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Established in 2003, MicrobeWorld is an interactive multimedia educational outreach initiative from the American Society for Microbiology that promotes awareness and understanding of key microbiological issues to adult and youth audiences, and showcases the significance of microbes in our lives.

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MicrobeWorld's video and audio podcasts are distributed through the iTunes music store, the Zune marketplace, Blackberry and various video sharing websites such as: YouTube, Current.tv, Scivee.tv, DNATube, Blip.tv, Viddler and Vimeo. Our distributed content strategy extends your reach.

This Week in Microbiology (TWiM) - 27,000 downloads/month
TWiM is a biweekly podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

This Week in Virology (TWiV) - 56,000 downloads/month
Created in September 2008 by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier, two science professors at Columbia University Medical Center, TWiV is a weekly podcast about viruses. Each week Racaniello invites other virologists into the conversation in which they discuss current news, papers or research involving the science of virology.

This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) - 15,000 downloads/month
This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a monthly program about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. As science professors at Columbia University, they have spent their entire academic careers directing research laboratories focused on parasites (Dick) and viruses (Vincent). Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom and create TWiP.

MicrobeWorld Video, 9,000 downloads/month
A monthly video podcast by the American Society for Microbiology that highlights the latest in microbiology, life science, and related topics.  The videos often focus on a specific subject area, but can also include filmed presentations by notable scientists or one-on-one candid interviews with researchers.

Mundo de los Microbios - 2,100 downloads/month
The World of Microbes is a Spanish-language educational program consisting of weekly podcasts aimed at improving the understanding and appreciation of the vital role that microorganisms play in our planet. Host Gary Toranzos, Professor of Microbiology, at the University of Puerto Rico, uses podcasting to highlight the processes of discovery, historical changes in research, as well as a variety of scientific careers in industry, academia and government.

Bacterio Files - 1,800 downloads/month
Hosted by Jesse Noar, a microbiology PhD student at North Carolina State University, Bacteriofiles is a weekly show for microbe lovers: reporting on exciting news about bacteria, archaea, and sometimes even eukaryotic microbes and viruses.

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MicrobeWorld can create your audio ad at a creative cost of
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