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TWiM #33: Tuning the immune organ



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

ASM at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (MWV60)

The American Society for Microbiology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012 in Washington, D.C. Learn what kids have to say about the science and microbiology and the various educational resources ASM offers to students, teachers and parents alike.

Filmed on April 27-28,... Read More

Spirochete Treponema pallidum

This photomicrograph depicts a Treponema pallidum bacterium, a spirochete 5 - 15 micrometers in length, which is the causative agent of syphilis.
Syphilis, is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or ... Read More

TWiP 43: Two remarkable host-parasite conflicts



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson review how ... Read More

Faecal transplants used to cure Clostridium difficile

Transplanting faecal matter from one person to another - the thought might turn your stomach, but it could be lifesaving.

Some doctors are using the procedure to repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria, which can become unbalanced in some diseases.

Dr Alisdair MacConnachie, who thinks he ... Read More

New Disinfection Technique Could Revolutionize Hospital Room Cleaning

A Queen's University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.

"This is the future, because many hospital deaths are p... Read More

TWiM 34: Doing the DISCO with Emiliania



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

TWiP 33: Hide and seek



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier


Vincent and Dickson review an in sili... Read More

Norovirus Vaccine Provides Significant Protection

A study involving 84 volunteers showed that an experimental norovirus vaccine provided considerable protection against infection and symptoms of gastroenteritis, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine reported in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine). The authors added that theirs is the f... Read More

TWiM 35: Ohne hauch



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Read More

Microbial Diversity ID’d in Gut of Low Birth Weight Infants

The gut-associated microbiome of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants has microbial diversity and includes fungal species, bacteria, molds, viruses, parasitic organisms, and roundworms, according to a study published online Dec. 8 in PLoS One.

Mariam S. LaTuga, M.D., from the Duke Univer... Read More

TWiV 186 Letters

Kurt writes:


Dear Vincent,


Sorry I missed your visit to NU- my teaching duties in Evanston prevented it!


Several of my students attended both and had good reports all around. Your work on ISGs sounds like it is coming along well.


I just today l... Read More

Turning bacteria's shield into a weapon against it

Scientists in Germany have synthesised the core part of a sugar compound produced by the pathogenic bacteria responsible for meningitis - Neisseria meningitides - which could be used in a vaccine for meningococcal diseases, in particular meningitis B.

Pathogenic bacteria produce a polysaccha... Read More

Better prepared for an E. coli outbreak

New methods speed up the process of identifying the subgroup of E. coli bacteria responsible for an outbreak of illness. At the same time, Norwegian researchers are on the trail of a disinfectant that will inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in food.

Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) ... Read More

TWiM #27: An inflamed gut is good for Salmonella



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Read More

Mundo de los Microbios - Episodio 96




Campylobacter es uno de los patogenos entericos de mayor importancia en el mundo entero, y como tal, es discutido en el programa de hoy de la Radio El Mundo de los Microbios.


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TWiM #21: Symbiotic margheritas



Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Elio Schaechter.


On episode #21 of the podcast This Week... Read More

Vaccine may prevent cruise ship virus


Researchers are working on a vaccine that might one day prevent norovirus, which has made many cruise ship passengers in the United States ill.

"It is possible to prevent infection and illness with a vaccine for norovirus," said Dr. Robert Atmar, a professor of medicine and molecular virolo... Read More

TWiM #26: Suum cuique



Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Read More

How do we know what causes an infectious disease? (Part 2)

Having discussed fulfilling Koch's postulates using culture methods in part 1, this blog post briefly discusses the newer molecular techniques that scientists can use to provide evidence for a disease being caused by a specific organism. Read More

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