding of glaciers over rocks can liberate hydrogen, which, in turn, drives the growth of methanogens within microb... Read More

Zika virus has potential to spread rapidly through Americas

The Zika virus, possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the United States, according to an international team of researchers who track the spread of infectious diseases. Read More

Microbes After Hours: This Week in Virology LIVE - Zika Virus

A special live episode of the popular science podcast This Week in Virology at the headquarters of the American Society for Microbiology.... Read More

Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was fou... Read More

A new approach to predict evolution of influenza viruses can enhance vaccine efficacy

New results from a study performed at the University of Helsinki suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines. The researchers were able to develop a simple approach for reliable real-time tracking and prediction of vi... Read More

Microbes After Hours: Understanding the Pathogenesis of the Emerging Zika Virus

Dr. Michael Diamond, 2016 Elizabeth O. King Lecturer, has worked for the past two decades investigating how viruses work, with a goal of defining basic principles of pathoge... Read More


The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, has until now been relatively unknown and unstudied. Read More

TWiV 374: Discordance in B

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

8th grader petri dishes - seeking help to identify colonies

I did a study of hand washing and hand sanitizer. Is anyone on the list willing to help me identify what grew from my unwashed and even washed hands? I attach three photos representing the yellow, white and orange growths found after several days on agar plates. Thank you so much in advance. Read More

First hospital-based rapid detection Zika test now available

Collaboration between two Texas Medical Center institutions has resulted in today's release of the country's first hospital-based rapid tests for the Zika virus. Read More

TWiP 109: Blame it on Mother

Daniel and Vincent solve the case of the Truck Driver from India, discuss why parasites resistant to an antimalarial drug are not transmitted by mosquitoes, and introduce Paul who presents a new case study.

Hosts:  Read More

Zolav®: A new antibiotic for the treatment of acne

A scientific paper released today in the Journal of Drug Design, Development and Therapy show the effectiveness of Zolav®, a new antibiotic, in treating acne. Read More
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