Resurrecting ancient beers and wines is a subtle alchemy, but Patrick McGovern knows all the tricks. He directs the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Many of his ancient brews are sold by Dogfish Head brewery i... Read More
Scientists say they have discovered a natural compound from bacteria that may prove to be a potent new antibiotic. This news comes at a time when many current antibiotics are losing their oomph — germs become resistant to them.
The new compound is especially intriguing because it appears that... Read More
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello.
Special guest: Stanley Maloy
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London Colney - The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.
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Vincent and Dickson welcome new TWiP host Daniel Griffin to discuss the association of a new Mycoplasma with trichomoniasis, and to introduce a new feature to the show, a case study.
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I recently saw an article about the paper linked below on Science Daily and thought it might be worth a discussion on TWIP. It is about the possibility of bed bugs being a vector for T. cruzi. I would love to... Read More
To slip, slide, squeeze and otherwise invade different parts of the body, cancer cells learn to switch between two modes of moving usually used by healthy cells. Now we know how.
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An antibiotic with the ability to vanquish drug-resistant pathogens has been discovered — through a soil bacterium found just beneath the surface of a grassy field in Maine. Although the new antibiotic has yet to be tested in people, there are signs that pathogens will be slow to evolve resistan... Read More
The polio eradication and endgame strategic plan announced by the World Health Organization in 2014 includes at least one dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). Since 1988, when WHO announced the polio eradication plan, it had relied exclusively on the use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV)... Read More
The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants totaling $7.9 million in 2014 to 25 research teams who are unraveling the workings of single cells, as part of an effort to spur development of personalized treatments that target disease at the cellular level. The grants are supported by the ... Read More
An improved gene therapy strategy using modified human stem cells shows promise in animal models as a functional cure for HIV.
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Scientists have traditionally studied bacteria in large numbers, not individually. Working with tens of millions of cells in a culture flask, they tracked their growth by looking at how much the cells dimmed light passing through a tube.
Using this method, scientists learned that populations ... Read More
This episode: Modified probiotic bacteria could reduce life-threatening allergies!
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The bacteria that cause cholera grab genes from other organisms in a particularly predatory and precise way, new research finds: They spear neighboring cells with a kind of poison-tipped spike.
Bacteria often grab genes from other organisms and incorporate that DNA into their own genomes. But... Read More
With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics.
New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lif... Read More
A new class of compounds may be an effective way to fight a virus that leaves children with serious respiratory infections and might be associated with polio-like symptoms.
Researchers used a technique called X-ray crystallography to learn the precise structure of the original strain of enter... Read More
The TWiV gang reviews ten fascinating, compelling, and riveting virology stories from 2014.
The late computer scientist Randy Pausch wrote many inspirational things about life and academia during his struggle with pancreatic cancer. As we approach 2015, his words are helpful to me, and perhaps to others. About life, about academia, about helping others...and making our dreams come tr... Read More
When scientists launch a spacecraft into space, they're also launching thousands of bacteria along with it.
This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of Popular Science.
To prepare the Curiosity rover for its trip to Mars, NASA scrubbed it with alcohol and baked it at... Read More
New research shows an HIV-1 inhibitor and a host protein binding to HIV-1's protective capsule, preventing it from disassembling. Viral genetic information is kept inside. Researchers believe the process can be targeted for therapeutic purposes in HIV-1 infections. Read More