This episode: Great apes' specific gut microbe communities have been with us for millions of years!
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The lovely TWiV team explore evolution of our fecal virome, and the antiviral RNA interference response in the nematode C. elegans.
Dear Micro Crew,
Hello from frozen Ireland, it's 5 degrees Celsius but feels like -2, cloudy and generally miserable haha
I was wondering if you could give me some advice as I am stuck between a micr... Read More
Researchers with the Iowa City VA Health Care System and University of Iowa have produced striking new evidence of neutrophil plasticity, or the ability of these white blood cells to change their properties.
The scientists exposed neutrophils—the most prevalent white blood cells—to Helicobact... Read More
Here is my chance to chat a bit with some University of Puget Sound staff about the depth, breadth, and wonders of the microbial world. It's a podcast! Read More
The TWiM hosts reveal why phosphorus is essential for fungal brain disease, and how bacteria kill local competitors to favor the evolution of public goods cooperation.
This episode: An interview with Dr. Nathan Cude, team leader at Novozymes BioAg Alliance, working on finding and bringing to market soil microbes that can help crops grow!
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The TWiVites discuss Zika virus seroprevalence in wild monkeys, Zika virus mRNA vaccines, and a gamete fusion protein inherited from viruses.
Robert Koch published the first photographs of individual bacteria in 1877, nearly 200 years after Antoni van Leeuwenhoek sent drawings of bacteria in a letter to the Royal Society. Long before cameras were linked with microscopes, generations of microscopists relied on their own eyes, pencil, a... Read More
Wolbachia is the most successful parasite the world has ever known. You’ve never heard of it because it only infects bugs: millions upon millions of species of insects, spiders, centipedes and other arthropods all around the globe.
The secret to the over-achieving bacterium’s success is its a... Read More
In this blogpost, take a tour of some of the artwork that students in my classes have made. I believe that creative approaches can complement learning! Read More
While detection and reaction to light sources is a well-known process in environmental organisms exposed to diurnal light cycling, light detection also affects the biological processes of human pathogens. The human pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, a microbe associated with hospital-acquired inf... Read More
The TWiVirions reveal bacteriophage genes that control eukaryotic reproduction, and the biochemical basis for increased Ebolavirus glycoprotein activity during the recent outbreak.
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An Applied and Environmental Microbiology study found ubiquitous contamination of chicken products in the United States with clinically relevant E. coli strains, which has implications for urinary tract infection transmission. A new book from ASM Press describes UTIs in detail, from virulence me... Read More
flower - 1x tetracycline, 5x rifampicin
tree - A. niger
blossom leaves- Penicillium notatum
inscription - Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Aleksandra Djurić, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade Read More
A team of researchers from iMM Lisboa led by Luísa Figueiredo and in collaboration with Joe Takahashi's group from Southwestern University has shown for the first time that the parasite responsible for sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, has its own internal clock, which allows it to antecipa... Read More
Oh I hope I win!
Hi TWIM Team
Scientists from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health have shown that phage therapy could offer a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics in the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis lung infections.
Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aer... Read More
Frozen and freeze-dried products for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) are nearly as effective as fresh product at treating patients with Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Publi... Read More
A new entity, Case VA CARES, will combine firepower from both organizations in the battle against antibiotic resistance. Staff will carry out new research, work to modify existing antibiotics, try and discover new ones, and use decoys to trick uncooperative bacteria.
More and more, bacteria a... Read More