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More than bread and beer: The National Collection of Yeast Cultures (video)

Do you eat bread? Or drink beer? If so you've probably consumed yeast products from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures.

Yeasts are one of the earliest, if not the earliest, biological tools used by people. Brewers' yeast, Saccharomyces cerivisae, features widely in products we consume... Read More

2013 Balzan Prizewinners Announced - Pascale Cossart and Alain Aspect Win Science Prizes

The names of the 2013 Balzan Prizewinners were proclaimed in Milan in a public announcement:

ANDRÉ VAUCHEZ (France), Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, for Medieval History
MANUEL CASTELLS (Spain), University of Southern California (USA), for Sociology
ALAIN ASPECT (France), École Polytec... Read More

Changing View on Viruses: Not So Small After All

There was a time not that long ago when it was easy to tell the difference between viruses and the rest of life. Most obviously, viruses were tiny and genetically simple. The influenza virus, for example, measures about 100 nanometers across, and has just 13 genes.

Those two standards, it’s n... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 139 - Tamed Trespassers Treat Tumors

This episode: Inactivated virus particles may treat cancer or even vaccinate against it!


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Light zaps viruses: How photosensitization can stop viruses from infecting cells

A UCLA-led team of researchers has found evidence that photosensitizing a virus's membrane covering can inhibit its ability to enter cells and potentially lead to the development of stronger, cheaper medications to fight a host of tough viruses.

The UCLA AIDS Institute study, published in th... Read More

UA Study on Flu Evolution May Change Textbooks, History Books

A new study published in the journal Nature provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the evolutionary relationships of influenza virus across different host species over time. In addition to dissecting how the virus evolves at different rates in different host species, the study chall... Read More

Liquid soap in public toilets may be covering you in bacteria

Liquid hand soap in many public toilets is doing the opposite of improving hygiene, CCTV reports.

One sample was found to have 600 times more than the standard amount of bacteria, bringing it up to fast food ice levels of grossness. Experts warned that use of the soap could result in skin irr... Read More

TWiM 64 Letters

Tim writes:


Vincent and friends,


While driving around a field cutting hay lost in my science podcast playlist the episode of TWIM #61 came up and I had to listen intently as salmonella typhimurium came up as this is a common enteric issue in agriculture. When ... Read More

BacterioFiles Micro Edition 150 - Morels Make Mycelial Motorways

This episode: Bacteria use fungal filaments like highways to swim through soil!


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Media. Green and blue water colour and Serratia marcescens (red)

This is a joint project with water color artist Sarah Roberts to study the interaction of bacteria with traditional water colors. Many different types of bacteria have been assessed but only two so far, can be said to paint. When the white pigmented bacterium Proteus mirabilis, and the red Serra... Read More

In Search of the Perfect Gut Microbiome with a Tribe of Tanzanian Hunter-Gatherers

It might sound strange to say that humans have forgotten what human-food is, but many scientists believe this is the case. For thousands of years, the environment in which humans lived evolved at a glacial pace—our nutrition and culture changed slowly, and our bodies adapted to it at a matching ... Read More

Concrete-Dissolving Bacteria Are Destroying Our Nation's Sewers

Underground in places nobody likes to look, bacteria are doing terrible things to our sewage pipes. The concrete pipes that carry our waste are literally dissolving away, forcing engineers into a messy, expensive battle against tiny microbes.

"The veins of our cities are in serious trouble, a... Read More

TWiV 243: Live from ASV at Penn State



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Read More

Teen's biofuel invention turns algae into fuel

For a fifth-grade science fair, Evie Sobczak found that the acid in fruit could power clocks; she connected a cut-up orange to a clock with wire and watched it tick. In seventh grade, she generated power by engineering paddles that could harness wind. And in eighth grade, she started a project t... Read More

Tricky Trichy

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan parasite of the urogenital tract in men and women and causes a sexually transmitted disease, trichomoniasis, in about half of infected women. Infections are associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, an increased inc... Read More

Finally, Clothing Designed to Stop the Spread of Germs on Public Transit

Of all the public transit etiquette violations out there, the sneeze-and-touch at the height of cold and flu season is among the worst. Everyone who rides in a city has seen it: that sickly looking person across the train or bus who sneezes into a free hand then grabs the pole we all share. Rese... Read More

Rhizopus Stolonifer (Black bread mold) under magnification of 40X

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The Energizer Bacterium

Many bacteria have a trick for surviving a water shortage: They dry up like raisins and turn into spores, protecting their essential genetic code. But moisten a spore and it swells right up again.

Those capabilities give bacterial spores some interesting potential as an energy source, as scie... Read More

Metallo-β-lactamase producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa


The production of Metallo-β-lactamase is one of the resistance mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Metallo-β- lactamases are members of Group B in the molecular classification of Ambler and are Clavulanic acid resistant enzymes which require divalent cations of zinc as co-factors for enzymat... Read More

TWiV 279: The missing LNC



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Read More

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