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David writes:

Dear Twimeriti,

Thank you for your lovely show. I started with Twiv after taking Dr Racaniello's online virology course, and have since moved to Twip and Twim, all very instructive and pleasant.

Yesterday my daily Twix dose... Read More

TWiV 394: Cards in a hand

Vincent and Alan speak with Erica Ollmann Saphire about her career and her work on understanding the functions of proteins of Ebolaviruses, Marburg virus, and other hemorrhagic fever viruses, at ASM Microbe 2016 in Boston, MA.

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TWiV 371: Sympathy for the devil

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

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Stefan writes:

Just discovered this nice episode.
Well made and nicely discussed comment on our pack-hunting paper; quick reply to the question what would happen if you add one single amoebae: it would multiply and a clonal pack would do the same thing as observe... Read More

TWiV 385: Failure

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

Guest: Stuart Firestein Read More

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Inspired by William:

Dear TWiMers;
Greetings from Berkeley where miracle March (water-wise) was perhaps half a miracle, but that is definitely better than none. At least we will not run out of water this summer.

I found this quasi-synthetic biology result... Read More

TWiV 386: The dolphins did it

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloRich Condit, and  Read More

TWiV 387: Quaxxed

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

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John writes:

Dear TWIM Team,

First of all, thanks for the supremely informative and entertaining podcast. As a biologist who stumbled into my passion for microbiology almost by accident (as a student, I began my research as a herpetologist and was converted wh... Read More

You’re Probably Not Mostly Microbes

We are, supposedly, outnumbered in our own bodies. We play host to an extraordinary menagerie of bacteria and other microbes—the microbiome—and it’s frequently said that these teeming cells outnumber our own by ten to one. This 10:1 ratio crops up everywhere. It appears in scientific papers, blo... Read More

TWiM #133: Right under our noses

Insight into the biology of rhinovirus C from cryo-electron microscopy, and a novel antibiotic from a commensal bacterium that grows in the human nose, from the doctors of TWiM.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, an... Read More

TWiV 372: Latent viral tendencies

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan DoveRich Condit Read More

TWiV 378: Herpes plays DUBstep

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and  Read More

Clostridium difficile in the domicile

Patients undergoing FMT have often suffered for years prior to the therapy. If their homes have been contaminated with the eradicated microbe, could patients suffer a relapse by way of reinoculation? This was the question asked by a group of physician scientists, whose findings were recently pub... Read More

BacterioFiles 261 - Pilfered Parasitoid Proteins Protect Prey

This episode: Viruses domesticated by parasitoid wasps have transferred wasp genes to caterpillar victims, allowing them to survive deadly infections from other viruses! This means that Monarch butterflies are effectively naturally Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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TWiV 391: Whiter reefs, fresh breath

If you have always wanted to know what coral reefs and the human oral cavity have in common, listen as guests David Pride and Forest Rohwer talk about their work on the microbiomes and viromes of these two environments, and you'll also understand why mucus is cool.

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BacterioFiles 259 - Fluke Froth Fosters Fester Fixing

This episode: I converse with Dr. Michael Smout about a liver fluke parasite could help heal chronic wounds more quickly!

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American Society for Microbiology Members Propose Initiative to Harness Earth’s Microbiomes

Washington, DC - October 28, 2015 - An article published in Science on October 28th steered by key ASM members highlights the need for an interdisciplinary initiative that would focus on better understanding microbial interactions that could allow for progress in the fields of agriculture, healt... Read More

Your Gut Bacteria May Be Controlling Your Appetite

Hear that little voice in your head telling you to skip a second slice of pumpkin pie? It might be coming not from your conscience, but from the masses of bacteria in your stomach.

Experiments in mice and rats suggest that certain microbes living in your body as part of the gut microbiome hav... Read More


The days when antibiotics worked reliably and scientists could assume they worked directly—like popping a balloon—are fading. As resistance mounts, understanding how antibiotics really work could be the key to sustaining their efficacy. Read More
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