This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells!
(8.3 MB, 9 minutes)
Vincent, Alan, Rich and Kathy discuss the association of a virus with sea star melting disease, and the finding of a phycodnavirus in the oropharynx of humans with altered cognitive functions.
Host: Vincent Racaniello
Vincent visits the laboratories of Kit and J... Read More
This episode: Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, a predatory bacterium that feeds on Chlorella algae, is currently lost from science, but its genome has been sequenced and interpreted anyway, to reveal a surprising family history!
(9.4 MB, 10.25 minutes)
This episode: Gut bacteria make it possible for coffee berry borer beetles to live entirely on caffeine-rich food!
(6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)
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
This episode: Of genes that are similar in yeast and humans, almost half of the yeast versions are functional when replaced with the human version!
(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)
This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders!
(11.4 MB, 12.4 minutes)
This episode: Gut bacteria kill their drug-resistant pathogenic cousins of the same species via pheromone signaling!
Just to let you know, I'm trying to finish up my dissertation and graduate in the next few months, so after episode 240, I will be putting the show on hold, at least for... Read More
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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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)
This episode: Gut microbes enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapies!
(10.7 MB, 11.7 minutes)
Fr... Read More
Growth of Streptococcus mitis on blood agar demonstrating alpha hemolysis seen as a greenish color around the growing colonies due to a reduction of the hemoglobin to methemoglobin in the surrounding agar. Image taken using transmitted light. Read More
This episode: Kate Franz and Matt Woodruff from Audiommunity join me to talk about a clinical trial of peanut immunotherapy with probiotics to treat peanut allergies!
(29 MB, 31.75 minutes)
This episode: Discovering how butterflies' bacteria change from caterpillar to adult!
(7.5 MB, 8.1 minutes)
MacConkey agar plate with invasive lactose fermenting E.coli which was isolated for fatal case of neonatal septicemia.
Photo was taken after 12h incubation under 37C.
Credits: Povilas Kavaliauskas, Vilnius University, Lithuania. Read More
A deep sequencing study of commercially available probiotics, and design and synthesis of a minimal bacterial genome are the topics tackled by Vincent, Michael, and Michele on this episode of TWiM.
"Two types of bacteria found in the soil have enabled scientists to get the dirt on how resistance to antibiotics develops along with a separate survival strategy.The study identifies an atypical antibiotic molecule and the way in which the resistance to that molecule arises, including the ident... Read More