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Zika virus infection of the nervous system

Evidence is mounting that Zika virus is neurotropic (able to infect cells of the nervous system) and neurovirulent (causes disease of the nervous system) in humans. Read More

Moving beyond metagenomics to find the next pandemic virus

I was asked to write a commentary for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to accompany an article entitled SARS-like WIV1-CoV poised for human emergence. I’d like to explain why I wrote it and why I spent the last five paragraphs railing against regulating gain-of-function experi... Read More

BacterioFiles 243 - Fungal Friends Facilitate Phytoextraction (feat. Cat Adams)

This episode: A conversation with Cat Adams about how fungi help plants clean up toxic zinc nanoparticles in soil!


(14.6 MB, 16 minutes)


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Droplets on Mold

Droplets due to respiration or possible antibiotic production seen in the center of a mold colony. Mold grew pink in the center with green spore formation around the edges and a white non spore forming "apron" This is a fairly common environmental contaminant seen in our lab , presumably airbo... Read More

TWiV 380: Viruses visible in le microscope photonique

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

TWiP 105: Survival of the fattest

The TWiPanosomes solve the case of the Young Man from Anchorage, and discuss how cestode parasites increase the resistance of brine shrimp to arsenic toxicity.


Hosts: Vincent Racaniello Read More

New drug class offers potential new treatment for lethal bacteria

A new class of drugs has shown promise for treating the bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal lung infection. Read More

UNC School of Medicine researchers prove HIV targets tissue macrophages

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have clearly demonstrated that HIV infects and reproduces in macrophages, large white blood cells found in the liver, brain and connective tissues of the body. This dis... Read More

Urinary tract infection: How bacteria nestle in

Almost every second woman suffers from a bladder infection at some point in her life. Also men are affected by cystitis, though less frequently. In eighty percent of the cases, it is caused by the intestinal bacterium E. coli. It travels along the urethra to the bladder where it triggers painful... Read More

Bid to beat baby chest infection boosted by immune study

Babies at risk of a serious lung infection could be helped by a therapy based on the body's natural immune defences. Read More

TWiM #123: A microbial MAGE

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter


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Congenital Zika Syndrome

Data from several clinical studies in Brazil establish a strong link between infection of pregnant women with Zika virus and a variety of birth defects collectively called congenital Zika syndrome.

In the latest study conducted in Rio de Janeiro, the authors enrolled 88 pregnant women who had... 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

More than 2 million people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C

An estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) globally, a new study by the University of Bristol and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has found. Read More

First case of acute myelitis in a patient infected with Zika virus

A first case of acute myelitis following infection with Zika virus has been reported for the first time by a research team from Inserm Unit 1127 Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (Inserm/CNRS/Sorbonne University) and neurologists at Pointe-à-Pitre University Hospital and the University of the Anti... Read More

Serratia and cereal?

I drew this Serratia marcescens flower on an LB plate that solidified before covering the plate bottom. My coworker took a picture and ended up with this addition when she put it on Snapchat. A fun connection between the blood-red bacteria and cereal grains is that it is an explanation of blood ... Read More

BacterioFiles 242 - Corporeal Communities Create Characterizing Codes

This episode: Features of the microbial communities of people's bodies could be used to identify individuals!


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TWiV 379: A mouse divided

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Center of fungal colony

Close up of the center of an unknown mold colony seen on TSA, presumably an airborne contaminant. The center is raised and "fluffy" with spore formation seen around it. Read More

Classic Spotlights: Penicillin for the masses

The Journal of Bacteriology is celebrating its centennial this year – one hundred years of valuable scientific discoveries! To illustrate the wide variety of noteworthy results published over the years, the journal is publishing a Classic Spotlight series, in which experts in the field highlight... Read More

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