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TWiV 401: Vector victorious

Zika virus spreads in the USA, a Zika virus DNA vaccine goes into phase I trials, and how mosquito bites enhance virus replication and disease, from the friendly TWiFolk Vincent, Dickson, Alan, and Kathy.


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TWiM #132: Bacteria learn long division

Vincent, Elio, and Michele present cell division by longitudinal scission in an insect symbiont, and thermally activated charge transport in microbial nanowires.


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TWiM 132 Letters

William writes:


Hi TWiMers;


It is a nice late July evening here in Berkeley - 60F/15.5C - no fog, but we have had a bit less than usual summer fog this year.


Ran across this article which is fascinating  because it falls into the category of "what... Read More

Ferreting out an improved Ebola animal model

We’ve previously covered the importance of diagnostics in disease control and treatment. This is vital to controlling disease progression and transmission, but epidemiology studies can’t always show how a disease progresses or transmits. This is where scientists need a well-characterized animal ... Read More

ASM Urges Public Health Actions and Funding to Combat Zika Emergency

Washington, DC – August 5, 2016 – Current events linked to the Zika virus make aggressive public health actions and funding to combat this emerging infectious disease more crucial than ever. Newly reported Zika cases in Florida are the first examples of US infection spread by local mosquitos. ... Read More

And they're off! An overview of ASM resources on Olympic-related infectious disease reports

The opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics 2016 will be held this Friday, marking the onset of two weeks of competition between the world’s best athletes. The world has been focused on Brazil and its preparedness – not only for the infrastructure required for the games, but also for any potent... Read More

TED Talk: A forgotten Space Age technology could change how we grow food

Dr. Lisa Dyson is developing a way to sustainable produce agriculture using technology developed in the 1960's for space travel. Using carbon dioxide, hydrogen from water, and microbes called hydrogenotrophs, the "closed loop" carbon cycle can create carbon-rich crops. This technology has the po... Read More

Microbe-rich environment associated with lower rates of asthma

A new cross-sectional study comparing the asthma and environmental profiles of children aged 7-14 years, from Amish households in Indiana, and Hutterite households in South Dakota found that:
1. Dust extracts from Amish households were found to have higher concentrations of endotoxins and alle... Read More

Interview with David Baltimore, PhD, Principles of Virology, 4th Edition

Vincent Racaniello of the This Week in Virology podcast interviews David Baltimore, PhD, California Institute of Technology, about his career and professional experience in the field of virology. Baltimore received a 1975 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine for work on the interaction betwe... Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 4

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
“We Are Very Much Thankful to:
Prof. Vincent Racaneillo (USA) - Columbia University
A. Prof. Andrew Marsh (UK) - University of Warwick
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"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 3

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Prof. Vincent Racaneillo (USA) - Columbia University
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"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 2

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Prof. Vincent Racaneillo (USA) - Columbia University
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Get the Fact through Virology Comics! (#WorldHepatitisDay)

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‘My parents always wanted me to be a doctor, so I’ve become one with a mission not only to promote science but also to inject laughter into other people’s lives,... Read More

"The Amazing Adventures of the Virologists” Part One - Vaccines _ 1

"Hivi and his team of viruses (Ebola, Pox,..etc) believe they can win the battle, but the Virologists (who are real famous professors) beat them. However, new viruses pop-up, it will be a long battle. This makes the story very interesting and ever so engaging."
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One Does Not Simply Walk into Placenta _ Zika Virus Comics (epi 3) _ By: Dr. Susan Nasif

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In Zanzare, the new comic from Cimaza (www.cimazacomics.com/), we are plunged head-first into the global mystery of the Zika virus. We meet the mosquitoes (in It... Read More

The Enigma of Cicco's Babies _ Zika Virus Comics (epi 2) _ By: Dr. Susan Nasif

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In Zanzare, the new comic from Cimaza (www.cimazacomics.com/), we are plunged head-first into the global mystery of the Zika virus. We meet the mosquitoes (in Ita... Read More

Additives to boost vaccine responses not sufficient to protect obese mice from influenza

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., scientist Stacey Schultz-Cherry has been studying the impact of obesity on influenza severity.

“We saw during the 2009 flu pandemic that there’s an epidemiological link between people getting severe flu and being obese,” says Schultz... Read More

Nature World News: Antarctic Sea Ice Houses Bacteria Capable of Coverting Mercury to Neurotoxin

Scientists have confirmed that the bacteria Nitrospina is present in Antarctic Sea Ice. Nitrospina has "the genetic ability to convert mercury to a potent neurotoxin known as methylmercury". If ingested, this neurotoxin can cause developmental and physical problems for fetuses, babies, and young... Read More

Additives to Boost Vaccine Responses Not Sufficient to Protect Obese Mice From Influenza

Washington, DC – August 2, 2016 – Adjuvants – ingredients added to vaccinations for influenza and other viruses to help boost their effectiveness – can increase a host’s immune response but not enough to protect the obese against the ill effects of the flu, according to a mouse study published t... Read More

MetaPalette: a k-mer Painting Approach for Metagenomic Taxonomic Profiling and Quantification of Novel Strain Variation

Taxonomic profiling is a challenging first step when analyzing a metagenomic sample. This work presents a method that facilitates fine-scale characterization of the presence, abundance, and evolutionary relatedness of organisms present in a given sample but absent from the training database. We ... Read More
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