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What effect does environmental temperature have on bacterial virulence?

A recent tragic die-off of saiga antelope has scientists puzzled about what could cause such a sudden, drastic, large-scale death. Infectious disease could easily be playing a part, with Pasteurella multocida and Clostridium perfringens both possible candidates found in animal necropsies. The su... Read More

Study shows effectiveness of switching antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected children

November 4, 2015 -- A study led by Louise Kuhn, PhD, professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, evaluated whether HIV-infected children in South Africa who had achieved viral suppression with one antiretroviral treatment could transition to efavirenz-base... Read More

MMP #6: A fused, single-subunit bacterial ribosome with Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Alexander Mankin and Michael Jewett.

Alexander Mankin –called Shura --of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Michael Jewett at Northwestern University talk with Jeff Fox about their recent success in joining the 30S and 50S bacterial riboso... Read More

Vitamin D deficiency may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults

Athens, Ga. - A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Read More

One Course of Antibiotics Can Affect Diversity of Microorganisms in the Gut

Washington, DC – November 10, 2015 – A single course of antibiotics has enough strength to disrupt the normal makeup of microorganisms in the gut for as long as a year, potentially leading to antibiotic resistance, European researchers reported this week in mBio®, an online open-access journal o... Read More

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether it could spread from h... Read More

Early hospitalization key to survival for Ebola victims

A retrospective study of Ebola epidemics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) suggested that each day of delay in hospital admittance was associated with an 11% increased risk of death for Ebola patients during epidemics. Read More

Deep-sea bacteria could help neutralize greenhouse gas, researchers find

A type of bacteria plucked from the bottom of the ocean could be put to work neutralizing large amounts of industrial carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, a group of University of Florida researchers has found. Read More


A newly discovered virus is the reason why some piglets shake so uncontrollably that they aren’t able to nurse. Read More

TWiV 364: It's not SARS 2.0

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

TWiV 363: Eat flu and dyad

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove Read More

Scientists mark 'stunning success' of vaccine in virtually ridding Africa of meningitis A

GENEVA and SEATTLE, 10 November 2015--Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunization has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African "meningitis belt." In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meni... Read More

MWV 101 - Profiling the Poglianos (TWiM 115)

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano

Vincent take This Week in Microbiology to th... Read More

Diagram captures microbes’ influence across animal kingdom

One finding from a study published September 15 in Scientific Data that matched animals with their known microbes and drew connections between species with similar microbial crews found at least 233 species of bacteria, viruses and more live on or inside both humans and dogs. The diagram publish... Read More

Could self-disseminating vaccines cut off emerging infectious diseases at source?

The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa shone the spotlight not only on the unpreparedness of local health services and science to deal with the pandemic, but also on the phenomenon of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Read More

Study finds that Ebola vaccine is safe and stimulates strong immune response

Baltimore, MD, November 17, 2015--A clinical trial of a new Ebola vaccine (ChAd3-EBO-Z) that resulted from an unprecedented global consortium assembled at the behest of the World Health Organization has found that it is well tolerated and stimulates strong immune responses in adults in Mali, Wes... Read More

Tardigrade genome sequencing reveals unprecedented horizontal gene transfer

Tardigrades are small animals (~1.5 mm in length) renowned for their ability to survive in many extreme environments. From wikipedia "...they can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water (100 °C), pressures about six times greater than those ... Read More

HIV spreads faster as violent conflict looms

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A new study of the relationship between violent conflict and HIV incidence in sub-Saharan Africa finds that HIV incidence may be at its worst in the period before hostilities break out. The Brown University analysis reports that the rate of new infections r... Read More

Bat SARS-like coronavirus: It’s not SARS 2.0!

A study on the potential of SARS-virus-like bat coronaviruses to cause human disease has reawakened the debate on the risks and benefits of engineering viruses. Let’s go over the science and then see if any of the criticisms have merit. Read More

Human handouts could be spreading disease from birds to people

Athens, Ga. - People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers at the University of Georgia say it might also be helping spread disease. Read More
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