This episode: Modern hunter-gatherers have very different gut microbes from people from agricultural societies!
(12.9 MB, 14.1 minutes)
This episode: Gut microbes can be different even in genetically identical mice in similar conditions!
(7.4 MB, 8 minutes)
Vincent and Dickson discuss how infection of mice with helminths induces cytokines that reactivate a latent gamma-herpesvirus.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.
Special guest: Stanley Maloy
Vincent meets up with Stan Maloy o... Read More
This episode: Antibiotic-degrading probiotics protect mouse gut microbes from hostile pathogen takeover after antibiotic treatment!
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Vincent and Dickson welcome new TWiP host Daniel Griffin to discuss the association of a new Mycoplasma with trichomoniasis, and to introduce a new feature to the show, a case study.
Behold some of the bacteria that grew when an 8-year-old boy who had been playing outside pressed his hand onto a large Petri dish. The photo has been getting lots of buzz after his mom posted it on MicrobeWorld last week.
Tasha Sturm, who works as a microbiology lab tech at Cabrillo College ... Read More
Although vitamin A supplementation can have profound health benefits when someone is deficient, new evidence is emerging to show that vitamin A supplementation above and beyond normal levels may have negative health consequences. A new research report published in the July 2015 issue of the Jour... Read More
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva!
(5.4 MB, 5.9 minutes)
This episode: Soil bacteria could help prevent food poisoning from bacteria in raw tomatoes!
(9.6 MB, 10.5 minutes)
The pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 can spread, likely airborne, more than one tenth mile downwind from a cattle feedlot onto nearby produce, according to a paper published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The high percentages of leafy greens contaminated with E. coli ... Read More
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve last week's case study, present a new one, and reveal how secreted proteins from a helminth prevent diabetes in mice.
Vincent and Dickson discuss how malaria parasites induce odors in their rodent hosts that attract mosquitoes.
Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel provide the solution to last week's case study, present a new one, and discuss how immune suppression by nematodes increases tuberculosis fatality in African buffalo.