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TWiP 95: Arsenic and Leishmania

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel solve the case about the 33 year old Chinese male with watery diarrhea, and discuss whether arsenic in drinking water might lead to treatment failures for Leishmania infections.


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BacterioFiles 230 - Plant Prokaryotes Promote Protein Production

This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!


(11.1 MB, 12.15 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 231 - Creating Cancer-Killing Cultures

This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!


(7.9 MB, 8.5 minutes)


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TWiM #123: A microbial MAGE

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter


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BacterioFiles 228 - Bacteria Beat Bat Blight

This episode: Bacteria isolated from bats' skin inhibits the growth of bat-killing fungus!


(7 MB, 7.6 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 229 - Spore-formers Stimulate Serotonin

This episode: Bacteria in mouse guts control the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter!


(10.4 MB, 11.3 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 232 - Exploring Enzymes' Element Effects

This episode: Bacteria can convert soluble uranium to an insoluble form, and distinguish between different isotopes!


(8.2 MB, 8.9 minutes)


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MWV 102 - Missing Microbes with Dr. Martin Blaser

Why are obesity, juvenile diabetes and asthma increasing? Is it something in the environment or in our modern lifestyle? Dr. Martin Blaser thinks that it may be due to changes in our microbiome – the ecosystem of tiny microscopic creatures that live in and on us. Learn about his hypothesis th... Read More

Largest HIV transmission study conducted

A new study has found that neither gay men nor heterosexual people with HIV transmit the virus to their partner, provided they are on suppressive antiretroviral treatment.



The PARTNER study, which is the world's largest study of people with HIV who have had condomless sex with their HIV ... Read More

MWV 100 - Milestones in Blue: TWiM live at the University of Michigan

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson record l... Read More

MMP #4: Deep-Sea Archaea and the Tree of Life with Thijs Ettema

Host: Jeff Fox with special guest, Thijs Ettema.


Thijs Ettema of Uppsala University in Sweden talks with Jeff Fox about a deep-sea archaeon, named Lokiarchaeum for the underwater volcano between Greenland and Norway near where it was found, that might be related to the last common anc... Read More

BacterioFiles 233 - Messy Microbes Maintain Mouse Microbiota

This episode: Mice in less sanitary conditions have more diverse gut communities and perhaps less allergy!


(8.15 MB, 8.8 minutes)


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TWiM #118: Spore-drops keep fallin’ on my head

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson... Read More

BacterioFiles 236 - Film Formation Favors Fossilization

This episode: Gut microbes' activity in decaying brine shrimp help promote fossilization of their soft parts!


(8.1 MB, 8.8 minutes)


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MWV 101 - Profiling the Poglianos (TWiM 115)

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano


Vincent take This Week in Microbiology to th... Read More

TWiP 99: You get your polar bear from your nana

The TWiP trifecta solves the case of the Professor Who Went to Brazil, and discuss an amazing case of a tapeworm that turned into a tumor in an AIDS patient.


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TWiV 359: A Blossom by any other name

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Guest: Blossom Damania


Vincent speaks with Blossom about he... Read More

BacterioFiles 240 - Water Worms Make (carbon) Monoxide Meals

This episode: Marine worms and their microbial symbionts can live on the toxic gas carbon monoxide!


Reminder: this is the last episode for at least a few weeks while I am wrapping up my PhD. See you again when I'm done!

(11.1 MB, 12.1 minutes)


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BacterioFiles 237 - Proving Protist Predation Parentage

This episode: Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, a predatory bacterium that feeds on Chlorella algae, is currently lost from science, but its genome has been sequenced and interpreted anyway, to reveal a surprising family history!


(9.4 MB, 10.25 minutes)


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TWiM #115: Profiling the Poglianos

Host: Vincent Racaniello


Special guests: Kit Pogliano and Joe Pogliano


Vincent visits the laboratories of Kit and J... Read More

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